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4.67 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.67
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Genoa to Richland Center on the 56

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Apr 30, 2000

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Guest
September 5, 2010
Out of Prairie du Chien go up the "Great River"…
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Kel108
8 McR Points
October 31, 2013
A group of tool 56X from Genoa on the Mississippi…
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Written Directions

Start out in Genoa, WI (about 15 miles south of La Crosse, WI) and just take highway 56 east all the way to Richland Center.

Scenery

The scenery on hwy 56 in WI is astonishing. It varies from extreme up and down twisting roads through thick hilly woods along small rivers to narrow valleys to wide open valleys to higher open farmland with long rolling straight-aways. It passes by S&S Cycles in Viola. There is very little traffic due to its rural setting and it being quite unknown.

Drive Enjoyment

There are a lot of newly paved stretches but the road is traveled so little that most of it is in good shape. I've never seen gravel in the corners because the shoulder is usually quite steep and it keeps the cars on the road. But, as always, be careful as there are a LOT of corners and hills, and what few side roads there are, they are usually hard to see along this 50 mile ride.

Tourism Opportunities

There aren't many towns along this route and what towns there are, are quite small. There will only be small town motels with friendly people. Although at the east end is larger Richland Center and near the west end is LA Crosse.

Motorcycle Road Additional info

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Guest
September 5, 2010
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
Out of Prairie du Chien go up the "Great River" Hwy 35 then take this route was the most fantastic ride! Best scenery with well maintained roads with nice sloping curves, nothing major like 25 mph curves most can be done at 55 with no problems. Drove Sept. 2010. Would make a excellent color ride in the fall, lots of trees, streams, eagles galore! We also did the hwy 60 ride, but not on same day, SW Wisconsin has the best Motorcycle Roads in the Nation!
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Kel108
October 31, 2013
8 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
A group of tool 56X from Genoa on the Mississippi River into Richland Center in early October - weather was great - road was beautiful. Here is a clip of the last part of the ride for those interested:

http://youtu.be/kx1w5qMN5pk
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Marshman
June 17, 2017
28 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Seriously awesome. The first section from Genoa is really good, but the second section is absolutely amazing. Incredible views, HUGE sweepers and no traffic. Don't miss it.
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