SUPERIOR VISTAS BIKE TOUR Weekend (Northern Wisconsin)
June 23, 24,25 2017
Here is your chance to do some on and off bike experiences with fellow TCBC members. It will include experiencing Lake Superior’s southern shore, Madeline Island, the Bayfield Peninsula and the forests around Hayward. Listed below is a description for each day’s ride and events. Hyperlinks embedded in descriptions will lead you to more information about maps, hotels and restaurants. Please feel free to call either Carol Fitzgerald or myself should you have questions. Drop me an email if you are planning to attend. It would be helpful to get a head count.
– Dan Miller
Friday, 23 June, 2017, 01:45 PM
Madeline Island Ferry
Bayfield, WI 54818
Join us for an easy ride around Madeline Island to begin your Superior Vista weekend. We will take the ferry over from Bayfield and begin the ride after docking at La Pointe on Madeline Island. The route takes us to Big Bay Point and Town Parks for rest stops and lake views off the bike. The leader plans to ride with the main group at an easy, social pace. Maps will be available should you wish to go faster or slower. It will be difficult to get lost.
Dining and shopping are available on the island as well as historic and cultural points of interest. Pending on the group size, we’ll determine after ride dinner selections either on Madeline Island or ferry back to Bayfield. To learn more about the island, google the Madeline Island Chamber of Commerce.
Park at or near the ferry in downtown Bayfield and purchase your ferry ticket. Parking is limited and car-pooling is helpful. Round trip rates for passenger and bicycle are $20.50. We will board the 2:00 pm ferry for the ride over to La Pointe. The ferry departs from La Pointe every 1/2 hour until 6:00 pm and hourly afterward until 10:30 pm. It is highly recommended that if you have weekend motel reservations that you check in before the ride start.
Google lists drive times from Minneapolis to Bayfield as just under 4 hours and driving distance of 232 miles. Interstate 35 to US 2 to Ashland is both scenic and the most direct. Beware that there is road construction north of Hinckley on 35W, in Duluth and decide to route via Duluth and north of Ashland.
Saturday, 24 June, 2017, 08:00 AM
Thompson's West End Park
1048 W Bigelow St
Washburn, WI 54891
Join us on this 13th anniversary ride that explores the scenic countryside and lake vistas on the Bayfield Peninsula in northern Wisconsin. Several mileage options are available. Registration details and tour information can be found on the Superior Vistas Bike Tour website.
Different routes take you different places. There is a hill at the start which is plenty do-able, and a few more after that. The 40 mile and longer options take you through some scenic areas including the Siskiwit Falls and 20 miles on a forest road through the Moquah Barrens. I strongly recommend doing the out and back to Cornucopia, a fishing village next to the lake.
This is a supported ride with maps, sag, mechanical and rest stops. The rest stops feature home-baked goodies, fruits and drinks. One of my favorites is the dairy farm near the end where hand-made ice cream sandwiches can be eaten under the very watchful eyes of the farmer’s dog. There is also a fantastic after-ride feed should you still be hungry.
The SUPERIOR VISTAS BIKE TOUR is a TCBC sponsor and many club members have participated previous years. This is a TCBC Outreach Ride. It qualifies for TCBC mileage stats but no club insurance. The tour begins with a mass start at 8:00 am from Thompson West End Park. Ride sheet sign up will be available throughout the Superior Vista weekend at TCBC rides and gatherings. Riders will likely pair up for different mileage and ride levels.
Saturday night there will be a casual pot luck at the North Coast Inn and Chalets in Washburn between 6 – 9 pm. Bring something simple to grill and share. It will be held indoors on the backside of the property with views of Lake Superior. Bring a chair if you have one.
In addition to North Coast Inn and Chalets, lodging possibilities can be found on the websites for Washburn Chamber of Commerce and Ashland Chamber of Commerce. The Washburn Inn is offering a 10% TCBC discount. River Rock Inn has also been a past TCBC favorite. Camping options can also be found on the Wasburn Site.
Be forewarned, that Bayfield Peninsula weather is typically cooler than in the Twin Cities. It is highly recommended to bring warmer clothing. The weather can be unpredictable up to minutes before starting. Some years have been surprisingly wet and cold while others turn out to be wonderful. Keep in mind that Washburn, Bayfield and Ashland are wonderful places to explore should the weather not be accommodating. A later start and or shorter route are also worth considering if needed. Don’t give up hope because of a sorry looking 10, 5 or 1-day forecast.
And – if you haven’t had fresh smoked lake trout you are in for one of life’s finer treats.
Sunday, 25 June, 2017, 10:00 AM
Sawmill Saloon/Mooselips Java Joint
13505 N. Hwy 63
Seeley, WI 54843
Finish up your Superior Vistas Wisconsin biking weekend Sunday with a ride on your way home. Explore the many lakes, forests and beautiful scenery of the Hayward area as you ride low-traffic roads around Hayward/Seeley. Deer, fox and bears are some of the wildlife you may encounter. Riding in the Cities, we always request that you don’t confront motorists. In the Hayward area, we ask that you please don’t confront any bears!
You’ll have a choice of two routes, 33 miles or 40 miles, and can choose an A/B group led by Dan Miller or a B/C group led by Carol Fitzgerald. Both rides start at the Sawmill Saloon/Mooselips Java Joint (seeleywis.com) in Seeley, WI at Hwy 63 and County Road OO. PLEASE NOTE THIS IS A CHANGE FROM THE PREVIOUSLY POSTED SUNDAY HAYWARD RIDES DUE TO ROAD CONSTRUCTION.
Faster/slower riders are welcome to do either route and maps and cue sheets will be provided. For rider safety, and because you are in a somewhat wilderness areas (not always a cell phone signal), we ask that you please don’t ride alone. Ride in a group with compatible riders or follow one of the leaders. The route does have a few hills, both ups and downs.
There will be a rest stop at Cresthill Resort owned by friends and bathroom and water will be available at about the 19-20 mile mark for both rides. Please bring food or snacks as those are not available along the route.
After the rides, the Sawmill Saloon is a great place for anything from homemade pizza to burgers to salads before you head home and they will be expecting our group.
Your trip from Washburn should take about an hour, so please plan accordingly so we can do a briefing and ride off shortly after 10 a.m.