The Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail is a 600+ mile route that starts at the Illinois/Wisconsin border near Galena IL, and finishes northeast of Cornucopia Wisconsin at Lake Superior. This route has taken on theacronym of T.W.A.T., so you may hear it being called that, I usually just call it the Trans Wisconsin Trail. The T.W.A.T. was designed for dual sport and Adventure style motorcycles but it can also be done by highclearancevehicles with a slight route change.
Be prepared for DEEP sand, ruts, mud, dust, livestock in the road, horse and cow manure, deer, bears, porcupines, possums, turkeys, logs, low hanging branches, barbed wire, drunk or distracted drivers, bear hunters running dogs, logging trucks, ATV's, rednecks, amish, bad roads, no roads, lakes, streams, washouts, police, sharp unmarked corners, etc. Be aware you can die at any point along this route, regardless of your skill level.
Q & A - Questions and answers
1. How long should I plan to do this route?
It usually takes me 2 1/2 days to do the actual route, then you have to figure in your time to the start and back home again. Youcancertainly do the route faster, buttakeyour time and enjoy it. There are a lot of interesting things to see along the route!
2. How difficult is this route?
Most of the route is easy paved and gravel roads, with the option of riding ATV trails in a few areas. There are areas of the route north of Black River Falls and north of Drummond that can have deep sand. The weather and other factors change the conditions of the route on a continual basis.
3. What bikes are best suited for the T.W.A.T.?
I think a 650 Dual Sport is the perfect bike for this ride. They handle the rough stuff pretty well, get good gas mileage and they work well on the highway on way home.
Full Q&A section can be found on authorswebsite.
Notice from track author:
WARNING:I am providing these resources free of charge to show others the routes I have ridden in the past. I am not promising that these maps are accurate or safe, it is up to you to use your judgement to ride safe and navigate safely. Motorcycling isinherentlydangerous and the road conditions can change at any time. All roads that I have included are legal for travel by street legal motorcycles at the time of this posting, but that can always change. It is get lost and on the wrong road or trail,so keep a close eye on the map and/or GPS. Please respect all traffic signs, trail markers, trail closures and use commoncourtesyfor other trail and road users. Remember that someone lives on the quiet road you are riding on, its not a racetrack.
Ride reports on the TWAT and discussions.
Photo gallery of the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail.