99 Bridges: Bikepacking Wisconsin’s Dairyland

Laura and Art ride their bikes across an old, single-lane wooden bridge with tall, rusting iron trusses overhead.

This summer, Scott and Laura Haraldson teamed up wiith their friend, Art, for a four-day tour on the gravel roads of southern Wisconsin's dairyland. It was a sublime adventure with all the hallmarks of a quality bike tour: friendly people, fascinating local history, and ice cream stops. The trio also encountered plenty of surprises during the 225-mile ride, from tornado warnings to the namesake number of bridges.

Laura and Art ride their bikes down a densely-vegetated  double track rail trail.

Scott tells the story of the 99 Bridges ride in words and pictures, with some advice thrown in for anyone who might want to re-create it. Enjoy.


Art and Laura ride their loaded bikes down a beautifully paved road as it descends slightly past cornfields.

This post filed under topics: Bikepacking Cutthroat Explore Gravel Journeyman Kid Touring

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Mike Riemer

Mike Riemer

I love being outside. I prefer to ride on dirt. Or snow. If I was born a hundred years earlier I might have been a polar explorer. There's a great natural world out there to see, smell, taste, listen to, and experience. Life slows down out there and the distractions we've created will disappear if you let them. Give me a backpack and let me go.


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