Ride the entire 101 miles of the 4 Trails starting at Marshland in the west and finishing at Reedsburg in the east, on this bicycle trip. This bike tour differs from #30 by skipping Trempealeau village for an overnight on the first day by riding from Marshland to Onalaska for a first overnight.
NOTE: This tour requires a morning shuttle with arrival in Marshland before or by NOON to allow enough time to reach Onalaska at a reasonable hour on this Wisconsin bike tour.
Day 1Travel Day – Shuttle Sparta to Marshland (luggage delivered to Onalaska) Cycling Day: 24 miles cycling from Marshland to Onalaska Route: Great River State Trail
Meet the shuttle van at Sparta near the middle of the 4 Trails. Parking and bike rental are available for you. Shuttle will drop you at Marshland, the west end of the Great River State Trail for the ride to Onalaska and an overnight stay. Your luggage will be delivered to the B&B in Onalaska.
Lodging: B&B in Onalaska, WI
Day 2Cycling Day: 23 miles eastbound from Onalaska to Sparta Route: Great River State Trail and La Crosse River State Trail
Return to the trail and continue eastbound. Cross the trail bridge over I-90 and connect to the La Crosse River State Trail and ride on to Sparta (where you left your car). Sparta has a choice of restaurants and shops for your overnight stay. Lodging is about 8 blocks from the trailhead.
Day 3Cycling Day: 17 miles to Wilton
The trailhead in Sparta is the beginning of the Elroy – Sparta State Trail. Today will take you to two tunnels and to Wilton for evening lodging. As this is a shorter day, many nice road routes are available around Sparta and Wilton, where you can add as many miles, or just a few more, if you like.
Day 4Cycling Day: 37 miles Wilton to Reedsburg
Route: “400” State Trail
Return to the trail and head east for the last tunnel. At Elroy the Elroy-Sparta State Trail links up with the “400” State Trail for the ride to Reedsburg and the final night of the tour. Reedsburg has a choice of restaurants.
Day 5Travel Day – return shuttle to car
Route: Elroy-Sparta and “400” State Trails
Shuttle will meet at your B&B for the ride back to your car at Sparta.
Day 6Shuttle ride back to Sparta
Morning shuttle will meet at your B&B for a ride back to Sparta and the end or your tour.