Best Bike Rides in the Midwest Guide Book

by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)
Best Bike Rides in the Midwest  by Phil Van Valkenburg

248pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762700505

A guide to 44 carefully designed bike routes in the midwest states: Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio, Indiana, and Michigan. The rides range from 20 to 100 miles and roam through flat farmland and rolling hills make great opportunities for casual and competitive cyclists alike.

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Trails from the "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 44.
... Preview: The rolling corn country of Iowa is home to a unique collection of small villages known as the Amana Colony. Each year the cyclists of Iowa City organize a tour to the colony on the Fourth of July. It ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Amana, IA - Cross-Country Skiing,Hiking,Road Biking - Trail Length: 59
... Preview: You'll find the Amish as you ride south and west on this route. Their boxy, black, horse-drawn buggies are a common sight on the roads. Don't be surprised if you see a whole row of them tied to hitchi ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Lagrange, IN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31
... Preview: Knoxville's claim to fame is that it's the sprint car capital of the world. So what are sprint cars, and what've they got to do with bicycling? Well, they're tiny race cars with big engines and air fo ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Knoxville, IA - Road Biking - Trail Length: 36.8
... Preview: To the people who live in Galesville, the surrounding hills are orchards seem like the Garden of Eden. They certainly did for one local, the Reverend David O. Van Slyke. Before the turn of the century ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Galesville, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 41.2
... Preview: One of the most popular bicycle tours in the country is the annual Apple Cider Century, held the last Saturday in September. The ride explores the shore of Lake Michigan and inland orchards as it guid ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Three Oaks, MI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 57
... Preview: John James Audubon would have liked Horicon Marsh. As he roamed the frontier of the United States in the early nineteenth century, Audubon often found vast, wild places filled with wonderful birds to ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Mayville, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25
... Preview: "Big Mac" is the Mackinac Bridge, when connects upper and lower Michigan. The towering structure is one of the world's greatest bridges. Completed in 1957, it put a road over the crossroads of the Gre ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Mackinaw City, MI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 29.1
... Preview: Acronyms are the rage in the computer age. Words made from initials convey a message that a full name may not. Bicycle across Nature's Grandeur (BANG) gives you the idea that you're in for some great ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Muskegon, MI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 66.6
... Preview: Black Hawk and the Black Hawk War are at the core of the history of this part of the Midwest. Black Hawk's name appears often in the Rockford area, and he is respected for his bravery. The Blackhawk ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Rockford, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 60.9
... Preview: If ever there was proof positive of the ability of nature's beauty to buoy the human spirit, it's during blossom time in spring. On the hills overlooking Grand Traverse Bay, this is when the orchards ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Alden, MI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 56.9
... Preview: A bike tour in downtown Chicago? You must be crazy! A reasonable reaction if you've ever been in the Windy City on a weekday. But on a Sunday morning, Chicago is a different place. This is the time ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Chicago, IL - Road Biking - Trail Length: 34.8
... Preview: The city of Chippewa Falls lies just a few miles south of the forty-fifth parallel of latitude. That puts it halfway between the Equator and the North Pole. It's a transition zone that marks the chang ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Chippewa Falls, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 59.8
... Preview: In the United States, Ohio is second only to Pennsylvania in the number of covered bridges still standing. More than 130 of these unique structures can be found spanning streams on narrow country road ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Canal Winchester, OH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 33.7
... Preview: The roads in west-central Ohio go every which way. Farther west and layout becomes geometric, with roads running north-south and east-west and having ninety-degree corners. It seems that around West L ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
West Liberty, OH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.7
... Preview: On the first Saturday of August, 500 riders fill up the annual Dog Days of Summer ride. They know they're not in for a crack-of-dawn experience. The 8:30am start time, with a continental breakfast and ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Lewisburg, OH - Road Biking - Trail Length: 48.2
... Preview: At the west end of Lake Superior lie the Twin Ports, Duluth and Superior, and one of the Midwest's most original bike trails. The Willard Munger State Trail is used as part of the annual Duluth North ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
West Duluth, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 46.1
... Preview: Each autumn the valley of the St. Croix River becomes a mural of brilliant color. This is the time of year several hundred cyclists help the Leukemia Society raise funds by riding the Fall Colors bike ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Stillwater, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 25.2
... Preview: In German fahrrad means "cycling" and Frankenmuth is nothing if not German. The small town has turned its German heritage into a thriving business. In fact, it's the most popular tourism destination i ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Frankenmuth, MI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 28.7
... Preview: In the rural Midwest, there are pockets of German settlements that retain some of the character the settlers brought from the old country. The small villages around Evansville are just such places. ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
Evansville, IN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31.8
... Preview: The quiet roads of Waupaca County are popular routes to pedal. The pavement is usually good, and the scenery varies from farmland to woods, from swift- running streams to clear blue lakes. The Chain O ... From the guidebook "Best Bike Rides in the Midwest"
King, WI - Road Biking - Trail Length: 31