Rolling Around Rome Cruise

Genesee Depot, Wisconsin

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Depending on how you look at it, the myth is greater than the reality. Rome, Wisconsin, gained some notoriety as kind of a Peyton Place with cows on the recent TV series Picket Fences. In reality, Rome is tiny, unexciting, and much nice than its TV cousin. In early June, Cream City Bicycle Club riders from Milwaukee leave their urban home base for a look at the real Rome. In the process of covering this 42- mile route they ride over some of the loveliest farm and wood land in the state. With the exception of a few miles of riding through newly built housing, the region is remarkably rural despite the popularity of Waukesha County as a bedroom- community for Milwaukee. You'll even miss the small business districts of Dousman and Wales on this route. A stop for water between the towns at the flowing artesian well on Parry Road should make up for it. Artesian wells flow constantly because they lie at low spots and the water table is higher in the surrounding hills. This well is still popular with the locals, who often stop to fill jugs with the clean, cold water. There are enough twists and turns along the route to make you believe that all roads lead to Rome. Enjoy your visit there, but don't take any bets that it wasn't built in a day.
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by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

Depending on how you look at it, the myth is greater than the reality. Rome, Wisconsin, gained some notoriety as kind of a Peyton Place with cows on the recent TV series Picket Fences. In reality, Rome is tiny, unexciting, and much nice than its TV cousin. In early June, Cream City Bicycle Club riders from Milwaukee leave their urban home base for a look at the real Rome. In the process of covering this 42- mile route they ride over some of the loveliest farm and wood land in the state. With the exception of a few miles of riding through newly built housing, the region is remarkably rural despite the popularity of Waukesha County as a bedroom- community for Milwaukee.

You'll even miss the small business districts of Dousman and Wales on this route. A stop for water between the towns at the flowing artesian well on Parry Road should make up for it. Artesian wells flow constantly because they lie at low spots and the water table is higher in the surrounding hills. This well is still popular with the locals, who often stop to fill jugs with the clean, cold water. There are enough twists and turns along the route to make you believe that all roads lead to Rome. Enjoy your visit there, but don't take any bets that it wasn't built in a day.

©  Phil Van Valkenburg/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Genesee Depot
Distance: 41.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Waukesha Area Tourism Council 414-542-0330
Driving Directions: Directions to Rolling Around Rome Cruise

Recent Trail Reviews

6/16/2007
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This route is beautiful. The que sheet was very accurate. The terain is very rolling, plan to shift a lot. The roads are quite with very little traffic. Don't miss the artesian well at about the 30 mile mark. The water is ice cold and so refreshing it can't be described.



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