Apple Affair Cruise

Galesville, Wisconsin

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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, he traveled the country lecturing that this land was the actual biblical site. Rattlesnakes live on the bluffs. Apples grow in the orchards. What more proof do you need? Bicycling is the best way to enjoy the scenery that inspired Van Slyke. The first weekend of October, the town celebrates the orchard harvest with the Apple Affair, a town festival and bicycle tour. The town square is alive with polka music, orchard harvestings, and craft sales. You can even buy a slice of the world's biggest apple pie. These 15-and 41-mile routes are based on the annual tour. The short loop is basically flat, with one long climb. On the long route you'll cover most of that loop and add two more long climbs, plus the valleys of Beaver, Bear, and French Creeks.
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by Phil Van Valkenburg (The Globe Pequot Press)

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, he traveled the country lecturing that this land was the actual biblical site. Rattlesnakes live on the bluffs. Apples grow in the orchards. What more proof do you need? Bicycling is the best way to enjoy the scenery that inspired Van Slyke.

The first weekend of October, the town celebrates the orchard harvest with the Apple Affair, a town festival and bicycle tour. The town square is alive with polka music, orchard harvestings, and craft sales. You can even buy a slice of the world's biggest apple pie. These 15-and 41-mile routes are based on the annual tour. The short loop is basically flat, with one long climb. On the long route you'll cover most of that loop and add two more long climbs, plus the valleys of Beaver, Bear, and French Creeks.

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Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Galesville
Distance: 41.2
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Local Contacts: Mark Heal, Galesville Apple Affair Bike Tour 608-582-4612
Driving Directions: Directions to Apple Affair Cruise

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