Tour de Fort Cruise Professional Review and Guide
"When you trace the quiet country roads of the Tour de Fort route you cover more than gently rolling dairy farmland. Before the settlers arrived the area had all the attributes Native Americans need for an ideal home. A mix of prairie, woods, marshland, lakes, and rivers was rich with game, fish, and edible and medicinal plants. Foot trails crisscrossed the area. The Crawfish and Rock rivers were natural canoe routes. On the third Sunday of August, a typical turnout of 700-plus cyclists sets out to explore the scenic countryside on the Tour de Fort. Some may opt for a 15-mile route offered in addition to the 62- and 35 mile routes shown here. The history of Native Americans in pre-Columbian times is shrouded in mystery.
Among the tantalizing clues from their cultures are the earthen mounds they left behind. Evidence of one of these enigmatic groups is along this route. Rolling north past Wisconsin dairy farms, you'll visit Aztalan State Park, one of the state's most significant archaeological sites. If you are riding the long loop, the route will take you through the picturesque village of Cambridge, a good place for a restaurant or bakery stop. Just beyond, in Rockdale, there is a fine view of the old mill dam from the bridge over the Koshkonong Creek."