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Anyone who has gone on the annual Lacrosse ride behind Norm Phoenix knows it's a very interesting route....However.... I think I've found an enhanced version of Norm's famous way that is less urban. No crowded Beloit strip-mall traffic and interesting roads nearly the whole way. So try this out sometime. It's one of my favorite rides. This is Part 1. Marengo exit to New Glarus.
Meeting point is same as Norm's...Rt. 20 Marengo exit off I-90. Pick a gas station. We usually go to the big BP these days.
Go West on 20 past the entrance to toll road.
Take the first left. Getty Rd.
Left at Tee - Hampshire Rd.
Over the toll road and then take the 3rd left (Left only)...Melms Rd.
Follow Melms Rd to the very end. Tee
Turn RIGHT on GENOA Rd. This road is radar patrolled now and then, so take care.
Genoa Rd straight through stop light at Rt. 20. It turns into Business 20 after the light.
Look for a RR bridge over Business 20. Just after, Left on LAWRENCEVILLE RD.
Take first possible RIGHT on Poplar Grove Rd. (no stop on right turn...but yield.
Poplar Grove Rd. straight north thru the town of Poplar Grove, past IL 173. Keep going.
Turn left at N. Boone School Rd. (High School on right opposite corner)
Turn right at stop sign. IL 76
176 past WI border (Becomes WI 140) Thru town of Clinton, under I-43 etc...
Turn LEFT at TEE (US 14, WI 11).
Welcome to Emerald Grove!
Look for junk dealer on right. Just after, turn RIGHT on EMERALD GROVE RD.
Emerald Grove Rd needs a bit of love but it's still quite fun...watch for pothole hazards. After the fields, you go uphill into a forest with homes on both sides. The Emerald Grove, I'd guess. After these houses there is a stop sign. TURN LEFT on COUNTY M.
As you are about to enter the town of Milton, you'll be going downhill and you'll see a giant GRAIN ELEVATOR....all shiny and huge. Turn LEFT ON E.M.H TOWNLINE RD.
Townline, runs through many neighborhoods and changes a lot. You'll travel rather spectacularly under I-90 toll road, come to a farmer's veggie stand...keep going until Townline ends at a TEE.
Turn Right on US 51.
In a few miles, turn LEFT on M. (Don't be tempted to turn right on M a mile earlier...That's not what you want....LEFT on M.
Indianford, is a scenic little river town. Some interesting WI taverns along this bit....but we're riding, so proceed on M to next town...across river and...again to the TEE.
At TEE, M will turn left. You should TURN RIGHT on 184.
Left at Stop. Follow 184 for less than 1 mile.
Left on WI 59 (this comes up fast.)
Follow 59 for miles.
Notice a fork where main road goes left...side road goes straight. Follow main road (59).
Shortly after this happens, it happens AGAIN. This time, go straight to Tee.
Turn right at TEE - N. Union Rd.
Take 1st left - Holt Rd.
Straight thu stop at Rt. 14. Follow Holt into Brooklyn, WI.
Turn right at stop...Cty T and W 104
Left at stop - WI 92
92 rambles sweetly through hilly, bucolic farmlands. Mind the speed ratings on the curves. There is a left with 15mph rating that can surprise you if you get too swept up in the grandeur.
Follow 92 thu Dayton, Wi. After Dayton, note an odd little 3-way intersection.
92 turns left....GO STRAIGHT ON W.
Follow W into New Glarus, WI. Have lunch, get gas, relax a little. This is a great little day-ride for many...just to New Glarus and home again. However...
...The good stuff lies ahead.
To be continued....Going for Hot Dogs now.
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