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Riders North of Milwaukee???? (Ozaukee Co.??)(5 posts)

Riders North of Milwaukee???? (Ozaukee Co.??)neo
Mar 18, 2003 11:58 AM
I may be relocating down around the Port Washington or Saukville area. What is the riding like in this area, honestly?? I would be coming from an area with rolling hills and good climbs nearby. The nearest hills seem around Saukville, other than right tight to the lake, seem to be around West Bend, which would make for a 60+ mile loop minimum, right?? I also don't like riding in a straight line for miles and miles, only to turn 90 in either direction and continue on. I like winding roads. Any recommendations?

Are there any good training rides?? What is the skate skiing like??? I have some freedom with my job, so I do want to consider my social hobbies when relocating.

Scale of 0-10, 0 meaning the riding sucks and 10 meaning its the best that could be possible in Wisconsin, how would you rate the riding in the Ozaukee County/Washington Co area??

Ozaukee reportMel Erickson
Mar 18, 2003 12:34 PM
Ozaukee County is pretty flat but not too far to the west/northwest you'll find the Northern Unit of the Kettle Moraine State Forest. This area is hilly but certainly not mountainous (there are no mountains in Wisconsin). Riding in and around the Washington/Sheboygan/Fond du Lac county line area is good. Lots of paved local roads that do just what you want but the area is about 25 miles west/northwest of Port Washington. The X-country skiing is great, when there's snow. This year was terrible, not much snow. The Kettle Moraine has some great trails for skiing and mountain biking.
re: Riders North of Milwaukee???? (Ozaukee Co.??)Klein_man
Mar 18, 2003 1:46 PM
The Ozaukee Bike Club (OBC) has group rides on Monday and Wednesday nights starting at 5:30 in April and 6 pm for the rest of the summer. Wednesday night rides draw from 20 to 50 riders and go about 25 to 40 miles depending on the rides, while Monday rides are a bit smaller. Speed depends on the group you go with as there tends to be a fast, moderate, and recreational pace. The club also meets on Saturday mornings for a longer ride. Rides leave from the Cedarburg Community parking lot on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th (if needed) week of the month, and from Grafton Veterans Park on the 2nd and 4th weeks. Routes are relatively flat with rolling hills. Let me know if you want more information.
re: Riders North of Milwaukee???? (Ozaukee Co.??)TWD
Mar 19, 2003 11:00 AM
I grew up in that area (live in Oregon now though).

There is some great riding in the area if you know where to look. Nope, you won't find a big/long climbs but lots or short steep rollers. There are endless miles of lightly travelled farm roads. Just watch out for loose farm dogs.

You can find some great roads leading from Saukville out towards west and north, with some great riding if you head up towards the Northern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Forest.

You can find some really nice twisty rolling routes through the forest with good pavement. My favorite rides were in an area bounded by Saukville, West Bend, Kewaskum, and Plymouth.

I used to ride with the Ozaukee Bike club. Good training rides, great people. Good club to associate with, and they know most of the best routes in the area.

I'd have to say that I enjoyed the road riding there a lot more than what we have here in Oregon. I feel alot more boxed in by the moutnains and rivers so to speak. Great riding in the valley, but the routes up and over the mountains are few, have lots of traffic, no shoulder, and crazy drivers.

In Wisconsin, I always felt like I could hop on my bike and go in any direction (well, not east because of the lake) and just explore. You can always find new routes and less traveled roads. Keeps it more interesting than haveing to do the same routes over and over.

As for skate skiing, I think the Greenbush Recreation Area is your best bet (about a 40 minute drive from Port Washington/Saukville area). Great trails, but don't count on there being snow consistently. Unless you're on roller skis it's really hard to stay in shape for skiing with the long periods without snow. The typical southeast WI winter will drive you nuts waiting for it to snow, and when it does, it doesn't usually stick around for very long.

There are lots of opportunities to head to Northern WI or the UP of Michigan on weekends to find better snow and great skiing.

Good luck
re: Riders North of Milwaukee???? (Ozaukee Co.??)TenPas
Mar 19, 2003 7:41 PM
Welcome to Ozaukee County! (assume you will join us....)

I live about 10 mi north of Port Washington, into Sheboygan County. The best part of this area is being able to go for evening rides north of Port Washington & seeing very few cars - I have gone on 20 mi sunday evening rides & seen only 2 cars the entire ride. Previous posts were right on about the hills - there is a nice ride in Newburg in late June that takes in a couple of hills, that is a 30, 50, or 62 mile loop (June 22, Riveredge Nature Center ride). If you want hills, drive about 10 mi NW of Port Washington & park in Random Lake. Then head West and/or NorthWest. Quite a few nice rollers in that area, depending on what you are looking for. Also, the bike trail has just been completed between Port Washington & Milwaukee, if you are inclined to bike into Milwaukee for work.

For mountain bike trails, Greenbush is great even if it is 30minutes away (near Plymouth). There is also New Fane, it is a bit flatter trail, butnot used much. Weekdays there are almost no cars in the parking lot, sunday evenings there may be 4 cars but the people will be spread on the trail & you won't see anyone else when you are riding. Pretty cool compared to the southern kettle moraine unit.
You have been greeted by the Ozaukee club, I have heard lots of good things about them but have not ridden with them yet. There are quite a few informal groups that ride between Milwaukee & Port Wash, or Port Wash & Random Lake/Cedar Grove on weekends for breakfast rides also.

Oh yeah, skiing here has been pretty sparse the past several years. Greenbush is a good train but about 30 minutes from PW, but the snow has not been around here for the last several years. About enough to get out 2-3 weekends, but then it melts. Nothing this year to even get out once.

Let me know if you move to the area, I am always looking for biking partners, even if I am old & slow...