1. How much does it cost to uses these routes?
2. Are paper copies of the routes available?
3. Can I share these routes?
4. Are the roads all paved?
5. Are these routes car-friendly?
6. What are the technical requirements for using the routes?
7. What are Wisconsin Rustic Roads?
8. Why aren’t all Wisconsin Rustic Roads included?
9. What is the difference between a Route and a Track?
10. Are there future plans for gravel routes?
11. Can I start the route at any point on the loop?
- How much does it cost to use these routes?
These routes are free!! If you want to support this effort, we would appreciate a donation via Paypal or a subscription to our Patreon account. We are also working on signing up sponsors to help keep these routes free for everyone’s use.
- Are paper copies of the routes available?
We are working on paper maps and will soon have them available for sale in the Driftless Store.
- Can I share these routes?
Please share the site, not the routes. We are trying to drive traffic to this site, so the more visitors the better. Sponsors want clicks, we want sponsors. So the more traffic we get the more clicks for the sponsors.
- Are the roads all paved?
Yes, all of the roads are paved to the best of our knowledge at the time of posting. Keep in mind that we cannot account for temporary seasonal road construction.
- Are these routes car-friendly?
Absolutely! These routes and roads can most definitely be explored in a car…the amazing scenery is there for all to enjoy.
- What are the technical requirements for using the routes?
- A GPS (or a smartphone with the ability to read these files).
- A little working knowledge of how to load and use .gpx files.
- A device to download the file to be able to transfer it to your GPS unit.
- Recommended, but not necessary, is some sort of trip planning software. I use and have tested these on BaseCamp which is a free product.
- What are Wisconsin Rustic Roads?
Please go to this site for more information: Rustic Roads
- Why aren’t all Wisconsin Rustic Roads included?
The only Rustic Roads that are included in the routes are those that are in the Driftless Area and paved. Some Rustic Roads are outside of the Driftless Area, so they are not included. Other Rustic Roads are not paved. We do include access to these as way points, but they are an optional part of the route.
What is the difference between a Route and a Track?
- A Route is a file that is saved as a series of via points and way points. Because of this, the way your GPS interprets these points to create the route you see could be different than the route I created.
- A Track is similar to a route, but it is made up of many more points, so the track is going to be displayed exactly the same way on every GPS.
- Note: In building my routes, I tried to incorporate enough points so that the routes will be displayed the same on all GPSs no matter how they are set up.
- Are there future plans for gravel routes?
Absolutely! While we were making these roues we identified many roads that looked amazing, but our goal was to start with paved roads only for all types of riders. Dual Sport routes coming soon!
- Can I start the route at any point on the loop?
Yes you can. However, if you do not start the loop at the starting point, your GPS may try to send you back to the starting point. You should be able to skip points so that your GPS takes you to the next point on the route, but you will need to know which one to select. This information is in .gpx data and can be viewed in Basecamp so you will need to know this before your trip. Also, regardless of where you start on the loop, the route will be completed when you reach the start/end point. So if you have started somewhere on the loop other than the beginning, you will have to re-load or re=start the route to get back to where you actually started.