ESCAPE TO THE NORTH
About This Tour
The 2023 tour showcases many miles of scenic country roads. Wildlife sightings are common each day. We stay two nights at the waterfront Holiday Inn Express in Hayward,, a popular tourist town. Days three and four we spend two days in the lodge at the Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon in Cable, Wisconsin. There we will have the use of canoes, kayaks, paddle boards and an on-site golf course. We energize for our bicycle adventure each day with hearty restaurant breakfasts and delicious restaurant dinners. A pontoon boat ride on Wednesday gives us a historic perspective of the lake and residents.
- Sunday, June 25 – Thursday, June 29, 2023
- Rider limit: 30
- Start and finish in Hayward, WI
- Four overnights, five cycling days
- Average daily mileage: 30-60 miles
- Difficulty: See FAQ page
- Price before April 30: $1,125, after April 30: $1,225
- Deposit to hold place in tour: $100 within 10 days of registration, 2nd payment due of $500 by March 15th, and the final payment due by May 24th.
- Single Supplement $200
* Price assumes double share (two sharing a room). For a private room add $200. If you are traveling alone and would prefer to double share, we will attempt to find you a suitable roommate, but we cannot guarantee a roommate for you. Without a roommate, the private room charge will be added to your balance due. Lodging Note: All lodging is of good quality.
ESCAPE TO THE NORTH DAY BY DAY
Please Note that although the day by day itinerary is listed below, changes may need to occur based on the status of COVID19 at the time of the tour and route changes based on construction.
Sunday, June 25 Meet in Hayward, WI – Appoximate mileage: 25
Check in will be 11 a.m. – noon at the Holiday Inn Express, Hayward, Wisconsin. After checking in, we’ll gather for a short pre-tour information meeting to say hello to our new bicycle companions and staff before organizing for a 25 mile bike ride. Check in to the hotel will be after 3 p.m., followed by a 4:30 p.m. gathering and dinner at the Hatchery Creek Park. Those who arrive early in Hayward or the night before may want to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool, visit the shops in downtown or visit the National Fresh water Fishing Hall of Fame.
Monday, June 26th, Cycle to the Chippewa Flowage and back to Hayward – Approximate
After breakfast at the hotel, we will begin our ride on the Chippewa bike trail. The day’s scenery will include lakes and woods, occasional wildlife on quiet rural roads. We will be eating dinner at a local restaurant. After dinner you may choose to be entertained by a Lumberjack show. Steeped in the logging history of Wisconsin’s north woods, the show is a blend of sport, history and comedy. Located at the site of the Lumberjack World Championships, the show includes ten events as seen on ESPN’S Great Outdoor Games.
Tuesday, June 27th, Cycle to Cable and Lakewoods Resort – Approximate mileage: 48
After breakfast, we’ll start out towards Cable. We will travel on backroads and around scenic lakes to Cable, home of the American Birkebeiner ski race. You may want to stop in Cable at the Cable Natural History Museum or have a bite to eat at the Brick House Café which was featured on the Food Network’s top rated show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives with Guy Fieri. The last leg of the ride is to the Lakewood Resort where we will be spending the next two nights on the shores of Lake Namakagon surrounded by 850,000 acres of Chequamegon National Forest. We will join others tonight for a well-earned dinner at the Resort.
Wednesday, June 28th Mileage 25 or 50 mile routes, back to the Lakewoods Resort
After a hot breakfast at the resort, we’ll make some choices about how to spend our day.We will have a short and long option for today. Glimpses of abundant wildlife while spectacular scenery and unbelievable vistas over woodland ponds and wetlands are the norm. A citing of of elk may even happen. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards
will be available to use or swimming and just relaxing after biking are options. A group late afternoon pontoon ride will offer the opportunity to get to know your fellow bicyclists better and as well hear about the local history of the area from the driver. We will again have dinner at the lodge and relax afterwards with a campfire by the lake.
Thursday, June 29th Cycle to Hayward Approximate Mileage, 40
Small Private Tours
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What People are Saying
“This was a fun bicycle tour in northern Wisconsin! Great staff, great meals, great sags, great lodging, fun adventures at the Lodge layover, and great route!“
Connie from Michigan 2022
Priti from Winnipeg, Manitoba – 2022
“We had a wonderful time on the Escape to the North Tour. We enjoyed the beauty of the area, the challenge of the hills, the fun people, and the great food. Mary Jo put together a fabulous route and fun after-ride activities. The team was friendly, very supportive and attended to our every need. I highly recommend this trip.“
Chuck and Mary from Minnesota – 2021
Gordy & Linda from Wisconsin 2021
Susan from Wisconsin 2021
“I want to congratulate you on one of the best run bike trips I have been on. This trip had everything. On the road there were great routes with plenty of information on how to navigate them, beautiful scenery and quiet roads, conscientious and visible SAG support, and healthy snacks available at rest stops. The places we stayed were beautiful and the food was very good throughout the entire trip. You even had activities planned for us when there was time, like the Lumberjack show in Hayward and the pontoon ride. Wow! I have to admit I could get used to no tent set up and take down and the Ride with GPS! Everyone on the staff was wonderful. They really cared about our welfare and enjoyment of the trip. They were so nice to me, asking me to join them at a table when I couldn’t figure out where to sit as a solo traveler. I really appreciated that. The yoga was wonderful.“
Mariette, St Paul, Mn, 2021