Escape to The North

Tour Date for 2022 is set! June 19th-24th, 2022

Cycle five days on rural roads and by numerous lakes. Wildlife sightings are common on this tour.

 

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ESCAPE TO THE NORTH

About This Tour

The 2022 tour showcases the many miles of scenic country roads. Wildlife sightings are common each day. We stay overnight in popular tourist towns or resorts at locations offering swimming opportunities, and in Cable on days three and four we spend two days in the deluxe lake front condos at the Lakewoods Resort on Lake Namakagon. 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.

General Information

  • Sunday, June 19 – June 24th, 2021
  • Rider limit: 30
  • Start and finish in Rice Lake, WI
  • Five overnights, five cycling days
  • Average daily mileage: 55 
  • Difficulty: See FAQ page
  • Price before April 30: $1,275, after April 30: $1,325
  • Deposit to hold place in tour: $100 thru Jan. 31, 2022; 2nd payment due March 15th of $575, Final payment due May 15th 2022.
  • Single Supplement $400
Tour includes five nights lodging in hotels and two waterfront resorts, five restaurant dinners, four restaurant breakfasts and one hotel continental breakfast, luggage handling, SAG, maps, cue sheets, RidewithGPS routing, well stocked rest stops. Please call or email to discuss bike rental. Tour does NOT include transportation to/from start of ride, lunches, alcoholic beverages, cost of bike rental or repairs from local bike shops.

* Price assumes double share (two sharing a room). For a private room add $400 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. In a few towns, however, rooms may differ slightly (i.e. location and furnishings), in which case we will assign rooms in the order in which we receive registrations. At the Lakewood Resort in Cable, four people will be located within one deluxe waterfront condo with 2-3 bedrooms and 2 baths. There are a few 1 bedroom condos (based on 2 persons). Please specify your choice when you register. There is limited availability. If you are opting for a single supplement, it assumes you will be in a separate bedroom/bath within the 2 bedroom condo.

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 19, Meet in Rice Lake

After checking in at the Americinn, we’ll gather at a local restaurant for a short pre-tour information meeting to say hello to our new bicycle companions and staff before sitting down to a delicious hearty dinner at the Adventures Restaurant, a well-known and popular Rice Lake restaurant.  Those who arrive early in Rice Lake may want to take a dip in the hotel’s indoor pool, visit the shops in downtown Rice Lake, or go for a short bike ride in and around this bike friendly town. The Wild Rivers State Trail and Tuscobia State Trail (limestone grade) are favorites with hikers and bikers.

Escape to the North Bike Tour     

Monday, June 20th, Cycle to Hayward, Approximate mileage: 50

After a continental breakfast at the hotel we’ll ride through the downtown streets of Rice Lake on our way out of town. The days scenery will include lakes and woods, occasional wildlife on quiet rural roads. We might want to take off our shoes and wade in the clear water at Long Lake. Our home for the night will be the Flat Creek Lodge in Hayward. Hayward is home to the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum. You may wish to take a tour of the museum, visit the shops downtown. or stop at the angry Minnow Brewing Co. In the evening, we will meet at the lodge for a private dinner to share stories of the day’s ride. After Dinner we will 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 21st, Cycle to Cable, Approximate mileage: 48

After a hot 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. Deluxe condos will be our home. We will join others tonight for a well-earned dinner at the Resort. An afternoon stretching and yoga class will keep your biking legs relaxed.

Escape to the North Boating     

Wednesday, June 22nd, Layover Day, Approximate Mileage 0 – 25+

After a hot breakfast at the resort, we’ll make some choices about how to spend our lay over day. Of course, Biking options will be available. The award winning 18-hole golf course on site gives you a true Northwoods golf experience: tree-lined fairways offer glimpses of abundant wildlife while spectacular scenery and unbelievable vistas over woodland ponds and wetlands are the norm. Kayaks, canoes and paddleboards will be available to rent or swimming and just relaxing are other options. A group 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. This day will be a good day to rest up for the long route tomorrow.

Escape to the North Bicycle Tour 2021      

 Thursday, June 23rd , Cycle to Trego, Approximate Mileage, 61

After a hot breakfast at the resort, we make our way to the Heartwood Resort in Trego. With road construction planned this summer, we may have to take the long route but the Sag will always be available. We will be staying in guest rooms in the Eagle Lodge overlooking beautiful Hoinville Lake. A swim or kayaking after the long bike ride will allow you to relax before a well-earned dinner at the Resort Restaurant. A camp fire will cap the last evening off.

Friday, June 24th , Cycle to Rice Lake, Approximate mileage: 55

After a hot breakfast at the resort, we will peddle our way back to Rice Lake. We will be riding on shaded backroads through the woods past lakes dotted with tourist cottages.  We’ll have a rest stop in Spooner, once a railroad town where pubs and a cafe are available if you want a longer break. A stop at the Wisconsin Railroad Museum or the Wisconsin Canoe Heritage Museum may be a nice break off the bike. Then we will be off to Shell Lake and travel towards Rice Lake. The last few miles into Rice Lake include some challenging hills to finish the week’s ride. We’ll have a chance to shower in a couple rooms set aside for us at the hotel before saying our good-byes to our new bike friends and heading home. If we’re not in a hurry to leave, we may want to explore Rice Lake a little more or take advantage of the many hiking, fishing, and boating opportunities that abound in the area. Many local 4th of July activities will be occurring over the weekend.

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Testimonials

What People are Saying

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

The tour was the best!! Loved the food and the many, many good snacks at the water stops! The support vehicles were great also! The bike routes were beautiful too. Would do this one again! All of the other bikers were friendly and we had lots of fun being with them. Loved the pontoon boat ride. ”

Gordy & Linda from Wisconsin 2021

Thanks Mary Jo for the great tour. You and the staff were very accommodating and fun to be with. The routes were fantastic, taking us on back country roads and along lakes. It was a great way to see the area. The extra activities in the afternoon allowed us to get to know the other participants. Looking forward to next bike tour.
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

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