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Door County Tour


The Door County Loop is a 3 day paved trip that explores a very unique part of Wisconsin and is high on the bucket list of many midwest riders.  This ride starts in Little Chute (Appleton) and hugs the Lake Michigan shoreline as much as possible all the way to the tip of the peninsula.  A short ferry ride takes you to Washington Island where you can explore the island’s history and view the lavender fields.  After returning from Washington Island, this route hugs the Green Bay side of the peninsula all the way back to the city of Green Bay before returning to Little Chute.

The third day of the ride also makes a stop at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial.  This is a memorial park dedicated to Wisconsin Riders who have passed and it is a very beautiful and touching place.

This ride has a great mix of amazing roads and historical and natural sites.  The area was among the earliest to be settled in Wisconsin, so it has a rich history.  Fishing and shipping were among the earliest industries, so there are lots of museums and lighthouses in the area.  In addition to the historic sites, the roads are very cool and some feel very remote.

The Door County Loop also includes 8 Wisconsin Rustic Roads, and a visit to historic Lambeau Field and the Green Bay Packer Football Hall of Fame.

If you are looking for a great ride in eastern Wisconsin, check out the Door County Loop.

Location:   Eastern Wisconsin

Miles:   375 Miles

Riding Time:   13 Hours (over 3 days)

Surface:  Paved


Wisconsin Rustic Road #16 - Paved

Wisconsin Rustic Road #7 - Paved + optional gravel

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Little Chute - Windmill

Manitowoc - SS Badger Car Ferry Dock, Wisconsin Maritime Museum, USS Cobia, North Breaker Lighthouse,

Two Rivers - Spirit of the Rivers Monument, Rogers Street Fishing Village, Point Beach State Forest, Rawley Point Lighthouse, Washington House Museum, North Pierhead Light Tower

Kewaunee - Tug Boat Ludington, Kewaunee Lighthouse, Tallest Grandfather Clock, Father Marquette Memorial Park, 

Algoma - Algoma Pier Lighthouse, Wayside Park

Sturgeon Bay -  Door County Maritime Museum, Wooly Mammoth Statue, Canal Light, Pierhead Lighthouse, Portage Park Beach, Whitefish Dunes State Park, Cave Point County Park, George Pinney Co. Park, Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial, Door County Historical Museum, Potawatami state park, Sherwood Point Lighthouse

Bailey’s Harbor -  Cana Island Lighthouse, Old Bailey’s Bird Cage Lighthouse, 45th Parallel marker, Cana Island Lighthouse County Park

Washington Island - Washington Island Ferry, Historic Island Dairy, Mountain Park Lookout Tower, Washington Island Stavkirke, Lavender Farm, Schoolhouse Park and Beach, Jacobsen Museum, Jackson Harbor Maritime Museum, Sand Dunes Park

Ellison Bay - Death’s Door Maritime Museum

Fish Creek - Edgewood Orchard Galleries, Peninsula State Park

Green Bay - Packer Hall of Fame, Lambeau Field

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Swap your helmet for a cheesehead and tackle Wisconsin motorcycle roads with this collection of rides from REVER. Motorcycle routes in Wisconsin take you through the stunning beauty of the upper Midwest along the shores of Lake Michigan. Away from the shoreline, you can explore the lakes and deep woods of the interior. After touring these beautiful places, finish your Wisconsin motorcycle rides in popular cities like Milwaukee and Madison. We've selected the best motorcycle rides in Wisconsin to ensure you see everything in America's Dairyland. Simply open the REVER app, select a region below and head out on an unforgettable ride today.

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The change in seasons is quite dramatic in The Dairy State, and you'll want to plan carefully for motorcycle rides in WI. The summers are warm and pleasant throughout much of the state. You don't really have to worry about extreme heat too often, so 4 season riding gear will get the job done most of the time. If you live in Wisconsin or visit during the winter, you'll want to keep your bike in the garage most days as the state sees substantial snowfall and regular dips into sub-zero temperatures. Prepare for cooler temps on spring and fall rides by adding quality base layers to your gear collection.

Wisconsin Attractions

Every visit to Wisconsin should start with a tour of its natural beauty. The southwestern region is known as the “driftless area” as it did not receive the glaciation that flattened nearby states like Illinois and Indiana. Nothing beats a day of riding through the hills and rivers of the driftless area on your bike. Or you can cruise along the shore of Lake Michigan up to the sleepy peninsula of Door County. This secluded area almost feels like you've stepped back into a simpler time, and the views of the lake are breathtaking. While you're in the area, be sure to head into Green Bay to see Lambeau Field. Even if there isn't a Packers game going on, you can tour the stadium and join the longest season ticket waiting list in sports. No visit to Wisconsin is complete without tasting its state treasures of cheese, brats and beer! Milwaukee is often called the beer capital of the world, and you can tour large breweries like Miller and Pabst as well as up and coming craft breweries like Black Husky and City Lights. But for the best craft beer in the state, you need to head west to New Glarus, WI to visit New Glarus Brewing. This award-winning brewer makes the famous Spotted Cow that can only be purchased in the state of Wisconsin. Prost!

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Alphabet loop: hillsboro to stoddard.

This loop heads though the Kickapoo Valley Reserve State Natural Area on its way west to Stoddard and the Mississippi River.

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Madison To Prarie Du Chien

This route west out of Madison follows the Wisconsin River to Prarie de Chien and the Mississippi.

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West Salem Loop

This loop heads north out of West Salem along the C, then heads into the Half Moon Bottoms State Natural Area and along the river going west then loops back down through Stevenstown.

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Motorcycling in wisconsin: 5 excellent destinations, discover wisconsin, july 1, 2015, fall | food & drink | history | outdoor recreation | summer | things to do.

If you love motorcycling, you’ll love Wisconsin. I had the honor of meeting up with groups as far south as Platteville and as far north as Cable while we were filming Wisconsin’s Western Ride  for Discover Wisconsin, and it is now completely evident to me how folks fall in love with the open air on the open road. Nothing beats that wind-in-your-hair feeling! The only problem is: I now find myself daydreaming about touring the state on my very own decked-out Harley. With this super sweet helmet . (Hey, a girl can dream!) Whether you’re a veteran motorcyclist or a newbie on wheels, here are just a few of the state’s top riding routes and destinations to discover by motorcycle:

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how much time are you allowing for the entire trip?

you might want to take a diversion down to milwaukee and check out the harley museum, if you've never been... if you're interested in aviation, another diversion is the EAA aviation museum in oshkosh.... if you're into maritime history, check out the maritime museum and sub in manitowoc.... and while in manitowoc, if you have the time, consider taking the


ferry across lake michigan and circle around the top half of lake michigan.... very scenic.....also, consider a ferry ride out to washington island and ride around the island for part of a day.....

we liked staying at the sand bay resort, near sturgeon bay..... it's not centrally located in relation to the northern door, but we liked it nevertheless....

scenic places to check out are peninsula and whitefish dunes state parks and cave point county park.... your route should be around the perimeter of the peninsula as the interior is rather plain and much of it is farmland.....

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btw, the ferry is popular with riders (i've done it a few times with the bike, and many other times with the truck), so you most likely won't be the only riders on the boat.... definitely worth doing once in a lifetime....

you could cross and just explore the MI side for a day or 2.... after leaving the boat, you could take a jaunt north along the coastal road (M-22) to sleeping bear dunes national park, about 1.5-2 hrs ride.... spend the nite in the area, sightsee, hike, whatever, then return on the ferry....

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10 of the Best Motorcycle Rides in Wisconsin

July 19, 2017

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Can you think of a better way to explore the state of Wisconsin than on a motorcycle?

While there are a limited number of months when the weather is right, taking advantage of all the scenic routes around our state should be on every biker’s bucket list. So, whether you’ve got a motorcycle waiting for you in the garage or you’re still dreaming of owning your first Harley, make plans to take all ten of these Wisconsin rides.

(Note: If you think your own bike is just a dream, ask a Unison Member advisor about our competitive motorcycle loans .)

1. The Door County Day Trip

If you live in Northeast Wisconsin, one of the first places you take your motorcycle should be Door County. MotorcycleRoads.us suggests starting at the southern end of the Door Peninsula on Bay Shore Drive and heading up County Highway B through Sturgeon Bay to just north of Egg Harbor.

That’s about a 30-minute ride one way. But, if you want to make an entire day out of it, you could travel around the entire peninsula, heading back south along the lakeside on State Highway 57. Expect lots of natural beauty and plenty of sweeping curves along the way.

2. Kettle Moraine Zig Zag

Just south of the Fox Valley is the Kettle Moraine State Forest, which biker Terry Adams says offers an excellent ride, even if you get a bit lost.

“You really can’t lose because it’s all beautiful scenery,” he says in a post on MotorcycleRoads.com . This area features rock structures formed by two glaciers that crashed into each other millions of years ago.

Adams has a suggested a route that starts west of Sheboygan in the small town of Greenbush. However, he realizes his directions are somewhat confusing and encourages you to explore the area on your own.

3. Milwaukee – Motorcycle Mecca

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Harley Davidson Museum, Milwaukee

Every motorcycle lover should  journey to the home of Harley-Davidson, no matter what kind of bike you ride. When you’re in the Brew City, you’ll find plenty to do. Of course, you need to schedule a trip to the Harley-Davidson museum where you’ll discover the history behind what’s arguably the most famous thing produced in Wisconsin … after cheese.

Skip interstates 43 and 41 for this trip in favor of the backroads. Road Trip America lays out a route that takes you from Oshkosh, past the Horicon National Wildlife Refuge and east towards Milwaukee.

4. The Winding Wolf River

Take State Highway 55 and enjoy this woodsy ride through the Menominee Indian Reservation following the Wolf River.

On MotorcycleRoads.com , Mike H. suggests a route starting in Shawano and taking Hwy 55 north for more than 60 miles. Bikers who’ve taken this trip say there are some nice, sweeping curves and you’ll also spend a little time riding through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest .

5. A “Driftless” Drive

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A view from the Driftless region

The Driftless Area, or Paleozoic Plateau, is found in Southwestern Wisconsin as well as parts of Minnesota and Iowa. The region is known for deeply carved river valleys and includes Blue Mound State Park .

Many motorcycle enthusiasts recommend this area for some of the best scenery in the entire state. You’ll find a variety of landscapes, from rocky cliffs and forests to grasslands and the Mississippi River. Check out the website Driftless Destinations to find routes, attractions, dining, and more – all specifically chosen for motorcycle riders.

6. The Maritime Tour

Check out Wisconsin’s lakeshore as you drive through rolling hills along State Highway 42. Travel Wisconsin recommends taking this ride in the autumn to enjoy the fall colors along the coast of Lake Michigan.

Potential stops along the way could include the historic Rogers Street Fishing Village in Two Rivers as well as the von Stiehl Winery and Ahnapee Brewery in Algoma. Just remember to ride responsibly!

7. An Island Destination

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Motorcycles on the Madeline Island Ferry

If you live in the Fox Cities or Green Bay area, you’ve likely been to Door County more than once. However, too many of us in Northeast Wisconsin forget about the beauty of Bayfield and Ashland counties. A trip to this truly “up north” destination will give you the chance to experience Lake Superior.

You could schedule a visit to see the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and take your bike on the ferry to Madeline Island. That’s the only Apostle Island that has motor vehicles or any type of commercial development.

To help plan your trip, tourism officials from Ashland County have put together a motorcycle tour map . They suggest planning a stay that lasts several days because there is so much to see.

8. Around the Big Lake

Wisconsin’s largest inland lake offers hilly landscapes, farmland, and small towns to explore as you take a trip around Winnebago … just watch out for those lake flies.

Open Road Journey maps out a 200-mile trip that will take you about four hours. However, there are plenty of parks to stop at along the ride if you want to slow things down. Plus, for bikers who are also into racing, the Wisconsin International Raceway isn’t far off the route and, in the summer, you could catch boat races on Lake Winnebago at Menominee Park.

9. The Delta Diner Run

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Outside the famous Delta Diner

Motorcycles and greasy spoon diners go hand in hand, which is why we’re recommending this Northwestern Wisconsin ride featuring a hidden gem of a restaurant.

The Delta Diner is a fun, retro-style roadside attraction near Iron River where you can get burgers, sandwiches, and a variety of what the establishment describes as “eclectic menu items.” It’s even been featured on the Food Network show, Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives with Guy Fieri . This diner proudly proclaims it can be found “at the center of the middle of nowhere.”

Take note … Delta Diner’s hours are 8 am to 4 pm Tuesday through Sunday, and they’re open until around 7 pm on Mondays. So, plan on stopping for lunch or an early dinner, unless you’re looking to have some of their jalapeno pancakes for breakfast.

10. Double Z Along the Fox River

Here’s the perfect starter ride for new motorcycle owners living in the Fox Valley or De Pere area. Travis Van Camp explains that you can start in Kaukauna or De Pere and head north or south on County Roads Z and ZZ hugging the Fox River for a good portion of the route.

He suggests stopping for a burger in Wrightstown. It’s nice to know you don’t have to travel far from home to enjoy the outdoors in Wisconsin.

The Best Thing About Owning a Motorcycle

Of course, one of the most gratifying things about having a motorcycle is the chance to find your own favorite routes. Motorcycles give you the freedom to explore and have adventures on the road.

If owning a motorcycle has been a dream of yours, maybe it’s time to stop fantasizing and move towards making it a reality. Life is too short to be missing out on the exhilarating experience of having the wind at your back as you ride a powerful machine away from all your worries.

Unison Credit Union is here to help you find the road that makes your motorcycle dreams come true. Our motorcycle loans feature competitive rates, and our helpful Member Advisors are waiting to answer all your questions. Visit one of our locations in Kaukauna, Wrightstown, De Pere, Little Chute, or Grand Chute and let’s talk.

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Door County Tour: Ride to Death’s Door

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Door County, Wis., Sept. 25–28—One thing we’ve learned here at THUNDER PRESS , being the clever crew of thrill-seeking adventurers that we are, is that anytime one gets an invitation to tour an unusual location, one does not hesitate. Instead, our motley crew tends to jump on such offers like monkeys on a cupcake so when the daring and highly curious THUNDER PRESS crew got an invite to ride the back roads of Wisconsin out to a place called Death’s Door, we jumped at the chance. Mostly because, well, we’d never realized there was really was such a place. Then to discover it was actually possible to get there via motorcycle and without any nasty dealings with any otherworldly creatures, we started checking out the maps. It sounded like one of those kinds of experiences you can’t pass up. Since we were on the opposite side of the continent, we loaded up our gear and headed straight to the nearest airport.

Arriving about the same time as several other curious motojournalists, we met our hosts and bombed over to grab rental bikes from the House of Harley-Davidson dealership, where a line of shining bikes sat waiting, complete with each rider’s name taped to the windshield. Our gang of madcaps would include riders on a Sportster, a Heritage, a Street Glide, a Road King and a Tri Glide. After a brief tour of the facilities and a chance to meet all the extremely friendly folks who are part of Milwaukee’s legendary dealership, we discovered the helpful crew at the full-service facility will not only organize tours for riders and groups, but will also pick you up from the airport and deliver you to your rental bike. They even offer GPS routes to help you along your way, but we had Jeff Larson from the Landmark Resort aboard his Heritage as a guide to escort us on our sojourn into the mysterious recesses of the area of Wisconsin known as Door County, so we were set.

After a trip through the MotorClothes section, we blasted over to check into our night’s digs, which happened to be at the kitschy-cool Iron Horse Hotel, a converted old warehouse nestled next to the railroad tracks in the historic Tannery District of Milwaukee. Earplugs were thoughtfully provided bedside in case a rambling freight train interrupted a night’s sleep, but none of us found need of them since the building was well insulated and quite comfortable. The upscale, one-of-a-kind hotel, which includes a bar and restaurant options, is within walking distance from the Harley-Davidson Museum.

If you’ve never been to the Harley-Davidson Museum, you need to book yourself a trip to check it out immediately. No kidding. It’s an experience like no other if you’re at all interested in motorcycles or the colorful Harley-Davidson history. It’s an all-inclusive experience and one of those places that could take days to tour, as far as we’re concerned. Offering preferred motorcycle parking, there’s a great restaurant and bar right on site and you can never see everything the first time through, so be sure to plan more than one day when you make your arrangements. With an ever-changing roster of activities scheduled throughout the year, it’s best to research what exhibit feature is on display as well as what bonus fun might be going on during your visit. For us, it was the last night of Bike Night for the season so we got to hang out and party with our host, the museum’s restorer, Bill Rodencal, and all the locals who’d ridden their bikes in for the final farewell before the snow set in. It was a drag to have to leave early, but between jet lag and an early wake-up call, we headed back to get enough rest for the next day’s ride.

Our eye-opening adventure began the next morning as we played follow-the-leader out of the potholed and gnarly streets of Milwaukee. Hitting the freeway in search of smaller two-laned back roads included a few exchanges but for those of us accustomed to cruising congested California super slabs, it was a piece of cake. We were gliding along cornfields and rolling hills before we found ourselves awed by the sights of Lake Michigan’s shoreline and dropped our kickstands for the first stop.

Two Rivers, a little town with a population of 12,000 hale and hearty souls, is nestled on Lake Michigan’s shoreline between the East Twin and West Twin Rivers where they empty into the vast lake. The Van Lanens family, who has been operating the Lighthouse Inn since 1973, hosted lunch for our multifarious lot at their charming Water’s Edge restaurant. The great grub and warm hospitality kept us well fueled as we continued along in our quest, but first we took a walk along the Walkway of Remembrance at the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial, a memorial park established by the Northeastern Wisconsin Bikers Association to honor fallen bikers. With assorted sculptures, creative tables, engraved tribute stones and benches, the off-the-beaten-path memorial is well worth the visit. Next stop was the Door County Visitor’s Center, which is open 24 hours and offers a wealth of information on what is available in the county. By evening we rolled into our cushy digs at the Landmark Resort in Egg Harbor, where we would bivouac in style for two nights.

Door County is a mellow, down-home kind of artsy area consisting of 19 small communities that welcome tourists to taste their wines, try their local cuisine, and enjoy the folklore that’s unique to their small piece of the world. Surrounded by water, the county makes up the thumb of land that juts out from Wisconsin with Lake Michigan on one side and the sparkling Green Bay on the other. The county lays claim to 300 of Lake Michigan’s total 1,600 miles of shoreline and boasts of having the largest concentration of lighthouses in the country. Much of the county’s coast is rocky and rugged, with some 34 named islands within its borders, so a trip to visit some of its 11 historical lighthouses is certainly high on the to-do list for tourists, but that was not our objective. No, our quest involved knocking on the door of death itself. So off we went into the early morning mist to see what we could find along the way.

Although anytime is beautiful in Door County, some amenities are seasonal and riding is not a year-round option due to snow. We found fall to be the perfect time to visit since the brilliant colors of the foliage make for a fantastic backdrop while zipping along the narrow country roads. There were craft fairs, farmers’ markets and antique shops aplenty and the homemade cherry jam is worth drooling over. Places like the family-owned Wilson’s Restaurant & Ice Cream Parlor in Ephraim offers homebrewed root beer and the Viking Grill in Ellison Bay serves up hearty homemade breakfasts while the owners banter between themselves, giving each other, and diners, a good-natured hard time. We cruised curvy roads and countryside, and noticed signage that informed us that the road we traveled doubles as a snowmobile route in the winter months. This was a first for us.

It’s impossible to not feel like part of the family at most of the establishments we rolled up to and Rowley’s Bay Resort was no exception. A comfortable, homey place to hang out and watch boats come and go in the bay while enjoying an adult beverage, the Adirondack chairs on the front lawn called to us. Many of the dinner houses along the coast offer an evening fish boil and Rowley’s comes with a storyteller to explain how the tradition came to be, so, needless to say, there was no way we could pass up an opportunity to soak up some of the local flavor. We sat mesmerized by the performance of octogenarian storyteller Don before the resort chef came out and tossed a mess of locally caught whitefish into a pot of boiling water that sat bubbling near the roadside. Chef threw a can of kerosene on the fire and the concoction exploded in flames. It was pretty cool. After an evening of bayside live theatre, a pyro-performance cooking show and bonfire, all topped off by the call of the dinner bell at a buffet of all things local, we meandered slowly back to the Landmark as the sun sank into the Green Bay. And still, no sight of anything resembling a door marked for death.

By dawn we scuttled out to our waiting beasts to find dew-soaked saddles and an eerie fog hanging over the bay. Heading out for breakfast at the Viking Grill, we fortified ourselves before arriving at the ferry that would take us to Washington Island, the largest of Door County’s 34 islands and the only year-round community among them. The island area is only 35 square miles, but offers over 100 miles of roadway to explore, most of it wooded. It is accessible only by ferry, and only by passing through Death’s Door. At last, we faced our final quest. We rode our bikes onto the ferry and settled in up top to figure out what the ominous moniker was all about, but all we saw was beautiful, smooth-as-glass water.

Legend has it that a lot of Native Americans lost their lives while paddling around in little wooden canoes at the top of the peninsula, so they named the navigational passage between Lake Michigan and the waters of Green Bay the Door of Death. In the early 1700s, along came French sailors and, apparently, they named the scary strait “Porte des Morts,” which means, “carry deaths” in modern translation. It was around that time that it began to be called Death’s Door. Make no mistake; though our voyage was blessed with a warm breeze and bright skies, the winds across the passage can kick up some pretty nasty tides. Legendary crossing tales are shrouded with spooky accounts of vessels being slammed into the rocky cliffs, claimed by swirling currents or high winds. Many a vessel and her unfortunate sailors from the 1700’s and 1800’s lie at the bottom of the strait, but with lighthouses, modern navigational aides and new technology, the 1900’s saw few shipwrecks.

Mooring at the Washington Island dock, we discovered the small island packs a lot of fun within its shores and the narrow, well-paved roads to get there are part of it. From the sweet scent of the lavender fields to zipping past Century Farms proudly displaying signage of their family-owned 100-year-old farms, the island is nothing if not charming. One of our favorite stops was historic Nelsen’s Hall. Built in 1899 by a Danish immigrant who happened to be a bitters freak, Nelsen’s is a local watering hole and eatery that fought Prohibition by selling bitters, a 44.7 percent alcohol-by-volume concoction considered a cure-all stomach tonic, the pub claims to be the only bar in the country that remained open throughout Prohibition by offering exclusive memberships. To this day, tradition dictates that each visitor swing by for a shot of the odd-tasting stuff and become a card-carrying member of the Bitters Club. We have our cards. Be sure to get yours. Just remember: you have to cross Death’s Door to get it. Safe travels. (www.doorcounty.com)


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The county roads in Door County are perfect for motorcycling. You can ride up along the Green Bay side and be right on the water most of the way.

There are lots of state highways on your way across Wisconsin that would be fun on a bike, too.

Tell us what month you are considering, and a rough idea of your budget for lodging, and we can suggest some places to try.

You're starting to get into the season in the more popular towns during that week, but Ephraim is still at off-season rates.

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and the reviews of the place on Trip Advisor. If it doesn't suit you, let us know, and we'll make some other suggestions.

Sorry to leave you hanging - a busy weekend!

Fish Creek is more upscale, so the prices may be too high for you.

and here's a link to the other Sister Bay possibilities:


I Love to ride.

I travel many miles on motorcycles. a few years back I went "21,000" miles in one season on my bike.

Yep that was 21,000. I still cannot believe it.

We used to take the bikes to Door County every fall.

That being said.

I would not recommend Door county for a motorcycle trip that time of year, if you are truely taking the trip to do some riding. If you just want to ride there and then shop and eat out thats fine. But as far as enjoying the ride There are only 2 main highways that run up and down and some cross highways that go from one end to the other. The scenery does not change much. There is a lot of traffic, not like riding on an open road somewhere.

You live much closer to a great area of Wisconsin to ride.

The whole SE section of Wisconsin is great. The roads are very nice and the views are so beautiful. I know many places to stay if you decide on that area.

The great river road is nice along the mississippi river. Most of the county highways are great in the area. When we ride in that part of Wisconsin I call it the "Mini Blue Ridge parkway." You can see for miles and miles.

There are small mom and pop hotels or very nice bed and breakfast's, and some really neat small towns and communities to visit. Winerys, brewerys, restaurants, antiques, festivals, and scenery that cannot be beat.

This area is known as the Driftless area of Wisconsin. Lots of small rivers also the Wisconsin and Mississippi river are great to ride along.

If riding is what you are looking for I think its the best we have to offer in Wisconsin.

Happy Travels.

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Teena, you mean southwest Wisconsin, the coulee country south of La Crosse. And I agree. I went on an MS Society benefit bicycle tour from the Twin Cities to Richland Center and back, and it was gorgeous. On Sunday morning, we were riding through Vernon County and saw lots of Amish people heading for church services and gathered in yards.

Yes You are so correct:

Southwest Wisconsin. By far is the best in Wisconsin for motorcycle riding.

Its too bad we cannot edit our post. I seem to always say something wrong, or spell something wrong, even if I read it over before I send it. lol :)

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I’ve always been fascinated by the open road and exploring the picturesque landscapes Wisconsin has to offer.  Motorcycle rides in Wisconsin  are an exhilarating way to experience the diverse terrain of this stunning state. Nestled in the Midwest among the Great Lakes, Wisconsin boasts a vast array of scenic routes suited for both laid-back cruising and thrilling escapes.

From the dramatic Mississippi River bluffs to the rolling Kettle Moraine hills, there’s no shortage of breathtaking vistas. I’ve put together a list of the  top 8 best motorcycle rides in Wisconsin  to help you plan your next two-wheeled adventure. These routes offer stunning views, engaging twists and turns, and charming local stops.

Wisconsin is well known for its diverse landscapes and beautiful waterways, which create a wide range of incredible motorcycle rides throughout the state. However, the adventures don’t stop at Wisconsin’s borders. Neighboring states also provide stunning rides that are well worth the journey. To the west, Minnesota offers the breathtaking North Shore Drive , a route that hugs the shore of Lake Superior and provides ample views of its majestic beauty. Heading south to Illinois, the Great River Road provides a picturesque ride along the Mississippi River. If you ride east to Michigan, the Tunnel of Trees Road is a must, offering a unique journey through dense, overhanging foliage.

Lastly, head north to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to ride the Brockway Mountain Drive , an exhilarating route with panoramic views of Lake Superior. Each of these routes offers a different experience, making them the perfect complement to Wisconsin’s own fantastic rides.

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1. Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive

I’ve always found the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive to be one of the best motorcycle rides in Wisconsin. Stretching over 115 miles, the drive showcases stunning views and diverse landscapes shaped by glaciers thousands of years ago. It’s an unforgettable experience that any motorcycle enthusiast would appreciate.

I recommend hitting the road from late-spring to early-fall, during which the weather’s just right for motorcycle riding. Here’s a brief overview of the best time to visit:

This scenic ride covers approximately 115 miles of picturesque countryside, and it’ll take you about 3 to 4 hours to complete the round trip. Keep in mind that you might want to allot some extra time for brief stops and to marvel at the views.

There are quite a few fascinating places to stop along the ride, including:

  • Kettle Moraine State Forest – Linger at the Parnell Tower and take in panoramic views from its observation deck.
  • Holy Hill – Catch a glimpse of this beautiful landmark basilica nestled atop a hill.
  • Old World Wisconsin – Immerse yourself in Wisconsin’s history and heritage at this open-air museum.

I’d rate the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive as moderately challenging for motorcyclists, as it mainly consists of well-maintained, paved roads. There are a few curves and elevation changes to keep the ride interesting, but nothing too overwhelming for experienced riders.

Don’t forget about the entrance fees for some stops along the drive, such as the Kettle Moraine State Forest. Lastly, be sure to check the weather forecast and road conditions before heading out, just to be safe.

2. Door County Coastal Byway

Door County Coastal Byway

Wisconsin’s picturesque  Door County Coastal Byway  offers an unforgettable motorcycle ride for riders seeking a blend of natural beauty, charming small towns, and scenic vistas. Spanning 66 miles along the coast of Lake Michigan, it’s a ride that’s perfect for a weekend getaway.

 Although the byway is accessible year-round, I recommend visiting between May and October. The warmer months offer pleasant weather, ideal for enjoying the beautiful surroundings. Fall brings vibrant foliage, providing a stunning backdrop for your ride.

The route spans 66 miles, with a recommended travel time of 3-4 hours. This allows for ample time to soak in the scenery and stop at various spots along the way.

Places to Stop:

  • Egg Harbor : A picturesque village with an artistic flair and unique shopping opportunities.
  • Fish Creek : Another charming village, known for its waterfront park and historic buildings.
  • Baileys Harbor : A harbor town, offering great views and home to the iconic Cana Island Lighthouse.
  • Sister Bay : A popular destination with a vibrant dining scene and waterfront activities.

The Door County Coastal Byway is a relatively easy ride, featuring smooth, well-maintained roads with gentle turns. The picturesque surroundings and slower pace make it suitable for riders of varying skill levels.

Other Information:

  • Speed limits along the byway range from 25 to 45 mph, allowing riders to enjoy a leisurely pace as they traverse this scenic route.
  • Restaurants, shops, and lodging options can be found at various spots along the byway. It’s essential to plan ahead, as some businesses may have seasonal hours.
  • Don’t forget to visit the numerous parks and natural areas along the route, such as Peninsula State Park and Cave Point County Park.

3. Wild Goose State Trail

Wild Goose State Trail

Winding Through the Wild Goose State Trail is definitely one of Wisconsin’s hidden gems. This 34-mile long trail offers a mix of picturesque landscapes, wildlife sightings, and a chance to explore small towns in the area. Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect during your ride on this captivating trail.

The ideal time to ride the Wild Goose State Trail varies depending on your preference. Spring and fall bring with them stunning foliage and comfortable temperatures, while summer offers more daylight hours and better weather. It’s worth noting that some sections of the trail might be closed or impacted during winter months due to snow and ice, so plan accordingly.

The entire length of the Wild Goose State Trail is 34 miles. Depending on your riding speed, you could complete the entire trail within 3-4 hours. However, if you’re the type who likes to stop and relish the scenery or explore the stops, it may take the whole day. On average, bikers usually require around 5-6 hours to fully appreciate the beauty of this trail.

There are several small towns and rest stops throughout your ride on the Wild Goose State Trail. Some notable places include:

  • Horicon Marsh Education and Visitor Center : Learn about the largest freshwater cattail marsh in the United States.
  • Juneau : A historic city with local shops and eateries.
  • Oakfield : A charming, rustic town with a railroad depot – perfect for a quick break.

The Wild Goose State Trail is relatively flat with a limestone and crushed stone surface, making it suitable for bikers of all skill levels. Beginners might find the distance a bit challenging, but experienced riders should expect a relatively smooth and enjoyable ride.

Here are a few essential details about the Wild Goose State Trail:

  • The trail is open for non-motorized use only (except for snowmobiling in designated areas during winter)
  • Trail passes are required for bikers aged 16 and older.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife like deer, beavers, and turtles.
  • Bring insect repellent during summer months to combat mosquitoes.

4. Highway 33 Rollercoaster

Highway 33 Rollercoaster

This route is a true gem, taking riders on an epic adventure through the state’s gorgeous countryside. With its scenic landscapes and exhilarating curves, this ride truly lives up to its “rollercoaster” moniker.

The optimal time for enjoying the Highway 33 Rollercoaster ride is from  late spring to early fall . The mild temperatures and verdant surroundings make these months ideal for taking in the beautiful vistas along the way. It’s also best to avoid this route during the winter months, as snow and ice can create hazardous conditions for motorcyclists.

The total distance of this spectacular ride is  about 100 miles . Given the route’s numerous twists and turns, I advise allowing at least  2-3 hours  to complete the trip. This gives ample time for breaks to enjoy the scenery and attractions that line the highway.

There are several must-see spots along the Highway 33 Rollercoaster that are worth a visit:

  • Wildcat Mountain State Park : A popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts, this park offers hiking, camping, and breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes. Don’t miss the park’s numerous overlooks, which provide stunning vantage points to admire the beauty of Wisconsin.
  • Reedsburg : A charming small town, Reedsburg features an array of quaint shops, eateries, and parks to explore. If you’re a history buff, you’ll appreciate the town’s historic downtown district.
  • Baraboo : Another delightful stop, Baraboo boasts a lively downtown area and unique attractions such as the International Crane Foundation and Circus World Museum.

The Highway 33 Rollercoaster offers a  moderate level of difficulty . The route is packed with curves and elevation changes, requiring riders to be confident in their ability to handle the challenges. This ride is ideal for experienced motorcyclists seeking an adrenaline-pumping adventure.

Before embarking on your journey, it’s essential to note the following:

  • Stay vigilant for wildlife, as deer and other animals are known to inhabit the area.
  • Be mindful of farm equipment and slow-moving vehicles on the road.
  • Use caution when navigating the route’s sharp turns and elevation changes.

5. Wildcat Mountain State Park Loop

Wildcat Mountain State Park Loop

This loop offers a scenic ride through the heart of the driftless region, presenting twists, turns, and incredible views. Here’s everything you need to know:

The ideal time to visit the Wildcat Mountain State Park Loop is from  May to October . During these months, the weather is relatively mild, allowing for an enjoyable ride without worrying about road conditions. Keep in mind, it’s essential to check the forecast before your trip, as weather can be unpredictable.

This picturesque route covers approximately  33 miles  and takes around  1-1.5 hours  to complete. Keep in mind that the actual duration may vary depending on your speed and the number of stops you make along the way.

Make sure to take advantage of some noteworthy stops along the loop:

  • Wildcat Mountain State Park : With breathtaking views of the Kickapoo River, the park offers hiking, camping, and picnicking opportunities.
  • Ontario : A small, quaint town is perfect for a quick stop to grab a bite or explore local shops.
  • Kickapoo Valley Reserve : Over 8,500 acres of forest, prairie, and wetland habitat, this reserve is ideal for taking in the serene landscapes or exploring trails on foot or horseback.

I’d classify the Wildcat Mountain State Park Loop as a  moderate  route for motorcyclists. The road has a good surface, but the numerous twists and turns require riders to stay alert and maintain control throughout the ride. It’s not the most challenging route but would not recommend it to the absolute beginner.

Other Information

  • Always make sure to follow local traffic laws and ride at a safe speed.
  • Keep an eye out for wildlife, as deer and other animals can make unexpected appearances on the road.
  • Take a moment to appreciate the stunning scenery and unique geological features of the driftless region.

6. Black River State Forest Trails

Black River State Forest Trails

This beautiful route offers a unique experience for any motorcycle enthusiast looking to explore the state’s natural beauty.

Ideally, the best time to visit and enjoy the Black River State Forest Trails would be from late spring through early fall. During this period, you’ll be able to enjoy comfortable temperatures and breathtaking foliage.

The entire Black River State Forest covers about 68,000 acres, and the main loop stretches for approximately 69 miles. For most riders, this scenic journey would typically take around 2 to 3 hours to complete, but of course, the total time may vary depending on your speed and frequency of stops along the way.

As you venture through the scenic trails, there are a few noteworthy stops to enhance your experience:

  • Castle Mound Campground : A perfect spot to take a break and enjoy the surrounding natural beauty.
  • Black River State Forest Headquarters : Stop by to gather information about the trails, local flora, fauna, and history.
  • Pigeon Creek : A lovely area to relax, enjoy the views, and maybe even have a picnic.

The Black River State Forest Trails are considered moderately challenging. While there are no significant steep inclines or sharp turns, some sections of gravel and sand may pose a challenge to less-experienced riders. That being said, it’s definitely worth navigating those sections to experience the awe-inspiring views of Wisconsin’s natural landscapes.

Before heading out to explore the Black River State Forest Trails, keep these key points in mind:

  • A map of the trails can be found online or at the Black River State Forest Headquarters.
  • Ensure that you have a state trail pass, as it’s required for motorcycle riding on the trails.
  • Be prepared for wildlife, as there are plenty of deer and other animals in the area.
  • Pay attention to trail signs and be respectful of other trail users.

7. Elroy-Sparta State Trail Adventure

Elroy-Sparta State Trail Adventure

Wisconsin’s Elroy-Sparta State Trail is truly an adventure worth embarking on. As America’s first railroad trail, it offers a diverse and picturesque experience I highly recommend for any motorcycle enthusiast. I’ll guide you through the essential information you’ll need for this journey:

Many agree that late spring, summer, and early fall are ideal for tackling the Elroy-Sparta State Trail. You’ll enjoy the most pleasant weather and take in the trail’s full beauty during these months.

The trail stretches for 32.5 miles, which should take around 1-2 hours to complete, depending on your speed and stops along the way.

During your ride, be sure to visit these notable attractions:

  • The three tunnels: These historic railroad tunnels are a must-see. Constructed during the late 1800s, they now serve as unique and enjoyable break spots while on your ride.
  • Elroy Commons: Located at the start of the trail, this spot offers parking, restrooms, and picnic areas.
  • Sparta Trail Depot: This former train depot, located at the end of the trail, now serves as a trail information center, offering restrooms and souvenirs.

The Elroy-Sparta State Trail is considered beginner-friendly, as it mostly consists of crushed limestone with a relatively flat and stable surface.

  • Be aware that the trail requires a Wisconsin State Trail Pass, which can be purchased at select trailheads or online.
  • Since the trail is also open to cyclists and pedestrians, remember to use caution and be respectful of others sharing the path.
  • Lodging and dining options are available in both Elroy and Sparta, as well as bike and motorcycle rental services if needed.

8. Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Ride

Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Ride

This picturesque route offers riders a serene and beautiful escape from the everyday hustle and bustle. Let me break down some ride characteristics for you.

The ideal time to explore this ride is from late spring to early fall. During these months, you’ll likely experience mild temperatures and clear skies, perfect for a comfortable journey.

The Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest Ride extends for approximately 125 miles. You’ll want to allocate around 3-4 hours to complete the ride, but I recommend setting aside a full day to enjoy any stops along the way.

 There are several noteworthy stops to consider during your ride:

  • The  Delta Diner,  a classic 1940s-inspired roadside restaurant, is perfect for a satisfying meal.
  • Morgan Falls and St. Peter’s Dome  offer a scenic hike to stretch your legs and take in some amazing views.
  • Cable-Namakagon Historical Museum  allows you a chance to learn more about the area’s history.

I’d rate this ride as a moderate difficulty. While the roads are well-maintained, they do feature some twisty sections and elevation changes that may challenge less experienced riders.

 A few more tidbits to help you plan your journey:

  • You can find gas stations, restaurants, and lodging options in the towns of Hayward, Cable, and Clam Lake.
  • Make sure to carry a camera, as the area is abundant with wildlife and beautiful landscapes.
  • Cellular reception may be spotty at times, so it’s a good idea to have a paper map or a GPS device at hand.

What are some of the best motorcycle rides in Wisconsin?

Top Motorcycle Rides In Wisconsin Include Great River Road, Kettle Moraine Zig Zag, Wisconsin’s Route 33, Hwy 55 Menomonee Reservation Ride, Highway 107 River Run, Door County Day Trip, Driftless Drive, And State Route 70.

What Is The Great River Road Motorcycle Ride In Wisconsin?

The Great River Road Is A National Scenic Byway Following Wisconsin’s Western Border For 250 Miles, Offering Stunning Views Along The Mississippi River.

What is the Kettle Moraine Zig Zag motorcycle ride?

The Kettle Moraine Zig Zag Is An Exciting Ride Through The Kettle Moraine State Forest In Wisconsin, Offering Unique Landscapes And A Mix Of Twisty Roads.

Are There Any Scenic Motorcycle Routes In Wisconsin’s Driftless Area?

Yes, Wisconsin’s Driftless Area Offers Several Scenic Motorcycle Routes Showcasing The Region’s Unique Landscape, Hills, And Valleys.

Where can I find more information about motorcycle rides in Wisconsin?

Websites Like MotorcycleRoads.com, REVER, And Travel Wisconsin Offer Additional Information And Maps For Motorcycle Rides In Wisconsin.

Concluding the Best Motorcycle Rides in Wisconsin

I’ve taken you through the top 8 best motorcycle road rides in Wisconsin, each offering its unique charm and appeal.

Before you embark on these thrilling rides, it’s essential to know the best times to visit, how long it’ll take to cover the journey, a few must-visit stopovers, and the level of difficulty for each route. Planning makes a huge difference!

Remember, when embarking on these spectacular rides, always prioritize safety by wearing proper gear, abiding by traffic laws, and maintaining your motorcycle in excellent condition.

Now that I’ve given you all the essential information needed, you’re all set to explore the scenic beauty of Wisconsin on two wheels. While these are my top 8 selections, Wisconsin has plenty more exciting roads for you to discover. So, rev up your motorcycle, breathe in the fresh air, and embark on a journey you’ll never forget – here’s to countless miles of happiness on the road!

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Motorcycling in Door County

You've never seen open roads quite like this.

Door County’s less-traveled roads offer smooth rides across uncluttered highways, byways, and backroads, making the area one of the state’s best destinations for motorcycling enthusiasts.

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5 Must-Ride Roads in Door County

Door County offers 300 miles of coastline and 66 miles of rustic road along the Door County Coastal Byway. Rider Magazine has called the tour through the county “reminiscent of Maine and Cape Cod,” but we think you’ll find it to be a landscape unlike any other you've seen.

1. Bayshore Drive, County B Make your way north from Sturgeon Bay along the shore, passing the bluffs of the Niagara Escarpment on one side and the glistening waters of Green Bay on the other.

2. County U Wind through rural Southern Door County and the quaint communities of Clay Banks and Forestville as the road opens up on the blue waters of Lake Michigan, with little traffic in the rustic, tree-lined landscape along the way.

3. County Q Glide through the famous ridges and swales near Baileys Harbor on your way to Cana Island Lighthouse.

4. Hwy. 42 to Northport Wind your way up the peninsula's most famous highway, then take spurs like Garrett Bay Road to stay near the shoreline and under the trees before hitting the looping curves of the famous curvy road near the northern tip of the Door Peninsula

5. Washington Island Explore 100 miles of road on this sparsely populated island. Stop by restaurants, coffee shops, and historic sites after you hop the ferry across Death’s Door. Don't worry—the ferry is motorcycle and large-gear friendly.

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Door County as a nightlife spot? Here's where this national survey ranks the Peninsula

D OOR COUNTY - Cruise the bars and clubs on State Street in Madison? Hit the casinos in historic Deadwood? Explore the music, food and culture of Harlem?

All fun places for a night on the town, but for a more highly rated place to enjoy the nightlife, experienced travelers prefer – Door County .

That's according to a new survey that ranked Door County not only as the 25th-best spot for night owls in the U.S. but also the best in Wisconsin. Yes, ahead of Milwaukee's Historic Third Ward, which ranked 73rd nationally, and Madison's State Street in 95th.

The survey was commissioned by Mixbook , a California-based maker and producer of photo books, photo cards, calendars and other personalized memorabilia. It polled 3,000 adult "seasoned travelers," as described by Mixbook, to find the 150 top spots for nightlife in the country, and Door County, the Third Ward and State Street were the only places in Wisconsin to make the list.

It might seem strange that a vacation spot known more as a place to escape the noise of the big city and enjoy the natural beauty and tranquil settings should rank so highly on such a list, when "nightlife" usually is considered to mean hustle and bustle, bright lights, crowds, clubs, sounds, cultures and 24-hour action. Downtown Las Vegas and New Orleans' legendary French Quarter placed first and second in the survey and the SoHo district in Manhattan was fourth, for example.

But that beauty and tranquility is among the reasons Door County made it so high on the list.

"While known for its daytime scenic beauty, Door County also offers tranquil evening experiences with local wineries and waterfront dining options that provide a serene setting for nightlife amidst the natural landscape," a press release announcing the results said.

Julie Gilbert, president/CEO of Destination Door County , agreed with those factors while noting several others that offer a different experience from almost all the other nightspots on the list.

“Door County’s nightlife experiences reflect our laid-back and relaxing vibe, offering a variety of traditional options such as live music, lively pubs and local brews or craft cocktails with friends," Gilbert said. "Many are also drawn to our live theater, amazing sunsets, drive-in movies or spending time under the stars at Newport State Park, our certified Dark Sky Park.”

Door County found itself in some heady company with its No. 25 spot on the list. Not far ahead in the rankings were the River Arts District in Asheville, North Carolina, at No. 20; San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter, 21st; downtown Chicago's The Loop, 22nd; and another historic French Quarter, this one on the cobblestone streets of Charleston, South Carolina, in 23rd.

And, trailing the Peninsula in the rankings were some other well-known, very popular nightlife spots with national and international reputations. Those included Pike Place Market in Seattle, in 26th place; Manhattan's Greenwich Village, 30th, and Harlem, 63rd; Beacon Hill in Boston, 51st; Grand Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota, 61st; the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, 78th; the casinos and history of Deadwood, South Dakota, in 79th; and Old Town in the Washington, D.C. suburb of Alexandria, Virginia, 85th.

Meanwhile, the survey cited Milwaukee's Third Ward as "a vibrant arts and fashion district at night, with chic lounges, theater performances and the lively Milwaukee Public Market, making it a prime destination for nightlife enthusiasts."

State Street was noted as "a bustling corridor of nightlife in Madison, linking the University of Wisconsin with the State Capitol. The area is lively with bars, music venues, and eateries that cater to both students and locals."

The Top 10, after Vegas and the French Quarter, are Kailua-Kona on the "Big Island" of Hawaii; SoHo; downtown Anchorage, Alaska; the Historic District in Savannah, Georgia; Old Colorado City in Colorado Springs; downtown Nashville; the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas; and the Waikiki neighborhood of Honolulu.

This article originally appeared on Green Bay Press-Gazette: Door County as a nightlife spot? Here's where this national survey ranks the Peninsula

Patrons at Peninsula Players Theater in Fish Creek gather around a bonfire outside the playhouse on the shore of the bay of Green Bay on a dusky evening. The natural evening charms of the Peninsula are among the reasons Door County was ranked as the best spot for nightlife in Wisconsin, and 25th nationally, in a recent national survey.

Wakulla County 104-year-old WWII veteran travels to D.C. on Honor Flight trip

On this year’s honor flight tallahassee trip, there was only one world war ii veteran.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - It’s been one month since the trip of a lifetime for many Honor Flight veterans marking the opportunity to see their memorials for the first time.

On that flight carrying 76 veterans and guardians was one World War II veteran. Joseph Williams, 104, arrived at the aero center bright and early on Honor Flight day to a crowd full of cheer.

Those greetings would continue all day long for the veteran as naval cadets, guardians and even strangers thanked him for his service.

“I had no idea people was thinking about me, that was wonderful,” Williams said.

This World War II vet said the trip to DC was incredible bringing up many different emotions from his past and though the day was a wet one, he enjoyed himself!

“Well it’s an experience I’ve never had before, that’s for sure,” Williams said.

Marion Hilliard, Joseph’s grandson-in-law was his guardian for the trip.

He recalls the moment he wheeled Joseph into the WWII memorial for the first time.

“Just to be here with him gives me chills now,” Marion Hilliard said. “We don’t always get an opportunity to experience something where somebody is reflected upon in such a manner, so many handshakes and people were so sincere.”

The veteran served in the Navy, in the Pacific theater.

Marion said he’s thankful for the opportunity to hear real stories from Joseph.

“He’s just a wealth of information, for number one, and number two, it’s interesting to just see his point of view because you’re getting a true interpretation to what they’re feeling at that point in time and not something that was read in a book,” Marion Hilliard said.

As for Angela Hilliard, Joseph’s granddaughter, it’s who Joseph is outside of the uniform that makes her the proudest.

“I couldn’t be more happy to have my grandfather. One still living, living with me, and just being able to share those great moments with him,” Angela Hilliard said.

Joseph was humble to the very core, hoping that his sacrifices made our country a place worth living.

“I hope I’ve given some good service in my life in order to make this world a better place to live,” the vet said.

This trip was packed full of a lot of firsts for this hero.

This was also his first time ever being on a plane, and he said it was one of his favorite parts of the entire trip.

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With a design resembling a motorcycle helmet, the Kenworth SuperTruck 2 improves freight efficiency by 136%.


"Build it, and they will come." But what if they had no money? Well, if what they want to build is a future-proofed big rig, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) can help pay for that. What's the catch? Improved aerodynamics, improved efficiency, fuel savings, and cleaner air—those are the things Kenworth's wild-looking SuperTruck 2 concept sets out to achieve.

After six years of development, the Kenworth SuperTruck 2 prototype was unveiled at this week's ACT Expo in Las Vegas. And if Batman owned a heavy-duty semi-tractor, it'd probably look like this. Feigning the traditional tractor snout, the Kenworth SuperTruck 2 resembles a motorcycle helmet no doubt for aerodynamics but with a dash of intimidation. Beyond its look, the big rig concept is powered by a hybrid diesel powertrain that combines a 440-horsepower PACCAR MX-11 engine with a 48-volt electric generator. With added energy waste recovery, a bench test returned an engine efficiency figure of 55.7%. A 12-speed automatic transmission completes the drivetrain. 


The SuperTruck 2 prototype weighs 7,000 pounds less than its benchmark, the 2009 Kenworth T660. At the time, the T660 was considered one of the most fuel-efficient trucks with an estimated 6 mpg, though some managed 7 mpg . Doesn't sound like much, but when you're traveling 125,000 miles a year, the fuel savings also translate into five figures. Kenworth reports 12.8 mpg with its hybrid concept, including an overall efficiency jump of 136%. With the SuperTruck 2, there's potential for more gas money saved (and perhaps spent on the drivers instead).

Kenworth didn't just create a fuel-sipping semi. It designed a driver-oriented one, too. With a narrower face and a large, curved windshield, visibility is expansive. The outside mirrors were removed to minimize drag but were replaced with a camera system that encompasses rearview monitoring, trailer tracking, and night vision enhancements. 


More comfort-focused upgrades include a redesigned adjustable sleeper berth. The bed folds over the sofa, which creates separate sleeping and sitting areas. The tabletop can also rotate based on your needs: working, eating, or relaxing. After a long drive, getting in and out of the truck is less of a chore too. Ingress and egress are made easier thanks to a large driver-side door opening and extendable stair-like steps.

Kenworth admits that diesel isn't exactly the future of fueling but notes that its SuperTruck 2 is built to accommodate whatever the future does bring. The company says the overall layout is flexible—no need to change the basic cabin design. SuperTruck 2 can be configured to support zero and near-zero emission solutions, including fuel cells, hydrogen tanks, natural gas tanks, and batteries. 


With a name taken straight out of a '90s cartoon, the DOE's SuperTruck program began in 2009. Its goal was to encourage efficiency improvements for Class 8 heavy-duty trucks. That means vehicles weighing more than 33,000 pounds including everything from cement mixers, fire trucks, and tour buses to large semis .

Cummins-Peterbilt, Daimler, Navistar, and Volvo signed up at the onset of the program and each saw freight efficiency improvements , many of which exceeded the DOE's goal of a 50% overall efficiency increase. The added funding helped the truck manufacturers develop advancements beyond just the engine and powertrain but also improvements in tires, materials, and energy management. Daimler showcased a 115% freight efficiency increase during a five-day, 312-mile road trip. Volvo's testing produced an 88% improvement over a customer drive-cycle. 


With its success, more federal funding opportunities became available, with each round seeing an increase in the shared pot. In 2016, SuperTruck 2 provided $80 million to four recipients, and we covered Navistar International's prototype hybrid semi last year.

The DOE announced SuperTruck 3 in 2021 and offered up $127 million for five recipients. The latest fund, SuperTruck: Charged , is earmarked for $72 million for a yet-to-be-determined number of charging infrastructure projects. Although still prototypes and concept models, the vehicles developed through the SuperTruck initiative aren't merely science fair show-and-tell demos. It's good to see these projects go the distance, as many of the technologies, designs, and materials have already made their way into production .

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