Anyone know of a gravel route from northern IA to Madison to Milwaukee? I'm not seeing much.
- Now east of the Mississippi is another section to figure out. I knew the northeast coast states had a lot of pavement, but I'm surprised how paved IL, IN,and OH are. Looks like it may be a lot of rail trail, which isn't that bad.
Pure gravel is going to be hard to find in Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin. Gravel Map shows a lot of pieces that could be strung together.
It's pretty easy to find some great (and hilly) gravel riding in NE Iowa over to Freeport, IL. There's a great shop there called Freeport Bicycle Co that is the gravel grandmaster shop of northern IL. There's rails-to-trails unpaved routes from Freeport most of the way to downtown Madison. It becomes paved at some point in WI, but I don't remember where. There's another similar trail that goes most of the way to Milwaukee. Very little gravel around MKE if you still want to go through there.