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Badger State Trail Overnight Trip 6/2/2012

Posted by on June 20, 2012

On Saturday June 2nd and Sunday June 3rd I took an overnight trip on the Badger State Trail. I started in Madison, WI and stayed overnight at Lake Le-Aqua-Na State Park near Lena, IL.

This was my first solo camping overnight trip hauling my own gear with my Burley Travoy. I had done a 30 mile dry runs around town with a fair amount of gear and I was confident on going 56 miles each way.

The ride down was fairly easy until some long climbs and hilly county roads off the trail that really killed me hauling a tent and all my other gear in the trailer. The campground was very clean although after being spoiled by Wisconsin campground i was not that impressed by how open the sites were. After biking into town for some dinner and some brews I headed back to the campground.

I was pretty beat the next day but managed to make it back in once piece with some extra breaks.

Overall I was very happy with the Burley Travoy fully loaded, i only felt drag on the climbs. I really need to drop 10 pounds worth of gear my next trip and I think it will be perfect. I liked the Travoy much better than the standard Burley trailers. I dont think you can really do much better for carrying gear on tour.

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One Response to Badger State Trail Overnight Trip 6/2/2012

  1. Dina

    Hi Bart,

    Thanks for sharing your latest biking experience. Great thing you can travel that far with your bike, as it is not the case on our end. There were only few bike lanes available in the cities leading to nearby provinces. That makes biking limited to villages and subdivisions. And if you really want to bring a bike to use in the province, you have to have a car with bike rack (only small number comprises foldable bikes) or ride a bus and pay extra for the bike.

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