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Sunday Rides on Two Wheels

Motorcycling in Southern Wisconsin

Barbara Barber

Publication Year: 2009

Eighteen unforgettable routes along riverways and ridges, down rustic roads and coulees, and over 1,800 miles of southern Wisconsin’s best rides

Published by: University of Wisconsin Press

Title Page, Copyright

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pp. 2-5


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pp. 1-2

I’m old enough to remember when a Sunday ride was the family’s afternoon entertainment. My dad would pack us into the sedan and we’d head out on to rural roads for a leisurely drive in the countryside. Sitting in the back seat, the wind would blow through my hair and the sun would shine on me through the windows. Now my Sunday riding is done on a motorcycle. And even though my ride may take place on a Tuesday, it still has a Sunday ride...

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pp. 3-4

Sunday Rides on Two Wheels was first published in 2003, and the good people at Uke’s Harley-Davidson have been my biggest supporters. Heather, Liz, Bree, Nicole, and Terry, thanks for putting my book in front of everyone who walks in the door. Larisa and Wally, thanks for getting my bike on the service schedule. And Ray, “you da man!” Not only are you a terrific mechanic, you’re a great friend. Keith and Nanc, if it wasn’t for you, I’d never...

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pp. 5-42

Southeast Wisconsin is noted for its proximity to Lake Michigan and for the Milwaukee/Chicago corridor. Once west of I-94 though, there are a surprising number of rural, scenic roads, thanks to the Wisconsin Glacier. It seems odd in this day when we worry about global warming to remember that 14,000 years ago Wisconsin was covered with a milethick sheet of ice. The effects of glacial advances and retreats are well preserved in the state in general...

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pp. 43-64

The Wisconsin Glacier covered the state 14,000 years ago with a mile-thick sheet of ice. As it advanced and retreated the glacier created end moraines and kettles. Moraines, composed of rock, gravel, and sand, formed as the glacier scraped over the landscape and left this debris in nearly parallel lines. Kettles were formed when the glacier retreated and great chunks of ice...

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pp. 65-104

The Wisconsin Glacier of 14,000 years ago was the major force forming the terrain in most of Wisconsin except the southwest portion. The unglaciated portion of the state became known as the Driftless Area or the Uplands. The transition area between the two landscapes runs through the northeast portion of Green County and the southwest...

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pp. 105-134

The Coulee region shares the same unglaciated geologic features— long winding ridges, steep valleys, and many twisting streams and rivers —as the Driftless Area, but it seldom goes by that name. Instead the section north of the Wisconsin River became known as Coulee Country, or God’s Country. “Coulee” refers to the short, steep valleys named by French fur trappers in...

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pp. 135-160

If you had been able to ride in the Baraboo Hills or Bluffs 500 million years ago, it would have been a very short ride. Many geologists believe this “mountainous” oval was surrounded by a tropical sea near the equator. Over the years the continent moved north 10,000 miles (about an inch per year) and the sea drained...


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About the Author, Back Cover

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pp. 177-178

Barbara Barber bought her first motorcycle in 1997. Since that time she has ridden over 200,000 miles on five different bikes. She is currently a member of the Kenosha...

E-ISBN-13: 9780299230234
E-ISBN-10: 0299230236
Print-ISBN-13: 9780299230241
Print-ISBN-10: 0299230244

Page Count: 176
Illustrations: 74 b/w photos, 20 maps
Publication Year: 2009

Edition: Second