Stage 4: September 10~This will be our shortest day yet. With a mere 215-miles to cover, we will have a more relaxed day with a less hectic route. After a nice start in Milwaukee, riders will spend the morning navigating the network grid through southern Wisconsin farm country before we arrive for a casual lunch at the famous Kutter Harley-Davidson dealership. Located in Munroe, Wisconsin, Kutter has received several awards including the coveted Gold Bar and Shield Circle of Excellence award and has been voted #1 Harley-Davidson dealership in the U.S.
With a population of just under 11,000, the city of Monroe covers just 4.3-miles and still has a small town feel that denotes a friendly atmosphere. Nestled among the lush green rolling countryside of southwestern Wisconsin, the town is recognized as the Swiss Cheese Capital of the United States due to early settler’s cheese making during the 1800s and area cheese plants still take pride in making European styled cheeses. Our stop in this quaint berg will be short before we strike out for the afternoon ride where we cross the mighty Mississip’ before entering Iowa.
The Mississippi-Missouri River combination is one of the world’s largest river systems in size, habitat diversity and biological productivity and ranks fourth in length behind the Nile, Amazon and Yangtzee rivers. It is the third longest river in America, flowing entirely within the U.S. Originating at Lake Itasca in Minnesota, the great Mississippi River winds its way through the center of the continental United States before emptying into the Gulf of Mexico and is bound by 31 states. At it’s narrowest stretch, the river is between 20-30 feet wide but opens up to its widest at 11-miles. At the headwaters the surface speed of the river is around 1.2-miles an hour, while near New Orleans it flows an average of 3-miles an hour.
After a quick trip across Iowa farm country we will arrive at the famous National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa. Founded in 1989, this diverse museum houses some very significant antique motorcycles, many on loan from private collectors, and the displays will certainly capture our group’s attention. Our evening will be spent enjoying a hosted dinner among the impressive compilation of motorcycle memorabilia, vintage toys, posters and machines. Visitors to the museum are encouraged to get involved in the member-supported organization and can sign up by going to www.nationalmcmuseum.org/membership