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U.S. Route 151 is a great motorcycle route over twisty roads through the cities of Manitowoc, Fond du Lac, Madison, Dubuque and Cedar Rapids. At Dubuque you can cross over the mighty Mississippi River on the Dubuque-Wisconsin Bridge.
U.S. Route 151 is literally the ‟Field of Dreams”; the movie was filmed along the road South of Dubuque and it's known in the area as one of the great motorcycle roads to travel. The route takes 6 hours over 292 miles (470 km) of less-travelled straight-a-ways and twisties, surrounded on both sides by farmlands between the cities. It's a true Midwest dream of a road.
Start in Manitowoc, Wisconsin a county of 34,000 people located on the Western shores of Lake Michigan and the Western portion of the Niagara Escarpment. Some biker friendly bars in the area include Desert Jack's and Gary's Getaway. Manitowoc gained some notoriety in 1962 when a piece of Sputnik-4 crashed onto North 8th Street. The Wisconsin Maritime Museum was founded in 1968; it's a great place to visit to learn about the maritime heritage of Manitowoc and the Great Lakes. Since its opening the museum has become home to one of USA's most extensive collections of Great Lakes maritime history, original artifacts and nautical archaeology. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Manitowoc see: http://esr.cc/MybrLR
From Manitowoc to Fond du Lac ride West on U.S. Route 151 passing through the town of Chilton until you reach Lake Winnebago, then ride South to Fond du Lac.
Fond du Lac is located at the South end of Lake Winnebago. The name is French, meaning 'bottom (or foot) of the lake'. Some biker friendly bars in the area include Ricoshay's Tap and Park Avenue Bar, both located in the nearby city of Oshkosh. Fond du Lac gained notoriety during the 1990's when several stores on South Main Street sold several huge winning lotteries tickets, since then, the area has been known as Miracle Mile. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Fond du Lac see: http://esr.cc/MKQFTW
From Fond du Lac to Madison go Southwest on U.S. Route 151 passing through the towns of Waupun, Beaver Dam, Columbus,Sun Prairie to arrive in Madison.
Madison is a metropolitan city of 630,000 people surrounded by water front, located in South Wisconsin on an isthmus (strip of land between two bodies of water). The city is sometimes described as The City of Four Lakes, comprising of the four lakes of the Yahara River: Lake Mendota ("Fourth Lake"), Lake Monona ("Third Lake"), Lake Waubesa ("Second Lake") and Lake Kegonsa ("First Lake"). The Wisconsin State Capitol Building is located here and sits in the middle of the isthmus. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Madison see: http://esr.cc/MnN6q6
From Madison, Wisconsin to Dubuque, Iowa continue riding West on U.S. 151 passing through the towns of Verona, Mt. Horeb and Dodgeville. Then take the motorcycle road South West through Mineral Point and Platteville to get to the Mississippi River crossing in Dubuque. The road to Dubuque is full of twisties as it snakes through South Wisconsin farmland and corn fields.
Dubuque is a small city of 58,000 people located at edge of the Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois border on the Mississippi River. Some biker friendly bars in the area include Wando's Bar & Grill and Riley Tavern. Dubuque is named after the first permanent settler, a Quebecois pioneer, Julien Dubuque, who arrived in 1785. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Dubuque see: http://esr.cc/Q87zTc
From Dubuque to Cedar Rapids, Iowa ride Southwest on the final stretch of U.S. Route 151 for 71 miles (115 km). Pass through the towns of Cascade, Monticello, Langworthy and Anamosa. The road here has more twisties, lots of turns as the road snakes through Iowa cornfields.
Cedar Rapids is a city of 126,000 people located in East Iowa on the Cedar River. Known as the 'City of Five Seasons', which stands for the time to enjoy the other four. The Tree of Five Seasons sculpture is the city's centrepiece, located on the Cedar River's north bank; it was constructed in the mid-1990s by a local businessman to promote the area. A biker friendly bar in the area to visit is called Chrome Horse Slophouse & Saloon. For more information on what to see, where to eat and where to sleep in Cedar Rapids see: http://esr.cc/NDiz4Y
U.S. Route 151 is a less-travelled field of dreams, well known as one of the great roads to travel in the area. The route is 6 hours over 292 miles (470 km) of straight-a-ways and twisties through small towns and deserted cornfields. It's a Midwest gem of a road. Enjoy the Ride! Eat Sleep RIDE.