Monday in Whitewater will be sunny with a high of 8. Sunrise is 7:24 AM and sunset 4:41 PM for 9h 17m 11s of daytime. The moon is a waxing gibbous with 58.8% of its visible disk illuminated.
On this day in 1883, the Newhall House Fire in Milwaukee claims seventy lives: “the Newhall House burned at the northwest corner of Broadway and Michigan Streets in Milwaukee. Rescued from the fire were The P.T. Barnum Lilliputian Show performers Tom Thumb and Commodore Nutt.”
A Wisconsin bikepacking route has earned top honors from Bikepacking.com, a website that publishes routes and information on bikepacking, essentially backpacking with a bike.
The route, the Wisconsin Waterfalls Loop, was awarded the best new weeklong route by the website. It beat out routes in New Mexico and Switzerland to win the award, which was determined by editors of the website based on originality/intent, quality of documentation, and which route they would like to ride most.
The 382-mile route loops around northern Wisconsin, passing 28 waterfalls along the way and is estimated to take six to eight days to complete. About 85% of the route is on unpaved roads.
The route begins in Cable, travels east through the Chequamegon-Nicolet National Forest, then turns north to the Wisconsin-Michigan border at Hurley. From there, it heads west to the Bayfield Peninsula, then south back to Cable.
In addition to waterfalls to see along the way, the route includes suggestions for restaurants, lodging (mainly campgrounds) and other points of interest, like old Civilian Conservation Corps camps.
Dave Schlabowske, who developed the route, said he always tries to include local restaurants, taverns, convenience stores and other unique stops in his routes because stopping at those places is part of what makes bikepacking in northern Wisconsin so great.
“It’s not just a backcountry experience,” he said.