Route Maps‎ > ‎

Variations on Miller Lite Ride for the Arts

Photos

Location: Milwaukee, WI
Driving time: about 20 mins (10.6 miles)
Ride With GPS: Map/Cue Sheet (50 mile route)
Ride With GPS: Map/Cue Sheet (36 mile Concordia University Loop)

Directions: Google Maps (by car) 
Google Maps (by bike) 
You have the option of biking or driving to the start of this ride. Driving is about 11 miles, while biking is around 8 miles. Depending on the time of day, it could be faster to bike there. If biking, I usually take the Oak Leaf Trail east (bike path that runs past the volleyball and tennis courts of Charles Hart Park). This runs parallel to State St. Continue on the trail until 49th Street. Turn right (south) on 49th Street and then turn left on either Wisconsin or Michigan. Both roads will take you to the lake. Then I take Lincoln Memorial north (past the Art Museum) until I reach the start of the ride. You can also use the Google Maps' Biking Directions 
to plan a biking route anywhere within the Milwaukee metro area. However, in this case I feel that the above route is better than what the website recommends (if you're comfortable biking on roads rather than a trail, that is). The start/finish for this ride is the parking lot next to the Alterra Coffee at the Lake Cafe.

Comments: The map comes from the route for the 50 mile Miller Lite Ride for the Arts. (They start at the Summer Fest grounds, though.) We typically do not ride the entire 50 miles but rather turn around at the Wheel & Sprocket in Fox Point. Make sure to stop on in with your empty water bottles because you can fill up with water for free there (used to be free sports drinks but that policy was changed). Unlike the other route maps listed here, this route (at least up until the Wheel & Sprocket) is flat and very fast. There is, however, one long uphill as Lincoln Memorial/Lake St curves briefly away from the lake. There are sections where you can quite easily keep up with traffic. The secton on Lincoln Memorial has the option of using the bike trail that is on the east side of the road. However, we and the other road biking groups that ride it just stay on the road. Traffic is relatively light and it is safer than trying to avoid the pedestrians on the trail. Also, just 2 miles up the road from the Wheel & Sprocket is Doctors Park. This is a fun place to stop for a picture. ;-)
ċ
Concordia_University_Loop.gpx
(127k)
Scott K,
Jul 28, 2014, 10:14 PM
ċ
Concordia_University_Loop.tcx
(521k)
Scott K,
Jul 28, 2014, 10:14 PM
ċ
Ride_for_the_Arts_50_Mile.gpx
(166k)
Scott K,
Jul 28, 2014, 10:11 PM
ċ
Ride_for_the_Arts_50_Mile.tcx
(679k)
Scott K,
Jul 28, 2014, 10:12 PM
Ċ
Scott K,
Apr 18, 2010, 7:21 PM
Comments