Overview

NEW DATES!! September 13 - 20, 2021. Join us on an adventure rolling through farmlands, lake-studded forests, glacial topography and picturesque small towns on a bike adventure with the Madison, Wisconsin FF Club. We will be biking mainly on specially dedicated biking trails that are either covered with crushed limestone or paved - suitable for any bike other than thin tire fancy road bikes. Fall is a lovely season here with generally nice, crisp biking weather - though we will ride rain or shine (bring appropriate clothing), and it still could be warm. We've chosen trails surrounding our lovely city and beautiful lakes. We can send you links to see the trails if you wish. All rides will have a short (up to 25 - 30 miles) and a long (up to 45 - 60 mile) options. Lunches will be in unique local restaurants or picnics along the trails. We will have the option to stop to visit some local sights along the way. We ask that all Ambassadors sign a waiver of liability and that you are fully vaccinated. All Home Hosts will be fully vaccinated and many will be riding with you. We need at least ten solid bikers to make this Journey happen, and we need to know of your interest right away (by the end of May) so we can fully plan your wonderful visit.

Home Hospitality

Home Hospitality provided by the Friendship Force club of Wisconsin-Madison.

Live With a Local

  • We will be biking mainly on specially dedicated biking trails that are either covered with crushed limestone or paved - suitable for any bike other than thin tire fancy road bikes. Fall is a lovely season here with generally nice, crisp biking weather - though we will ride rain or shine (bring appropriate clothing), and it still could be warm.We ask that all Ambassadors sign a waiver of liability and that you are fully vaccinated. All Home Hosts will be fully vaccinated and many will be riding with you. .

Sightseeing Highlights

  • Visit the UW campus with its famous terrace on the lake where you can have campus-made ice cream or Wisconsin-brewed beer
  • Olbrich Botanical Garden
  • Famous Saturday Farmer's Market (largest producer-only market in the country)
  • Capital Building
  • Ride around Lake Monona
  • Lake shore options in Milwaukee include the Calatrava-designed Art Museum or the Harley Davidson Museum
Great hosts, and a good itinerary combining both rural and city activities. - Previous ambassador

Escape to Wisconsin by Bike!

8 Days / 7 Nights Program and Itinerary:

September 13, 2021 – September 20, 2021
Coordinator: Stephanie Sorenson, FF Wisconsin-Madison
[email protected]

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Sept. 13, 2021

Arrival in Madison

Sept. 14, 2021

Bike Prep

Group activity

Tune-up Ride 1

Sept. 15, 2021

Ride 2

Sept. 16, 2021

Ride 3

Sept. 17, 2021

Free Day

Possible Trek Tour

Sept. 18, 2021

Market

Ride 4 – Downtown lake ride

Sept. 19, 2021

Ride 5

Sept. 20, 2021

Ambassadors depart

Rate:

$500 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, rides, welcome dinner, lunch allowance, and trail pass. Does NOT include rental bike, which, if needed, is about $100 to $125 for a week.

Availability:

8Spaces Remaining

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Know before you go

  • Journey number 21453.
  • Bring your own favorite bike, or rent a bike locally to make everything easier.
  • Ride mostly along a mix of paved and limestone bike trails (no traffic). Suitable for any bike other than skinny road bikes.
  • All rides will have a short and long option (up to about 25 miles or up to about 40 to 50 miles).
  • Most rides will be mainly flat with a few rolling hills - easy to moderate biking.
  • We will ride in all weather unless there are serious thunder storms - bring appropriate clothing.
  • Links to information about the trails can be sent to you upon request.
  • We ask that all Ambassadors sign a waiver of liability and that you are fully vaccinated. All Home Hosts will be fully vaccinated and many will be riding with you.
Interested in this Journey?

We would love to have you on this Journey with us.

Our Mission

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new countries and cultures from the inside by bringing people together at the personal level. Through the signature program of home hospitality, local hosts welcome international visitors into their culture, sharing with them meals, conversation, and the best sights and experiences of their region.
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