People familiar with Northwoods lore have been expecting today's Rustic Roads video for a while. The creature grinning behind me in video logo is the Hodag, a mythical creature first photographed in near Rhinelander in 1896.
The rides in today's video happen on the other side of Oneida County, near Minocqua. I think the nordic skiing heritage of the area had a strong influence on the design of these roads. R58 is fully paved, and is a pleasant ride with some nice curves, like a beginner/intermediate "blue" ski trail. About a third of the way into it, though, you find the entrance to R59. That road is almost all gravel, with some decent climbs and narrow stretches, like a more advanced "black" ski trail. Both routes dump you on the highway, so you can take 70 and 51 - the "base loop" - back to the start and ride them again.
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