The Rustic Roads of Wisconsin are like a bad habit. Once started, extremely hard to quit. I absolutely love these roads even though the markings are bad, actually, most of them are horrible leaving me lost and in the middle of nowhere on a rough road. Movies like Children Of The Corn or Texas Chainsaw Massacre will quickly come into my head as a little bit of fear begins to creep in.
Eventually, each and every time, I find myself back to a paved road safe and sound and eventually back to a signal that'll allow me to use my phone's GPS to figure out where the hell I'm at. Of course, I'm always happy to see that I'm still in the state of Wisconsin and even happier to know I'm still in the same county I started out on.
Anger, frustration and a whole lot of swear words flow freely through my body each and every time this happens. So one would think I would just give up and say, "to hell with you Rustic Roads". But I don't, and why? Because there is so much beauty to be seen and felt on these roads. Each road offers the true backroad beauty that Wisconsin has to offer. Not to mention it will lead you to small, forgotten towns, rundown buildings and barns with large rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
Mother Nature shines bright on these roads and the animals calling these areas home sing loud and proud as I drive through with the windows down. Cars are seldom even if the area is populated with homes, heck, even some of the homes are big and beautiful to look at while passing by.
My all-time goal is to hit each and every single Rustic Road that exists in Wisconsin. Within the month of October, I will have the Northwest region complete and, if the weather holds out, I should be able to mark off the Southwest region as well. There will also be a large chunk taken out of the Northeast region when I drive over to the Green Bay/Door County areas this weekend.
Of course, as I set up the plans, routes, and print maps I start thinking about the other Rustic Roads, the season, location and wonder can I get at least one more in before it is dark at 4p and the snow starts flying? Oh, I think so and then the plans start to fly. I love planning my road trips, the timing and the views I'm going to see along the way with Aria in the back enjoying the view and ride as well.
I can't say it loud or proud enough about how much I love my traveling lifestyle and the photos that are captured along the way and it is my great privilege to share them with you. Enjoy!!
These scenic drives are broken down by county as most of them are not connected.
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