- For the riders in the GRABAAWR coasting along Wisconsin's back roads is their favorite way to spend the day, or a week. And that's exactly what these riders will do for the Great Annual Bicycle Adventure Along the Wisconsin River, also known as the GRABAAWR.
"We stop along the way, we stop at all the eateries, and we eat a lot! And we just enjoy all the scenery. Some like to fish, some like to swim. We just like to have a great time," says GRABAAWR tour director, Eric Schramm.
This year riders began their trip in Eagle River and will head south through 6 stops all the way to Prairie du Chien- about 400 miles, covering around 70 miles each day.
"They start anytime they want in the morning, some start as early at 6 AM, and they can be finished by dinner, at 5 o'clock," says Schramm.
"Really once you get used to biking, especially on a bike that's comfortable, 50 miles is leisure-like," says rider Larry Varney. Varney traveled up from Kentucky for his second run in the GRABAAWR.
"It's fun, it's healthy, it's relatively inexpensive... You can spend the whole day and the only thing you spent money on is what you eat along the way," says Varney.
Part of what's made the GRABAAWR so successful is a legacy of Wisconsinís dairy industry- paved back roads.
"All of our customers say they love biking in Wisconsin because of the farm-to-market roads. The roads don't have a lot of traffic on them, and they're heaven for biking," says Schramm.
If you're wondering if you could handle 7 days on a bike, here's a tip:
"Go out and ride at least a few times 20 miles and see how that feels, cause that'll let you know whether or not your bike is comfortable. Cause if the seat isn't comfortable, you're gonna be miserable...But if you could do 20 miles and be comfortable, you could do 40 no problem," says Varney.