"I did the full GLR series last year. I needed to mix it up this summer so I did a 200K in WI and will do the 400K with GLR this weekend as well (love the route). I did a great 300K out of Apple Valley two weeks ago and plan to go back up…"
"Quad Cities (at least this year) rides fall on the same dates as those for GLR. I've only done one ride there (hot,windy 400K in 2013). The route was pretty flat, but the roads in IA were in much better condition than WI.
MN has some great…"
"Quad Cities isn't too far away. I have also done St. Louis events several times. The nice thing about St. Louis is that Amtrak allows for roll-on bikes ($10). I usually just take my car rack and rent a car a few blocks away."