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Thursday, August 28, 2008
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Monday, August 25, 2008
Sunday, August 24, 2008
This is my favorite back road to ride. This is what most of the roads looked like I rode today.
Saturday, August 23, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
This is a wild life area we rode by.
Friday, August 15, 2008
This is the dog cemetery in the the sanctuary. It was ironic that I ended up riding by here today...didn't plan it and have not been by here since last fall. The first pet I was attached to is buried here. We now have a pet cemetery on our property at home.
This is the entrance from county M. I do some mountain biking out here. Miles of rut roads with most of it being no motorized vehicles.
When I got to highway 35, I went up the highway a short distance to this wayside and had a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, then headed it for home.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Thursday, August 7, 2008
We headed west on our fourth rail trail of the trip...the LaCrosse River Trail.
When we reached the city of Bangor, we decided to look for a snack. We rode through town and found a store, bought our snacks and headed back to the trail. Before we reached the trail...a mere few feet...I hit a pothole in the road and had a pinch flat on the rear tire. It was a good thing that we had purchased the new tube and CO2's to replace the ones from the previous flat. We had this shaded area to change the tube and have our snack.
Where the Lacrosse trailand the Great River trail meet, we stopped and cooked up lunch....chicken-n-noodles dehydrated...tasty.
We then headed on the final leg...The Great River Trail. This ended up to be the one of the nicest trails I have ever been on. The scenery along this trail is unbeatable.
This is one of many bridges we crossed on The Great River Trail. The trail runs through miles and miles of marshland. I expected to see an alligator poke its head up out of the back washes of the Mississippi where this trail runs.
We rode 51 miles on the final day, for a total of 127 miles. I would suggest these Wisconsin State Trails to anyone who is interested in traffic free bicycling. All of the towns we passed through were extremely bicycle friendly. It seems like some of the towns are centered around bicycling...rest stops...water...bathrooms...maps...some even have showers...snacks and souvenirs. There are many Amish in the area riding in their buggys pulled by horses...did not take any pictures of them...I understand they don't like that. We witnessed a lot of families enjoying these trails also.
The brown flower heads in this picture is the Wild Parsnip. There is a lot of this on the old railroad trails. Read the picture below.
We made it to Wilton when it really hit hard... thunder, lightning and heavy rain. There were people hiding about in the area to escape the storm. We waited an hour and a half, and the rain hadn't stopped yet, so we suited up again and continued on. We didn't get pictures of the third tunnel on our trip because it was still raining.
It had finally quit raining about a mile before this tunnel...the last rain we would see on our trip. This is the fourth tunnel on our trip. It is 3/4 mile long. You need to walk your bikes through all of these tunnels. This tunnel is especially wet. It's like it is raining from the ceiling. It is also so dark that you cannot see your hand in front of your face. You need to carry a flashlight with you.
This is our campsite at the walk-in campground at Sparta. The mosquito's were so thick you could swat multiple mosquito's with each swat. I cannot remember the last time I used repellent...10 years or more. It did not take me long to cave-in. They were not big just an army of them. After setting up camp, we rode into Sparta and replaced the tube and CO2's I had used earlier. We treated our selves tonight to supper at Culver's. This was a good change from the dehydrated food.
I did make coffee when we returned...MMM coffee. I also went over the chains as they were very dirty from todays riding on the crushed limestone trails. I am glad I brought a small bottle of lube along. The bikes are full of dirt and grime. We had a 41 mile day.
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We also purchased a B.O.B. bicycle trailer and some other goodies from REI. Between the two stores, we figured we were ready to go.
These were the two generous young gentlemen that helped us with the logistics. We could not have done it without their help....Mitch on the left....Michael on the right.
This is us at the start.
This is the first trail that we rode on. It is a Juneau County trail that leads from Camp Douglas to Hustler and on to Elroy where it meets up with the 400 State Trail and the Elroy/Sparta State Trail. It is an asphalt trail. The daily trail fee is $1.00....money well spent.
There are several new bridges on this trail.
This is the first of four tunnels we will pass through on our ride.
These towns are bicycle towns. The people are friendly, traffic is courteous, and trails are well marked. I can't express how bicycle friendly this area is.
We intended to ride to the trail closure and then on to Hillsboro and back to Union Center. When we arrived in Wonewoc, I had a flat tire. Seeing how we would be back tracking anyway, we turned around there and headed back to Elroy to setup camp, as I had used one of my CO2's and had only a patched tube to go on.
View from the campsite.
Around midnight we could see lightning surrounding the area. At 2:30 a.m. it came rolling through where we were camped. This was bad as we were camped on the TOP of one of the largest hills in the area.... in a clearing.... during a lightning storm. It stormed until about 4:00 a.m.Steve really helped us with picking out our gear, as the wind blew and it rained hard. Everything stayed dry, including us....that's a good thing.
This was a bad thing. Going into the walk-in campground required passing through a large culvert that went under the highway. We had passed through the culvert three times....when the forth time came around Janice wanted to push her bike through. I told her she had made it three times why not ride again...but do what you want. She decided to ride again.... and....this was the result. I felt really bad about this. Lesson...keep mouth shut. When riding bicycles you need to think about where you want the bicycle to go...not where you do not want it to go. You will learn that when you mountain bike....or you had better learn it.