Sunday, June 27, 2010
After riding the John Muir trails, it was off to Madison. We camped at Capital Springs campground, which the campground itself is a Dane County park connected to the Capital Springs State Recreation Area run by the the WDNR. We had mistakenly thought it was a state campground. It wasn't our favorite, but if one had business in Madison, it would work well. What brought us here is that the Capital City State Trail is connected to this area. Janice and I rode that trail and added in the Southwest bike path to make a near 20 mile circle on the tandem.
This bridge in Fitchburg is a new addition since the last time I rode around the Madison area. Very nice addition to the trail, but I would hate to guess the cost.
The Southwest Bicycle Path goes by the Pacific Cycle headquarters. We do have a Schwinn elipitical trainer, and I have an old Schwinn I am suppose to be rebuilding and that is the extent of any brands we own represented on this sign. As I googled the company I discoverd it is part of Dorel Industries which is a Canadein company. I still thought it was cool.
Pacific Cycle building.
These geese did not want to move off the path...and some did not.
The Madison area most likely received a lot of rain recently. We encountered sereval large puddles on the Capital City Trail...Also for those who do not know, a trail pass is required for most, if not all, of WI state trails run by the DNR. Click the link for more info on WDNR run trails. I think the fee is minimial and we willing support these trails.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
This was our ride for the MS150 this year, and last year for that matter. The Burley...not the Ford.
Day two's second rest stop was at Rush City. We had a little later start than the first day, so there were many more people out ahead of us.
Lunch was seved at North Branch the second day. We arrived at 9:10 AM and it was already busy.
The grain mills of North Branch served as a nice parking area this day.
North Branch rest stop.
Some entertainment at the Wyoming rest stop.
Last rest area of the ride in Hugo MN...some are dragging in and still others are looking for more.
The amount of support people on this ride is phenominal. There were officers at most intersections, along with what has to be thousands of volunteers. This is very well run event.
Some may say this was our goal of the weekend, but in reality the ultimate goal is to put an end to Multiple Sceloris. The raising of what they hoping to be 2.6 million dollars which funds MS research has to help. They are making great strides in fighting this disease. When you are riding this event and being greeted by people who are afflicted, it makes a person feel good to know that in a small selfish way, you are making a difference.
Century College was the finish this year. There were people lined up here for nearly two blocks to greet us when we arrived,
All smiles for the Gitchigumi Gear Mashers after finishing of the 2010 MS150. Thanks again to all of our supporters and to those chose to read through these last two we posted up.