There was a time, when I was a child, that my family considered moving to Eau Claire, WI. My impression of WI at that time, is that it was the most beautiful state I had ever seen (I had traveled across the expanse of Canada, and visited many states in the US and lived in both TX and CA. I still think the landscape in WI is the most vibrant, “alive” green I have ever seen. But, you know, having cycled for two weeks, without a hill in sight, it’s a little tough to be back into “hill country”.Wisconsin is bike friendly. Perhaps, WI is just friendly. I’m loving it.
I spent the night, last night, at Devil’s Lake campground. Lovely.
Before camping out,my Madison host, and I cycled to the area together. We stopped for lunch in Lodi. 5 min. after stopping, the bottom fell out of the bucket, and it just POURED! We sat at the lunch table an additional hour, waiting for it to stop raining. It didn’t, so we set out during a lull, only to have thunder and lightening push us off the road a half mile further along. After about 20 min., we decided to hit the road again, and it was the right decision. The day just got more and more beautiful. We stopped for dinner near Baraboo, WI at Hooty’s (are you getting this Dad? Hootie?) Yummy and I met Tom and Beth. Hi, Tom and Beth!
Got a great night’s sleep at the campground, good instructions in the am and on the road. Got to a bird sanctuary that I had hoped to visit, but they weren’t very receptive to allowing me to walk my bike through the sanctuary, and although they have bike racks, I just couldn’t walk away from all my posessions for the time I wanted to be in the sanctuary. Phooey! I didn’t get to see the sanctuary.
I arrived in Reedsville, WI just at lunch time and found the most wonderful little Brewery to have lunch. Taco salad was the Tues. special, and it was delicious. The brewery also provides fresh baked pasteries!!!! Yummy to the apple square. Wish I thought I was going to be back this way. Seems everyone here bikes a little, too. The owner of the brewery leaves his bike unlocked outside the brewery, just to show you that no one is going to steal your bike, in this town…… Seems to be working. If you are in the area, Visit The Corner Pub bakery and brewery, in Reedsburgh, WI!
Gotta hit the trail. Bye to Reedsburgh and hello to the “400” trail.
Go make your own breeze and remember: if you’re not having fun; you’re in the wrong gear.