Friday, July 23, 2010

Day 33: LaCrosse, WI to Wisconsin Dells, WI - 75 miles with 2,425' of climbing

The first 27 miles of today's ride were on country roads. The next 34 miles were on crushed limestone on the Elroy Sparta bike trail that took us through 3 cold, damp train tunnels that we had to walk through with flashlights. It was slow going. We had lunch just off the trail in Kendall, WI where we also visited a Veteran's Park built to honor those men and women from the area who have served in the military since the Civil War to the present. While there, a man parked nearby and walked over to talk to us. As it turned out he was a 90 year old vet named Richard Campfield who fought in WWII and lost his brother in the war some 70 years ago. Both their names are engraved on the WWII plaque. After chatting for some time we thanked him for his service and were back on the route for the remaining 50 miles.

Once at the hotel we had to wash the limestone muck from our bikes and lube our chains for the next day's ride. Dinner was across the street at a Perkin's where an old friend from college, John, his wife Cathy and son Kevin joined us for dinner. Last time I saw them was way back in '94 so it was fun to relive our glory days as he used to say.
Thanks for checking back in. Tomorrow is another adventure.

Roadkills: 307
Flats: 3
Hurts: Zero

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