morning - very early - we packed bikes onto 2 cars and loaded our gear
and 2 bikes into one truck. By 7 am, we were heading for Reedsburg,
the end (or beginning) of the "400
State Trail. There we left our cars in the parking lot of the renovated
depot, we met up with Joanne of Skip and Joanne's shuttle service
(Elroy 608-462-5477). We used them last time because their cost was
reasonable and very accommodating. The cost raised a little bit, it
now costs $20 a head, still a good bargain.
loaded our bikes into a trailer and loaded us into an 9 passenger van.
This was a smaller van compared to last time so we could only take 8
people - 2 others drove a truck and gear all the way to Wilton where
the truck and gear was left.
time we got to Reedsburg (around 8:45 am, 45 mins.
behind schedule) it was already raining - hard. It continued to rain
for the entire ride and the decision was made NOT to
go all the way to Trempealeau, but instead start our
biking at the beginning of the La
Crosse River State Trail. This turned out to be a smart choice as
I don't think we would have made it to Wilton before
dark (or before 8 pm - when Gina's closes)
less then 10 mph, we made our way down to Wilton where
we would camp for the night. We stopped a lot, swapping the beer-bob
(my Yakima one-wheeled trailer full of beer and food), eating and generally
screwing around. We stopped for lunch in Rockland -
taking cover under a park shelter only moments before heavy rain fell
- so far we were dry.
up with games to pass the time, like lowest and
highest gear biking, one-pedal biking and
who can forget the 1 mph-faster-every-minuite game?!?!!
Towards the end of our trip, we ran into the two bikers started in dropped
off the truck and started in Wilton.
39 miles and arrived in Wilton at around 5:30 pm. We
set up camp, then headed to Gina's Pies are Square,
a great little cafe with fantastic sandwiches and 9" square pies.
Hmmmmm . . . wood turtle pie . . .
a clear night around the fire and no rain (though a lot of the camp
ground was under water). Around 5:30 am, the thunder and lighting warned
us of the coming storm. It rained hard for about an hour and a half.
When it stopped, we were treated to a pancake fundraiser put on by the
Lion's Club. I think we surprised them with 10 people
showing up right at 7:30 am. It started to rain again, and we were stuck
in the shelter (just 100 ft. from our tents) for about an hour.
was talk of eating at Gina's again for lunch but it had stopped raining
and we wanted to get a head start on any future rain (again, another
good decision). We packed up camp and left Wilton at
noon and begin finishing up the rest of the Elroy-Sparta
State Trail. One person drove the truck full of gear to Reedsburg
(he did get to eat at Gina's!)
averaging above 10 mph today and made it to Reedsburg
around 4:30 - for a total of about 40 miles including the "400"
State Trail. Along the way, we moved a tree out of the way, dodged
goose poop, and played more - somewhat dangerous - games like no-hands
biking and wet-bridge skidding.
5 miles of the trip the wind picked up (which was against up the whole
trip) and it started to rain - not terribly hard but steady. We all
got pretty dirty due to the soft, sandy trail. Despite the rain, it
was a good trip. The rain could have been a lot worse.