We also got to ride for 13 miles through a tunnel of trees on a gorgeous bike path along the Root River. We ended up in the little town of Houston at a great Cafe where we got a coffee/tea and croissant/scone and I felt sick afterward! That wasn't so good as we had a big climb soon after... nevertheless if fueled me and I enjoyed the climb.
That put us up on a ridge line with corn, soybeans and hay or grass planted on the hillsides in waves, with trees and farms on hilltops. It reminded me of driving in England and France, when you look across fields to little towns, only here they are farms. We had hardly any traffic and a great road.
So again the landscape is changing and we continue to be in awe of this beautiful and varied country we live in.
The day was capped off as entered Wisconsin and crossed the Mississippi River, a huge landmark for us, into the small and charming town of La Crosse, WI - named for the American Indian game of lacrosse!
Great fun from last night when I hooked up with my old and dear friend Cheryl Frarck who was my partner in Alaska 40 years ago when I worked for the Presbyterian Church. We have not seen each other since, and she lives near Rochester, MN. We found each other on Facebook a few months back, so she came over and we had dinner together and tried to catch up. Needless to say, a few hours didn't quite do it, but it was a beginning.
Today, however, we had some sad news and that is that our friend, Ray from England, has had to leave after falling from his bike while trying to take a photo and breaking his collar bone. He has been so enthusiastic and fun, with a great sense of humor and kindness and he will be greatly missed. He brought so much life to our group.
So, we remind ourselves to be careful and stay focused, and to not get complacent!
Miles - 89
Total Miles - 2398
Elevation Gain - 3684
Next stop - Wisconsin Dells, WI
|Our first sag stop the park identified below|
|Our morning views|
|The roadsides were covered with Queen Anne's Lace - so pretty|
|Lefse for Dennis and his Norwegian Heritage|
|The bike path|
|The Root River alongside the bike path|
|Corn with forested hillsides|
|Cornfields at the end of the bike path|
|Patterned corn grass or soybean fields|
|From wooded hillsides to marsh land|
full of lily pads
Polly, Charlie from NH, Ainsley from Australia, Tony from Colorado and Mimi
|The Antiques hit another state!|
|The Mighty Mississippi|
|Polly crossing the Mississippi|
|The Antiques on the bridge over the Mississippi|
|La Crosse here we come... and note the second tower|
"on the Mississippi River...Wisconsin's west coast"
|Another shot of the mighty Mississippi with a little bathing beach|
|Heading down Main Street in La Crosse|