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#800349 - 09/11/12 01:59 AM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Nice report, Mitch. Love the pix. Keep it coming!
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#800351 - 09/11/12 02:40 AM Day 3 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Day 3: Saturday, August 11
Route: Hudson, WI to Madison, WI
Distance: 347 miles




I had a long ride ahead of me to get back to Madison on Saturday, and I was planning to spend some time with someone when I got there. The time zone change helped me crawl out of bed at 5:45 AM local time; an hour later, I hit the road. Opting to free up even more time in Madison, I trimmed my planned route for the day by skipping backroads and staying on I-94 and WI-28 for the first 38 miles to Elmwood. For 26 miles on I-94 I stared directly at a newly-risen sun hanging low in a clear blue sky Ė but once I turned south on WI-28, things became magical: the sun was at my side, traffic was nil, and the whole world was shrouded in silvery dew. I regret not stopping to take more pics early in the morning, but I did capture a few.

Amber waves of grain (OK, corn):






At a city park in Gilmanton:




Up over the ridge into the next valley:




Descending toward Arcadia:




In Arcadia, I was surprised to find this store:




The town is 3 percent Latino, unusually high for a small rural Wisconsin town; that probably accounts for the success of this unusual store. In turn, Arcadia is the headquarters of Ashley Furniture and the site of a major Goldín Plump chicken processing plant, which together probably account for a large number of those Latino residents.

Some new friends just south of Arcadia:






Squiggling my way down toward Dodge:



Some time after refueling in Salem, I started getting hungry for lunch. I wanted to have something local this time Ė no chain restaurant Ė but it seemed like all I could find was bars, and that wasnít very appealing. I passed through several towns without seeing anything attractive. Finally in Viroqua, I spotted some young girls on a streetcorner holding brightly colored signs: a brat sale was in progress at Nelsonís Agri-Center to raise funds for the townís high school athletic program.

Perfect. thumbsup

I parked in front of their stand and enjoyed a couple of brats and some chips while I watched the goings-on in town:



Nelsonís is basically a True-Value hardware store, but not like any other. If you donít believe me, head to your local True-Value hardware store and ask if they can rent you a cow lift or an electric de-horner. grin Viroqua isnít the smallest town in Wisconsin, but itís plenty rural. While I ate my lunch, every few minutes a tractor rumbled by on the street; on the far side of the parking lot, an Amish couple sat in their horse-drawn wagon. It was the perfect spot, and the perfect food, for a lunch on this trip.

A high-riding bull in LaFarge:




Fans of Bucky Badger:



If itís hard to make out in that picture, hereís the close-up:




Amazing Bacon:




I finally arrived in Madison around 3 in the afternoon, and just for grins I stopped by my childhood home. My parents had this house built in 1977, and the trees were just newly planted saplings back then. What a difference 35 years makes. Hereís the house back then:




And now:




Closer to downtown, I was glad to see that Mickies Dairy Bar was still thriving:




I had my share of griddle cakes and malts here when I was a grad student at UW in the Ď90ís.

After about an hour of sightseeing I finally managed to contact the person I came to see: my Ph.D. advisor, whom Iím embarrassed to say I lost touch with several years ago. Blessed with good weather and reasonable winds, he and his wife and I went for a nice early evening sail on Lake Mendota and spent a few hours catching up with each other.

Me and Jay (my advisor):




It was a great way to cap off a fantastic day of riding.

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#800355 - 09/11/12 03:00 AM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Originally Posted By: Joe Frickin' Friday
<...>snip<...> Through-truss bridges like this one are becoming increasingly rare[/url] as they reach the end of their useful life and are replaced by newer designs that are more in keeping with modern engineering and aesthetic sensibilities. I saw something similar on my previous trip to Wisconsin, when I found that a truss bridge near Durand had been replaced by a low, stout concrete-and-steel bridge. (The fact that I scoured the internet and could not find any pics of Durandís new bridge speaks volumes about its aesthetic appeal. grin)


That's 'cause you didn't look hard enough. (Took me 2 mins to find it on Google street view. Not exactly a tourist photo, but it is A photo...) laugh



Edited by Gregori (09/11/12 03:06 AM)
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#800360 - 09/11/12 03:19 AM Re: Day 3 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Mitch, I wish you'd travel more often. Your ride tales are terrific.
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#800369 - 09/11/12 08:03 AM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Bravo on the ride report. 21 days without a day off. I needed that. I feel like I went on vacation! If Wisconsin wasn't so far from CA I'd leave in the morning!
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#800371 - 09/11/12 09:58 AM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Bmr Deacon]
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Bravo Mitch.
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#800377 - 09/11/12 11:17 AM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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You picked a very scenic route. I've been over those roads many times and spent hundreds of hours on a tractor on a farm near the Mindoro cut. Everytime I go to visit family in Wisconsin I make it a point to ride the back roads.
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#800381 - 09/11/12 12:02 PM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Gregori]
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Originally Posted By: Gregori
That's 'cause you didn't look hard enough. (Took me 2 mins to find it on Google street view. Not exactly a tourist photo, but it is A photo...) laugh


dopeslap Damn, I didn't even think of Streetview. Thanks for tracking that down!

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#800389 - 09/11/12 01:10 PM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Joe Frickin' Friday]
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Punctured my vision of WI in a very nice way. Never thought it would have so many squiggley roads. Enjoyed being taken along. Bill


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#800404 - 09/11/12 04:14 PM Re: Day 2 of Dances With Cows Too [Re: Highway41]
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Originally Posted By: Highway41
Punctured my vision of WI in a very nice way. Never thought it would have so many squiggley roads. Enjoyed being taken along. Bill


The are lots of squiggly roads, but they aren't the best for spirited riding. The problem is sight lines. You not only have the drives from the houses, but barns, outbuildings, and entryways into the fields. Add in tractors pulling hay wagons, balers, haybines, chopper boxes...you get the idea. Don't forget to add in Amish buggies in certain areas of the state. If you're really unlucky you might also get to follow a leaky manure spreader. tongue
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