I Should Have Stopped at One Blind Russian
Why do we drive a day and a half to ride our bikes
370 miles in
We began our week with the PAW Pardeeville weekend
ride. We had heard glowing accounts
of the three day weekend ride and this year it just happened to be on the
weekend preceding River Valleys.
Saturday’s ride through Amish country was like stepping back in time.
Amish buggies were everywhere.
The Pardeeville Lion’s Club put on an excellent
dinner preceded by boat rides on the lake.
As a storm started dumping tons of rain, our hosts brought out umbrellas
to protect hungry cyclists bringing their food from the kitchen hut to the
covered pavilion. Good food and a
fabulous rainbow were our reward.
Driving back to our hotel in
And so began our week of riding PAW’s
Sunday – Portage to Mauston
Ran over a snake. Not sure what kind but as I screamed for my companions to avoid the creature, it was reported that he was still alive. He had a flat head with golden bands. We also had lunch in a bar with root beer on tap. That was the BEST root beer EVER.
Monday – Mauston to Tomah
A squirrel fell from a tree right beside me as I rode by and then he scampered away. I thought I was being attacked.
Tuesday – Tomah to
A chipmunk ran through my tires and somersaulted to the side of the road. I sure am hard on the
Wednesday – rest day in
We rode to the Sparta Trail station (an old railroad station) and visited the Deke Slayton Space & Bike museum. The museum was quite impressive with a lot of local volunteers. Our afternoon canoe trip was cancelled with the forecast for high winds and impending rain/hail storms. A bus was arranged to take us to the dinner we were to enjoy at the end of the canoe trip. Our ride was delayed by a tornado warning. As we rode the bus to dinner, a massive rain storm followed us for the hour long ride to the River View Inn in
This was the MOST exciting day. The storms knocked down trees on the Elroy/Sparta trail. A group of eight from
Friday – Rest day
Remember those two Blind Russians? I should have stopped at one. We rode to North Freedom to the Mid Continent Railway Museum after a great breakfast buffet with fresh melons and pineapple. The museum had LOTS of trains. I’m sure my mom and John would have loved to tool around there. Riding on into North Freedom we had an early lunch at the Railway Inn Cafe’. Jim took dozens of pictures of all the collections that decorated the small town eatery. All the talk was of the flooding that the area was experiencing. We saw one closed road but nothing that bothered our routes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Powerade cures a hangover.
Saturday – Reedsburg to
Beautiful ride with the PAW rest stop set up at the Crane Foundation. We didn’t tour the Crane Foundation since we wanted to stop at the Leopold Foundation but when we arrived, it was closed, even though the sign on the door said open on Saturday from 9 – 5. We made it back to our van by 10:30 a.m. and started the task of changing clothes for our road trip, saying our good-byes and sampling Nikki’s home-made brownies. We enjoyed her treats all week but especially the banana bread with cranberries. Bob and Ken sagged the routes but thankfully we never required their assistance. Jerry kept us entertained as he also drove the routes looking for riders with problems.
It was a great week with old friends and new as we discovered new PAW routes. We can’t wait for our next PAW adventure.