Monday, July 21, 2014

LaCrosse, WI to The Dells, WI 88 miles

"I hear the train a-comin'; it's rollin' 'round the bend."---Johnny Cash

Fun start to the day. Jersey Day. Which means we all wear the America By Bicycle jerseys. Most days we're just a collage of colorful cycling tops. Not today. Today we look like a racing team unified in red, white, and blue. I think the purpose of Jersey Day is to make it easier for the ABB staff to spot us on the road, but also it's great advertising for the company. Regardless of the reason, it was fun to ride out of town as a team. I haven't really thought about how wearing the same thing unifies people. Maybe that's why it's called a "uni"-form. About 30 of us rode together. It made the time go quickly and before I knew it, we were at the first SAG.

All pro looking.

First SAG.
Bicycling Capital of America

We had to purchase yellow Wisconsin State Trail Passes with the valid date written in broad-tipped Sharpie. I love going anywhere that you have to have a special permit. This allowed us use of the Elroy-Sparta State Bike Trail. The exciting feature was three former train tunnels! The tracks are gone, replaced by a muddy, slippery path requiring each of us to walk our bikes. Also, we had to bring flashlights to help us find our way. We could see the light at the other end of the tunnel, so it wasn't too scary. Also, there was a sign at one entrance requesting that we not bother the bats.

It was a blast! Even with bats. 

One for the new blog.

This one looked like it could be a jig-saw puzzle
with the Holstein cows and curvy road.

Ronnie and Doug actually wore fake cheese for 
almost 40 miles.

One morning in our motel elevator several days ago, on another Jersey Day, I had a gentleman tell me to be safe on the roads. Then, seeing all our matching cycling tops, he added, "I assume you're professionals?"..... Uh...with the majority of us hovering around 60?..... Why yes.... We ARE professionals. We have physicians, attorneys, businessmen, a veterinarian...Yeah. We're professionals. But, I don't think that's what he meant.


  1. I remember this day as one of the tour. The tunnels, the small towns along the way and the beautiful countryside made for a magical day on the the bike. The only downside was the grit from the crushed rock bike path. It got into the gears. Hope you washed your bike at the end of the day.

  2. I'm glad you only sang the song,and didn't actually see a train a cuming. Cycle on buddy.

  3. I LOVE YOUR TOUR THROUGH WISCONSIN!!!! When we lived there we went out to The Dells was part of our ward boundary. VTing would take us all day, going and coming. I love revisiting, thru you, the state we lived in for 9 years. Keep on pedaling pal. Are you going to Madison? We lived in Cross Plains just outside of Madison.

  4. What a fun day! Loved the jigsaw puzzle photo!

  5. Love those cheese heads. ...Swiss parmesan or provolone? Love and miss you both.