From Big City to Small Rural Community
Day 2 – Little Chute to Berlin – 56 miles
Weather – Beautiful and sunny strong head wind from the north west
Started our day with a beautiful view out of the Lock Tenders House in Little Chute and to the sounds of water rushing over the dam. After breakfast we headed to Appleton to meet with Laura Leimer and her husband to tour the Vulcan Replica – due to the bad weather yesterday we had to reschedule the tour.
The Vulcan Replica is basically a hydroelectric central station which gets it’s power from a water wheel operating under a 10 foot fall of water. The building also houses the original Edison “K” dynamo and was designated as a National Historic Civil, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering Landmark in 1977. They hope to open the building to the public for tours in the near future. We highly recommend you check it out.
Appleton also has several other historical facilities including Paper Discovery Center, Hearthstone Heritage Museum, History Museum at the Castle and Vulcan Park. All worth a stop.
We then bicycled over to the Trestle Trail in Neenah/Menasha and traveled along the beautiful trail. Were amazed at the number of people on the trail on a Tuesday morning – so good to see.
The City of Oshkosh was our next stop. We traveled to the Paine Art Museum and Tracy enjoyed looking at the clothing exhibits. The Oshkosh Public Museum is right across the street so it is easy to hit them both in one day. We then went to lunch at Fratello’s a great restaurant located right on the Fox River. We were very hungry so a good lunch was much appreciated. We even met the owner a very nice man who stopped to ask about our bicycle and our trip while we were packing up and getting ready to go outside the restaurant.
After lunch we had enough energy to head out to Omro which has a great historic walking tour in the community featuring over 40 buildings – we did not have time for the tour but have heard it is worth the stop – to get their brochure click on the link.
Also traveled past Scott Park a beautiful park located adjacent to the river.
On to Eureka to see the lock and then on to Berlin for camping at Riverside Park.
Had several acts of kindness today – first one was to be met at the Eureka Lock for a personal tour from Barry Rogers from Green Lake Greenways. He gave us a great tour and history of the lock and then bicycled with us to Berlin and our meeting with the Tony the reporter for the local Berlin Newspaper and Laurie Petree and her husband Paul from Green Lake Greenways. After the interview Laurie and Paul met us at our campground and then drove us to the local pool for a much needed shower. Oh yea, Barry set it up for us to be able to take a shower and even paid our fee – Thanks, Barry. Then Laurie and Paul took us out to dinner with Jerry from Fox of the River Voyager Canoe LLC. We will be meeting with Jerry to learn more about his business and see his really big canoe tomorrow – more information to come.
We ended the night with a drive back to the campground from Laurie and Paul. Laurie even gave us a goodie bag – yum!!. Thanks for everything – much appreciated.
Oh yea we had our first fan sighting a young man from Berlin came up to us at the pool and said are you the people I saw I on the news – we said yes and he said too cool Welcome to Berlin.