Aldo Leopold to the Tripp Museum in Prairie du Sac
Day 4 – June 25, 2015
Portage to Spring Green – 60 miles
Weather – cloudy and stormy looking all day, 75 degrees, slight tail wind, no rain
Started our day in Portage with a nice breakfast at our hotel. We then bicycled 10 miles down Levee Road – very cool road to the Aldo Leopold Foundation office and Shack. We met with Jennifer Kobylecky, Executive Coordination for the foundation. She provided us with an overview and history of the foundation and the Shack. We then traveled out to the shack for a self-guided tour. Aldo Leopold was an amazing man and author of the Sand County Almanac. Go out to www.aldolepold.org for more information on this amazing man and this beautiful property.
After our visit with Jennifer we bicycled the mile down the road to tour the shack and the adjacent property. Amazing trees and prairie flowers on the property. Definitely worth the trip.
We then hopped back on the bicycle and back down Levee Road – a great road to bicycle on saw lots of other cyclists. Off to Prairie du Sac and Sauk City. The route took us to the Sauk Prairie Recreation area and Devils Lake. The ride was a hilly one and tested our bicycling legs a bit!! But a beautiful area with great views. We got to Prairie du Sac early for our meeting with Jody from the Tripp Museum so we had lunch at Ques Bar and River Deck – great food with a deck that has a view of the Wisconsin River. Scott the owner was a great guy and told us about the new trail that will be coming in just out his back door. They will be pulling the railroad tracks this fall and then placing the trail surface in the spring of 2016. It will be an amazing asset to the city and his business. Trails definitely bring people to a community.
After lunch we headed back to the Tripp Museum to meet with Jody. They have a beautiful building and the exhibits are well done and very easy to go through and just enjoy. Also have many different exhibits from an amazing bird exhibit to a diorama from the Milwaukee Public Museum. Jody was a gracious hostess and we had the pleasure of meeting her husband Jack and two boys. She even made a strawberry and rhubarb pie to share with us – it was delicious. We spent a lot of time with Jody and her family to explore the museum and learn about the exhibits and projects to come. What a great place and an energetic and creative curator – you have to check it out.
Jody also arranged for the local newspaper reporter – Kim to come and interview us – then Kim and her significant other Bob went out on our route to take some pictures as we went by. Very nice people and a pleasure to meet.
We were finally done with our interviews for the day and needed to hightail it to Spring Green for the night at the Wisconsin Riverside Resort – it is a nice campground with all the extras located right on the Wisconsin River. Besides the terrible storm that came thru in the early evening we enjoyed our stay at the campground.