Long ride with lots of hills and climbs
Day 5 – June 26, 2015
Spring Green to Prairie du Chien – 74 miles
Weather – overcast most of the day, warm – 80 degrees and nice tailwind
Today was a day with no scheduled visits so we could leave a little later from the campground – yea I got to sleep in a bit. Everything was soaking wet when we got up so we spent a little extra time drying things out and doing a load of laundry.
Our trip was pretty uneventful, although we met a couple who were bicycling around the state and were on their last day out and heading back to Prairie du Chien. They had been bicycling for the last two weeks and seemed to be totally enjoying themselves. They were from Texas. We also had a young woman from Texas stop in her car when we were talking with them at the Wayside. She had ridden across the country several years ago and stopped to see where we were all going and to exchange stories. We probably spent a half hour talking with everyone – it was great to hear all the different stories. We all agreed the acts of kindness you experience when you are bicycling are truly amazing and restore your faith in human kind.
We are staying in Wyalusing State Park near Prairie du Chien. If you have never been to this state park it is definitely worth it for the views to the Mississippi and Wisconsin rivers alone. The park sits up high on a bluff and provides amazing views. Although it is truly a tough climb for a bicyclist – we made it but it was a challenge and was pretty much a straight up climb – but definitely worth it. Our stay at the state park was made possible by a John Moore a Park Ranger who Peter had trained recently. He was part of a class at Harrington Beach State Park and Peter got to know him. We were not able to reserve a site so Peter contacted John who told him he would make sure we had somewhere to stay when we got here. True to his words he had a site ready for us upon arrival – thanks much!!
I am cutting this short today another storm is rolling in and I want to make sure I get this out. More tomorrow. Also we get some pictures and videos up tomorrow – so check back.