Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Biking the Elroy-Sparta Trail in Wisconsin

Sometimes it just all works!  Friends Dave and Jane organized a group of us to bike the Elroy-Sparta Trail  in southwestern Wisconsin this past weekend, and everything clicked.  The trail is one of the oldest rails-to-trails conversions and is famous for its three long tunnels, one of which is so long, that in the middle you can’t see the entrance in either direction –totally dark!  Creepy and fun and the same time.  As we were approaching one of the tunnels, a group of hiking monks was just exiting, singing Gregorian chant!  It inspired us to sing rounds in the tunnels ourselves—very fun and surprisingly beautiful. 

I wore my trusty Junonia bike shorts (sans  underwear of course) and today, Monday,  I’m not sore at all!  This was my first outing of the year I’m embarrassed to say.  Why haven’t I gotten out sooner?  I really loved it.  I rode with my friend Michele, and we did about 18 the first day and at least 12 the second.  Not big miles, but just right for the first weekend.  We saw rose-breasted grosbeaks, and the frogs were peeping away until late in the night.  We camped out at a sweet little city campground in Wilton.  The public pool was the best $2 any of us ever spent!   We didn’t bring much food, choosing to eat out instead, and on Sunday morning the Lions Club provides a $5 all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast!  We’re planning for next year already.
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