The weather in WI was simply gorgeous throughout the month of August--80's and sunny nearly every day. Wisconsin has lots of rails-to-trails, as most states do. The Oak Leaf Trail runs right past our condo, so we have been running and riding bikes on that for a long time. But we did not know about another trail, the Ozaukee County Interurban Trail, which goes through Ozaukee County just north of Milwaukee County.
What is very cool is that the Oak Leaf Trail connects with the Interurban Trail, so that I can ride from downtown Milwaukee up to Grafton, where John's office is, mostly on bike trail. Which means--mostly no motorized traffic, biking through trees and parks and little towns. I have been doing this little trek nearly every day, about 24 miles one way. THEN, after work, John and I get on the bikes and do another 20-25 miles or so on the Interurban Trail heading north of Grafton.
|Oak Leaf Trail|
|Brown Deer Park|
|Ozaukee Interurban Trail - Mequon|
|On the trail|
|On the trail|
Saturday was 82 degrees and sunny--perfect biking! We started in Elroy and biked about 20 miles up, going through two of the three tunnels on the trail. It's quite hilly in that part of the state and the railroadbuilt tunnels (in 1873!) through these hills for the trains to go through. The first two are about a quarter mile long and the third is three quarters of a mile long.
Some pics on the Elroy-Sparta Trail:
|Getting ready for the ride|
|Joy & John 1st Tunnel|
|Coming out of a tunnel|