|Zac Barnes, WI Bike Fed staff, riding with me to Spring Green|
|Zac, Peter Mulvey and Nathan Kilen talking bikes|
Day two meant waking on just over three hours of sleep, working 'til lunch and then pointing the bike in a Northerly direction, over the Baraboo hills, to Lyndon Station for a Wisconsin Bike Federation staff/board member retreat. I think I made it to the Merrimac ferry with ease, although I can't really remember anything about it except stopping for mulberries every chance I could get. Post ferry I remember. Climbing, lots of climbing, as well as magnificent views, new bike territory for me, seeing the GRABAAWR crew roll by, riding through the Aldo Leopold nature preserve, having my face slapped when I went from farm roads into the Wisconsin Dells (think Gatlinburg or Las Vegas) and couldn't understand WHY anyone would want to spend time there, having someone ask me in the dells if I wore a helmet for aerodynamics, riding further North into more new territory and bypassing my turnoff not once or twice but three times--sleep deprivation was not to blame--the road wasn't marked, and then seeing friends...better yet, with beer and food.
|Bike Federation staff and board meeting|
|Retreat compound for the bike fed gathering in Northern Lyndon Station|
Day two was capped off by wading in the river along the sandstone bluffs, more eating, drinking and socializing with a bunch of folks who feel the same way about bikes as I do. I don't remember falling to sleep--although I remember going to bed before most--all I remember is how good it felt.
|Aldo Leopold nature center|
|Lichen, sandstone and riverwater|
Tomorrow will see another attempt at my favorite Devil's Lake loop with friends. Bluff road, here I come...again, but this time, for the first time in ten days, on my plastic bike vs. my heavy steel touring bike.