Today we rode through the Horicon Wildlife Preserve, a major flyway for geese. At non-migratory season, it is much quieter. When I was there during the fall migration, a flock came in overhead blackening the sky. Nothing like that today. Here is some arrowroot. If you find yourself stranded in a marsh, the root is edible. If you want to get really fancy, you could catch and stew a muskrat, dry and powder the root, and use it to thicken the stew.We rode north to the marsh and it was breezier than anticipated for that early in the morning. The wind was from the northwest. From there we alternated north and east so the wind was on our shoulder one way or another – seldom directly in our face, but seldom directly behind us.
It stayed cool and cloudy all day. It felt more like September than July.
We meandered through the Kettle Moraine Scenic Drive.For those with a geological interest, our first couple of days this week were in the driftless area, the part of Wisconsin never touched by glaciers. Terrain tends to be craggy. The glaciers smoothed things out, so the glaciated parts of the state are more rolling. The area we are in today is where the last glacier stopped, so there are glacial features like kettles (what they sound like), moraines (hills made of glacial debris deposited when the glacier melted), and eskers (ridges of material left behind).
We had several short and steep climbs and descents, so you could be forgiven if this didn’t seem all that different. A bonus was a stretch of new and smooth asphalt that immediately turned into a double digit climb with a sharp switchback. Scenic Road was just that, with lots of rolling hills, of the roller coaster variety. Great views at the tops.
Arriving in Plymouth I stopped into a cafe to use the bathroom and get a shot of espresso with a morning bun. I was going to text my friend Jeremy to tell him where I was when I got out of the bathroom. I didn’t have to. He had spotted my bike and was waiting for me.
Jeremy started a biking group at work last summer (?). We had a couple of rides together and he moved away. Some of the others in the group did things like move away or get pregnant, so we didn’t ride together this year.
Jeremy was not able to get off work in time to ride with me (though his new bike was in the back of the car), but we hung out in the coffee shop until it closed.
Google Maps told me there was a hardware store a block away and I needed a battery, so I walked down there. It is no longer a hardware store.
My bike computer was getting erratic and didn’t respond to moving the sensor closer to the magnet, so I assumed the sensor/transmitter battery was low. I replaced it with a new one and quickly got a “low battery” signal. It is now completely dormant. My new battery was apparently not so new, though I bought it just before the trip. According to my computer, we rode less about 7.5 miles, though it was closer to 75.
Saturday is a short day of riding but a long day due to the ferry. We’re supposed to arrive in Ludington, MI around 7 PM.