The Day's Route: Racine - Oconomowoc, WI
A second day of test riding brings a few lessons. Many thanks to Jeff a small miracle worker. Great riding, long day.
|Departed:||Apr 16, '15, 08:47AM|
|Starts in:||Racine, WI, US|
|Elevation:||+ 1773 / - 1385 ft|
|Max Speed:||28.7 mph|
|Avg. Speed:||13.0 mph|
|Required stop in Racine for Danish Kringle|
|Disaster avoided thanks to Jeff - our miracle worker|
We leave town via the limestone-surfaced and rather bumpy MRK trail. After one particularly jarring spot Will calls out "I think we dropped something!" Close inspection revealing nothing, we ride on. A Little later, after leaving the trail and crossing some tracks, Suzie's back rack flops backwards - NOT GOOD - potential disaster. The bolts holding the rack in place had come loose. Must have been one of them we lost back there. But, no sooner had we stopped, propped our rigs against some trees when Jeff, a local iron worker, appears as if from no where asking if he could help. AMAZINGLY he has two right-sized alternative bolts which do the trick. Disaster Avoided. Thank You Jeff.
Finding The Wild in South East Wisconsin
|The southern start to the Milwaukee County trail system|
|Prairie reclamation in Franklin, WI|
|Root River historical marker. Little did we know we'd been following|
the river all the way from Racine.
|Greenfield Park, one of may wonderful parks|
throughout Milwaukee County
We experience southwestern Milwaukee County by way of the Oak Leaf trail system including the Root River Parkway. Little did I realize (DUH!), but the Root River here was the same as the one which drains into Lake Michigan at Racine (French for Root)! We've been moving through the Lake Michigan water basin all day, following the often hidden path of this historic river. The marker we found said that early artifacts dating back more than 3,000 years to the Indian Copper Culture have been unearthed near here. We look forward to learning more of that era when we visit sites in Northern Wisconsin.
Greenfield Park Brings Back Wonderful Memories
For now, its time to traverse the wonderful Root River Parkway, and pass through Greenfield Park with its swimming pool and lagoon. Stopping for a quick, off the bike break, I'm reminded of Hoyt Park and the summer days of my youth. Writing this now I also realize that Hoyt Park, Washington Park and Sherman Park, all part of my family's Milwaukee heritage, were created at the same time as this park. The stonework and even the turnstiles are the same. They carry the same grandeur of that 1936 Bath House we visited in Kenosha yesterday. Must be the same era - need to check on that. No wonder my family loved these parks. They brought a respite from the city just a short walk away, a place for recreation but also JOBS during such desperate times. I look at this lovely lagoon on the southwest suburbs and really see the frozen one in Washington Park where I learned to skate. So much connection - so more heritage. Wish I had my parents around to share this with.
|Postcard showing Washington Park Lagoon where my Dad|
hung out as a kid and my brother & I learned to skate
Experiencing the Continental DivideWe leave the Milwaukee County Park System and head west on the New Berlin trail to the city of Waukesha on the other side of the continental divide. When we say that term, Continental Divide, we usually think of the one out west in the Rockies. But here in the upper Mid-West we have our own Continental Divide as well. All the water east of that line flows into Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes, out the Saint Lawrence Seaway to the Atlantic. To the west it makes its way to the Mississippi down to the Gulf of Mexico. The Root River we passed earlier flows eventually to the Atlantic. The Fox, where we ate lunch in Waukesha flows to the Gulf - an amazing lesson in geography all in one day.
|Last Stop - Mrs. D's in Wales|
Right along the Glacial Drumlin Bike Trail