Saturday, June 09, 2007

Saturday, June 9, 2007 Wabasha, MN

This morning we began by following the Great River Off-Road Bicycle Trail out of La Crosse,


and then picked up the Great River Road as we road into our final state. Somehow over half of us got lost and what was supposed to be a 60 mile day turned into a 72 mile day. We biked in areas with name like Onalaska and Trempealeau. There were several bridges along the route most of which were wooden. This one had a wooden surface but obviously steel beams.



We had been told about a restaurant in Trempealeau that had walnut burgers but unfortunately we we there long before time to open so we continued on.



A very fortunate miss cue on our cue sheets lead several of us through the Trempealeau National Wildlife Refuge. http://www.fws.gov/refuges/profiles/index.cfm?id=32578 It was really a spectacular place. Besides the fact we added 12 miles to the route we were on a rock trail that was not meant for tiny tires like mine. I managed to make it through without any problems. I was sure my tires would just explode on the sharp rocks.







We had another Mississippi River crossing and you know that means a bridge that I do not like. It turns out there were actually two http://www.visi.com/~jweeks/upper_mississippi/pagesA/umissA03.html


I had to walk the main bridge but did make it across. Mary, Clark, Laura and Edith waited at the foot of the bridge for me. Once in the town of Winona (Winona Ryder is named for it) we stopped for lunch. Here are three of us as we left the restaurant. (Sorry Clark my camera cut you out of the picture.)


Tonight we are in the town of Wabasha
Linda, out cook prepared a wonderful chicken pot pie in the dutch ovens using hot charcoal to cook. It is amazing what she has been able to do.

1 comment:

Angela said...

What is a walnut burger? Too bad you were too early.