end of tunnel 1Day 5, July 27,
LaCrosse WI to Wisconsin Dells WI, 95 miles, 13.8 mph, 6h 51m 14s

Up at 5:30, 6:15 load luggage, 6:30 I had a continental breakfast at hotel, on the road at 7:00. It rained for the first 10 miles.

beginning of tunnel 1Today's highlight is the Elroy to Sparta rail trail that includes 3 "walk" through tunnels. Rail trails are bicycle paths that are made from old abandoned railroad track beds. This particular trail has 3 tunnels that were dug by hand using chisels and dynamite. Tunnel 3 is 3/4 mile long ( 3,960 ft), cost $247,000 ($65 per ft) dug in 1863, and took 3 years to dig. Tunnel 2 is 1/4  tunnel 2mile long (1,694 ft) , cost $75,577 ( $44 per ft), dug in 1873, and took 1 1/2 years to dig. Tunnel 1 is also 1/4 mile long, cost $98,971 ($58 per ft), dug in 1873, and took 1 1/2 years to dig.

I had lunch at the Trailblazer Cafe in Elroy with 7 other cyclists. The last 30 miles today continued to be typical WI country of rolling hills and gorgeous farms.

me and Sylvia Kriegl Sylvia Kriegl met me at the hotel. She is outreach coordinator for Sauk County Commission on Aging and is currently working on Sauk County's Memory Walk. We had a nice chat and she will be giving the media information about my Alzheimer's effort and her memory walk that is planned for late September.

I cleaned my bike, went to dinner at Paul Bunyans Family Restaurant and I met "Bully".

Tomorrow is an 83 mile ride to Fond du Lac. Forecast is very hot 105F. Lights out at my friend "Bully" Buffalomidnight - doing journals and trying to send to Ed. I've view entering Wisconsin Dellsbeen having a great deal of trouble with hotels upload speed and AOL. I'm trying to keep up to date on a daily basis.






 Back to the July 26 journal!

 back to 2002 ride!

 On to the July 28 journal!
 sock of the day
 SAG 1 at beginning of Elroy to Sparts Rail Trail
abandoned bike shop Do you think everyone who lives on this road has a last name Clark?