Day 84: Cruising America’s Dairyland

46.24 miles

Our Warm Showers host, Ted, was going to be up and off to work early (he’s a school teacher), so we said our goodbyes last night. We took his dogs Mare, Stella and Shiloh out for a potty break before rolling out of Fond du Lac.

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Wild Goose Trail

Our goal today was to reach Deer Creek Campground, about 45 miles away. Just outside of Fond du Lac, we picked up the Wild Goose Trail. Fourteen miles of nice double track through woods and farm land took us to the town of Waupun. I’ll admit that I don’t have much appreciation for snow mobilers, In Colorado, I think they are a noisy annoyance in the back country. But in Michigan and Wisconsin, snow mobilers have worked to establish a network of great trails that double as bike paths in warmer months. The number of miles of dual use trail in Wisconsin is really impressive. I couldn’t find any hard numbers, but there are easily hundreds of miles of bike trails in the state.

Cows, duh.

Cows, duh.

We stopped at the End of the Trail Chocolate shop in Waupun, WI for malted milk shakes and muffins. Waupun was the perfect intermediate way-point on our route today to refuel and take a rest. Once we got back on the road, we had pretty easy riding through farms, although it was a bit hot and we faced a little headwind. Later in the day we were running low on water, and fortunately rode through the small town of Friesland. The picnic pavilion of the local church provided some shade and a water fountain, and after a rest, we powered through the last of our miles to Deer Creek Campground

We’ve been lucky finding private campgrounds with large pavilions when we’re expecting rain. Alan convinced the owner to let us camp under it for the night. As the evening progressed, it clouded up and seemed a bit more humid. Even though rain will be here overnight, we should stay nice and dry under the pavilion.

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