September 30th, 2009
Miles biked – 23
9/25/09 Waking up in Racine we were treated to coffee made by Paula and then poached eggs and whole grain toast made by John. Then we hopped in a car, hoping to be dropped off about 25 mile away from New Glarus, WI, for the much talked about tour of the brewery that does distribute outside of WI. Then we were to ride to Madison where we would have another day off in a town that we more than ready to love. It seemed like a fair enough plan, but after all was said and done we decided that nice as it was to get a ride part way and visit a brewery that wasn’t originally going to fit into our trip, we think taking a car to help us along may not have been what our “twigs” we meant to do.
After being in the car for about 4 hours, we got out at Belmont, at one of end of a railtrail that would take us straight to New Glarus. It was 25 miles and it was 1pm.
The rain started about half hour in. At first, it was a drizzle, before turning into a real downpour, the first rough weather of our trip. By the end of the trail, we soaked, covered in mud and down one brake handle (Sara’s). Luckily, our biggest fan, John Rowland, was waiting on the other end of the trail with his truck. After making some changes to his plans for the evening (thanks John!), he took us to New Glarus for a pretty amazing self guided tour, some tasting samples (including a new favorite, the belgium red made with a pound of Wisconsin cherries per bottle) and a respite from the rain. Then it was on to Madison, by car.
In Madison we stayed with the coolest people in town, Leah and Ahren, bike friends of our Cambridge friends Matt and Susi. As usual, the first thing we did upon arrival was shower and start laundry, but this time, since we’d done such a short day of riding, we weren’t starving. It was a bit strange, but it worked worked out. Leah and Ahren we out seeing Michael Pollan at a panel discussion about sustainable farming so we didn’t eat until kind of late. But our feast of local green beans, local garlic and mashed purple potatoes and bratwurst was more than worth the wait. Quite possibly our best meal yet. We drank our extra stash of New Glarus, talked about food production, biking and beer (Ahren is also a home brewer) and went to bed with dreams of moving to Madison in our head.