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The Ups and Downs of our Mother’s Day River Bend Route Ride

Today we rode a section of the River Bend Route. Apart from the many ups and downs we encountered through great elevations changes, we had a few other ups and downs to contend with.  Mother nature did not help us out and we woke up to dense fog that hung like a heavy mist in the air.  It was only 50 degrees, but because the forecast called for a high of 68 and just overcast skies, we set out.  It was damp and it was cold, but the early spring scenery in rural Wisconsin was amazing!  The roads we took were awesome, with the exception of one closed road…Sauk Street in Lodi, WI…due to construction.  This road will remain closed through July 27th, but it is easy to navigate around the closure if you have your GPS or map handy.  Dale has also added a note to the route page with suggestions for a detour around the closure.


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Some of the highlights for Dale and I included a trip down a rustic road where we are convinced all the wildlife was hanging out.  We got on Rustic Road #110 and immediately saw 2 sandhill cranes.  Minutes later we had two white-tailed deer cross in front of us, as well as an abundance of squirrels.  We also spent some time walking around and enjoying the art at Dr. Evermor’s Forevertron.  Built in the 1980s, it is the largest scrap metal sculpture in the world, standing 50 ft. high and 120 ft. wide, and weighing 300 tons. But the Forevertron is only one of literally hundreds of pieces of scrap metal art on the property.  Here are a few of our favorites:

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We had a fun trip across Lake Wisconsin on the Merrimac Ferry, and a picnic at a great park after we crossed.


One of our favorite roads was called Devil’s Delight.  I turned on my camera as we climbed up the hill.  It’s much more fun and impressive in person, but here’s an idea of the great kind of roads on this route:

After you reach the top you can head over to Devil’s Lake State Park and the ride around the park is beautiful…and free if you are just passing through.

The temperature never managed to get above 55 and the sun never did come out, so we opted to save the upper part of the route for a nicer day and started meandering our way back to Spring Green and up out of the valley to Dodgeville where we had spent the previous night and had left our trailer.  It might not have gone to plan, but it was still a really fun day…a great way to spend Mother’s Day, and a great first trip of the year!

We would love to hear about your adventures on the routes.  Any pictures you are willing to share will go up on the site as well as your ratings of the routes and any comments.  If you ever encounter a problem with a route, please tell us about that too.  We can put up notices, as we have done now on the River Bend Route, warning others about road closures or other issues and offering work-arounds.  As always, thanks for your support and ride safe!

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