Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
Madison, WI
Date: 2006-09-06
Distance: 34 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 2.51 Hours
Average Speed: 13.13 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 3,884 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day




Another great day for cycling in the morning to the convention centre. The organizers provided for indoor parking. You need to know where it is to get there so that provides some additional security. To get to the convention floor meant walking through employee areas. Guess that provides some level of security there as well, ha ha.

  Inside the convention floor and outside, the ironman event is being set up. Apparently this serious event that draws the Hawaiian ironmen goes on Sunday. We could see them training swimming parallel to the path in the lake. Also, I was told today by another conference goer that accommodations are at a premium for this weekend as there is a football game in town this weekend. I assume that it is at the University of Wisconsin that is about 2 km from the State legislator and the conference centre. In addition to that State St was closed off today in preparation for the Wednesday night jazz event. Nice to have a street which serves the community for more than just transportation.

The conference centre and the blasting air condition did its trick on me. Good thing that I signed up for a bike tour of facilities this afternoon. I would have had to get out from the centre by that time. The sinuses just could not stand any more of that air conditioning. No way could I go to another event this evening indoors so passed by the Planet Bike happening. Still have a sinus headache now. Sure drops any productivity or desire.

  I did join others on the ride back to the motel this evening as they were going the same way to the evening event. In mass we rode just after rush hour, maybe it was late rush hour. The path system along the lake needs capacity expansion. It was as full as it should be. With traffic (cycling) in both directions to what the path can hold, we made our way along it. I kept looking forward to when we would get on a residential street and could relax a bit.


Cycling Facilities



Madison, Wisconsin


Cycling into Milwaukee

    Cycling into Milwaukee really started in Dodgeville some 200 kilometres to the west. From there, most of the trip was on bike trails with occasional sections on roads. Many of these roads had a low volume of motorized vehicle traffic. Some had paved shoulders. Others did not. Some of the trails were interconnected. Others were not and required some road cycling.

    Today, the trip included the Capital City State Trail and the South West State Trail.


Military Ridge State Trail


Capital City State Trail


Glacial Drumlin State Trail


New Berlin (Greenfield) Recreational Trail


Oak Leaf Trail