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.
from Delafield to Milwaukee, WI
Date: 2006-09-11
Distance: 54 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 3.25 Hours
Average Speed: 16.76 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,136 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Going for breakfast and a quick look out indicated that there was no rain falling. The Weather Network showed no rain in Milwaukee to Delafield but there was plenty around.

  When we left there was a warm wind. With temperature in the low 10’s degrees Celsius, I was dressed up but the warm wind meant that I would dress down as soon as the 4 kilometres ride to the Glacial Drumlin State Trail was completed.

  By that time, showers were in the air. For the rest of the short ride today the showers turned more to rain, stopped, and then came with gusto in Milwaukee. When the motel was reached in Downtown Milwaukee, most of the clothes we were wearing were wet.

Why, with wet gear in the pannier? Personal decision not to wear full setoff rain gear. Get wet instead. Guess I was not expecting the high winds and amount of rain in the city.

The ride today was totally on paved surfaces. With the rain, thanks goodness.

With wet gear as we reached our room the air conditioning got turned off and the heat turned on. All we got was fast moving air. It seems that the central heating system of the city has not been turned on. The room is very humid with all that wet clothes and shoes and there is no heat source to dry them. The motel was going to bring a space heater up but not so far. Guess, a reminder will be given later. We really need these things to be dry as another rainy day is in the forecast for tomorrow but with less participation.

  We got in this place early today with expectation to inspect the supposed large amount of bike lanes. High winds in the downtown core and heavy rains made us desire to remain indoors. So much for our assessment. Guess we will still see some tomorrow as we head south towards Illinois and Chicago.

  Riding the roads in Milwaukee with the wind and the downpour, guess some salts got beyond the skull cap and into my right eye. The pain started up. The eye started blinking. Working through construction area it was getting difficult to navigate. Slow speed resulted and frequent stops trying to wipe the salt from the inflamed eye. Not much luck. Off came the eye glasses with a hope that the wind would dry the eye and that the helmet’s beak would keep the driving rain off my eyes so that I would have some vision. In a way, it was good that there was construction on the neighbouring road with some closures. It kept the traffic down so that there was plenty of road space for any vehicles and me weaving forward with blinking eyes.

For lunch, we wanted to get some sushi. Asking the front desk brought the expected answer “I do not eat that stuff”. We did get a recommendation to go to the neighbouring grocery store, upscale about 3 blocks away. It was neither that bad nor that good, either.


Cycling Facilities



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 Glacial Drumlin State Trail, the New Berlin (Greenfield) Recreational Trail, and the Oak Leaf Trail.


Military Ridge State Trail


Capital City State Trail


Glacial Drumlin State Trail


New Berlin (Greenfield) Recreational Trail


Oak Leaf Trail