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 Milwaukee, WI to , Waukegan, IL
Date: 2006-09-12
Distance: 102 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 5.74 Hours
Average Speed: 17.78 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 4,238 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Leaving Wisconsin, Cycling into Illinois



A Day of Rain


  We started out in drizzling rain that changed to showers to downpour to nothing to downpour to, and so on. You get the picture. In between, the rain, the shoes, and clothing had time to dry just to be rewetted again.

John and I got separated just north of the Racine / Milwaukee County Line. John wanted to take his time for the rest of the trip. There were thunderstorms and rain in the forecast so I wanted to get off the road by 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Frequently these storms brew up later in the day. John decided to take some limestone based trails on the way. I decided to stay on Highway 32 and make time. I got to the hotel as the first lightning streaked across the sky. When I got in the thunder and downpour started. About 20 minutes later when I walked to the local grocery store there was flooding on the highway and some parking lots. Cars where hydroplaning. All I can say, good fortune. Meanwhile, John on the road got soaked.

  We decided to leave Milwaukee County by the Oak Leaf Trail, a combination of bike paths, bike paths on the sidewalk, bike lanes, and somewhat wide curb lanes on roads that are really too wide for the volume of traffic on the road. At the south end of the city we wandered on to a bike path system that meandered out into the county. The path went through many parks, meandering through fields, manicured grass, and woods, along rivers and the mighty Lake Michigan. This was all great and enjoyable, even the times we got lost, but too slow. By lunch time, three hours after we left the motel, we had covered 15 kilometres of a 102 kilometres trip. With this speed we should have made the motel by midnight.

    Yesterday, the cycling shoes did dry during the night with the fan on high and no heat. Tonight, we do have heat and high fan setting. So, hopefully dry clothes and shoe will be had in the morning.

The route included cities of Racine Kenosha in Wisconsin and Zion and Waukegan in Illinois. In Illinois, each town or city seemed to melt into the other so that one is never sure where one is, unless it is marked on a building.


Cycling Facilities



Oak Leaf Trail – Milwaukee County

  Milwaukee, Wisconsin Cycling