to Menomonie, WI

Submitted by Ben on Wed, 08/11/2004 - 00:00

This morning my left knee still hurt from yesterday's ride, enough that I was tempted to rest a day before continuing on. I paused at the exit of the state park to consider this, but finally I decided that if I was going to rest a day, Menomonie would be a better place to do it. Fortunately my knee stopped hurting after a few miles.

The rain that started last night continued as drizzle all day, but little more than that. It looks like I won't be able to see the Perseids tonight, but I'm just glad the rain wasn't more intense.

Many of the county and state highways I rode on today were marked with the "BIKE ROUTE" signs I saw yesterday, but if there's a comprehensive guide to where these routes go I haven't found it.

Anyway, the road into Menomonie was very nice, following a stream bed. When I reached town, the head of the trail I'll take tomorrow was very easy to find, and it connected up with a city bike trail that went exactly where I wanted to go: the library. :-)

Unfortunately the road from the library to the campgrounds north of town was longer and hillier than I had expected. By the time I got to the closer campground I had decided to stay here even though the farther one was probably nicer, because the farther one was 1.5 miles farther and I didn't feel that I could make it. So I paid more than I expected for a not-so-nice place, but it'll do.

Total distance: 44.6 mi