Friday did bring us some clearing as had been predicted. It was actually turning quite pleasant in the afternoon but half way through my 4 hour drive to Richland Center there were more hard showers. The route takes me right through one of the area's major Amish settlements and I saw a dozen or so buggies moving on the wide shoulders of US 14 as evening came. However, just east of Sugar Grove, there was a buggy on its side, two men obviously struggling to calm a very nervous horse. I couldn't tell if anyone had been hurt seriously or at all. From what I could tell, things seemed ok but may have been more serious than was immediately obvious. I don't know and did not stop.
This morning's sunrise from the door of my motel in Richland Center. Obvious to anyone with a trained eye, the TDub is as ready as I am for today's adventure.
I'd just picked up a bottled water or I'd have been tempted to fill my cup from this spring along Double "O".
Working downhill on Riverview Ridge I noticed a commotion along the road bank as I passed. A turkey hen had caught its claw (they have talons) in an old piece of downed fence. Since I had all of my Turkey Freeing gear on ('Stich, helmet, gloves, boots), I went over as quietly as I could with my Leatherman. Speaking calmly to her seemed to help and she quieted as I very carefully cut two pieces of wire that were holding her very bloody and sore looking leg. Once free, she hopped and flapped her way across the road and down over the other side of the road. She wasn't able to stand on it and I'm not real confident that she'll be able to heal but I did what I could.
Hanging upside down, her head behind.
You can see the red fence post to her right. She's caught in the top band of net fencing.
Bogus Valley Road and State Hwy 60 adjacent to the very full Wisconsin River.
Indian Creek Road.......
No matter how much riding I do in the area or maps that I carefully study, there are always new discoveries to be made. I've ridden by the Shadewald Mounds numerous times before and had no idea of their presence. During the past week while planning today's ride, I stumbled upon some new information so a stop was in order. Read more about Frank and the mounds here.
You can see the 12 mounds in a line on top of the next hill.
I'm standing in front of the Bison Mound.....
Mentioned by me before, these hills and valleys are filled with some incredible contrasts. I went by at least a couple of homesteads today that appeared to have all of this year's garbage piled out near the road and most of last year's as well. Around the bend or in an adjacent swale, a person is just as likely to pass by this.......the end of the driveway unable to be seen from the house; the house up there somewhere.
Pompeys Pillar Valley.....I expected great things and found them......it was lovely. In fact, I had managed to string a few real dandies together. Shop Hill, Anderson Road, Pompeys Pillar and Smokey Hollow together are about as good as it gets for this kind of riding.
Stopped for a Lori's Special in Highland at Grandma's Cafe.
Somehow the camera caught me doing puddle inspection......don't ask me, I have no idea.
In the vicinity of puddle inspection......
Vandalous Gate Art I'd have to imagine......I've never seen a pair quite like this.
Booth Hollow. You better add this one to the 4 above. Not connected to the others but close.
At this time of year the trails created for logging the hillsides are visible. Just a few warm weeks and they'll be hidden.
The next time I complain about our driveway, point me back to this photo. Their driveway will intersect the road I'm on about a 1/4 of a mile to my right.
Big Spring Creek Trout Stream public fishing area.
Not really very many miles but I'm a bit stiff and sore tonight. I stopped often as you can tell, enjoying the dry sunshine and warmth. Tomorrow will be more action packed.