Dark skies early this morning when I started that soon gave way to bright sunshine. Truly looking like autumn, but the temp was in the upper 60's (mid-90's yesterday for a high) and with an east wind, it was quite pleasant; my favorite morning ride temperature. Or course I headed down to Alma for breakfast. Deciding to sit outside on the porch, my food had just arrived when some friends showed up (driving), our local Honda dealer and his wife.
"I saw the Morphous and knew it was you".
As a reminder, Alma, Wisconsin is nestled directly against the river bluff. Most of the town is no more than 2 streets wide, all the available space there is before the bluffs behind get too steep. Directly above town is a city park, Buena Vista with incredible views of the entire Mississippi river valley and adjoining Minnesota. I often ride through town and past the park, but hadn't stopped since an early spring ride so today seemed like a nice quiet morning to check out the vista. It was early enough for me to be the only visitor in the park.
My helmet off and earplugs out, I started to hear the tell-tale falling of acorns. This big old Burr Oak was and has been giving up a gazillion of them.
The picnic tables were covered.....check out the turn-around beyond.
The stone path that almost stays upon this ridge top towards the overlook. The slope away on both sides is steeper than it looks. I can remember quite well some very intense Frisbee throwing here by a group of younger and much faster men.
Someone not quite as young or as fast, content to just look today......
Lock and Dam #4, Minnesota in the distance.
The Great Alma Fishing Float, lower left center in the photo. On the Minnesota side of the river, accessed from Alma on the Wisconsin side. I've never been there and that needs to change. It looks and sounds like fun; it has been featured on the Food Channel, famous for the "Famous Mess" after Alton Brown was there on his "Feasting On Asphalt: The River Run."
70 miles later I was back home by 10:30, projects being tackled in some sort of order.