I was checking in to my motel right at 9:30, left the scooter on the trailer and grabbed only the essential overnight items from the van. A restful sleep, awake and up at 5. One small cup of Continental coffee, the scooter off the trailer and I was on the road shortly after 6, headed NW. There were 2nd thoughts last night about falling back into my rut of going the tried and true opposite direction, out to Lake Michigan but I stuck with the original plan.
Exploring and photos of things that strike me the goal, it was a rewarding day and that was before the pleasurable afternoon with friends in Fond du Lac. There were many aromas today that the interweb can be thankful we lack the technology to share but I would certainly like to equally distribute the many hayfield scents that I came upon today.
Architectural additions I don't remember ever seeing on pole buildings before.....
It's been some time since I paid much attention to any Rustic Roads (did 2 today, neither part of my plans) but taking this one just seemed like the thing to do. Approaching, it seem possible that I'd missed it in previous searching but it wasn't looking familiar .....until I got here, then I remembered that TranZalp had been here.
These large trees bordering quiet roads are actually relatively common in this area, not unique to officially designated Rustic Roads.
I thought this sculpture garden very cool and the area and examples were many more than photographed here. I smiled when I saw the post hole digger mounted what must be permanently on the small utility tractor in the yard. This grassy field was acres in size and just west of the homestead, there were many more in the woods being overtaken by growth.
I've seen some huge dairy facilities in my time but the Rosendale Dairy that I saw today was ginormous. From a distance it looked like a military installation. Speaking of dairy, it is June Dairy month and I came upon dozens of signs today advertising various local Farm Breakfasts. Held in many small communities on local farms, it's a chance to give the non-farming neighbors access to farm life.
Stopped for breakfast in Berlin and sat at the window overlooking the Fox River flowing through downtown.
Naturally I had to climb Mountain Morris. There weren't any T-shirts for sale but that's OK, I've got more than enough already.
Stopped at Little Hope to make a phone call, walked across the little bridge to enjoy the picnic table between two rushing flows of water. That is until I heard the ladies hopping in their kayaks.......
A few years ago, I posted about an earlier trip to Road America....On the Way to Poy Sippi. Today I was actually right downtown.
Stopped for a rest along the river in Omro......
Speaking of Historical Markers......
Back to Days Inn mid-afternoon, I gave Jim a call, then soon met Jim and Barb for their gracious and delicious offer of dinner. A fine discussion and great meal, thanks so much to you both!!
A great day, fine riding, many new discoveries, wildlife a plenty (too many on or near the road) and time with friends.
Roughly a 230 mile day. Tomorrow, out to the track early to be at the gate in time for opening.