SAGBRAW – August 5, 2011

Today was the last day of the SAGBRAW ride.  The 48 mile route took us from Sheboygan to Kewaskum, WI.  We left the shore of Lake Michigan and traveled southwest across glacial terrain.  When glaciers moved through this area they formed “drumlins” (long, narrow, tear drop shaped glacial formations) which equals rolling hills to a cyclist.  We followed the Kettle Morraine Scenic Drive for much of the route, riding through the northern part of the Kettle Morraine Forest.  The ride today was the most challenging of the week due to the hills.  Several riders took the sag wagon to the finish.

We passed through the towns of Waldo and Dundee.  Several riders stopped at Dundee for lunch.  There was going to be a celebration lunch at the finish, so I decided to wait until later.  At mile 38 there was a small store that had ice cream and it was at the top of a big hill.  I rewarded myself with a dish of blueberry cheesecake ice cream!  The ride finish was at the Sunburst Ski Area in Kewaskum.  I finished about 2:00 and ate lunch.  Deb rode the Eisenbahn State Trail while I rode the route today.  It is a rail trail with a crushed limestone surface.  It runs through the Kettle Morraine Forest as well, so she got to see some beautiful scenery along the way.  Deb arrived about 2:30 and ate lunch.  We drove to Stevens Point, WI to spend the night so we could attend the Midwest Recumbent Rally the next day.   

Overall, I really enjoyed the SAGBRAW ride.  There were a couple of friends who had planned on joining me for the ride that had to cancel.  I would’ve enjoyed it more had they been there riding with me.  The routes were nice, on very low traffic roads for the most part.  The scenery along the way was absolutely beautiful.  I had not seen this part of the country before and seeing it from the seat of a bicycle is so much more enjoyable than speeding by in a car.  I ended up riding a little over 210 miles.  There were 500 cyclists on this ride, but there were times that I rode for miles without seeing another rider.  The youngest rider was 9 years old and the oldest was 80.  The average age of the riders was 51.  There were people from all over the United States and a few from Canada.  They change the route for SAGBRAW every year, alternating between 3 or 4 routes in different parts of the state.  This might prove to be a repeat ride for me sometime in the future to see a different part of Wisconsin.





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