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Old 08-26-2008, 03:51 PM   #8
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Day 1 on the TWAT

I rode a little of the first part of the TWAT last year when I did the Great River Road from St. Louis to the headwaters of the Mississippi. I stopped at the Dickeyville Grotto then and stopped to show Pete. The Grotto is one of those places you need to see to believe.

From the beginning the trail was scenic and the roads showed some the best of SW WI. Pete thought the first 100 miles were the most scenic of the trip. I can’t disagree.

Does it look like I am going fast?

The mandatory TWAT picture from SW WI. This area is along the Mississippi and beautiful.

We had to do a little re-routing and came acorss the restored Dutch Ridge School built in 1887.

I though this was one neat place! It was built in 1903.

If anyone know the exact location of this old farm house please let me know.

Towards the end of the first day we started hitting sand. That was my first taste of sand on my heavy loaded PIG and the last time Pete was on sand he had a “get off” that cracked a rib. Needless to say we were both quite tentative.

Pete on sand.

While in the sand I kept telling myself, “speed up, stay on my pegs, lean back, power through it, you will be OK”. At the same time I kept hearing “speed kills”. I made it though and with every mile built up more confidence, something I would need later in the trip. Pete also made it though without incident except I had to pry his hands off the grips when we finally hit gravel.

That night we stayed in Black River Falls. At dinner the restaurant had a delicious ale brewed just for them. We had plenty. (Are you noticing a pattern?)
"Wilderness is not a luxury, but a necessity of the human spirit" Mark Twain

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