GRABAAWR 2014 THE GREATEST WEEK OF THE YEAR

 
GREAT ANNUAL BICYCLE ADVENTURE ALONG THE WISCONSIN RIVER
 
GREAT ROADS, GREAT FOOD, FRESH AIR,  GOOD  FRIENDS AND A BIKE-WHAT’S NOT TO LIKE ? ANOTHER OUTSTANDING WEEK AT THE BIKE WISCONSIN BIKE TOUR.  THIS  ROUTE WAS EAGLE RIVER TO RICHLAND CENTER. 

 
AMERICAN PICKERS EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT.  THIS WAS OUTSIDE BARABOO. TOO COOL.
 
THIS HUGE BARN BUILDING WAS AT THE WORLD SNOWMOBILE CHAMPIONSHIP SITE IN EAGLE RIVER:
 

 
 
THE RUMORS OF A BRUTAL WINTER WERE CLEARLY TRUE WHEN RICHARD B SHOWED UP WITH A DOWN COAT- JUNE 21 ! WHEN WE STARTED TO RIDE IT WAS A REGULAR SUMMER DAY.
 
 
 
TROY R FROM MADISON IS DOING WELL AND KEEPING WISCONSIN WATER CLEAN. HOW ABOUT THAT GREAT SMILE ?
 
TROY SPOTTED THIS COOL FILL OUT YOURSELF SIGN IN LAND O LAKES
GO SKYDIVING
VISIT EVERY NATIONAL PARK
DRIVE A SEMI TRUCK
OWN A FARM
KISS SOMEONE
BE PASSIONATE ABOUT LIFE
SEE A TORNADO-BUT NOT DIE
HAVE FUN
 
WHAT WOULD YOU WRITE ON THERE ?
 
I WOULD PUT  SEE PENGUINS IN THE WILD.
  

 
DAVE F FROM APPLETON AND RICHARD FROM MILWAUKEE AREA ARE DOING GREAT AND GOOD BUDS AFTER MANY YEARS.  DAVE WAS RIDING SO FAST THIS YEAR I THINK HE ACTUALLY RODE HIS BIKE SINCE LAST YEAR’S TOUR.

 
THE PIE BAKERS WERE READY FOR US. THESE ARE FROM AN AMISH BAKERY AND YES THERE WAS HOMEMADE ICE CREAM INVOLVED.  PRICE ? $2

 
GENE F IS STILL SMILING AND CREATING SPECTACULAR HELMET CONTEST ENTRIES.
 
 
KIT  O FROM MINNEAPOLIS  IS A 2014 ADDITION  TO THE GANG- SHE IS A SUPER RANDONNEUR. LOOK THAT UP AND BE IN AWE. OH LOOK WE ARE EATING AGAIN.
 

 
 
DAY 1 WE ENJOYED THE LUPINE AND SAW EAGLES.
 

 GREAT LAKES
 

 
 A GREAT RESTORED MOVIE THEATER IN THREE LAKES

 

 
 

 
COMING INTO THE OVERNIGHT TOWN  STOPPED FOR A QUADZILLA AT THIS ESTABLISHMENT NEXT TO A PRETTY LAKE TO GET THE LOCAL GOSSIP AND AN ATTITUDE ADJUSTMENT FOR SETTING UP THE TENT.  THE QUADZILLA HAS REPLACED THE TRIFECTA:WATER, DIET COKE AND SPOTTED COW.  THE 4TH LEG IS  SALT AND VEGETABLES IN THE FORM OF A LOADED VIRGIN MARY.

 
RHINELANDER WAS WONDERFUL  HOWEVER THE LINE BEHIND LUGGAGE  SHERPA ANGEL TREVOR IS UNFORTUNATELY A SMALL STREAM FROM THE PREVIOUS NIGHT’S RAIN STORM. I EXPERIENCED COMPLETE TENT  RAIN FLY FAILURE. IT WAS A  SOGGY TIME AND A  LATE NIGHT SPENT  ON THE SCIENCE ROOM STORAGE ROOM FLOOR  IN  THE SCHOOL.  SPLISH SPLASH I WAS TAKING A MUD BATH.

ON TO MERRILL THE SHORTCAKE CAPITAL OF THE WORLD.

 
THERE WAS  MAJOR POLICE ACTIVITY AT THE KOZY CORNER.

 
THE WAITRESS RACED OUTSIDE TO LOOK, HAVE A  CIGARETTE AND AND BROUGHT THE COOK WITH HER.

 
 WIRE  DOWN  IN THE PARKING LOT !!!. THE RIDERS STRAGGLING INTO TOWN AFTER A ROUGH DAY EATING AND PEDALING ALL THE WAY FROM RHINELANDER PLEADED- WHATEVER YOU DO KEEP SERVING THE SHORTCAKE !!

 
 
DEB AND SUE STOPPED IN FOR A NOSH AFTER HAVING AN ORIGINAL MOSCOW MULE IN TOMAHAWK.  BEING DIRECTIONALLY  IMPAIRED I MISSED IT. TROY HAD 2 AND WAS STILL SMILING 5 HOURS LATER.
 
 
 

TUESDAY WAS A GREAT DAY TO RIDE.  THRU WAUSAU, MOSINEE, SEVENS POINT AND OVERNIGHT AT A FAIRGROUNDS IN AMHERST. THE DAY WAS WONDERFUL UNTIL MY DERAILLEUR IMPLODED. I WAS LUCKY TO NOT CRASH BUT DONE FOR THE DAY.

 
 
JACK THE HAM RADIO ANGEL RESCUED ME AND I GOT A RIDE TO THE OVERNIGHT.
I GOT A BANDAID REPAIR AND WAS ABLE TO RIDE THE NEXT DAY.
 
 

 
THE NEXT DAY WAS ALMOST TOO MUCH EXCITEMENT FOR ONE DAY. IT WAS CRAZY HELMET DAY AND PASS THRU THE DELLS, PLUS THE BIG SOCCER GAME INVOLVING TEAM  USA AND GERMANY. ABOVE IS THE SPECTACULAR  HELMET ENTRY BY GENE LE FAVE AND AN ATTEMPT BY ADAM AND EVE TO COMPETE.
 
IT IS WORTH NOTING THE DEDICATION THAT GENE PUTS INTO HIS ENTRY.
 
FIRST THERE IS  DRINKING A CASE OF COKE ZERO TO GET ENOUGH PLANE  MATERIAL.
 
SECOND MONTHS OF ENGINEERING EXPERIMENTS TO COME UP WITH SOMETHING THAT WILL NOT FLY OFF  WHEN BIKING AND KEEP HIS NECK IN ONE PIECE
AND LOOK VERY COOL.
 
THIRD  A VERY NICE BIKE IS PURCHASED TO MATCH THE HELMET AND THE DECORATION.
 
THAT MY FRIENDS IS WHAT IT TAKES TO WIN THE   COVETED FIRST PRIZE WHICH IS  A RED JERSEY WHICH  JUST HAPPENED MATCHED ALL OF THE ABOVE.
 
TO ENSURE A GENE VICTORY I JUMPED IN THE COMPETITION WITH AN INTENTIONALLY  LAME EFFORT OF A STUFFED FROG/BUNGEE CORD COMBO.



 
EVERY WINDOW IS DIFFERENT

 

THE QUADZILLA ROOTS USA-NOTE LUCKY CHEESE ON FLAG

 
 
MR PANCAKE IN THE DELLS. THREE  WORDS-YOU MUST GO.
 
HERE ARE THE FRIENDLY LADIES THAT HELPED ME FIND SOME GREAT SOUVENIRS AND CHEER SUPPLIES.  IF YOU ARE SEARCHING FOR STATE MAGNETS OR CANADIAN PROVINCE MAGNETS THIS IS THE PLACE.
 
 
I THINK THAT BANDANNA WILL COME IN HANDY FOR MY 50TH STATE IN OCTOBER.
 
 
IT WAS A PRIVLEGE TO CELEBRATE DAVE F’S BIRTHDAY DURING THE WEEK.

 
 DAVE LOVES FROGS AND NEEDS TO BUY THIS SHIRT
 
 

 
RASPBERRY CRUNCH WHICH WRAPPED UP AN OMELET SNACK ACCOMPANIED BY A SPOTTED COW. 

 
ARTISAN WELL- ICE COLD

YELLOW WITH A FRONT PORCH AND REAR ADDITION AND MATCHING YELLOW TRAILER.
 

 
BILL R (ON LEFT) IS WELL AND RIDING UP A STORM. HE WAS HEADED TO RAGBRAI LATER THIS SUMMER. 

 
HERE WE ARE ON THE MERRIMAC FERRY.
 
THERE WERE 3 NANCY’S ON THE RIDE. THIS WAS NEBRASKA NANCY WHO WAS NEVER SEEN WITHOUT HER LONG PANTS AND 2 LAYERS OF LONG SLEEVES. SHE LEFT EARLY EVERY DAY AND CAME IN LATE ENJOYING EVERY MILE OF THE ROUTE

 
BLUE SPOON IN PRAIRIE DU SAC

THIS IS THE FRIENDLY KATHY AT THE CEDAR GROVE CHEESE FACTORY. GOOGLE THE SITE FOR  INFO THE LIVING MACHINE USED IN THEIR CHEESE PROCESS. BETTER YET GO TAKE A RIDE THROUGH SOME GREAT SCENERY AND BRING SOME GREAT CHEESE HOME.



 
HERE IS HEADLESS RICHARD ROCKING THE 60 LB BIKE, SMALL SUITCASE AND 10 POUND WATER BOTTLE. HIS AVERAGE SPEED FOR THE WEEK IS AMAZING AND HE RAN THE BOSTON MARATHON. GO RICHARD GO.

 
 
WE RODE THE LAST DAY WITHOUT GENE WHO BLEW UP A WHEEL. THE HILLS INTO RICHLAND CENTER WERE EPIC AND FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 4 YEARS I GOT TO ENJOY SOME MILES  WITH DAVE F. HE DISAPPEARS EARLY IN THE MORNING AND  MAGICALLY APPEARS AT THE OVERNITE.  

 
RICHLAND CENTER WELCOMED US WITH YET ANOTHER MEAL, SHOWERS AND SADLY OUR CARS.  IT WAS TIME TO HIGH TAIL IT BACK TO FLORIDA.
 
NEXT UP FOR THE NANADVENTURES IS MARATHON STATE NUMBER 49
WYOMING.   THE PLAN IS TO RUN WITH THE WILD HORSES UP / DOWN A MOUNTAIN RIDGE.  WE WILL DRIVE THRU EVANSTON WYOMING WHICH HAS BEEN A LIFE GOAL TO SEE AFTER GROWING UP IN EVANSTON IL.
 
 
“ADOPT THE PACE OF NATURE:  HER SECRET IS PATIENCE”
 
SENDING YOU BLUE SKIES,  FRESH AIR AND GOOD HEALTH.
 
NW
 
 
 

 
 
 

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