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Geologists fed me watermelon

2010-05-17

I was right about one thing: there was no way I would have been able to peddle my way out of Spring Green on Saturday. But a couple days of rest did me good. So today I climbed, climbed and climbed some more.

In fact most of the day consisted of climbing and fighting the wind. Fortunately I didn't leave the hotel until almost noon, so by the time I finally ran out of hill-climbing ambition it was late enough to not feel silly about setting up camp.

Anyway, after leaving Spring Green WI I made my way to Natural Bridge State Park. In the parking area I met a big group of geologists. Most of them were students. I was bummed to realize they weren't going to look at the arch, but were just making a pit stop. I was totally planning on latching on in order to learn a thing or two. They left, and I went to look at the bridge. The park really is as small as it looks online. After a short hike you'll find the arch, which is fascinating. The base is also covered in engraved initials.

This area is really quite scenic. Back roads skirt valleys with farms nestled up to bluffs. Farmers waved as I passed. The roads were all but deserted.

A few miles down the road in Denzer I met up with the geologists again in front of a Community Center. They were finishing their lunch and gave me a granola bar and a big chunk of watermelon. Turns out they were out surveying and looking at granite.

Next up: Forevertron! Across from the Badger Army Ammunition Plant and set among some of the creepiest sculptures I've ever seen is a monstrosity that is hard to photograph and nearly impossible to describe. Look it up. The 12 foot spider was pretty cool though.

Some of you might be familiar with a stretch of road on Highway 12 between the Badger Army Ammunition Plant and Devils Lake State Park that begins on a plain and continues up the slope of the Baraboo Hills. In the past I had often wondered with trepidation about how bad it would be to climb that hill on a bicycle. Now I know.

I made it to just within Devils Lake State Park and set up camp. I don't have the time or energy to properly tour the park before dark. I'll do it in the morning.

leaving Spring Green


Natural Bridge State Park


the natural bridge


giant creepy bug thing


giant creepy spider


Forevertron!

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