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Smells like the North Woods

2010-05-22

I ate breakfast in Duran on a park bench overlooking the Chippewa River.

After a few miles into Durand I got onto the Chippewa River State Trail. This runs into Eau Claire where it eventually meets up with the Old Abe Trail. Something strange about these trails: they are completely paved. So you can coast along almost silently. I saw lots of turkey, some eagles, deer and even a newborn fawn. Also, people on their own bicycles kept sneaking up from behind and scaring me.

All along the Chippewa River trail there are historical markers showing where old mill towns stood but are now completely gone.

Eau Claire itself has its own system of city trails. For the most part these are very nice as well. I was surprised at how extensive these trails were.

I am far enough north that the smell of the forest has changed. Well the smell of something has changed. But it really feels like I'm getting "up north." I crossed the 45th parallel. I am half-way between the Equator and the North Pole.

I left the Wisconsin State trail system in Cornell and continued making my way north on back roads. Because I'd already been going most of the day I quickly found a place to camp. Trespassing as usual.

I picked up a half-dozen ticks just walking my bike up a trail. And you wouldn't believe the mosquitoes! I set up the tent as fast as possible, threw all my bags in, and dove in after.

Heard an apt quote today: "My reality is less interesting than the story I'll tell about it later."

Chippewa River Trail


entering Eau Claire


the 45th parallel


turtle


the world's only pulpwood stacker


some river

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