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05/28  Big timber
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05/31  There be dragons here
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There be dragons here

2010-05-31

It seems to me that I heard way back when that if there was a stretch of land or sea that particularly sucked, navigators would insert dragons into their maps to keep others from following. That is probably so wrong. Either way, don't follow my routes for today.

If I never see another sandy road the rest of my life I shall die satisfied. I pushed my bike for miles because the roads simply weren't solid enough for the tires to stay on top.

Then, according to my map, there was a shortcut that would save me many miles. It turns out that shortcut was Cedar Island Road which passes through the gated and very posted Cedar Island Conservatory. Never one to heed a trespassing sign, I slipped in. At first the gravel road was great. Then I hit some houses. This made me nervous, because the road seemed to end there. Obviously I couldn't ask for directions, so I took another road that quickly degraded into a grass ATV trail. This ended in a cedar swamp. Google Maps assured me that the road continued, and I couldn't really go back anyways. So I pushed my bike into the swamp. Then I pushed it through a several year old clear-cut (those who are familiar with this should now be cringing). I then found a deer trail that led to a barely recognizable foot path. This path steadily grew more defined until I no longer had to study the ground to follow it. Eventually there was the odd four-wheeler track. Of course, all of this was up hill in sand, so I was still pushing. Finally I saw the real road--sand. So I pushed for another quarter mile.

Finally I found pavement and shortly thereafter arrived at JFK's World Twine Ball. By all accounts this is the largest ball of twine in the world. And possibly the best kept. JFK continues working on it. He had very disparaging things to say about the Biggest Ball of Twine in Minnesota. JFK is a little on the particular side, and has honed a few key phrases over the years, such as "I'm having a ball" and "Everything I say is true" and "I'm the only JFK" because the other was shot. He gives out hand-written cards describing in very unpunctuated grammar how he built the twine ball and (with oddly more detail) a description of his job at the township dump. All that said, he's a nice guy who loves talking to strangers about his twine ball. Google "JFK twine ball" for more information.

Next stop (via busier than preferred roads) was Amnicon Falls. There are two main falls here.

Down the road, Big Manitou Falls was a bit more impressive. Look for the people in the picture.

I finally stopped zig-zagging across Wisconsin and am in a hotel in Duluth, Minnesota. I calculated that I biked about 700 miles just within Wisconsin.

sandy roads induce rage


this is barely a trail


JFK and his 180 pounds of twine ball


JFK and ''Junior''


Amnicon Falls


Big Manitou Falls


Welcome to Minnesota

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