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Plan B

2010-08-21

tl;dr: I'm on the road again. Stops: First Capitol State Park and Effigy Mounds National Monument.

Farming isn’t so bad. For a few days. After ending my bicycle trip last month I spent the time since helping out on my Uncle’s farm. I never considered writing about it as it just seems normal to me.

During that time I also traded my pickup truck for a minivan. This earned me no end of bad jokes. I removed the back seats, built some custom storage and installed my own roof rack. Now I have a pretty decent road trip vehicle. My general plan is to live nomadic as I visit customer sites and try to get real work done. It will probably be less fun than a bicycle trip, but it should be less stressful for my coworkers.

So today I hit the road again. It was hot, but it didn’t matter, because I had air conditioning. There were a lot of hills, but it didn’t matter, because I am driving not peddling. I had a long ways to go, but it didn’t matter, because I can now go more than 10 mph. All in all it really felt like cheating.

I left the farm sometime after noon and my first port of call was Belmont Mound Woods State Natural Area where there was a lookout tower at the top of a mound where you could see farms, farms and more farms. Oddly enough somebody had thrown away a perfectly good (and very expensive) Thule bicycle roof rack. I was tempted to snag it, but, really, my custom made rack is superior IMHO.

Just down the road from Belmont Mound is First Capitol State Park. This was the brief location of the original territory capitol of Wisconsin. If you are in the area it is worth stopping just to look at the old pictures and maps.

Late afternoon I arrived at Effigy Mounds National Monument. I had seen burial mounds before, but never so many in one place. Some were shaped like animals (bears, mostly). There were also turkeys -- real turkeys. They tolerated me.

I ended the day at Yellow River State Forest. The information kiosk had very colorful, well printed maps available. They really sucked. I would have liked to see less color and more road names. I ended up never finding the official campsites and so just parked in some random area.

Plan B


Wisconsin driver


cow near Belmont


view from lookout tower at State Park


3 mounds at Effigy Mounds National Monument


view of Mississippi River from Effigy Mounds National Monument

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