Our Red Wing Hosts, Abra and Holly suggested that we go down to Winona via the Wisconsin side due to a larger quantity of cute little towns, and better views.
Beautiful Weather on the Mississippi
And I must say their suggestion was amazing. Our host in Winona wasn’t going to get there until 6 pm, so we had plenty of time to look at art galleries, and eat pie. 🙂
The Best Pie in Wisconsin
There were towns along the river about every 10 miles, We looked at the Abode art Gallery and had pie in Stockholm, Saw a winery in Peppin, and stopped for snacks along the way. The wind picked up in the afternoon, which slowed down our stopping and looking around.
Someone made an Italian Villa/Winery in Pepin, Wi
We ran into a rider training for a Ride the Rockies, and he rode with us about 4-5 miles, letting us draft off of him. It was wonderful being able to draft behind someone in Headwinds, as so far, everyone I have ridden with has drafted behind me due to my rather wide footprint caused by my bags.
We had a wonderful dinner and conversation with our Winona host Barb. I was happy to be able to pet her cat, as May 16th was Auri’s Birthday and I missed it.
Second Entry into Wisconsin
The trip from Winona, MN to Wilton, WI was a rather long 70 miles, with pretty severe rain, headwinds, and hills. The weather was very indecisive, and would yo-yo between raining so hard that cars would pull over to the side of the road, to relatively sunny (I removed and put on my rain jacket about 5 times.)
The Great River Road Trail
The original plan was for us to bike the whole day on Wisconsin’s rails to trails network, but the trails were crushed limestone, which is fine when dry, but a little mushy when wet. We needed to take Highways to Wilton, which added a good 8-9 miles to our trip.
Hiding from the rain
Tonight there is a Tornado Watch in Wilton, and severe thunderstorms, so I am super glad that I am in the Mid-Way Motel rather than in my tent. Looking outside, If I had camped, I think I may have been washed away
I’m super curious about this tunnel