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.
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. 🙂
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.
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.
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 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.
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