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Ride Report: A Coffee Ride(33 posts)

Ride Report: A Coffee Ridenoveread
Jun 23, 2003 7:54 AM
My schedule had me racing the road roace over in Spring Prairie, Wisconsin today. But, unfortunately, my body is pretty beaten down right now and I wasn't up for it so I skipped it. I'm due for a rest next week, thank goodness. Anyway, I decided to do a nice and easy ride up to Madison for some coffee. Nice and easy. The day was beautiful, about 75 degrees, sunny with a light southerly breeze. I'd be headed back into the breeze on the way home but I did not feel like doing a southern route today.
Horsesnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 7:56 AM
I left the house around 9:30 in the morning. These roads just to the north of Stoughton I often ride during the week on my recovery days. These horses are very familiar with me
Bike lanenoveread
Jun 23, 2003 7:56 AM
Southern Wisconsin is a great place to ride (during warm weather!), the terrain is varied with countless options for low-traffic roads and the city of Madison is, for the most part, a bike friendly city. Most of the main streets have bike lanes. When I commute by bike, I always take this road into the city.
Lake Loopnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 7:58 AM
Once into the city I am riding on a very popular route that goes around Lake Monona.
Cyclist signs, the firstnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:00 AM
Two street signs two blocks apart! Good for cyclists or what?!
The secondnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:01 AM
and...
East Side Pathnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:02 AM
As I make my way through the east side of the city I intersect the main east-side bike path.
Pagodanoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:03 AM
The path goes behind Olbrich Botanical Gardens. This pagoda, as I understand it, was a gift from the country of Thailand to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. However, the University did not have a suitable location for the structure so it was "given" to Olbrich. Olbrich is a beautiful place to visit. Every year they have a big exhibit on butterflies. In their large indoor tropical room they release hundreds of butterflies. It's really neat to walk among them fluttering about your head.
Community Gardensnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:04 AM
Continuing on the path I went through the Atwood community. This part of Madison is quite, er, progressive! It's kinda got that trendy granola thing going on. It's kinda cool in a way. What's REALLY cool are the Atwood community gardens. This section of land along the railroad tracks is about 20yds wide and, oh, 150 yds long and is divided into plots that are rented out to residents to garden. The waiting list for the perfectly sloped, south-facing plots is 3 years. Or so I was told by this nice woman who was out tending her plot along with many others.
Gardens #2noveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:05 AM
Another pic of the garden plots. Annual rent? $30. It was 11:00am when I took these pictures, the time when my category was to start.
Williamson Streetnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:07 AM
A short time later I abandoned the path to ride in on Williamson Street. This is the location of the Wheels on Willy Crit" I did in the middle of May.
"Downtown"noveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:08 AM
Now I'm getting into the downtown area.
The Capitolnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:09 AM
Heading up to the Capitol Square here. This also happens to be the building I work in.
Farmer's Marketnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:10 AM
Today is Saturday, so that means the Farmer's Market is happening on the square. It was really, really crowded. The market goes all the way around the square and even down State Street just a bit.
Farmer's Market #2noveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:10 AM
Another shot of the farmers market.
A Vendornoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:11 AM
Check out that vendor's t-shirt!
My place of worknoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:12 AM
Here's another shot of the Capitol. Again, this is where I work.
State Streetnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:13 AM
Getting around the square and down State Street to my preferred coffee shop took quite a bit of time! It was very crowded! This shot is back towards the Capitol from State Street.
The Yellow Jersey, or "Jaundiced Cow"noveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:15 AM
This is the Yellow Jersey Bike Shop. This shop has the best wrenches in town. Very quick, like the dry cleaners. In by 10:00, ready by 4:00pm! Well, they don't have the time bit but if you do bring your bike in during the morning, it will be ready that afternoon. And they do top-notch work. Also, for you retro fans, Andy, the owner, is a big fan of retro stuff and has some great retro bikes and components for sale. In particular, he has a large selection of 3Rensho frames.
Coffee Timenoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:16 AM
I arrived at my coffee location and had a small coffee and a piece of blueberry crumbcake. Espresso Royale's crumbcake is very good!
Lake Monona Pathnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:17 AM
I'd planned on being home around 1 o'clock. As I finished up my crumbcake I looked at the time: 12 noon! Uh-oh. Better get back on the horse and get movin'! The ride home won't be at such a liesurely pace! I headed out along the Lake Monona path. The path wasn't that crowded actually. Perhaps they were all up on the square at the Farmer's Market! I don't usually notice roller-bladers but this woman coming towards me was good, and fast.
View of the Citynoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:18 AM
This picture looks back across the corner of Lake Monona towards downtown.
Monona Terracenoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:19 AM
This building is the Frank Lloyd Wright Convention Center, also known as the Monona Terrace. It is a very nice building.
Headed Homenoveread
Jun 23, 2003 8:20 AM
Well, I "put the hammer down" on the return trip. But let's be clear that when I put the hammer down, we're talking about a Fisher Price plastic model. No forged steel in my legs! I did make it back to the house by 1 o'clock almost to the minute. It was a nice ride. I noticed on the way back as I was riding into the breeze and pushing it a bit that it was probably a good thing I didn't go to the race. My legs just didn't have it and my body needs a break! It's a few days off the bike for me! Here's a parting shot, one last pastoral picture back in the countryside!

That's it!

Noveread
Mad City rocks!!!pdg60
Jun 23, 2003 12:49 PM
My wife ran the marathon a couple weeks back. We arrived from Milwaukee on Saturday and hit the Farmer's Market for the first time. Awesome food and people.

Every time I head out there I never want to return to Milwaukee. The wife and I still talk about moving there but...

Anyway thanks for the pics and write up.

Don
It's great to get a glimpse at your world nic pics nmbigrider
Jun 23, 2003 8:52 AM
Thank you, thank you, thank you.hrv
Jun 23, 2003 8:59 AM
Did I say thank you? I lived in Madison for 17 years before moving to Oregon 12 years ago.Your pictures brought back many fond memories, esp. the lake path. I've windsurfed in the summer, ice skated and ice sailed in the winter on that lake and that and lake Mendota were the 2 main reasons my wife and I stayed in Madison. My wife rode that path several times a week.

Do they still have crits around the capitol square? There was always a crash on the State Street side. I remember seeing Eric Heiden race in one of them. I was a speed skater and Eric was 'the man' to me. Lance could win 6 tours, and while that would be amazing,in my mind it wouldn't come close to what Eric accomplished, by himself, no team. But I digress!

Thanks again. You've made my day and I can't wait to show my wife the shots later!

hrv
You're welcome!noveread
Jun 23, 2003 9:03 AM
Certainly is plenty to do around here!

Yes, they do still have the crits on the square, though this year they were cancelled due to the title sponsor dropping out late and were unable to find a new one in time. The club that hosts the races indicate they fully intend to bring the crits back next year.

Noveread
re: Ride Report: A Coffee RidePEDDLEFOOT
Jun 23, 2003 9:47 AM
I'm originally from Chicago and still live in the area.I've visited Madison many times and it is one of my favorite cities.Thanks for the pictures and report.Wish I could have been there with you.It looked like you didn't really miss the race.
Nope, I sure didn't! nmnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 10:19 AM
Nice ride report, thanks !PeterRider
Jun 23, 2003 12:19 PM
Nice reportScot_Gore
Jun 23, 2003 1:53 PM
Had to put the shot of the "Yellow Jersey" to meet the requisite cow photo requirement, Huh?

:-)

Scot
Haha, I suppose! That 2nd pic was of horses wasn't it! nmnoveread
Jun 23, 2003 1:55 PM