Lake Monona

My first ride in Madison, WI this morning was a trip around Lake Monona (counter-clockwise). I started on the John Nolan Bike Path, through Olin-Turville Park, along Waunona Way, down a very busy street, across Olbrich Park, past the convention center, and back to my hotel.

Even with the occasional lack of markings, I did pretty well finding my way. I only got lost twice, and the trail seemed to find me. There was one place where the trail map showed the choice of a 6 or 7 block detour or an optional sidewalk. I tried for the sidewalk, but ended up on a busy 4 lane road at the beginning of rush hour. I was about to give up and turn around when the detour came back to my route.

Madison seems to have a great bike trail and bike route system. There are quite a few signs, plus I bought a map at a local bike shop. I’m planning tomorrow morning’s route right now.

There were many riders out on the trails today, and I also saw quite a few adults riding to work. (By adults, I mean 30’s through 60’s) The guys were dressed as I do when I ride to work – Dockers with an ankle band, dress shirt, and dress shoes. I wish that West Lafayette had that kind of commuter crowd.

Miles Ridden: 13.9
Total This Year: TBD + 415

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