The following is a review of our ride on the Sugar River State Trail in
southern Wisconsin, mid-September 2004.
This was our first visit to this part of Wisconsin and, although the area is
much like other parts of the state with dairy farms, corn fields, and lots
of hay fields, the little village of New Glarus is definitely different from
others in the state. Advertised as America's " Little Switzerland ",
it certainly lives up to its advertisement. The first building we saw was
the Chalet Landhaus Inn. What a perfectly charming Inn. All the balcony's
had window boxes flowing with red and white flowers. You'll see a photo below
of the Floral Clock that greets you as you enter the village. How exciting
to have such a beautiful place to begin a great bicycle ride.
This is a 23 mile trail beginning in New Glarus, going through Monticello and
Albany, and ending in Brodhead. It is built on the abandoned Chicago,
Milwaukee, St. Paul railroad bed. The surface is hard-packed limestone
screening, which we prefer over asphalt. Nothing is more relaxing than
peddling through farm country, crossing streams and going through small
rural towns. If you have an opportunity to be in this part of the country,
don't miss this trail!
For more information
on the New Glarus see www.swisstown.com.
For more information on the trail write Sugar River Trail, P.O. Box 781,
New Glarus, WI 53574 or phone 608-527-2334.