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Bicycling in Wisconsin on the Sugar River State Trail Trail

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.



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