Last night, Adam and I went out and got all our points to get into the raffle. It didn't take very long and was a lot of fun. Tonight is the big raffle at Magellan's (Pizza!) at 7:15pm. George from Waukesha Tattoo clued us in on some of the prizes and it's awesome what the local business' have kicked in. Definitely not something you'd want to miss!
By the way, I get most of my Christmas shopping done downtown, so bring a few dollars with you today and get a jump on the holiday season. You'll be surprised what you can find shopping locally. .
With Winter closing in, it looks as though most of the work on the Lake Country Trail is being buttoned up for the year. According to the County Parks website it appears they completed 2 of the 3 objectives for the year. First, the trail is nicely striped and fenced in areas. This runs from Golf Rd. at Country Springs Hotel in Pewaukee to Glen Cove Rd. near Pewaukee Lake then again from Milwaukee St. in Delafield and on to Oconomowoc.
The latest development, completed last week, is the reroute of the trail to cross at Hwy. 83 and Golf Rd. in Delafield. The trail now takes you to the controlled intersection and through a cross walk before rejoining behind the Park & Ride. It may seem like a minor inconvenience now to have to wait for the traffic signal, but its a safer option -and the only one, since they've already replanted and curbed the old crossing. I'm guessing the third part of the plan, paving the trail from Glen Cove Rd. to Milwaukee St, will be completed next year. From what I understand, the hill running through Nagawaukee Golf Course is too steep to reconstruct to current government standards, so a revision is being worked on for that section. Regardless of that, the trail is near completion and is great link by bike to 3 Lake Country communities- Pewaukee, Delafield and Oconomowoc.
Now if only we could connect it to Waukesha... but that's for a future post. .
Friday's Rockesha ride turned out to be a good time with nearly 30 people coming out to ride the parkway and enjoy downtown! Huge thanks to Ayhan at Cafe de Arts for warming everyone up at the start with his great coffee and Dan at Magellans for hosting the finish, the pizza was amazing and I think everyone got their fill! Thanks to George and the Waukesha Tattoo crew for there contribution and joining us as well! Total, (after Pizza- thanks again Dan!) we netted $270 to put towards our goal of $2000 by spring for the Waukesha Bike Rack project. The next ride will be mid January, so keep it in mind if you need a reason to get out after the holidays. A few more photos, Don't forget, today is the downtown Christmas Parade as well. Be sure to ride down and check it out at 4pm. Looks like Galleria Edge will also have some good things cooking on the West End for the parade. I'll try to make it down..
It's looking to be a good one and the weather should be the best its been all week! Come join us Friday night for Waukesha's largest regular social ride along the Fox River Parkway and through downtown. Leaving from Cafe de Arts at 7pm and finishing up at Magellan's on Main. Details here. Hope to see you then! .
I seem to have developed a pattern. About the only time I drive lately is on my days off. The routine is, load up the knobby-tired bike, get a coffee and snack from downtown and then head out of town. During the summer, its usually Southwest about 30mins to the Southern Kettle Moraine where you can easily ride 2-3 hours without touching the same trail twice. Trail blazer Dave and the dedicated crew down there have created a great one-day epic of a system over the past several years.
Now with hunting season heading into full swing, I've been enjoying something even closer. A short 18min drive East, to ride a good 15 miles (~2 hrs.) of singletrack. Where is this gem of off road bliss? Wauwatosa. Yes, lately I've been driving into the "city" to ride my mountain bike. In fact Milwaukee County has almost 30 miles total of legal off road trail open to bikes, and there's more in the works. How did this happen? It didn't just happen and it didn't happen over night. Metro Milwaukee Mountain Bikers are the group behind the urban trail access in Milwaukee. They're a volunteer group that builds and maintains the trails in Milwaukee County including Crystal Ridge, where the Alterra WORS race is held each year.
So where does Waukesha stand? Currently, we only have 4 miles of legal mountain bike trails in our entire county, at Lapham Peak State Park, and they're not much to write home about. I think we have a lot of opportunity in Waukesha. We have a great park system and a great mix of urban, suburban and rural areas in our county. If cities like New York, Seattle, Minneapolis and Milwaukee have found ways to create mountain bike access, I don't see why we couldn't.
Downtown 'Tosa, why not here?
The Beginning? Yesterday I attended the County Parks and Land Use Commitee meeting along with Marty Weigel from Metro Mountain Bikers to pitch the idea of opening some of the parks up to mountain biking. There was some good discussion and overall I think the board was receptive of the idea. I have to thank County Supervisor Steven Wimmer for setting us up in the meeting and the board for listening to our ideas. Nothing is a done deal yet. We merely have a foot in the door and there is plenty of work to do with the parks people to make this a possibility, but I'm optimistic we'll be able to make progress. I also have to thank Marty for taking the time to come out and offering the support of Metro MMB to help with the project in the future. A key point here is that people in Milwaukee and other areas want to come mountain bike here. And I think that's a good thing!
I just spoke with Jodi at D Mo's today and they are still looking for volunteers. I'm in and will try to rally a few Bike Alliance members as well. Pitch in a couple hours next Sunday if you have the time! .
The Rockesha Social ride is one week away! People have asked what the route is like, so I posted it below:
This is a social ride, so nobody will be left behind ;) Cafe de Arts is staying open until 7:00 next Friday. Meet there before hand for coffee and a snack as the ride will be departing at 7:00pm! The casual ride should take about an hour & 1/2. We may alter the route slightly depending on the size of the group and the weather. We'll finish up around 8:30 at Magellan's on Main for pizza. $10 donations will be collected up front to cover the pizza (we'll make sure you get your fill) and to raise money for the Waukesha Bike Rack Project. Be sure to bring a helmet, lights and bells if you have them.
If your looking for something east of the county line this weekend, Wauwatosa cycling kingpin Russell is hosting his 3rd annual Tour 'o Tosa this Saturday in Willow Way Park. Here's the scoop from him..
The Location is set! Ground Zero for the festivities will be at the Will-O-Way Lodge located in the Underwood Parkway. This can be accessed off of Swan Blvd just west of Hoyt Park. Go past the Golf Course and up the hill and you'll see the signs.
Alright all you chuckleheads, here's what you need to know for this years Tour of Tosa: as always it's a 2-part event - a Scavenger Hunt followed by a Relay Crit Race - since the Hoyt ...Park Pool is being rebuilt the Figure 8 of Death course is out for this year. But don't you fret your pretty little heads none, I'll have an equally fun and idiotic replacement for you deviants.
You'll be divided up into teams of 4-6 people, get a map and instructions and get turned loose to wreck havoc on my fair city. You'll need a Digital Camera for your team as you must provide proof that you've gone to all the sto0o0opid places I send you. After you complete your map, you'll return to the start for another map and repeat the steps until I get bored with you. After a break for scoring, the top teams in the Scavenger Hunt will then complete in the replacement for the Figure 8 of Death Relay Race - on bikes scavenged out of the 'Tosa city dump. The winning team takes home the Stack of Cash. Got it? Either way, just show up or we'll talk about you later.
* 10:30am Start - This means be there and ready to go by 10:30am. Be late and you may miss out.
* 3pm or so finish - 'Nuff said.
* $5 - This is the cost on entry - or $4 if you bring some non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. You may want to bring a few bucks extra in case you get the munchies real bad along the route.
* Starting Area - You'll stop back there a few times during the day so you can always stash extra clothes or food/beverages in the car as needed.
* Digital camera - if you got one, bring it. You're team will need one to prove they've found the items on the Scavenger List.
* Teams - 4 to 6 people to a team. If you cannot afford a team, one will be appointed for you. Just show up and we'll throw you on a team with others - it's one way of meeting friends. Your team must stay together during the event.
* Bike - It's mostly city riding, but there maybe a few off-road sections, some gravel and some grassy sections. I'd recommend either a Cyclocross, a MTB or your commuting rig. A carpet-fibre road bike is just plain silly - even on this ride.
* Clothes - It's a casual event so full teamkit is in the overkill zone. You'll be on and off your bike alot , but will be riding 25-30 miles. Most go for regular ol' street clothes. In fact wearing lycra isn't a good idea because if you get arrested you'll end up in the holding cell with some bad people who might find you really attractive.
* Helmets - It's a free country, and there's a really large hospital near by so we most likely will be able to get you there in plenty of time to harvest your other organs should you wreck. Your choice, but I STRONGLY, STRONGLY, STRONGLY recommend one for the all important replacement for the Figure 8 of Death Relay Race!!!
* Pubs, Bars, Taverns, Saloons and Gentlemen's Clubs - None on the list of stops as this ride is open to all ages. Feel free to bring a 6'r for afterwards though.
* Bribery - Bribery of the Official is not an upstanding or moral form of competition, but this is me were talkin' about.
Last years Crit of Death race
If the weathers good, I'll be riding down via the New Berlin Trail. Anyone interested in coming, let me know!
A recurring question about cycling through Waukesha is "How do I get from the Glacial Drumlin to the New Berlin Trail?" While there are numerous ways through town, it really depends on your tolerance of traffic, hills, potholes and sense of direction(which is easily skewed when entering Waukesha). The easiest, safest and most efficient way I've found is College Ave. east to Hartwell then north to Lincoln Ave. which connects to the New Berlin Trail. If you wanted to stop to eat, shop or stroll around the river downtown, heading north on just about any of the streets intersecting College- West Ave., Maple, Grand Ave., will take you to the heart of downtown. Taking Broadway Ave. in is easiest if your coming from the East.
The Downtown Rail Corridor
There is an abandoned rail bed made up of coarse gravel, unmaintained, that parallels Lincoln Avenue from Barstow to Perkins. It would be nice to see this trail improved as its a nice amenity to the neighborhoods it passes through. While I don't see it as the most likely route for cyclists passing through town, it is a safer alternative for those not comfortable riding on the streetsor those who prefer a quieter ride through the east end of town.Definitely something to be considered.