- Todays 70 mile ride took us from Bayfield, Wisconsin to Bessemer, Michigan. Just 12 miles into our ride it appeared ... the purple cow! Although Molly had alread cycled past I insisted on stopping. While I've heard that many long distances cyclists just go, go, go ... this is not my style. Eventually Molly circled back to see what had become of her husband!
While pausing for a picture with Flossie at 6:50 am, when I turned around the Woodcarver's son was outside in the dawn light "checking me out". I gave him a bright cheery "Good Morning" and noted how the purple cow had pulled me in off my bike to his front yard. This led to a pleasant conversation, and Molly and I were invited for a private tour of the artist's studio even though it was not yet 7am. Wow! The cow was cool, but the other carvings were dramatic and beautiful. There was a hand carved grandfathers clock which was a piece of art.
Do you stop when cycling? I do, and always will ... no missed purple cows for me!
When in Washburn, Wisconsin ... visit the Woodcarver: http://thesawdustfactory.weebly.com
The rest of the day's cycling included other neat stops including the Finnish American museum and park near Ironwood. While today's route via US 2 was not my favorite, the traffic was not bad, and the semi trucks were few.
We've now put Wisconsin behind us, and the U.P. awaits us.
One final comment ... My thanks to the car drivers who politely honked and gave us waves or thumbs up. As the miles mount, the encouragement of strangers to keep cycling is welcome!
If you would like to read the rest of the Trans Superior Tour daily journal reports, please visit the long distance cycling portal, Crazy Guy On A Bike. The links are provided just below the photographs.
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