Forecast was calling for temperatures around 65°F/18°C and I was all about taking a ride to enjoy that. Guess I really wanted to enjoy it because what I had planned to be around 2 hour and 28 miles turned 3 hours and 38 miles. Each time I reached turn-back point, I opted for the longer ride. Still managed to finish the ride before the restaurant that had what I wanted for dinner closed, but I was cutting it close. I burned around 2,500 Calories on the ride, and I was hungry when I got back home.
The ride started up County Q, then east on K to the boardwalk along Hwy M. This would take me to Woodland Drive though Westport and into Waunakee. I choose this route because there are some trees along Woodland Drive that are usually covered in white flowers this time of year, and it only lasts for a week or two. However, they were not in bloom yet so I wasn't able to get my picture. From this point I continued my reverse Martinsville/Waunakee loop riding to Main Street, then north along Century Ave. At Kopp Road my trip turns west, making a change to south at Kuetn Road for a bit before I can get on Hyer Road. Hyer takes me to County P and I head southwest to Springfield Corners. The town is little more than a couple of buildings at the corner of Hwy 12 and County P. I would typically continue forward at this intersection to go into Martinsville, but I didn't have the shot I wanted. Instead, I turned northwest to follow the bike path along Hwy 12 for a bit to reach Hwy 19. This would take me to Indian Lake County Park. When I got there I found the trees all still bare. Since I didn't have any hiking gear I decided to take a few shots and continue on. Across the street from Indian Lake County Park are the ruins of an old stone house. I decided to give that a circle and get a few shots. Then it was back to traveling west on Hwy 19 until County K. I stayed on this for a bit until I reached Indian Trail. I've only biked this road once, and from the other direction, so I decided to turn on that and head toward Martinsville. This road turns into Martinsville Road and I had initially thought I'd get on going south, which would have connected back up to County K. Instead I decided to travel into Martinsville, and ended up back on County P. There I could have gone north and picked up the trail along Hwy 12, or south. I decided south. While I knew I would be able to pick up County K from riding on P, I decided instead to turn onto Kickaboo Road to ride past Epic System's Galactic Wind farm. For some reason they were all stopped and the lower sun was causing the turbine blades to have very interesting shadows. At first it looked like the blades were burned on one side but it was just a trick of the light. Kickaboo road took me to Hwy 12 and there I picked up the trail heading south-southeast into Middleton. A stop in downtown Middleton to order takeout and back home.
Pictured is the Stone Farmstead Ruins next to Indian Lake County Park on Hwy 19. I did a series of shots using a mixture of bracketing and my camera's build-in HDR. I didn't like most of the HDR photos and have overall been less than impressed with the HDR
fetcher of my camera. I took in many of my shots to adjust contrast and saturation and liked the results. There is an interesting mixture of soft natural lines (grass) and sharp manufactured lines (stone). The sun was too bright for me to get much of a sky and I may look into a polarizer
sooner than latter.