02

Blog

Inspired by the Bike Nomad, Bryan takes a tour!

The idea for a journey from Madison, Wisconsin to Michigan started in Washington, D.C. at the League of American Bicyclists’ National Bike Summit. One of the benefits of attending the Bike Summit was the opportunity to meet bicycle advocates from around the country. At this year’s Summit, I was fortunate to meet Erick Cedeño, better known as the Bicycle Nomad.

I began following the Bicycle Nomad on social media and quickly learned that Erick and I use our bicycles in very different ways. With the exception of the days I use my bike to commute to work, most of my rides involve efforts to make the bike go fast. I race bikes and train with other racers. We sprint to yellow signs, push each other to our physical limits, and rarely take time to look around and enjoy the scenery. The Bicycle Nomad’s mission is to inspire people to explore by bicycle. He uses his bike as a way to see the world and absorb as much as he can possibly experience. Since meeting Erick, I have frequently returned from a ride feeling as though I had gotten the most out of my time on the bike, only to see his posts on social media and realize he had experienced far more than me.

Bicycle Nomad

Following Erick’s journeys made me think about the fact that a bicycle is truly the ideal way to see the world. In fact, it was the ability to explore by bicycle that originally caused me to be so drawn to the sport. My best memories on a bicycle are day trips bicycling in northern Michigan and extended adventures through Utah, Arizona, Colorado, and Montana. Accordingly, a few weekends ago, I decided to embark on my own bicycle adventure.

I had already decided to visit my daughter in Madison, Wisconsin over Fourth of July weekend, with my girlfriend, Jodi. I talked with Jodi about incorporating a bicycle adventure into our trip and after a little online research, learned that we could ride our bikes almost exclusively on trails to travel from Madison to Milwaukee. From there, it was an easy boat ride across Lake Michigan to Muskegon.

IMG_1079

After visiting with my daughter for a few days, we set off from our hotel on the Capital City Trail around Lake Monona. The trail didn’t last long and we eventually ended up on rural roads for several miles before reaching the Glacial Drumlin State Trail. The Glacial Drumlin State Trail is a 52-mile trail which is paved for only 13 miles. The majority of the trail is crushed stone which was hard-packed, smooth, and perfect for riding.

20150705_115318_resized

While the trail crossed many intersections, the fact we didn’t need to worry about motorized vehicles passing too close or potentially striking us from behind allowed us to ride side-by-side, relax, and enjoy all the Wisconsin countryside had to offer. Almost the entire trail was shaded, and there were numerous enjoyable stops, including small towns, bike shops, and former railroad stations. The trail also provided excellent vantage points for lakes, wetlands, and wildlife – including a number of sandhill cranes.

20150705_105508_resized_1

The Glacial Drumlin State Trail came to an end in the City of Waukesha, but after a few miles of navigating the side streets of Waukesha, we were able to pick up the New Berlin Trail. The New Berlin Trail wasn’t nearly as scenic as the Glacial Drumlin, or even the Capital City Trail. For roughly seven miles, it ran parallel to massive power lines. However, the trail did provide a safe and convenient way to cross Milwaukee’s western suburbs. Once in the Milwaukee city limits, due to a minor navigation error, we unintentionally added several miles, bringing our daily total just shy of a century! Fortunately, we arrived in Milwaukee with enough time to stop at one of our favorite spots, Colectivo Coffee, for a quick dinner.

Dinner at Colectivo

From Colectivo Coffee, it was only approximately one and one-half miles to the Lake Express Ferry Terminal. The high speed ferry took us all the way across Lake Michigan in less than two and one-half hours.

20150705_193656_resized

As an added bonus, my son, father, stepmother, and nephew were waiting for us in Muskegon. The following morning, we chartered a fishing boat out of Grand Haven, Michigan, which only added to this awesome adventure.

Take it from me (and the Bicycle Nomad), plan a bicycle adventure for yourself this summer. You won’t regret it!

Comments

Ghost bike in New Orleans
Charlie Thomas Nov 26, 2019

Recently, I was in a spirited discussion about whether Louisiana needs a law to act as a middle ground between serious criminal charges and petty traffic tickets when a bicyclist is hit or killed. Someone asked whether Louisiana law should hold a driver, who didn’t have the “intent” to hurt someone, criminally accountable. This led […]

Read More
Bike Law Ambassador
Bruce Hagen Nov 18, 2019

Trena, as her friends and family call her, is also Joshua’s mom, she works in accounting, a born and raised Atlantan and perhaps the most enthusiastic daily user of the controversial Atlanta Streetcar.  What was at first just a weight loss goal quickly turned into an unexpected journey of self-discovery, transformation and purpose. Today Trena […]

Read More
Lauri Boxer-Macomber Nov 17, 2019

Today, we at Bike Law join the European Federation of Road Traffic Victims (“FEVR”) in commemorating the 2019 World Day of Remembrance, honoring and remembering the many millions of people killed, injured and impacted by traffic crashes, and recognizing that “life is not a car part.”    We ask you to watch and pass along this […]

Read More
Brendan Kevenides Nov 11, 2019

A federal government agency is making a controversial recommendation to all 50 states that all bicyclists be required to wear helmets.   Mandatory bicycle helmet laws are a terrible idea.  Cycling as a form of recreation and transportation offers a myriad of benefits to the individual and the community as a whole.  An adult or child […]

Read More
Lauri Boxer-Macomber Nov 07, 2019

On Saturday, November 2, 2019, the family of Kathleen (“Kate”) Kirsch placed a ghost bike in her honor near the site of the tragic September 13, 2019 motor vehicle operator versus bicyclist collision that ultimately led to the loss of her life. Ghost bikes are public memorials parked on public ways near fatal crash sites […]

Read More
Rachael Maney Nov 01, 2019

November 1, 2019: Daylight Savings ends this Sunday, November 3rd, and we are counting down to fewer day time hours and the most dangerous time of year to ride a bike in the U.S. With approximately 65% of all crashes occurring in low light conditions, and the number of fatal crashes at a 30 year […]

Read More
Load More