With the help of my new electric bike, I was finally able to do 26 miles on the Red Cedar Trail in Menomonie, Wisconsin. We started our trek while the sun was low in the sky, gently dappling the fauna along the trail with rays of light. Beautiful. This was the first of many bridge crossings on this old railway line.
The architecture made for great angular photos.
We stopped to admire a turn in the river. And can you guess what else we spotted by accident?
Snakes! I think this is a common water snake. He really blended into the log.
And there were two, yes two, Eastern Massasauga (great river mouth) Rattle Snakes soaking up the sun. Or at least that is what I think they were after a google search.
They were big fat snakes. We were thrilled to see them. And when we came through this part of the woods on the return trip, a common water snake slithered across the trail. Good grief! We walked out on the rocks to get those water photos. And there seems to be a threatening amount of snakes here. Watch your step!
But some things were small and precious. Like 100's of butterflies flitting about. They would sit in delicate groups on the gravel floor, just waiting to be flushed out, then they would swirl and flutter every which way. There were so many blooming wildflowers for the butterflies to inspect along the way. The jungle of flowers would brush against your legs as you peddled by. Hopefully there wasn't any poison ivy!
And there were large predators lurking in the trees.
This entrance marks the Downsville Sandstone Quarry. The rail line transported sandstone between 1880-1950. And near this there was a trickling little waterfall with seats for weary peddlers. What a trail.
The highlight of our journey was at the 13.6 mile mark on this wide curve of the river. The bridge was a great place for photos and a scenic picnic. Ah, Summer and all of its joys.
I caught this fellow watching something...
I caught this fellow just as he was reaching for something...
I love the towering angles.
Well, equipped with my new electric bike, my wimpy legs can take on the world. Or, at least Wisconsin.
Happy 4th everyone!