What the Heck is a Dell, Anyway?

So here we are in Wisconsin Dells, which is kind of like the the Jersey Shore, T-shirt shops, Mini Golf, Amusement Parks, lots of fast food, Water Parks, LOTS of teenagers, but NO ocean. The 2 questions of the day are: #1-what is a dell, after all, a farmer can be in one? #2-how many ears are on the average stalk of corn? answers at the end. The ride today was real interesting as we rode for 32 miles on a “Rails to Trails” bike path from Sparta to Elroy. These paths are converted rail beds, so the grade is always minimal for climbing or descending, and they go THROUGH mountains, not OVER them We walked through 3 tunnels, one of which is a mile long, the other 2 were shorter. You need to walk as they are narrow, the floor is rutted and wet from condensation, and there are NO lights, so you need to hold a flashlight or use a bike headlight. I thought they would be a bit creepy, but they were really kind of cool. The first one was just exposed UN-smoothed rock, whereas the next 2 were more finished. The trail itself is what is called “hard pack”, which is basically compressed gravel, so you can ride on it, but not that quickly. But the trail itself was lovely as we didn’t have to watch for vehicles, and we were basically riding through woods. The rest of the ride was through rolling hills, but with Glacier Cut rock outcropping popping up from time to time. Interesting how our group of riders has bonded. One of the couples has a major problem at home with one of their children, and as they were talking about possibly leaving the ride, they refereed to us as “family”, and how supportive we were for them. Pretty nice since we only met 35 days ago, but hen again, together we have climbed mountains, traversed prairies, and crossed 2/3 of the continent.                                                                                                                                                  Answers: #1-A dell is like a gorge that was cut, usually by glaciers, and has water at the bottom. #2-The average Corn stalk has 2 or 3 ears. Seems like a LOT of work for 2 or 3 ears of corn!

alan

Farm near La Crosse, Wiscoson

Farm near La Crosse, Wisconsin

Trail head near Sparta, which calls itself the Bicycle Capital of the World,

Trail head near Sparta, which calls itself the Bicycle Capital of the World,

Entrance to the First Tunnel

Entrance to the First Tunnel

Exiting from the last tunnel, with the Glacial Rock Formation, and Great Hanging Vegetation

Exiting from the last tunnel, with the Glacial Rock Formation, and Great Hanging Vegetation

Sparta to Elroy Bike Trail

Sparta to Elroy Bike Trail

Glacially Carved Rock Formation

Glacially Carved Rock Formation

Beautiful Barn and Surrounding Builings

Beautiful Barn and Surrounding Buildings

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