S: Cycling Wisconsin May 2012
FC: CyclingWisconsin May 2012
1: Welcome to a photo journal of our May 2012 trip to Wisconsin for a Buckingham Family Reunion and over 200 miles of cycling in Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota. The trip held many wonderful surprises, incredible beauty, and an opportunity to meet extended family. We are already talking about a return trip. Enjoy! Dawn and Tom
2: Day 2 of our 15 day trip took us thru Des Moines, Iowa. Thanks to an employee at a state rest stop we were directed to nearby Saylorville Lake for an afternoon of delicious cycling. Perfect weather for our first 40 miles of rolling hills and water!
5: On to Platteville, Wisconsin where Grandfather Charles Buckingham lived before moving to Platteville, Colorado. | We had one of our many roadside picnics in the town square park.
6: Chippewa Falls
7: "Chipwah" is home to Leinenkugel's beers and the Old Abe Trail.
9: Old Abe Trail from Chippewa Falls to Cornell with a loop through Brunet Island State Park was our first ride in Wisconsin. We rode along a lazy river and saw turtles, deer, spawning fish, and too many kinds of birds to name. Yes! We took a brewery tour after the 50+ miles enjoying generous samples.
10: Old Abe...the trail, wink, wink. Tom finishing the ride after miles along the lush green path.
11: Tom wanted me shirtless here, but I declined. Instead, here's one of me at Cornell's charming Dylan's Dairy where we stopped for a great $5 lunch.
12: We just couldn't believe the beautiful serenity. Most times we were completely alone. | Flat, straight, and green everywhere, plus miles of river views.
15: Red Cedar State Trail from Menomonie to Durand. Tom rode one way while Dawn painted en plein air in Durand. Then Dawn rode back the other direction.
18: Established in 1856 by Fr. C.F. X. Goldsmith, a French missionary, Notre Dame was the first Catholic parish in Chippewa Falls.
19: Tom doesn't think he is related to this guy!
21: As Rabbi Goldsmith tries to look the part...we found something he could certainly relate to....
22: He felt an immediate connection here to both the coffee and the pastry. We even scored a couple of logo-ed mugs!
24: Even the commandments were right out of the Book of Goldsmith, which includes eating dessert first because life is uncertain.
26: Mineral Point, site of the Buckingham Reunion, is tucked in the rolling hills of Southwest Wisconsin. This area, known as “driftless,” was left untouched by glaciers thereby leaving minerals easily accessed at the surface.
27: In the 1830s, news of easily accessible lead and zinc reached Southwest England. Cornish miners and the Devon-based Buckinghams started arriving in the Mineral Point area. Buildings shown are in the restored Cornish Pendarvis Historic Site.
29: More Pendarvis pictures including Dawn's sister Dana who also came for the reunion.
30: Shake Rag Street Art District in Mineral Point included lush gardens.
32: Ancestor William Buckingham helped build Waldwick Church near Mineral Point containing a stained glass window dedicated to William and his wife Mary.
35: The family reunion concluded with a visit to the site of the Buckingham Farm outside Waldwick.
36: Because we are interested in things other than cycling, Tom and I soon found ourselves in La Crosse where we discovered the beautiful Mary of the Angels Chapel ministered by the Fransiscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration embodied in person and spirit by Sister Mary Bates who warmly welcomed us.
38: Nature again beckoned!
42: One of 3 tunnels on the Elroy-Sparta Trail.
44: World's Largest bicycle statue at Sparta, WI.
45: Inviting, isn't it?