Thursday, August 12, 2010

Wisconsin Rails to Trails

Bill loves to go on long hikes when we go to Wisconsin. On various trips he has hiked on 88 miles of the trails that are around the Tomah area. In the past he has done 32 miles on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail, 13 miles on the Omaha Trail, and 22 miles on the 400 Trail. This trip he decided to do the LaCrosse River Trail which was 21 miles. He also wanted to revisit Tunnel #3 near Norwalk on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail.

He always teases me that I lived so close to such a wonderful trail and I had never seen that tunnel. The only other time I had been on the Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail was on an elementary school field trip. We hiked the Wilton to Norwalk portion of the trail and went through a shorter tunnel.

On Monday, I decided to go with Bill to see this tunnel that fascinated him so much. We hiked 2.5 miles from Norwalk to get to the tunnel and hiked about 7 miles round trip. It definitely was impressive. It is 3/4 mile long. You have to have a flashlight to go through it as you can't see any light at the other end of the tunnel as you are going through it.

Bill has already decided on his next hike when we go back to Wisconsin--the Great River Trail--the last 24 miles of these five linked trails.

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