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    A bike ride on the Wiowash Trail

    Once again, I loaded the Populist and just let it sit there for over a month, so I got disciplined and assigned myself a project. I've been doing lots of riding on the Wiowash trail, so the project goal for today is to shoot the whole roll on my bike ride and drop it off for processing at the end of the trip


    I use this little side drive around Fairacres (it used to be the county fairgrounds), so as to avoid some busy intersections.


    I live about halfway between Lake Winnebago and the Fox River, so I have to go through the city about a mile, half of it on Viola Street.


    This far north, the last several hundred yards before the Trail go through Riverside Cemetery. This little Hellenistic structure is the last resting place of the Paine family, one of the local lumber baron dynasties.


    I enter the trail just about where the northern end of the Paine Lumber Company was. Although Europeans had been traipsing up and down the Fox since the 1670's, and the Menomonies had settlements all over the area, this was where the first permanent European settlement in the area was when James Knaggs set up a ferry to cross the river in 1831. In 1847, a float bridge was built nearer Lake Winnebago, and the center of the community moved down there.


    The trail follows the river, and the view to the left is dominated by the westernmost bridge in Oshkosh, the six and a half lane Highway 41 causeway.


    Just before you get to the highway the trail divides, one path going south along the Highway over the causeway, and the way I'm going, northwest toward Larsen, although now I think the trail continues all the way to Shawano.


    Nice to have a dedicated path over the highway.


    Part of the trail is a causeway over the east end of Lake Butte des Mortes.


    There are occasional benches beside the trail. This is my favorite. It's usually at least part of the way in the shade, and it's made of rough wood, which to me is better for recovering from bike butt than the metal or plastic benches.

    Last edited by dvoracek; 09-18-2015 at 08:33 PM.

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