Let’s sit down with a fish fry and malty ale and catch up on a biking adventure, shall we?
On July 2nd, bike and I headed to Kewaunee, a small city on the shores of Lake Michigan, to explore a southern section of the Ahnapee State Trail. A few years ago, biking buddy and I rode the northern part of the trail, from Sturgeon Bay to Algoma, which ended up to be about 32 miles. This time it would be less, 22 miles, but I never go biking with speed or distance in mind. It is what it ends up to be, as the point of any adventure is to enjoy.
Kewaunee is a city with parental memories. It’s one of the places we would end up as a family on a hot summer’s day, when the breeze was off the lake and the temperatures more manageable. Mom and dad thought it a good place to pick up a nice piece of smoked salmon or chubs at the fish market. Smoked fish, garden tomatoes, corn on the cob, and potato salad made for a delicious warm-weather meal.
This particular Friday, the weather was perfect – low 70’s, low humidity, low wind and blue skies. I could not ask for more perfect biking weather.
The trail starts in town, catty corner from a large parking lot that overlooks inland waters and a city park with the necessary pre and post-biking restrooms.
The Ahnapee Trail begins straight and true, through grasslands and marsh. The name Ahnapee is of Ojibwe origin, with a town and river sharing this moniker.
The Ice Age Trail follows the Ahnapee Trail for most of its length, so you could probably say I killed two trails with one stone…or two bike wheels.
Who doesn’t love a light at the end of the tunnel?
Or a bridge over muddy waters?
The longest stretch (without crossing a road) on this section of the Ahnapee was through the CD Buzz Besany State Fish and Wildlife area. I did not see any fish or wildlife, save for a scampering bunny, but there existed a beautiful quiet among the trees and lack of other bicyclists as I pedaled along.
The southern end of the Ahnapee had its charming moments. This was one of them.
Overall, I had a very enjoyable ride, a tasty lunch with Wally Walleye, and a drive home with a precious package of smoked salmon. The latter is gone now, but not without serving up some summer memories and the question, “Why don’t I do this more often?”
The answer will come throughout the rest of summer and into autumn, as the weather cooperates. We’ve had bouts of higher than normal temps and dewpoints, and days of rain, but perhaps it will make the favorable biking days that much better.