It's funny how pictures help create and replace actual memories. We have no pictures of the Riverwalk in Chicago, which we ambled along after dinner. We discovered both the American Bar Association headquarters and that of the American Medical Association. There are lots of tour boats running up the river. Apparently it's one of the best ways to see the city.
In Waukesha, we stayed at the Clarke, a historic hotel in the center of town. You check in on the second floor, unless the receptionist isn't there. Then you check in with the bartender on the first floor. Fun.
Looking out our window we saw a wedding party posing for pictures in the middle of Main Street before boarding a tour bus. Parking was banned on that stretch of Main Street for the event.
When we left town this morning, Main and several other streets were closed to traffic. Tents and barriers for a bicycle road race were being set up.
On the first 13 miles of paved trail, the cyclists wearing jerseys and riding hot road bikes were out in force. We were passed "on the left" numerous times. I think they turned around at the end of the pavement and passed us on their return trips too. Later in the day, on the limestone, we saw quite a number of tourists. We talked to several of them. The Glacial Drumlin Trail makes for a great weekend outing. For awhile, we rode behind four young women who were returning to Madison. Riding in their slipstream really made the miles fly by. We were sorry when they stopped to rest.
The trail crosses the Koshkonong Creek five times. Each bridge provides a lovely view of the stream. There were many other lovely water views.
Flora and fauna abound. The kamikaze chipmunks make us laugh. I'm not sure who surprises whom the most. Birds and flowers of every color make us wish we knew more names.
Yesterday I saw a sign that listed Virginia bluebells, among others, as invasive. Is that true in Virginia as well?