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Mysterious observation while touring
Part of what I love about bicycle touring are these kinds of daily immersive experiences...
We stopped early one morning at a somewhat remote crossroads in central Wisconsin (our annual ride across WI) to regroup and snack. It was a cool and misty summer morning. There were numerous, strangely old looking vats in a nearby field. These were large vats, maybe 12' across and 10' high, with some pipes that interconnected them. The field was filled with them, maybe 50 to 75 vats total. We wondered what might be inside. They were too rickety to hold anything as valuable as wine. One suggestion was cranberries. One brave person wiggled a valve on the piping to get a drip of dark looking liquid. He tasted it, found it salty and harsh, and he lived. We rode on wondering what all those vats might contain.
We discovered the answer later that day. Any guesses?