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Labor Day weekend Milwaukee lakefront ride with pix

Old 09-05-06, 01:28 PM
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Labor Day weekend Milwaukee lakefront ride with pix

We stayed in town for Labor Day weekend. Saturday morning my wife headed out to lunch and shop with a friend. I grabbed my digital camera, loaded up the Klein and drove down to Milwaukee's lakefront on a gorgeous day for a ride.

Living on the west end of Milwaukee County, I rarely ride along the shores of Lake Michigan on the east side of Milwaukee. Today the trip was well worth it. Let me share some pictures and ride notes with you from this delightful little 38-mile route that put me back in touch with why my Milwaukee is so special...

The starting point--The Milwaukee Art Museum on Lake Michigan



I parked the truck just beyond here and then strapped on my helmet and shoes, leaving behind a small cooler with some Gatorade inside for when I would get back much later.

This is the first of a couple of beaches you ride past while on a MUP with Lake Michigan at your right side.



After a short stretch on this MUP, which is filled with roller bladers, walkers, joggers all putting on a very positive vibe outside on a sunny Saturday, there is big climb from Lincoln Memorial Dr. to our Lake Dr. and once on Lake Drive, this little park provides a great view.



Lake Dr. on the east side is a very popular stretch for pretty serious cyclists to ride. Many times you can see teams training here in groups of six or seven. I took a detour first, just wanting to explore some of the beautiful little streets near the lake, streets lined with large, mature trees and spectacular multi-million dollar homes I am sure. Like this one....which faces Lake Michigan on one side. I was lusting big-time!



Now it was time to get back on Lake Dr. and hope that maybe I'd pick me up a couple of riders!
I did!
Two guys passed me while going up a hill, one of them on a sweet Cervelo too. They were up about a block or more on me (I can't climb worth crap) when we hit the flats again. I decided to give chase. This was the hard work portion of today's ride. I was doing 21's to 22 mph and gaining. I caught them finally and let up a bit. They were riding a pretty steady 21 drafting each other. I thought I did quite well chasing them down into some wind all on my own.

Now I had to decide...pass them or say something back there about sucking their wheel? I decided to pass, punching it back up to 22 to go around them. As I got next to the front guy I said, "Hey, I'll pull for you guys for a while if you'd like." As I took the point I heard someone say, "Sure. Where you headin'?"
I shrugged my shoulders, indicating I wasn't 'heading' anywhere. I just wanted to ride hard for a stretch with someone else. Those two followed in tow for a couple miles before the road broke two ways. They went one, I went the other, and as I did I heard a friendly shout out, "Thanks!"

Now it was time to go back to the lakefront. Along the way, this is Villa Terrace. Very Euro looking don't you think? That view looks right out onto the lake. A wedding was setting up there today as I passed.



Then this is the MUP heading back toward downtown Milwaukee...



Next up, Alterra Coffee, where all the real poseurs stop!



I took a detour to get a closer look at one of the marinas on the way back in.



A quick stop at the kite shop, where I know the owner, and where it was tough not to buy a freshly-grilled bratwurst there on site!



And there's the art museum again from the waterfront path, telling me I'm just about back to the truck to sip some Gatorade and drive home.



Sure I had to drive ten miles to park there (There is no good way to get down there from where I live) but it sure was worth it.

Taking a new route that is really more of an exploration than anything else can really be refreshing and fun. Hope you enjoyed the tour of my Great City by a Great Lake!
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Old 09-05-06, 01:41 PM
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Hey, that's my cousin Rob's place! You just let me know next time and I'll let him know you want a tour of the place....

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....spectacular multi-million dollar homes I am sure. Like this one....


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Old 09-05-06, 09:24 PM
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Hey Hip, welcome to my side of town! Some very good riding around here as you found out. Lot's more around as well. On a side note, my wife and I got married at Villa Terrace.
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Hey Hip, that doesn't look like a new Pinarello in that pic. Whats going on with your thoughts on that "new" bike you were talking about last week??
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Thanks for the pics! Ohh...I do miss Wisconsin, although I dont miss hours and hours spent on the trainer during winter time. I used to ride "Ride for the Arts" every year in downtown. I am a former Milwaukean and a Sheboyganite.
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Nice pics! Looks like a great ride. How many miles did you end up doing that day?
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Ahhh.... Alterra. Mollie and I discovered that shop on our last trip to MKE... Great coffee in a really cool shop.

Great report for what looks like a great ride! Labor Day here in DC was pretty dreary/cool, so I just got a familiar 1-hr training ride in... That and I was jet-lagged as all hell from getting back from Luxembourg Sunday night...
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Originally Posted by SDRider
Nice pics! Looks like a great ride. How many miles did you end up doing that day?
Just under 40 miles.
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