For the past few weeks I’ve been finding it harder and harder to care about the world of cubicles and traffic and the 5 o’clock news.
I decided it was time spend a weekend as a hermit. So, I loaded up the bike and some camping gear and headed for the north woods.
The Pine Creek Rail Trail is 60 miles long and runs through some really nice scenery (especially at this time of year)
I got there early Saturday afternoon and put in about 25 miles before I stopped for dinner at the Waterville Hotel, where I got a “mountain burger” and “freedom fries” (It said “freedom fries” right on the menu, no kidding).
I was lazy and didn’t get a permit for “primitive” camping along the trail, so I pitched my tent in the State Park, which wasn’t nearly as deserted as I was hoping. I was prepared though, and brought earplugs to block out the radios and screaming children, and I managed to get to sleep.
One of the great things about the Pine Creek trail is that there are outhouses about every 5 miles. This is extremely handy, especially if you were eating “mountain burgers” the night before.
I was a little bit disappointed that the leaves hadn’t changed color more. Things were still pretty green up there for this time of year.
Hopefully, I’ll be able to get back one more time before the snow comes and the valley is overrun with Panserbjørne.
There’s a few more pictures in the Gallery, if you’re interested.