Saturday, July 17, 2010

Ride Across the USA: 7/17/10, Sat. -- Chetek to Stanley,WI -- 57 mi/ 2158 total

Huge barn, wonder how many cows they milk here?

Out in the country, all by itself, this quaint little church is calling.

Chippewa River -- so much bigger than the Red River

Another view of the Chippewa River

Beautiful, clear and sunny day with no wind until noon. Hit construction at Bloomer where they had ground the road down which was rough but better than gravel. Great barns to view along the way. Chippewa River was roaring and very pretty. Heading East on county roads to avoid traffic and at Jim Falls we see a guy selling/buying tickets so I hollar out "to what?" and the answer was Rock Fest. Didn't mean anything to us, so we keep going, traffic gets heavier and heavier, we see more people selling and finally ask where. Naturally, it is the direction we are heading. We top this hill and oh my gosh, campers and parking everywhere, this huge stage, food stands, etc. and we are right in the middle of it. What do you do? Keep on riding to get out of there. Stayed at the Stanley City Park, nice campground but around 10, the sirens go off, the cops are alerting everyone that a storm is on the way so we spend the next 2 hrs sitting in the bathroom with total strangers. Rained all night but no damaging wind.

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