Last week during the beautiful 70-degree weather, my roommate Clay and I went on an invigorating bike ride through the rural roads outside of Menomonie. We rode our bikes from campus, to the red cedar, up into the nearby countryside, and then back to campus. The whole ride was about 45 minutes long, and it was wonderful.
If you want to try taking my path, but don’t have a bike, check out the StoutBikes program. It’s a great way to rent a bike while you’re at UW-Stout.
Here’s a picture of our route, starting at the Memorial Student Center.
First, Clay and I rode to the intersection of 11th Avenue and Broadway street, and rode towards the Red Cedar river. After crossing the bridge over the Red Cedar, we turned left on County Road P, and rode through the winding country roads.
We saw very little cars, and a few other bikers, and the hills weren’t too bad, either. There were several farms along the side of the road with cows, a duck pond, and some wild turkey. Clay told me he’s also seen deer on other bike rides he’s taken in the area. Then, we came to the intersection of County Road P and 400th Street, where we took a left, and sped down a big hill.
After pedaling up the other side, we came to the top of a hill with an amazing view of the countryside surrounding Menomonie. You could just barely see the clock tower from where we were, and a bit of the smokestack. The air was fresh and clear, and the sun was shining through the clouds. I was on top of the world.
After enjoying the view and the air, Clay and I took a selfie, as is appropriate in such occasions, and then continued on our way.
We then biked downhill towards 410th street, where we took a left. This street runs along the Red Cedar river, and winds through more of the classic beautiful rolling countryside hills. I even saw a sign that advertised “SYRUP” so Clay and I stopped and bought some- it was some of the most delicious maple syrup I’ve ever tasted.
After biking for a while, we noticed that the Red Cedar trail was just to our left, so we went off-road for a moment and joined the trail. This carried us back to Riverside Park- a beautiful park just off campus next to the Red Cedar river. Then, we took a right on Hudson road, which carried us back to campus.
The ride was awesome, and really relaxing. I think a lot of people don’t realize the beauty and simplicity of the scenery surrounding us. There’s always so much happening on campus that it’s easy to forget about our natural surroundings. If you get the chance to take a bike ride similar to mine, I promise it’ll be worth it. Or, if you don’t have a bike just try walking along the Red Cedar trail, located 5 minutes off campus.
There are some beautiful sights out there just waiting to be discovered.
See ya later Stout!