Ride report: Cheese and Beer, a ride around Southern Wisconsin
“Cheese and beer” is the dangling carrot of this multi-day ride. It didn’t take very long for me and my husband to register for this annual event which began and ended in Mineral Point, WI. The Swiss Cheese and Spotted Cows Bicycle Tour has a limited entry of 50 riders and includes happy hours, dinners, hotel stays, tour stops, and sag services. Each evening riders join together for cocktails followed by a local speaker sharing a bit of history about the town, building, or food. A traditional local meal is then served.
The hilly terrain presented some small challenges but also many beautiful views of our state. Lightly traveled roads are well-marked and nicely paved. The daily tip sheet included excellent mileage and directions as well as a listing of suggested restaurants, bakeries, wineries, and brewery, dairy, farm, and mine tours along the route. Each hotel provided locked bike storage. Our bags were at the hotel when we arrived.
Daily rides were between 48 and 65 miles with a couple of the days having multiple choices. Overnights were in Mineral Point, New Glarus, Monroe, and Galena, Il. Day 4, riding was optional, and many riders enjoyed all Galena had to offer.
Some of our favorite stops on the ride were the New Glarus Brewery tour, the Minhas Brewery tour in Monroe, Pilgrims Pantry in South Wayne, WI and The Badger Mine and Museum in Shullsburg, WI.
Check out the Swiss Cheese and Spotted Cows website (www.scscbiketour.com) or look them up on Facebook.
Thank you Julie for the fun report on bikes, beers and cheese. Wish I could have ridden along. -MB