Riding to Indian Lake County Park- Video


I’ve had a few days off between my old job ending and my new job starting. I decided to do a ride that I’ve started several times, but never completed because honestly it was a pretty boring route to ride solo. Thankfully my old co-worker Simone had reached out to see if I was riding yesterday and she joined me for the 40 mile loop to a local outdoor hot spot, Indian Lake County Park.

The route goes up the Highway 12 bike path which goes North of Madison up towards Sauk City. The trail itself terminates before you actually reach Sauk City, which is a bit sad. I’m hoping more land easements will come to connect the entire route to make it more direct. The nice thing about the trail is it is a great way to access some beautiful state natural areas and parks such as Devil’s Lake State Park, Indian Lake, Pafrey’s Glen, and the Merrimac Ferry with its quaint views.

We took the Highway 12 trail up to its end on Raul road, which we found was named something different than what was on our map. Raul took us across Highway 12 and around to Matz road, which spit us out right on Highway 19 across from Indian Lake County Park!

The park was absolutely packed when we arrived, no surprise there as it seems people are finally rediscovering the outdoors thanks to the Covid 19 pandemic. A bit frustrating as someone who enjoyed these places prior to the pandemic, but happy that it will hopefully encourage the state to invest in more natural areas and do some upgrades to some places that need a serious face lift.

The restrooms were open thankfully, so we took a snack/bathroom break, filled our water bottles, and rolled back home. On the way home we stopped into my new home shop Wheel and Sprocket. I needed some more nutrition and ended up picking up some Floyd’s of Leadville CBD recovery gummies as well as some new flavors of Stroopwafels from GU. It also gave me an opportunity to look around the shop and get familiar with some of the products we carry and see how busy the shop was still on the weekends.

I ended my ride in a local park where I shot a good portion of a sort of chat to the camera style vlog. I do a little taste test of the snacks I picked up, talk a bit about life, and a little bit about some of the new gear I’ve been trying out. I’m looking to experiment more with this style of video to add a bit more of my personality versus just talking about a product. We’ll see if I can keep up a regular schedule. It may be tough with starting the new job and I start a new Marketing course through my school this week as well.

Next weekend I am planning on doing a sub 24 hour overnight as a part of the annual Swift Industries Campout event. Almost all of the state parks are booked up, but know from past excursions that if you bike or hike into a state park, you can’t really be turned away. The other option would be to just stealth camp somewhere in the area, which shouldn’t be too difficult as it gets darker early and I’m planning on testing out my bivy set up and bringing my hammock as a back up.

Assuming the weather cooperates, I’ll try to capture that adventure on camera as well!

As always thank you for reading, watching, and supporting the site. Stay safe and sane and of course…EAT WELL, BIKE OFTEN!

Cassandra

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Twin Six Raising the Bar

There are cycling companies who really get women and there are some who clearly don’t. Gladly our neighbors to the north, Twin Six, have a pretty good idea of what women want.

We’ll be the first to admit, we have an addiction to Twin Six and they’re only making it worse. This morning they sent out an e-mail announcing they have released their 2013 Standard series of jerseys. The Standard series is made out of a what they call Prime fabric that improves moisture wicking and offers a +28 UPF protection (aka sunscreen for your clothes). The jerseys are full zip (so much easier to use with bibs on!) and have nice¬† silicone waist grippers. Best part, the jerseys are made in the USA! (All of their clothing is, but just a bonus to have high quality good being churned out here.)

Twin Six is offering up 3 versions of the jersey for men including plain black, white, and grey. For women they have two offerings, black and white. The size ranges for the Standard is regular for the men’s, xs-xxl. For the women’s they stuck with s-l, which is kind of a let down as women tend to come in more shapes and sizes than men. I for example am more top heavy and need an XL women’s jersey or a men’s Large jersey to accommodate that.¬† Some women are smaller on top and have wide hips with a more pear shape. Personally I’ve always worn smaller bibs than I have a jersey. Hopefully if the Standard does well sales wise, they’ll consider doing a wider run of sizing. I may order one up in a large regardless, as full zip jerseys have become a welcome addition to my cycling wardrobe.

The Standard retails for $110 vs. the regular $80 cost for the rest of Twin Six’s line of jerseys. Considering the added features including a full length zipper, the UPF rating, and the high quality of the fabric…it’s worth the extra cash. A lot of folks tend to get sticker shock when they first start getting into cycling, but if you treat your gear right a jersey will last you YEARS. I tend to remind myself of how many rides that jersey will go on with me and divide it up that way. It ends up usually coming to less than a buck a ride (within a year of riding) in the break down.

We should note that Twin Six has mentioned they have some other pieces they plan to include in the Standard series. Here’s what they had to say in their most recent press release:

“For the past year we’ve been designing, prototyping and testing a new line of products called the Standard Collection. Crafting this line from the ground up and putting a practical stake in the higher-end cycling apparel market will open to the door to designing and developing additional pieces under the Standard umbrella. This past fall we debuted the Standard Thermal Hoodies and Shell. The addition of five summer-weight jerseys (three for men, two for women) to this collection is only the next step. Bib shorts for men, team shorts for women, caps, socks, long sleeve jerseys, bottles, and much much more are also in the works for 2013.”

Exciting stuff coming from a brand we love! Check out Twin Six at their website www.twinsix.com

-Cassandra