I had purchased a groupon for a tour of the Minhas Distillery in the spring and we had tried to get there a couple of weeks ago - but cool dreary weather stopped us. So we decided that Saturday was going to be our ride.
Sophie and I did a short walk - I again enjoyed my fruit and coffee outside - and then we got the bike rake attached and waited for our son and girlfriend to arrive from down the street. (yup - they live just a few doors away). Finally Todd walked down the street to see what the hold up was. The tours were at 11:30 - 1:30 and 3:30 and we wanted to hit the 11:30 tour to make it back to Madison mid afternoon. Girlfriends bike tire was flat - so after changing tube and then loading up the bikes we headed out. We were running about 1/2 hour behind. Drove to our starting point, near New Glarus, to make a 30 mile round trip ride.
Beautiful day for a ride. We tried to speed up and make the 11:30 tour - but that just wasn't going to happen. So we settled in to a comfy speed and decided we would stop downtown for lunch and then hit the 1:30 tour.
We biked around the square in Monroe and then of course decided to stop at Baumgarnters - a favorite Monroe eatery and cheese store. Food was delish.
Here my fellow riders are after our lunch.
And the Minhas Distillery Tasting room
As part of the tour you bring back a bottle of vodka and two glasses. I also puchased a couple of bottles of - all of which had to fit on our bikes. I brought my saddle bag and my son brought a milk crate on the back of his bike. Here we are fitting the four gift boxes into the milk crate.
We also had a couple of felled trees on the Badger State trail - up and over.
All in all a great ride.