Yesterday I took the long way home for the first time in a long time. Tempted by temperatures in the low 60s, I took a left at the Menomonee Valley Passage and pedaled west to where the Hank Aaron State Trail intersects with the Milwaukee County Oak Leaf Trail. It was such a pleasure to ride in shirt sleeves: no heavy winter coat or even a raincoat.
Even though we have had a lot of rain lately, the gravel section of the Hank Aaron Trail west of 94th Street was well compacted and the surface was fast for crushed limestone. There is some utility work going on along that section of trail, but the trail remains open. The work (mostly tree removal from what I could see) is associated with the impending reconstruction of the Zoo Interchange. I have an email in to the Wisconsin Dept. of Transportation to find out what bike route detour plans are scheduled around that big project. I will report back here about that as soon as I get the information.
A neighbor put up some fun signs behind their house where it backs into the trail. As long time readers will remember in this post, the Menomonee Valley already has a folk art trail on which the art changes seasonally. I love trailside folk art.
While riding on the trail I met a neighbor who lives near the Bike Fed office at 3618 W. Pierce Street. The kid was riding fast past me when I stopped to take photos of the signs. I hopped back on my bike, but even with the tailwind, I would not have caught him if he had not been stopped waiting for traffic at 76th Street. When I asked where he lived, he told me 38th and National, only a couple blocks from our office. I gave him a card and told him to stop in some time. Now that is is nice enough to stop for extra trips on your bike ride home, I invite all of you to do the same.
If you have not yet been to our cool Milwaukee office in the “Pedal Milwaukee Building,” you should come on over and say hi. We are generally there from 9-5.
3618 W. Pierce Street
Milwaukee, WI 53215