It was a bike and hike day today! Originally Jared and I were planning to go up to Hartman Creek State Park and do the trail in that area, but with all the snow we got last weekend, that trip was canceled. I decided to do the two small chunks I had left near Delafield. About a year and a half ago I did part of the Lapham Peak Segment with Penny. We hiked the Ice Age Trail and then took some of the other trails back. I left the other part of Lapham Peak because I was considering finishing there. I decided awhile back to finish at Interstate Park at the western terminus instead.
Before starting the hike, I met up with my friend Lance for breakfast at the Lumbar Inn in Delafield. It’s right along the Ice Age Trail and a great place to eat! It had been a few years since I last saw him, so we had a lot of catching up to do! It was a great way to start the day!
After breakfast I headed to Lapham Peak and parked in the lot near the tower. I would ride my bike from here to the Wildlife in Need Center southwest of the park and south of highway 18. I chose to leave my car at Lapham because I didn’t want to bike up the big hill, it was much easier to coast all the way down! As I drove out of the park, I saw the bike trails across County C. A little ways down, I thought that maybe I should have taken the trail, but didn’t know if it was all paved. When I lived in Oconomowoc they hadn’t paved anything yet, but I had noticed the paving the last time I was at Lapham. Once I got down to highway 18, I started to take the Glacial Drumlin Trail, but it was too snowy. I had my road tires on my hybrid, and they couldn’t manage the slippery icy slush. I turned around and took highway 18, which wasn’t too bad because the shoulder was big enough to give me space.
I had a small portion of the Waterville Segment to do, which ended on the Glacial Drumlin Trail. The Lapham Peak Segment then official starts at this point and runs along the trail a mile or so. Along the way my toe started feeling sore and I thought maybe I was getting a blister. Luckily though I didn’t get one! The bike trail was snowy and slushy for most of the time with some parts of clear pavement. Overall it was really boring to walk along this stretch. After this part, I crossed 18 then was back on regular dirt trail. It was muddy in spots and slushy in others. I saw a few people on the Glacial Drumlin Trail, but didn’t encounter anyone on the dirt trail. I did come upon a turkey at one point who appeared to be out for a hike on the trail.
I was hoping to catch up to her and get a closer picture, but she must have found a place to hide because after going around a corner I didn’t see her anymore. Turkeys are really ugly birds! Once I got into the area of the park that had more trails, it started to get muddier. I could tell this area was used more often. I didn’t bring my poles today, and there were a few spots where I could have used them. Overall though I really didn’t need them. Even in the more traveled part of the park I didn’t encounter anyone, which was weird. Lapham Peak usually is pretty busy, but maybe it was too muddy or not warm enough. It was nice to be back at Lapham, I wish it were just a bit closer to Madison so that I could come back more often. I climbed the stairs up the hill to the tower and then decided to climb the tower too. It was pretty cloudy, so the view wasn’t all that great. I was able to zoom my camera in almost all the way and get a blurry picture of Holy Hill, which is about 20 miles away!
I love how I can get pictures like that with my camera. I also tried out the flip screen on my camera and took a self portrait, that worked pretty well too. The flip screen isn’t something I plan to use too often, unless it’s to get a difficult shot and need to position my camera in an awkward way.
I felt pretty good after finishing this part. So far I had biked 5.5 miles and hiked 4.87. I jumped in my car and went to pick up my bike at the Wildlife in Need Center. Next I went to the Lapham Peak parking lot along Cushing Park Road. I left my car there and took two bike trails, the Paul Sandgren Recreational Trail and the Lake Country Trail. The Paul Sandgren Trail is also called the Cushing Park Road Trail, but I’m assuming it was recently named after him. He worked as the superintendent of the Kettle Moraine Southern Unit and died a couple years ago. I had a short 2.77 mile bike ride to the Nagawaukee Park and Ride in Delafield at I94 and highway 83. Both trails were clear of snow, which was really nice, and luckily for me there was a bike rack at the park and ride!
This next part of my hike was all one segment, the Delafield Segment. I took the Lake Country Trail west toward downtown Delafield. This was also a tad boring. I tried to walk on the grassy shoulder as much as possible. My feet always get sore when I walk on pavement with my hiking shoes. Once I got to the downtown area, I passed the Lumbar Inn and then followed Genesee Street, which is the main road through Delafield. I passed Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory and then decided to turn around and go in for some ice cream! It wasn’t very warm, but I was moving enough that I didn’t get cold eating ice cream. They had Chocolate Shoppe ice cream and I got a really good coffee flavor called Iced Latte-Da! I crossed the Bark River too far after the chocolate store and then got back on a trail that follows the river. This chunk of trail is gravel in some parts and boardwalk in others. It ends near Cushing Park and then I headed south along the Paul Sandgren Trail.
This last part was only 3.26 miles and I still felt pretty good. My IT band and Achilles’ tendon both didn’t hurt. Both were taped and I’m still doing exercises for both. Hopefully they continue to feel good. Overall my total mileage for the day was 16.37, 8.27 biking and 8.1 hiking! I also completed all of Waukesha County today and can complete a form to get another chapter patch!