Fall Foliage Ride

October 14-15, 2017

Now is the time to make plans to join Deb and Dean Mathias on the hills with others for the QCBC Fall Foliage Ride in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, on October 14, 15. The ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 from the Military Ridge Bike Trail parking lot and will be 50 to 60 miles. The ride starts at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday from the same location and will be 40 to 50 miles. The Mathias' will drive to Mt. Horeb on Friday, October 13.

The Grumpy Troll is a hub of activity on Friday nights and a great place to meet up with other Fall Foliage cyclists for dinner. Schubert's, on Main Street, is a charming old-fashioned soda fountain/restaurant with healthy options and the perfect place to fill up in the morning before setting out to conquer the hills of troll country. A group dinner is planned for Saturday night.

Can't get away for an entire weekend? Travel distance to Mt. Horeb is about 140 miles from Davenport - close enough to drive up and back the same day. You have an option to ride just one day or two on some new roads with spectacular scenery that is quite different from the corn and bean fields that you have been looking at all summer.

A cycling route on quiet country roads promises to offer more than a few hills for both days. So keep up your hill training regimen. Each day's destination is a different town with lunch opportunities before the return ride on different roads.

The Military Ridge Bike Trail (crushed limestone) offers an option for those cyclists that prefer flat terrain. The trail runs west to Governor Dodge State Park and east to Verona, just outside of Madison. A trail pass is required.

Mt. Horeb (http://trollway.com/) is known for life-size trolls carved into tree trunks scattered along its main street. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely "Troll Stroll" to seek out these unique characters using the Troll Spotter field guide http://www.mounthorebtrollway.com/fieldguide/

Contact Deb and Dean Mathias at 309-737-8429 or mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com if you plan to join the ride so that we know how many people to expect. Also give us a head count of individuals that will be joining the group for dinner on Saturday night. Individuals that are not riding are welcome to join us for our group dinner.

You are responsible for making your own room reservations. Reserve your room at the Karakahl Country Inn (http://www.karakahl.com). The rate is a deal at $64.95 + tax. Mt. Horeb can be busy this time of year so we encourage you to reserve early - call 888-621-1884 or 608-437-5545. The Inn has a swimming pool for those who like to have a swim after riding.

Rooms are also available at Village Inn Hotel (http://www.littlebedder.com"), which is physically attached to the Military Ridge Bike Trail - call 608-437-3350. Some Bed and Breakfast facilities are also available in the area. Check out Mt. Horeb's website for more information. 2 nearby parks provide camping possibilities:

Bring along non-cycling family members or friends to enjoy points of interest in or near Mt. Horeb: