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Roun' Da Manure Bike Ride in Sharon, Wisconsin

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Yesterday, we drove to Sharon, WI to do the Roun' da Manure Ride.
The weather was absolutely perfect for it. Highs in the mid 70's, low humidity, clear skies with white puffy clouds and a gentle breeze. It was a great day to be out on a bicycle. It was such fun!

Sharon, WI and the surrounding area have long, relatively flat roads. There were a few curves and rolling hills tossed in the ride for good measure. We were given coupons for ice cream in the various stores we passed. The ice cream was top notch with lots of choice. The ride was VERY reasonably priced considering all the food and sag support that was included.

Speaking of sag support, I had a problem with the front V-brake on my bike when I was setting the bike up. I'm not real familiar with V-brakes because the particular bike I was riding that day is relatively new to me and it's the first bike I've owned with that particular type of brake on it. I took my bike over to the sag support wagon and a very kind gentleman quickly fixed the brake. Not only did he fix it, but he gave me a free mini-course on V-brakes to that if I have problems in the future, I know the things to check and how to fix them. As my husband and I were riding, we both commented on how great it was that the gentleman had not only been able to quickly diagnose and fix the problem, but was kind enough to teach a newbie a thing or two about bikes. He was clearly a natural teacher.

I discovered after the ride, that the gentleman turned out to be Lon Haldeman...a world champion bike rider. He won the Race Across America race
two years in a row! His record time for riding from Santa Monica Pier to the Empire State Building hasn't been broken in thirty years! Here's a man who loves cycling and has given much back to the sport! Hat's off to you Lon!

Yesterday was a perfect day for biking, and the Roun' Da Manure ride was the perfect place to do it....

By the way, there wasn't much "dairy air" during the ride, so the name of the ride is a bit of a misnomer. Lot's and lot's of farms, but they seemed to be more geared to growing corn and other wonderful crops.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TERRIJ7 9/1/2012 9:05PM

    I'm glad the farms were more into corn than fertilizer! What a treat to have your bike serviced by a biking celebrity!

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ATHENAPOWER 8/20/2012 9:28AM


Three things:

1) The name is totally the first thing I noticed. I'm sincerely glad for you that the ride didn't live up to its name.
2) How awesome for you that you can share all of this riding goodness with your husband! I love it. Mine comes out with me occasionally and we have a lot of fun when we do, but we are totally not on the same page, exercise-wise.
3) That's really cool about he SAG guy!

That is all.

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RCWESTERVELT 8/20/2012 8:48AM

    Sounds like a wonderful ride. We bought bikes a couple of years ago but haven't ridden much. We used to ride all the time with the kids when they were growing up.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 8/19/2012 10:26PM

    What a great day! Love the name of the event!

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KA_JUN 8/19/2012 8:19PM

    Sweet, nice ride, nice assist from a RAAM dude. As the kids say nowadays, RAAM riders have "mad skillz".

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    Sounds fun! We're in Southeastern Wisconsin and it was gorgeous today!

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LOPEYP 8/19/2012 7:09PM

    Sounds like lots of fun. Glad that the air was clear. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/19/2012 6:14PM

    Oh, what fun! And what a nice guy to do that.

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MISSG180 8/19/2012 5:52PM

    I love riding in the country! And SAG support is often such wonderful people, but not always *famous* ones! It sounds like a fun ride.

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WENDYSPARKS 8/19/2012 3:41PM

    Today is a nice day in Connecticut also....low humidity, sunshine, nice breeze and about 73 here...I went for a nice walk today and it felt great!!

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