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Posted by System on Mar 27, 2014

Dateline:  Wilton, WI

On June 5th, 2009, Troop 82 Scouts and leaders ventured back to one of their favorite outing sites…the Historic Elroy-Sparta Bike Trail north of the Wisconsin Dells.  The group of experienced Scouts arrived at the Tunnel Trail Campground late Friday evening, as usual, and made camp in the dark…in record time.  However, by 11:30 p.m. they were all so tired, they decided to even forego Cracker Barrel and turn in. 

Saturday morning saw the boys cook up a great breakfast, clean up, make trail lunches, fashion rain gear from plastic bags, secure their bikes, and hit the trail.  The bike trail, which runs from Elroy to Sparta, Wisconsin, is a beautifully maintained bike path which was put in place after the old Chicago & Northwestern Railway tracks were removed in the 1970s.  It affords the bikers the chance to go as far as 68 miles, while walking their bikes through train tunnels, the longest being over ¾ mile!  Even during summer’s hottest days, rain gear is recommended, because the tunnels are always a chilly 57 degrees with water dripping down from the earth above.  Quite a unique experience, indeed.  On this outing, however, the inside of the tunnel was unseasonably dry for a change.  Of course there was the usual hootin’ and hollerin’ and just a lot of fun.

Although the weekend rain began the moment we hit the trail and continued until we left, the boys biked 21 miles, carrying a day pack, water, and rain gear.  As was expected and considering the extreme conditions, they performed at a very high level…a sign of a well-trained Boy Scout troop.  The troop was also able to stop at the famous Gina’s restaurant in Wilton for a quick piece of their famous square pies.  Thank goodness for that…we needed to warm up a bit!

Congratulations to Scouts Deane W., Nick S., Kyle S., Jeff W., John A., Nathaniel K., Peter S., Jack G., and Dominik G. for braving the elements and contributing to a great outing.  Also soaking wet were leaders Brian Kapuscinski, John Wagner, and Scoutmaster Walter Salek.

John Wagner

Tour Leader

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