Upon my return I was met with Natureman informing me we would be biking in an area he had always wanted to go in New Glarus, America's Little Switzerland. I looked at him in disbelief. Natureman and time and distance don't go hand in hand. After Mapquesting the drive to New Glarus, End of the Rainbow Valley to New Glarus: 2 hrs 49 minutes. This timing is farther than Madison.
A new adventure always means new adventures. This was not a direct route and Natureman left the state map at home. I had printed off directions but nothing replaces a map with marked Country Roads. ( Natureman's car's lighter doesn't work so I didn't take the GPS) We didn't get lost but definitely saw the countryside and farmers busy at work. Of course our trip took longer as there were numerous types of farm machinery on the same county roads.
|Note the cow hiding behind the sign.|
New Glarus is charming with its alpine architecture and European features. Even the street signs have honorary German/ Swiss names. Great timing even had us serenaded by the same guys who did the Riccola commercials. No it wasn't them but they had the same instruments.
They wanted me to play the cow bell but fortunately I was busy taking photos. (WHEW!)
A tourist bus from Minnesota drove up just as we finished up our town tour. Perfect timing to head home to the End of the Rainbow Valley. It was a lovely but very long day.
AUFWIEDERSEHEN from this New Glarus Swiss Miss...