Rotarian Bikers Enjoy an Autumn Ride on Madison’s East Side

Five Downtown Madison Rotarians (Joan Collins, Dan Dieck, Dawn Crim, Steve Musser and Mark Moody) and spouses and friends enjoyed a 14-mile ride along the charming and scenic bicycle paths of Madison’s east side on Sunday, Spetember 16.  The group met at Olin Park and rode at a leisurely pace all the way to Madison College along the bike paths of Madison.

The weather was perfect, a magnificent fall day.  Fresh air, sunshine and a tinge of autumn in the air.  The group rode along John Nolen Drive across the causeway, and along the Capitol City path to the Goodman Center and then along Starkweather creek and the bike path all the way to Madison College.  The ride’s ultimate destination was the fun and funky festival on Madison’s inimitable Willy Street.

Along the way we enjoyed conversation, urban gardens, the sight of charming neighborhoods and various business establishments and local institutions such as Harmony Bar, Cafe Zoma, the Goodman Center and the Bridges golf links.  We saw walkers, cyclists, children fishing, ducks and even a blue heron gliding along Starkweather creek.

Rotarian Joan Collins was our host and guide.  Her affection and appreciation for Madison’s east side and its bike trails exposed the group to new sights and the scenery, safety and tranquility of Madison’s bikeways.  For Rotarians who have never had the pleasure of participating in the Willy Street Festival with its zany and whimsical parade, we highly recommend it to you.  It is a unique Madison tradition that beautifully illustrates the unique character of Madison’s near east side. If you have never joined one of the Rotary Bicycling Fellowship events we invite you to do so; you are always welcome!

Happy trails and please remember to share the road.

–submitted by Mark Moody

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