Although I have a few friends who ride their bicycles all winter, most of us mere mortals tend to abandon our faithful steeds sometime in early Fall. But, November can treat us to some wonderful rides in the parks and countryside of Ozaukee County. According to the Wisconsin Fall Color Report, Ozaukee County reaches peak color near the end of October – which means a few more weeks in November of great scenery, especially near the warm waters of Lake Michigan
A few things to consider:
- About 10 hours of daylight with a switch out of DST on Nov 6th
- Most of us will look for temps in the upper 40s to low 60s. Below about 45 is OK if you have the proper clothes. Below freezing is only for the very hardy folks.
- Sweat is the enemy of cool weather riding – so wear layers of clothing to remove as you and the weather warm up during the day.
- There are no mosquitoes or deer flies!
If a short 10 mile ride is all you can squeeze in at this time of the year, check out this Harrington Beach State Park ride starting in the Hobo parking lot in Belgium (just off I43): Harrington Beach Route
Cindy Petted from Wisconsin Women Cycling and long time biker friend Mike Sommers, recently joined me to enjoy this 44 mile extended version of the Harrington Beach route that adds a visit to the Milwaukee River and the Port Washington Harbor – we started on Lake Shore Rd about a mile south of Lions Den County Park – you may prefer to start in the Lions Den parking lot. This route includes a lunch stop in Belgium and mandatory ice cream at the Dockside Deli in Port. Use the 10 mile route mentioned above for detailed info regarding the roads in Harrington Beach State Park and follow the map for this route very carefully to get through the parks in Port Washington: 44 Mile Harrington Beach Ride
Cindy took a few selfies - this one is at the Milwaukee River in Ehlers Park:
This is the Quarry at Harrington Beach State Park:
Port Washington Harbor: