Fall Foliage Ride

Our next Fall Foliage ride will be held October 13-14, 2018. More information coming...

October 14-15, 2017

Now is the time to make plans to join Deb and Dean Mathias on the hills with others for the QCBC Fall Foliage Ride in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin, on October 14, 15. The ride starts at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 14 from the Military Ridge Bike Trail parking lot and will be 50 to 60 miles. The ride starts at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday from the same location and will be 40 to 50 miles. The Mathias' will drive to Mt. Horeb on Friday, October 13.

The Grumpy Troll is a hub of activity on Friday nights and a great place to meet up with other Fall Foliage cyclists for dinner. Schubert's, on Main Street, is a charming old-fashioned soda fountain/restaurant with healthy options and the perfect place to fill up in the morning before setting out to conquer the hills of troll country. A group dinner is planned for Saturday night.

Can't get away for an entire weekend? Travel distance to Mt. Horeb is about 140 miles from Davenport - close enough to drive up and back the same day. You have an option to ride just one day or two on some new roads with spectacular scenery that is quite different from the corn and bean fields that you have been looking at all summer.

A cycling route on quiet country roads promises to offer more than a few hills for both days. So keep up your hill training regimen. Each dayŐs ride will be a loop with lunch opportunities at one town midway along the route. Mazomanie on Saturday; New Glarus on Sunday.

The Military Ridge Bike Trail (crushed limestone) offers an option for those cyclists that prefer flat terrain. The trail runs west to Governor Dodge State Park and east to Verona, just outside of Madison. A trail pass is required.

Mt. Horeb (http://trollway.com/) is known for life-size trolls carved into tree trunks scattered along its main street. Visitors are encouraged to take a leisurely "Troll Stroll" to seek out these unique characters using the Troll Spotter field guide http://www.mounthorebtrollway.com/fieldguide/

Contact Deb and Dean Mathias at 309-737-8429 or mathiasdebdean@peoplepc.com if you plan to join the ride so that we know how many people to expect. Also give us a head count of individuals that will be joining the group for dinner on Saturday night. Individuals that are not riding are welcome to join us for our group dinner.

You are responsible for making your own room reservations.

NOTE: The Karakahl Inn is currently not a 2017 recommendation by the ride leaders. Please check online reviews.

2017 Fall Foliage Lodging Choices:

We made reservations for ourselves at the Village Inn Motel (Little Bedder). The rooms are much smaller than the Karakahl and rather dated but clean. The owners are very friendly. http://littlebedder.com/ The Village Inn Motel is physically attached to the Military Ridge Bike Trail. Call 608-437-3350.

There is also a fairly new Grandstay Hotel in Mount Horeb but it is rather pricey. You may be able to get rooms cheaper for the Grandstay through Trip Adviser or other online booking service. There were a couple of wedding parties that had blocks of rooms through Sept. 13th that may have unbooked rooms become available. http://www.grandstayhospitality.com/find-a-hotel/locations/mount-horeb/room

Verona also has a number of hotels that are about 10 miles east of Mount Horeb.

Deer Valley Lodge is located about 9 miles west of Mount Horeb. http://www.deervalleylodgewi.com/

A number of bed and breakfasts are available in the area. Check out Mt. HorebŐs website for other possibilities. Local Camping Options

New bicycle shop next to Grumpy Troll in Mt. Horeb https://www.yelp.com/biz/trail-this-bicycle-shop-mt-horeb

Bring along non-cycling family members or friends to enjoy points of interest in or near Mt. Horeb: