Ozaukee Interurban Trail Ride – 3 July, 2011

Preparing for the Ride

Connie at the Dockside Deli in Port Washington

We finally settled on a destination on our way to breakfast. We would ride the Ozaukee Interurban Trail from Mequon to Port Washington and back. We would stop at the Dockside Deli to enjoy a meal before returning.

The ride begins in the Logemann Community Center parking lot. This is about two miles north of the trail head on Brown Deer Road.

Outbound Leg

The terrain along the trail is undulating. The first few miles however are mostly rising as you travel north to Cedarburg. This is a small town with a lot of tourist attractions. They have excellent chocolate and ice cream shoppes literally next door to one another. And of course there are plenty of antique shops to rummage around in.

Today was the Independence Day Parade. It was going to be held later in the day. In fact as we were returning we found it about to start. The stretch from Cedarburg to Grafton is full of really lovely lawns and backyards that have been meticulously adorned with curios to perk up the spirits of the weary riders along the trail.

In Grafton you get to choose a river loop or the more level alternate route that takes you along 1st avenue to the reconnection with the trail about a mile or more northward. From that point you are taking in lots of open spaces with farms and large estates on either side of the trail. Then you reach the new bridge where you cross over into Port Washington.

The the trail elevation plummets as you enter the near downtown area of Port Washington before reaching the actual business district. Today there was an Independence Day gathering replete with a car show, band singing 1970s favorites and booths. It was a mini-version of Taste of Chicago.

Luncheon and the Inbound Leg

We enjoyed veggie wraps from the Dockside Deli and fielded questions about our bikes from passersby. It was really fun to find that a couple who had travelled to the town on their Harley-Davidson were enthralled with these bikes. It was the fairings that endeared them.

The owner came over to say hello and like everyone else wanted to know more about the bikes. He even suggested a return route along County Road C as an alternative to doubling back along the trail. We took him up on the idea and set out up a very steep climb out of the bowl that rings the harbor area.

County Road C is not exactly a desolate rural road. But it is rather scenic. Just outside of Port Washington we spotted several dozens of wild turkeys grazing in the fields to our left. And no sooner had we remarked to one another about them Connie spotted a very young fawn bounding back into the woods from the driveway of a home directly across from the foraging birds!

Later we were accompanied by a group of college-aged students on scooters who were making their way along the same road and then heading over to Grafton on County Road Q. We followed.

This roadway is much wider than County Road C and quite a bit more busy. But we made it back into town and then intercepted the Ozaukee Interurban Trail. But the trail at this juncture is very steep as well. Probably the second steepest portion of the ride all day!

Back on the trail we make good time into Cedarburg with a brief potty stop where one of the couples we had encountered in Port Washington was taking a breather. They too wanted to know about the bikes. After our conversation we left them and began riding back to our van.

We encountered them once again just before reaching Mequon. The trail is fairly much downhill after the switch back along the trail just above Thiensville.

Back at the Logemann Center we packed up the bikes and headed out in search of Qdoba burritos to devour on the ride home.

Distance: 32.5 miles
Time: 3h 47m 53s