Bike Trail, Wisconsin
Photo Page 3
(From Sparta to Elroy)
Tunnel #3 (the longest tunnel at 3/4
of a mile). Unlike the other 2 tunnels, you can't
really see the opening at the other end of this
tunnel until you go into it a little bit. This is
also the wettest tunnel. You feel the cool air as
you approach the tunnel and there are small
streams on either side of the path (inside and
outside of the tunnel) from the tunnel
OK, I confess, I have ridden (very
slowly) through parts of the tunnel when there
was no one else around... but I would have to
suggest following this rule especially if there are other people around or if you don't have a light on your bike. Actually I'm not sure if you could ride without a light here.
I talked to some people that made it
through the shorter tunnels (#1 and #2) without a
light, but I really can't imagine not having a
light for this one (i.e. tunnel #3)
The "light at
the end of the tunnel" (part way through
Tunnel #3) (the tracks are gone so you don't need
to worry about it being a freight train! :-) ). I love that saying though and this particular view really shows how that might look.
It can give you an uneasy feeling to
see the silhouttes of people (that look like they
are hanging out) at the other end of the
tunnel... but I felt better when I could make out
the bikes and realized that they are just trying
to get through the darkness too...
You can catch the outline of the
tunnel rocks as you approach the light. The light glimmering off the rock walls has a really cool effect here. Once again, sorry this photo is a little blurry and does not capture the feel as well as I would like. There are some much better photos on the following photo page (#4) in this photo tour though.