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David Freeze: Another journey comes to an end

Editor’s note: Salisbury native David Freeze cycled from Anacortes, Washington, to Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Post has chronicled each day of his ride. Contact him at david.freeze@ctc.net.

My evening at the Rock a Bye Motel in Tigerton, Wisconsin, was not quite the same as usual, largely because I didn’t even have to think past bicycle logistics for Friday.

My plan was pretty simple, and I knew I would have help with the details once I got near Green Bay.

Dave and Kathy Mikulsky are longtime Green Bay residents and longtime friends even more. Dave and I used to work for the same company out of Green Bay and became fast friends, while Kathy just adds to the quality of our friendship.

Friday night, I stayed at their house in Green Bay. Here is how I got there.

I started from Tigerton to find the road being paved for 10 miles. Early rough patches gave way to some fantastic smooth riding.

All the way down to Marion, the bike hummed along until I saw a huge chicken beside Wisconsin 45. I had to see the chicken up close and knew that this convenience store must have a fantastic breakfast. Plenty of egg biscuit choices and Amish pastries got me off to a great start for my last day of riding.

Next came Clintonville, where I turned off Wiscon 45 and followed Wisconsin 22 until I found that Main Street was being detoured and so was 22.

Of course, I went around the “Road Closed” sign to find Wisconsin 156 but had to cut through a couple of yards to do it. This was a major project, and I got a few mean stares but nobody said anything.

On 156, I found a nearly deserted road that had plenty of horseflies who wanted some action. They didn’t land a bite as I passed through Navarino and Briarton with little to be seen except a very active looking baseball field in Navarino.

I did enjoy a lot of old barns and working farms along the way.

Then it was on to Wisconsin 29, the road that I had to leave Thursday. This time when I joined it, U-turns were allowed, you could drive straight across it and there were no signs about bikes.

So my pace into Green Bay was pretty quick for about the last 15 miles. I had great directions from Dave to cross the city and find the Bay Beach Amusement park for front-tire dipping.

Just one little thing slowed down the process as I felt my back tire wobbling, four miles from the finish. Nothing to do but change the tube in the tire while the Mikulskys waited for me at the park.

It was a back tire once again, only my third of the ride. It was the slower to change of the two but the work went well. I ended up with one tube and one CO2 cartridge left over at the end of the day.

I met the huge Smith family at the park and talked with them about the ride, and then we made pictures together. Dave had found the perfect place for my official wheel-dipping photo, and we got that done.

We also saw Elvis Presley’s favorite rollercoaster ride, the Zippin’ Pippin’ coaster. Elvis once rode it for two hours straight when it was located in Memphis before being bought and shipped to Green Bay, where it is now part of the park.

With that, the official duties of this summer’s ride have ended. But we are going to provide bonus coverage because I will be sightseeing today around the area. There will be coverage of it in Sunday’s paper and then my final thoughts in Tuesday’s paper.

I have so many enjoyable moments to think through and will collect these thoughts on the drive home Sunday.

This has been a wonderful experience, and judging from communications received, it may have been the most popular. Regardless, I have some thoughts about how to continue and what future cycling adventures might be on the horizon.

So I will be back for a few days even though the ride has ended. Plus, we have confirmed the details of the annual return reception, and I will talk about what to expect this year.

This is all made special because of your interest. It is a great pleasure to experience this adventure for all the Post’s readers.

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