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While I can’t promise you the Eiffel Tower, or champagne on the Champs–Elysées, we could ride by Great Lakes Dragaway or stop at the Bong Recreation Area if you want. Although the weather is looking to be even colder than it was last weekend, I intend on keeping the spring classic series going with Milwaukee, Paris, Milwaukee. This upcoming Sunday I will don my wool and lycra and pedal 35 miles down to Paris and 35 miles back.
The town of Paris, WI is not much more than an intersection in Kenosha County. As far as I can tell, the small farming community does not make much of its name. According to Wikipedia, the name was chosen by a 19th Century settler named Seth Butler Myrick in honor of his birthplace in Paris, NY. The area once had the nickname Tar Corners, after an incident where a dispute between neighbors led to a tarring and feathering. There will be no hope of finding en petit dejeuner, but it is pretty close to Union Grove, so we can grab some food there.
As with last the ride to Belgium last weekend, the pace will be a conversational 15mph-20mph. As Phil says, not a pedal will be turned in anger. At one time, before heart rate monitors, LSD rides (long slow distance) to build base miles were the hallmark of every racer’s early season training. I don’t race anymore, but I still like to build that base fitness with long slow rides early in the spring. This ride will be a bit shorter than last week’s, but if you are still worried about the distance, bring a friend with you and head back early to cut the ride short.
I plan on leaving around 8am from somewhere on the West Side. With a couple stops for food, we should be back in Milwaukee around 1pm or 2 pm. Let me know via the comments below if you are interested and we can pick an exact start location.