Today’s Itinerary: 94 miles
8:00 a.m. Tour launch ceremonies at Henry W. Maier Festival Park
10:15 a.m. Rest stop/ tree dedication at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center in Waukesha
11:30 a.m. Rest stop at the Concord Community Center.
2:30 p.m. Rest Stop and tree dedication at Fireman’s Park in Cottage Grove
2:45- 4:30 p.m. Welcome reception at Hyatt Place
6:00 p.m. Reception /Dinner at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Arboretum, sponsored by the Wisconsin Arborist Association with featured speaker, R. Bruce Allison, PhD., author of, If Trees Could Talk
Kicking Off the Tour
Day 1 of the Tour seemed like homecoming for me as I spend a lot of time both in the Milwaukee and Madison areas. David Sivyer, Milwaukee’s Forestry Superintendent sent the Tour riders off with thanks for helping to raise money for tree research. He noted that Milwaukee has still not recovered from the canopy loss due to Dutch Elm Disease and appreciates all the treatment research that has taken place on Emerald Ash Borer. The EAB research helped the city decide to protect more than 27,000 ash trees with TREE-äge® Insecticide. I was pleased to have the opportunity to connect with Ian Brown who organizes and supervises Milwaukee’s treatment program.
Wheels Rolling West
We stopped in Waukesha at the E.B. Shurts Environmental Center for a tree planting and dedication. At the dedication, I got a chance to chat with Pete Traczek, the Waukesha City Forester, who has been dealing with EAB and treating for some time.
Heavy Winds on the Way to Madison
The headwinds were strong as we pedaled west through rolling farm land. The scenery was beautiful and the crops are doing well. The winds slowed us down a bit but we made it to Madison and are looking forward to tomorrow’s ride.
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