The ride was really good in that it involved staying on HWY 35 (The Great River Road) so NO TURNS required. This HWY is well maintained with a terrific shoulder. Weather was great with no wind though it got a little toasty toward the end. Total elevation gain was only 1640 but there were a few annoying hills.
We decided to spend the night at Merrick State Park just outside of Fountain City. I love being able to camp on non weekends as there were only a few people here and we got a terrific secluded spot. Of course the routine following the ride includes checking out the town so off we went to downtown Fountain City (population 821). We were excited to discover that Fountain City Brewing is located in, yep Fountain City and the bar that serves that beer is the legendary Monarch. The Monarch and Fountain City Brewing was established in 1856. It continued operation until it went out of business in the mid 1960s. The building sat dormant for years and was going to be repurposed into apartments when John, the owner, who we talked to, bought the building in 1995 and had the vision to restart the brewery. He did and the rest is history. He even obtained the original recipes for the beer that he said were written on a towel. The beer was good but the corned beef was even better.
I imagine these stories are boring as hell to those reading, but I write them primarily for me to help remember years from now (actually tomorrow). I am constantly amazed to learn about the history and interworking's of these small towns throughout America. I just love it. Thanks for bearing with me.
Since we didn't have the opportunity to see the world largest ball of string on this trip we wanted to see the next best thing. The Rock in the House. Yes Fountain City is the home of the famous Rock in the
As promised we swung by Jeff's other bar, the Bays End for a beer. What a quiet and peaceful location. We loved it there but had to get back to hit the sack. I have a longer ride (75 miles) tomorrow to Wilton and there are a few turns so anything can happen.