July 25, 2003
Oak Leaf Trail, South Milwaukee/Cudahy/St.Francis
Beginning Mileage: 1010.9(9) (it was turning over)
Ending Mileage: 1025.8
Total Miles Traveled: 14.8
I started out on the Oak Leaf Trail near the place I had turned back the last time I rode on it (1), near South Milwaukee High School, on the Oak Creek Parkway. (Why is it that we drive on a parkway...) I had been on this section of the Trail back about 1991 or so, when it was still called the "76" trail.
It was a fun ride from Mill Road east on the Pkwy. (2), I was going as fast as about 28 mph, and keeping up with a car!!! I was a little disappointed on the stretch through Grant Park, since the trail twists and turns its way between trees, and it's a little hard to keep up any amount of speed.
Warnimont Park was much nicer to ride through, and provided some very nice views of Lake Michigan! When I got to Lake Drive, however, the "paved trail" ended, and I was riding right on Lake Drive. Seems that there are some new condos/apartments being built along the lake...
I turned left onto Howard Avenue, then right on Packard Avenue, and stopped by Joe and Cori (3), some great friends and former co-workers at UPS. They gave me water and banana bread and Cori showed me pictures from her trip to Massachusetts. After I left, I turned right onto Howard Avenue, and then cut across onto Thompson Avenue. (FYI - This must be an old map -- it doesn't even show where Howard Avenue goes now!) I turned left onto Barland Avenue, then left again onto KK Avenue, and left on Layton Avenue. Right again onto Packard Avenue, and I stopped to get free air in my tire at a Speedway (4). I continued south on Packard, and turned left on Edgerton -- not a very good idea, since there was a stop sign at every intersection! I turned right on Lake Drive to go one block to get me onto a road that again connected me to the Oak Leaf Trail, and I rode back to my truck.
Next time I'll have to start out in St. Francis and ride north... and of course I'll document my "journey" here on my website.