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Before I even left Waukesha for River Falls Sunday I encountered several cyclists at Kwik Trip just finishing their first Iron Butt Ride around Lake Michigan. It's 4:30 in the morning and they just rode over a thousand miles in 24 hours! They'd do it again, but not this time of year. It got down to the 20s in Northern MI.
As I began my own Iron Butt Ride to and from River Falls in the same day, a total of 600 miles, I soon realized how important having properly adjusted headlights is. The patchy, thick fog was near impossible to drive through with the headlights on my borrowed pickup truck all askew. I don't know how the cyclists did it without windshield wipers and defrosters. The drive to River Falls is a beautiful, near straight shot diagonally across WI via I-94 but, at the moment, not able to see where I was going I was concerned if I didn't drive fast enough I'd risk being rear ended and going too fast I may crash into something myself.
A hundred and seventy miles into the trip I chanced upon quite the amazing discovery. Just stopping to get rid of some coffee, this rest area in Jackson County is more than just another clean restroom. Historical markers are nothing new at rest areas, this one has it's share, but this one also has a really great monument to law enforcement officers past, present and future.
One of the markers mentions the Black River Falls Forest Fire of 1977. The bell mound at the north border of the rest area was burned over in just a matter of minutes. A winding, paved walking path and raised boardwalk leads to a vista at the top of the mound. It was a relaxing nature hike with the sounds of bluejays competing with freeway noise, and the jays won.