Elkhart Lake to Kiel Bicycle Tour
Rural Wisconsin doesn't get any prettier than around Kiel and Elkhart Lake. A huge 180-degree bend in the Sheboygan River, the vast Sheboygan Marsh and rolling Kettle Moraine hills are backdrops for the area's many prosperous dairy farms. The cafes and parks in Kiel and Elkhart Lake are attractions in their own right. They offer a small town hospitality that makes them perfect stopping places for bicyclists. Top it off with the Sheboygan Marsh Park as a trailhead and you have everything necessary for a wonderful bike tour. The park lodge has a restaurant too; you won't go hungry on this ride. Native Americans have lived on the edge of the Sheboygan Marsh for ten thousand years. Their spear points and artifacts have been plowed-up by area farmers for generations. The Henschel home farm has been in the family for 150 years. Their fascination with Native American culture has endured, creating Henschel's Indian Museum. Here dairy farmer/archeologist Gary Henschel displays a wealth of stone points and tools that span the millennia. Your pedal through the countryside will be a roller coaster ride over moderately steep hills, each just high enough for a fine view and speedy run down. Near Kiel, an old road has been turned into a bike and pedestrian trail with great views of the Sheboygan River.