Ocooch Mountain Challenge
Here’s a tour to take on once you’ve gotten your climbing legs in shape. You’ll have to tackle four steep, 400- foot climbs to cover the whole route. It’s all part of the plan. The annual Ocooch Mountain Fall Bike tour was designed with challenge in mind.
It takes place on the first weekend of October in conjunction with Richland Center’s apple harvest festival, Centerfest, and the tour also features shorter 12- and 35- mile loops. This is a time of year when cyclists unusually have a decent conditioning base. Bring on the mountains. Ok, 400-foot hills aren’t exactly mountains, but they’ve been called the Ocooch Mountains since the earliest explorers came through, and the climbs are steep enough to make your muscles feel like they are. The orchard is the last place to take on food or water for a long distance. You’re in for a long, high-speed downhill run into the valley of Mill Creek on County Q. The valley scenery is hard to beat along County E.
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Richland Area Farmers’ Market
Richland County Courthouse, Richland
Beginning the first Saturday in June, Richland area farmers bring the fruits of their labors to sell on the Courthouse lawn beginning at 8:15 a.m. They stay until noon or until they’re sold out. Look for specials on hearty bedding plants, tender, just-picked asparagus, zesty fresh-out-of-the-spring watercress, ruddy turnips, robust tomatoes, multi-colored lettuces, radishes, peas, beans, firm and crispy cabbages, broccoli and brussel sprouts, onions sweet as apples, apples sweet as honey, grade A honey in comb and jar, sweet corn picked at dawn, jams, jellies, fresh meats, hot-from-the-oven breads and pastries, dozens of homemade cheeses and just-packed cheese curds; all begging to be tasted and sure to bring rave reviews at home.
Rock Formations and Countryside Tours
Wisconsin River, Richland County
Tour Richland County’s fabulous rock formations. Visit Eagle Cave, Wisconsin’s largest onyx cave. Wonder at the remarkable forces that fashioned the “Natural Bridge” located in Pier County Park, marvel at the massive, layered sculpturing of Steamboat Rock and the whimsical construction of Elephant Rock. Meander through the Ocooch Mountains where crystal clear springs, gurgling streams and rushing rivers flow through deep and verdant valleys and horizontal limestone outcroppings along the hillcrests look from the distance to the homes designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Pine River Paddle & Tube, LLC
Rent a kayak and paddle down the Pine River, contact 608-475-2199 or Pine River Paddle & Tube LLC @ Facebook