Aug 25, 201512:10 PMBlaska's Bring It!
with David Blaska
The road less traveled
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Took the road less traveled Saturday, with no particular place to go, as Chuck Berry sang. Is that the ultimate freedom?
Took a yellow highlighter to my large-format DeLorme Wisconsin Atlas to outline the twistiest town and county roads I could find starting on County S west of Madison. That took me through Pine Bluff, past the crossroads of Elvers, and from there deep into Iowa County. Feeling peckish, the lovely Lisa and the Squire were determined to find a family restaurant when we stumbled upon a place on Iowa County H called Hyde, which seems to consist of only the Hyde Store, which is actually a tavern.
A typical Wisconsin summer fest was in progress, meaning there would be food. For $5 each we got a help-yourself bratwurst, ear of corn, barbecued beef, turkey dressing, baked beans, and wide variety of donated desserts. An extra $2.50 procured a cold can of the beer of my youth, Pabst.
A great country western band entertained; men played horseshoes, the young folks played volleyball. It was for a good cause: the Hyde Store.
Thus nourished, we rode our Fiat 500C west on Iowa County ZZ to Pleasant Ridge, then Hunter Hollow Road, Shop Hill Road, and I lost track because we were now navigating by dead reckoning, but we passed something called Pompey’s Pillar before hitting a gravel road. “We’re off the grid,” I remarked, because even my iPhone 5 Maps app reported it was lost.
Works for me.