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On today's ride we will make a stop at Crossroads at Big Creek, visit the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial, and end with some ice cream at Schopf's Dairy View Country Store. Crossroads at Big Creek is a 125 acre preserve founded in 1992 by the Sturgeon Bay Education Foundation. It is located on the corner of Highway 42/57 and County TT and offers a nice stop for the motorcyclist before heading up into the county. The preserve has great hiking trails that take you through meadows, forests, and along Big Creek. With the help of the Historical Society a "Historical Village" was added in 1993. The village offers a view of Door County's ethnic heritage and its rich past. Throughout the years the village has grown to include the Kohl Fish House, Vignes School, Peterson Feed and Seed Building, The Chapel, The Warren House, The Schopf House, and a Blacksmith Shop. You can visit their website at www.crossroadsatbigcreek.com. During the winter months I enjoy taking my Physical Education classes out cross country skiing and snowshoeing! Leaving Crossroads you will take a right onto County TT and go 1 mile to Mathey Road. Take a left on Mathey Road, go about 4 miles and this will take you to our next stop, the Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial. As you make your way to the Memorial you will come to four different intersections. Make sure you are careful and double check both ways before crossing. Especially during the summer months there can be a lot of traffic. After you cross County P, the Memorial will be about a half mile on your right. The Wisconsin Motorcycle Memorial was founded by the Northeastern Wisconsin Bikers Association. The non-profit organization is made up of motorcycle enthusiasts whose sole purpose is to honor those whose biking days have passed. The Memorial's entrance is made up of two columns built using Door County's natural fieldstone. Two sculptured motorcycles on top of the arched entrance make for a cool entry! As you enter you will walk through the "Walkway of Remembrance", a path made up of engraved tribute stones donated by families and friends. For me the Memorial offers a peaceful spot to reflect about my passion for riding! For anyone looking to honor a loved one, a tribute stone can be purchased and will include the person's name, date of birth, date of passing, and their hometown. For details check their website at www.wimotorcyclememorial.org. Heading north from the Memorial you will take Mathey Road for about 3 miles to County I where we will make a stop at Schopf's Dairy View Country Store. This is a great place for ice cream and a stop that I have made many times in the past. When my kids were young this was my way of getting them to go for a cycle ride with me! The Schopf's have a cool set up. They offer a free walking dairy tour where you can watch the milking operations. In the store you will find 30 flavors of homemade ice cream as well as croissants, wraps, and homemade pizza. Back in 2001 the Schopf's developed a giant corn maze based on a map of Door County. Every year they design a different maze based on a certain theme. If you walk the maze, make sure to dress appropriately and plan for about two hours of adventure and fun! You can check the history of the Dairy View Corn Mazes at www.dairyview.com. Leaving Schopf's on County I go east until you run into County T. Head north on County T and this will take you on a less traveled road all the way to Egg Harbor. This is a fun, relaxing ride that takes you right up the middle of Door County. As always, I will leave you with a favorite quote. "I am an optimist because I don't see the point in being anything else." - Abraham Lincoln
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