Other parts of the series can be found at these links: Part One, Part Two, Part Three, Part Four, Part Five. Click any photo for larger.
Still heading east I came upon a newer branch of the path. This path follows the waterway that flows from Lake Mendota to Lake Monona. The "river" flows south, I am heading north in this photo, toward Lake Mendota. What a beautiful path and the underpasses were nice as well. This bridge has Frank Lloyd Wright style accents. Unfortunately taggers have already hit this bridge by the bike trail. Assholes.
This is the Tenney Park Lock. In front of you is Lake Mendota, and these boats obviously need to be raised to enter it. To read about how a lock works, click here.
As you can see, it gets pretty damned tight in there. As I mentioned in a previous post, Rythm and Booms was happenning this evening and there was a mad dash to get into Lake Mendota to view the fireworks. It is a very slow process, most of the time being spent making sure the boats were not going to hit each other. On top of that, only six pleasure craft at a time can fit in there.
Here is more info on the Tenney Park locks if you are interested. As a sidenote, about eight or so years ago we received torrential rains for weeks on end along with the snow melting. The spillway at Tenney Park was dangerously close to being breeched by Lake Mendota - that would spell disaster for the isthmus and I can't imagine what would happen to all the homes and businesses there.
Bummer for these people heading downstream toward Lake Monona - the lock gate holds a lot of water and will shortly be giving these folks a nice shower.
After this pleasant diversion at the locks I kept heading east to what I call "the soon to be worlds largest crackhouse", otherwise known as the old Royster Clark fertilizer plant. They ceased production several years ago and it is getting tagged and wrecked by people daily it seems. Yet another photo you won't see on the Madison Chamber of Commerce website. Like I said, I love bike paths - they let you see a lot of what you ordinarily woudn't in a city.