Part one is here, part two is here. Click any photo for larger.
While I was riding around the countryside, I was amazed at how many different crops I saw in the fields. I counted eight! Here are two more - these should be pretty easy, but the second one is a bit surprising. I will put the answers in the comments.
All along my route fans of LITGM lined up to greet me with open...hooves.
One thing that I cannot convey to you is the smell of the ride. The morning air was fresh and invigorating. Of course when you pass one of the many dairy farms you get a waft of manure. That smell doesn't really bother me too much in small doses.
My wife and I have had discussions on the topic of our air - we are lucky to have good, clean air in and around Madison. Madison doesn't really produce much being a white collar town so the emissions are pretty low. I am here to tell you, not much smells better than a freshly cut field of hay.
At the bottom of some of the hills were some wooded areas. While not exactly riding under a canopy of trees, it was still nice to get some shade after climbing some of the larger hills.