I have ran this trail a number of times, think I have knocked out about half of it. Today, after some previous snow and rains, the trail was very soft. Felt like I was running on sand. The bleeding has stopped (a little history here), but very soar from the last run on snow and ice.
Always a chore to run against the wind. Always seem so smooth running with it. Was 1-for-2 on caches during the run. Could not find one that was under a rail bridge. So many hiding spots.
The 40-mile Military Ridge State Trail, in Iowa and Dane counties, connects Dodgeville and Madison, by way of an 1855 military route between Verona and Dodgeville. The trail runs along the southern borders of Governor Dodge and Blue Mound state parks passing by agricultural lands, woods, wetlands and prairies. There are several observation platforms adjacent to the trail for viewing wildlife and other natural features. In Ridgeway, the trail passes by a historic railroad depot.
Most of the trail follows the former Chicago and North Western Railroad corridor, which has a gentle grade of only 2 to 5 percent. Between Dodgeville and Mount Horeb it runs along the top of the Military Ridge, the divide between the Wisconsin River watershed to the north and the Pecatonica and Rock River watershed to the south. Between Mount Horeb and Fitchburg, the trail goes through the Sugar River Valley.