Near Monticello, the trail passes through the 1,200-foot (370 m) long, unlit Stewart Tunnel constructed in 1887. We continued to the downtown area and decided to take a break and headed to the Dairy Queen by exiting the trail at 5th Street and riding to 8th Street. A tunnel, vistas, all the way to the IL line. tunnel and path were closed off after 3.4 miles - there was a detour around on roads but I had kids with me and wanted to stay on the path so we just returned to Belleville. The Stewart Tunnel on the Badger State Trail is closed until further notice due to safety concerns with the tunnel ceiling. Meanwhile exercise caution while riding. It was a challenge to cross the street but it was during lunch hour.  Republican state legislators raised objections to the DNR spending and stewardship in 2003 but were unable to block the $499,000 allocated for improvements to the trail. Gentle uphill most the distance to Monroe. It is very dark and requires a flashlight to explore. No restrooms anywhere on the trail so you ladies are going to hate it for sure. The seat of Green County (population 10,000), Monroe is home to the famous Swiss Colony gourmet food company and is also known as the “Swiss Cheese Capital of the USA.”. Take the short path in back of the parking lot north for 0.1 mile to the Capital City State Trail, which you’ll then take left (northwest) less than a quarter mile to where it meets the Cannonball Path and the Southwest Commuter Path. The Ice Age Trail is a 1,200-mile hiking path across Wisconsin and a National Scenic Trail. Jane Adams trail is perfect. This year, I have had to crawl over and under trees.  The roundabout has come to be known as the Velo UnderRound. Some of the workers were local farmers who joined the construction crews to supplement their earnings during the severe drought of 1887. There we big potholes, mushy ground and it didn't appear this trail was groomed at all. The company’s trains used this corridor to haul grain, livestock, freight and passengers. Once past the tunnel we rode county roads back to the Sugar River Trail to take us back to New Glarus. Although most of the view was the path lined with trees or farmland, the trail itself was nicely kept. After you cross Adams Road, the trail is cleared with light gravel for footing. Met some nice people on my trek here. It will take you up and over the hill and provide beautiful views of the area. And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now: According to the DNR, "Work started on the tunnel on Dec. 13, 1886, with small construction crews starting at both the north and south ends. From there, it’s just a short ride to the Illinois state line and Wuetrich Road, where you can pick up the 14.8-mile Jane Addams Trail to Freeport, Illinois. Very pleasant ride on well kept trail from Monroe south to Clarno. The Badger State Trail, which heads south from Madison to the Illinois state line (where it connects with the Jane Addams Trail), boasts its own 1,200-foot Stewart Tunnel—with a twist: the Stewart Tunnel is built on a curve, so riders cannot see the other end as they enter the tunnel. (Do not do this in reverse.  The Badger State Trail connects to the Capital City Trail in Madison, and the Jane Addams Trail at the state line (leading to Freeport, Illinois) which will connect to the proposed 500-mile (800 km) Grand Illinois Trail System. Here the trail also connects to the Sugar River State Trail. Overall I was left wondering why anyone would pay the trail fee to ride this trail.
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