I fell in love with Madison back in June when my friend and I went on a bus tour of three historic river cities. So I suggested it be our vacation destination. Clifty Falls State Park is only 5 miles from there, perfect for camping (Michael thinks staying in a hotel is boring), AND venturing into the town. So after a leisurely morning we set off on the tandem to explore the town.
We stopped at Clifty Falls Inn to see what they had to offer, or what we were missing.
From there we could see the landmark smoke stacks.
We noticed the decorated pig and learned that there was a contest going on leading up to their famous festival the Ribberfest coming up August 18-19. We saw many more dressed up pigs in our wanderings.
Lunch at the Madison Lighthouse Restaurant on the Ohio River provided great food and a beautiful view of the ducks and passing barges.
The first was St. Michael the Archangel Church, second oldest Catholic church, also known as the Irish Church, built in 1837-1839. It is one of the many National Historic Landmarks in Madison.
We knew that a very long and challenging climb awaited us at the South Gate. We did our best but had to walk maybe one third of the way up.
What a beautiful day. Perfect weather. 14.82 mi of tandem sycronicity. A wonderful first day.