Graf to New Vienna – A Scenic Ride with Good Roads and Beautiful Churches
Newly paved county roads are always a cause for excitement for road bikers. My husband Kevin and I recently discovered that the New Vienna Road just west of Holy Cross Road was improved and was cause for a beautiful early evening ride.
In May, we loaded up the bikes and drove to the Graf town park. We took Graf Road south, took a left on Thielen Road, and then a right on Girl Scout Road. As we ascended the steep hill, we admired the Lattnerville Church Inn, now an AirB&B, which has been beautifully remodeled. We continued on Girl Scout Road in a fairly strong wind, heading northwest. After climbing a second hill, we rode the ridge past the Camp Little Cloud and scenic farms. After a quick right on Gun Club Road, we stopped at St. Clement’s Church in Bankston and marveled at the inside and outside architecture. The church was built in 1898 with detailed craftsmanship.
We headed west to find the New Vienna Road was freshly paved. How pleasant! We rode all the way to New Vienna. Since churches seemed to be the theme of the day, we walked around the outside of St. Boniface Church in New Vienna. The church was dedicated in 1887 and has a 200-foot tall spire overlooking the countryside. Unfortunately, it was closed for the day, so we could not tour the inside. We will catch the inside on our next ride through town.
On our return trip, we flew back to Graf as we had a strong tailwind and smooth roads. Beautiful scenery and countryside churches added to a perfect evening. Life is good!