"We are all of us living in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars." ~Oscar Wilde
"Adventure is worthwhile in itself." ~Amelia Earhart

November 4, 2008

Summer 2008 Bicycle Tour - July 2 & 3, 2008

July 2, 2008 - 27 miles

Terribly uncomfortable day. It started raining about an hour after I set off and didn't stop for hours. After a while, I quit trying to ride through the rain and found a picnic pavilion in Cross Village's city park where I waited out the weather. Once it stopped, I kept going but the hills were, once again, bouncing up and down in jumpy waves. By five, I was exhausted and I settled down in a motel in East Jordan. I'm spending way too much money on motels instead of campgrounds but, after being out in chilly rain all day, the warmth was so nice.

July 3, 2008 - 59 miles

Arrived in Traverse City. It's more heavily populated along this side of Lake Michigan than it was when I was going through Wisconsin and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. There's more traffic but I've been missing city landscapes and their wide variety of buildings so I'm happy about it. I'm a bit worried about finding somewhere to sleep tomorrow night. It's the 4th of July and anything along Lake Michigan seems to get a lot of tourists. But, I'll deal with it tomorrow. Even tonight, it was a little difficult finding a room. Nothing was open at the campgrounds and, when I stopped at one hotel along the beach, I was told that rooms were $190/night. O.o Though it looked like a lovely hotel with beach access and a beautiful view, I'd never pay more than $70/night. Maybe $100 if I were desperate. But, the Super 8 across the street was reasonable and even had in-room video games.

Sheep! With...coats?!?

I think this harbor was in East Jordan, MI.

Nice burst of color in the midst of a dreary, rainy day.

Petoskey had a beautiful city park lining the Lake Michigan shore.

A bell tower outside a rural church. Can't remember where it was exactly.


Ferd said...

The WAM 300 starts in Traverse City. From there it goes south all the way to Chelsea, which is near the southern border of Michigan, close to Ann Arbor. As you well know, it is hilly in the north, but gets flatter toward the south.

You took some nice pix, even on the dreary days.

Berryvox said...

I would love to do that. In the summer, there's a bunch of rides for various causes around Minneapolis-St. Paul and I've thought about joining those too. Unfortunately, I don't really think I'm capable of fundraising the minimum amount.