"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 9, 2008

Summer 2008 Bicycle Tour - July 4, 2008

July 4, 2008 - 62 miles

I would have liked to have stayed in Traverse City. It's a moderate-sized city that looked like a fun place to wander around. And, as I was leaving the city, people were setting up stalls and tents for the day's 4th of July celebration. Unfortunately, I couldn't find any rooms or campsites for the night so I kept going.

When I was looking at maps the night before, I thought Highway 31 would a straighter shot to Ludington so I tried to take that route but, at one point, the shoulder dropped off and I had to walk a mile. On quiet country roads, you can often ride in the street and listen for the sound of approaching cars but that's not possible on a busy highway with cars zipping past you at 60+ mph. Later, the shoulder dropped to a thin strip and I edged along it slowly and nervously. Near Interlochen, I gave up and went back to the route outlined in Adventure Cycling's maps.

Spent the night at Peterson's Cabins & Camping. (Only $5! That was a relief for me and my quickly draining bank account.) I almost didn't stop but it was nearing 8pm and I didn't want to end up pedaling through the dark like I tried to near Escanaba. I was warned that one of the groups at the other end of the campground might be a bit loud and rowdy. If they were, I never even noticed because I was fast asleep by 10pm.

I love the sky in the photo above.


Ferd said...

I love this whole area of Michigan, and have been there numerous times.

In case you didn't know, Interlochen is the site of a famous music school. Kids come from all over the country for their summer sessions.

Now that you're blogging again, I'm relisting you on my blogroll. It's "dynamic" now, showing your latest post.

Berryvox said...

I KNEW Interlochen sounded familiar but I couldn't place why. I should have done more research on the places I was visiting.

I agree. That area is beautiful.

Thanks! I love the dynamic blogrolls for following other people's blogs. :)

Fizzgig said...

I LOVE old barns!!! Especially when they still have the advertisement on the sides!

Berryvox said...

Fizzgig - That WAS an awesome-looking barn. Seeing it was one of my "Oooooh!" moments during my trip.