"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 20, 2008

Summer 2008 Bicycle Tour - July 6, 2008

July 6, 2008 - 3 miles

The night before was mostly uneventful. I sat near the beach watching the lights along the shoreline and playing games on my cellphone. At one point, a policeman came around to patrol the area. I explained what I was doing there and he was fine with me waiting there. I would've tried to get some sleep but I was worried that I'd miss the ferry. Eventually, the sun began to rise and I decided to wait over by the ticket office.

An hour or two later, the ferry pulled into the dock and began to unload passengers from the midnight ferry from Manitowoc, WI. I spotted a few bicycle tourists: one solo female and a group of four Asian people. I should've said "Hi!" and asked them about their trips but I'm a social dumb-dumb when it comes to introducing myself to strangers. So, I waited and people-watched until it was time to board.

For somebody who's never been on a boat larger than a pontoon, wandering around the ferry was fun. It's huge, like a miniature cruise ship. There's multiple seating areas on the boat. Of course, there's the outside deck area where you can watch the water. (Which is kind of boring since it's miles of endless water.) Two were set in front of televisions that people could watch during the four hour trip. In another, guests were playing a game of bingo led by one of the crew members. Another was mostly used as the dining area for the buffet.

After looking around for a bit, I made my way over to the buffet and grabbed breakfast. The food wasn't great. It reminded me a bit of school cafeterias but it was free and filling.
Afterwards, I found an open booth and fell asleep throughout most of the crossing.

When the boat landed, I grabbed my bicycle and looked for a hotel. Eventually, I found one and caught up on sleep.

A view of Ludington from the ferry's deck.

Another view of Ludington


Ferd said...

Another part of your Great Adventure! How fun!
I bet you were exhausted after not having slept all night, and what, about 1,000 miles by then?

Berryvox said...

Oh, yeah. I've gotta be pretty tired to be able to nap in a public place.

It was pretty close to that by then. The whole trip was approximately 1,000 miles and I hitch-hiked/bugged my parents for a ride home most of the way after that.