Nancy Cycles!

Nancy Cycles!
"You got to be careful if you don't know where you are going, because you might not get there." ... Yogi Berra

Friday, September 28, 2012

Lake Michigan (9/27/2012)

An early morning rising meant I would be the alarm clock to get everyone up at 6:30. Fortunately these two are easy to awaken and we were in the car and on the road for the planned 7:00 departure. We got our best leaf peeping on our three hour drive which was full of fall color. We couldn't get photos from the car, so the beauty of it all is embedded in our memories.

We checked into our hotel and had our first real view of the Lake across the road from us.

We unloaded bikes and gear and got riding, heading for another of Michigan's rail trails, the Little Traverse Wheelway.

Our motel, the Bay Inn, is in the town of Petosky which is just about the midway point of the entire trail. Today's ride would take us directly west along much of the Lake to the town of Charlelevoix (don't get fancy, it is pronounced SHARlavoy), the trail's end. On the way we made a stop to eat our subway lunch. Vickie chose this spot.

Shortly after we came to more choice places for a lunch stop -- but who knew?

The wooden bridge over the bogs, at .6 miles in length, is the longest bridge I think I have ridden on.

Just outside of town we followed a sign that directed us to the "path to Charlevoix". We found no path and wandered around a neighborhood for a bit before finding a neighbor to ask things of. She directed us down the road and around a couple of corners to the main street where we would turn to go over the bridge into town (are you still with me here?), and -- surprisingly -- we got there!

We made our traditional latte/tea stop and walked by the variety of shops in this upscale resort town, and asked a passerby to take our photo at the harbor.

Gerry found the deal of a lifetime! This (wonderful color for biking) rain and wind resistant jacket was a mere $18.50!!! Skip a few latte stops and there you have it.

We made it back to the motel with me having developed one of my infamous butt sores! Hopefully I have doctored it soon enough to ease it for another ride in the other direction to make it a complete tour of the trail today (Friday).

I have been unable to get Internet connection so am sitting in Burger King using their free WiFi to catch up on the last two days. It is getting to be time to return to the motel and wake them up for breakfast even though I have eaten here so to not feel guilty about using their connection. Will update as I have capability.

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