Today we would drive to the White Pine Rail Trail in Big (not Grand) Rapids, and ride through Paris. It could hit 81 degrees today -- it could be sunny -- it could be cloudy -- there could be an afternoon thunder storm. We didn't get the storm.
|Station is closed down and in ill repair, but the parking lot is big|
|An idea of where is trail is located|
|Another bike rack (and my bike lays on the ground)|
|Cracked and broken robin's egg on the trail|
And then we were in Paris and at the Eiffel Tower. The Fish Hatchery deserved a little visit, and by now lunch was calling our names. As we enjoyed our lunch by the Eiffel Tower, we were entertained by the ducks diving for their lunch. I did get a short video of the ducks, but the download will not work. After I get home I will try to add it here from my home computer.
|Paris fish Hathery|
|Gerry finding the fish|
|We have eaten our lunch on an abandoned porch, a cemetery lawn, and finally fine dining by the Eiffel Tower|
Continuing on down the trail to Reed City, I spotted some cows that had found shade on this side of the fence. They didn't come on the the trail as the shade was where they were, and I hoped they would find the hole in the fence to return to the herd.
|One of several who escaped to freedom|
After our less than desired, but satisfying treats we explored around the area a bit before our return trip. The covered bridge was an unexpected treasure, and true to form, Vickie found the dirt path that led to the wooden walkway below.
|Bike and foot bridge|
|Vickie scouts the trail|
|Different view of the bridge|
|Dragonfly for Sheri -- mural under the bridge|
Once back at the car they needed a coffee shop and I wasn't opposed to a tea, so we found another Biggby Coffee to slake our thirst. Reeds is the home of small Ferris University whose mascot is the Bull Dog. There seem to be many differently adorned bull dogs around the town.
|Ferris University Bull Dogs|
|Our very busy tour guide takes a rest|