I had read and heard about the Leelanau Trail for a long time and have asked Vickie to ride this one some time. This year is that some time. I am satisfied to have ridden it and it is a nice rail trail, but we have each done trails with more to offer. All the hype that I am familiar with overdoes the draw to do this one.
|Starting out, Vickie was a little low on water so it was fortuitous to come across this pump at the beginning of our ride.|
We did pass by some nicer scenery than we had had on the Musketawa Trail.
|Typical nice farm photo|
|There were orchards, vineyards and hops similar to eastern Washington|
|Looks like a labyrinth|
|Another long trail -- not so flat as it looks as there is a slight incline to the end and back to the start|
|Old Root Cellar alongside the trail|
Suttons Bay is at the other end of the trail from Traverse City. Here we would cruise through a bike shop (and buy an item or two as in gloves and mirror), have our coffee/tea break, and enjoy lunch.
|Old telephone put to use as an information kiosk with map of the town|
|Tea at Little Bee's (more to come in the challenge post)|
|A side trip to the end of the marina on Lake Michigan|
|Hear I am at one of the Great Lakes|
Time to head back on this our final day of cycling the rail trails for this year. We drove back to Len's and I will prepare for departure for home on Wednesay. But one more day of a few miles in the saddle as I ride into town to return the bike rental, make the stop at Espesso Milano for tea and blogging, and say farewell for now to Midland.
It has been a fine week and I have been very fortunate to have had such good weather. The chill is coming now and we can tell that the frost will hit soon, but we have had fairly warm weather and no rain on our parade this week. Thank you Vickie for yet again a great time in your Michigan.