The ebike did great in the dirt and gravel. Roads were smooth and lightly traveled. The drivers were nice.
Another Michigan State Park to add to my list of campsites.
The hill was not that bad.
After dinner we went fishing. Catch and release.
I was happy that I could be there to see the joy.
I rode the bike to see the lakes. This lake was a favorite of small craft.
What beautiful views.
I love finding classics cars for sale. What a fun camping weekend. I will do this again.
An early start was on everyone's mind. They wanted everyone back to Frankfort by 3 p.m. Like myself, I am sure that everyone was ready to head to the next destination. I was up early and got packed quickly and ready to get out of the tent when I heard drops of rain.. Luckily it was not more. During breakfast we had a little shower. We have had such good weather during this tour.
I had heard that we had a long climb once we have we were leaving Traverse City. The predictions were right; miles long.
It was a beautiful ride.
The morning moved quickly. We went through some woods and lake areas. We were beating the heat, but it was overcast. This was the first day of the tour that I did not need the sunglasses.
We were there to early in the morning. There are always reasons to return. Some of this tour had segments that I had done before, but I did not mind the ride.
Many thanks the the SAG volunteers for your hard work and many hours. Thanks also to the other volunteers. They are essential for the success of the tour.
St. Ambrose was ready for our visit. Great to feel welcome.
I was happy to hear that they did beer as well as wine.
The greeting at the finish line felt so good. Piece of cake. Shower. Load gear. Drive home with sweet memories.
The weather continues to cooperate. It is sunny and hot. We started off on the TART trail that runs through the Traverse City area. We then moved onto county and state roads. Our route was out and back.
These were too cute to pass by.
The minion was my favorite.
The water was so refreshing at Elk Rapids. On the other side of town is the lake.
A home half pipe. By invite only.
Yum. A tasty cherry pie. Now I can make it back to camp.
I keep starting text and some how it erases. This is frustrating and that is why yesterday was photos with captions.
Today was packing up day. I get that done before breakfast. I ate too much for breakfast. I could not stop from piling on food. It was not a comfortable ride for the first hour with a very full stomach even after waiting a bit. I will have to do a better job of taking a reasonable portion.
I am not sure of the step of cherry processing, but this looks like a washing, holding then shipping center.
Soon after Sutton's Bay there was a pleasant spot to stop.
What a pleasant breeze off Grand Traverse Bay. Another long rest along the shore. Mid-afternoon I was ready for the boxed lunch.
The first part of the ride went around lake Leelanau.
This was the only corn along my route. I also a wheat field.
We came to Northport. Our SAG stop was there and a nice public beach. There is always a place for the public.
On further to tip of the point to see the lighthouse.
I wondered what things were done with this building during busier days.
Now I started to see vineyards.
A centennial farm. Note the wood cuts.
Fisj town. could this be a westhervane
At the end of the day while eating supper I heard similar comments; it was hot by the end of the day; we stopped to see things along the way; I am glad that tomorrow I can sleep in; and how long did you wait at the road construction?
Everyone was up early to break camp. They wanted gear on the trucks by 8:30. The camp mates have been very courteous. At the end of the day these riders know that you need to be rested up. When it is time they go to bed.
Great time st the Lake Michigan Beach.
From there we joined the pathway through the whole park. This was added since the first Trace the Mitten Tour. A very natural way to experience the area.
When the trail ended we shifted to M 22. This is also US Bike Route 35 which goes north and south through the lower peninsula.
The shower trailer is close to my tent. The best thing to do after a day on the road.
I leave in a two days for a six day tour in the northwest lower peninsula of Michigan. This is an organized tour organized by Michigan Trails & Greenways Alliance. This in around the 30th tour. I expect riders from other places besides Michigan. They provide meals and snacks. We can set up camp in school yards. SAG vehicles will be there for assistance. This framework means that I will adjust my packing list accordingly. They will transport our gear to the next campsite.
I could not find, really I did not look, my gear list from my last tour two years ago. With each tour I create a new list. My gear is kept in one spot. Over the last three days I continue to add to my packing list.
Hydration: I always rides with my camelbak and two water bottles. I will not carry much gear in this since I have the trunk bag.
Panniers: I will use by trunk bag from REI. Besides the truck side panels open up and create two side mini panniers. This where I will keep the extra tubes, dog spray, locks and whatever I want to bring along for the day. It provides space to stow jackets and long pants when the temperature warms up.
Handle bar bag: I have a Cannondale which has a lot of space. I do not like to put much weight in this. The is a plastic sleeve for my cue sheet. I can always find light weight and bulky items.
Headset bag: This has a spot for a phone, but mainly I will use this for snacks and camera. I take photos with my phone and a separate point and shoot camera.
Seat bag: holds zip ties, tire gauge, multi-tool, tube, adjustable wrench, tire levers, patches. and any other repair items.
Riders are limited to two duffle bags with each no more than 40 pounds.
One duffle wil hold camp gear of tent, sleep mat, wash basin for laundry, chair, keen sandals, shower shoes, poncho, pillow, neck brace, 10'x10' plastic dropcloth to help with heavy rain. My camp clothes include comfortable clothes for camp and town.
Second duffle will hold the clothing. I am taking two riding kits which include padded shorts, over shorts to hold items in packets, top and socks. I will wash the kit each afternoon after the ride. We camp three sites and stay each place two nights. I bring an extra set of glasses. I have my medicine and vitamins. The toiletries. Towel. On my last tour I purchased an REI flex chair. The chair is great for relaxing. I doubt there will be many chairs in the school yards. I use a base layer to sleep in and wool socks. I also have a fall and winter base later tops for warmth in the camp. Nights can drop into the 40s and the early morning can be the same. My rain jacket is great for adding warmth. I am not sure if I will bring my fleece.
After each tour I note the items that I did not use and keep that in mind for future tours. I think I convinced myself to look at my last tour gear list. I did pare down the clothing items. Last time I brought 3 kits for riding. That tour was two month later and I cut out some of the warmer clothes. I also forgot to mention a plastic jar. Every night I got up and had a long walk to the restroom. One of my neighbors at camp told me his strategy. In the middle of the night I will use the jar and take care of it in the morning.
Here is the info in list form:
Miscellaneous: business cards, extra glasses, wallet, medicine, sink
For the ride: rain jacket, rain pants, 2 sock, leg warmers, arm warmers, 2 riding shorts, buff, 3 skull caps, sunglasses, poncho, finger gloves, fingerless gloves, camelbak, 2 water bottles, 3 tubes, spare tire, waterproof sock, pump, chamois butter, lube, ankle reflector bands, keys for locks
Bed time: alarm clock, phone charger, keen sandals, sleeping mats, sleeping bag, pillow, neck brace, poncho to cover bike, base layer for PJs. Toiletries.
Evening: headlamp, pants with lip off legs, long sleeve shirt, cotton t-shirt, towel, wash cloth, chair, tent, ex-officio underware, ball cap, wool stocking cap .
I had not heard of this term until I saw it in a web journal about bike touring. I could easily understand the concept when I read the description of making the way through sand or up a steep single track. I have done both of those and you know there will be other times that you are unable to pedal needing to walk you way.
When you learn to ride you think that you will never need to walk your bike. I needed to swallow some pride when I needed to walk up some steep hills. I have come to just accept that I may need to walk the bike. In doing a tour you do what you need to do to make progress. I guess this like a portage in canoeing where they will carry the canoe over shallow
Take a moment a moment to ease your frustration and clearly think through some options. A snap decision to a plan may not be the best. If you are with others you may talk out the problem. You may need the take off panniers and move the bike and your load . You may decide to take the mechanical advantage of the wheels and walk the bike through the stream. When I struggle up the hill I decide to dismount and walk up the hill. I will travel almost as fast, but it is easier for me to breathe. While walking in this manner I will be able to enjoy the scenery. Sometimes the road and traffic conditions lead me to walk for safety reasons.
We ride bike because we love the feel to be in the saddle. If you are planning your own route you may consider alternate routes to avoid possible walking areas. You may adjust your day to stop early so that the difficult section ahead you will be fresh in the morning. I also read several times where riders took advantage of generous offer for a lift. It is your trip and you make your rules. Have fun.