|Trace The Mitten|
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 .