Lake Michigan Tour

Our second bicycle tour took us almost 1,000 miles around the beautiful Lake Michigan. Our love for biking grew exponentially and we got engaged!! We really enjoyed this ride and hope you enjoy reading about it!


Hobo’s Tavern - July 13th, 2011 - Just stopped at Meijer in Grand Haven for donuts and peace teas. Mmm! Yum! Were heading to Hobo’s Tavern in Muskegon to watch the USA women kick some French butt and a celebratory drink… or two.
Almost there… - July 13th, 2011 - We left Warren Dunes state park this morning eager to make it to Saugatuck and only have one more day of riding. It was much cooler today, which was nice, but yesterday’s heat had taken it’s toll on us. The going was a bit slow today and we made several stops to refuel. On of … Continue reading Almost there…
IL-IN-MI… We made it back. - July 12th, 2011 - Hooray!! We made it back to Michigan. We rode 85 miles through two states! After some much needed relaxing we were ready to put Chicagoland to our backs. But when we woke up it was “monsoon” raining and thundering. So we delberated about whether to stay or go… Obviously we decided to leave. The storm … Continue reading IL-IN-MI… We made it back.
The Windy City - July 10th, 2011 - After a good nights sleep, a great breakfast and quick trip to WalMart we set out for the big city. We only had 50 miles so it was going to be the shortest riding day we’d had in a while.yay! We started off on some pretty busy roads, but found a bike path that went … Continue reading The Windy City
Mmm! - July 9th, 2011 - Roof over our heads, bed last night, and waking up to choices for breakfast. AMAZING! Thanks again, Monica and Scott.
Chicago bound. - July 9th, 2011 - We started today headed for Milwaukee. The campground we wanted to stay at between Milwaukee and Chicago was closed due to a big storm. But we decided to head south anyway and hopefully figure it out. A little while later we found out that Ethan’s cousin and family live near where we wanted to stay…about … Continue reading Chicago bound.
Give me a break… - July 8th, 2011 - Okay. Neither of us have a kitkat, but we are taking a break and consuming massive amounts of calories with our two candy bars. 480 for me and 440 for Skye. 26 miles to go to make the total today close to 90.
Breakfast and lunch. - July 8th, 2011 - Got up early and peaced out of the park headed for the town of Two Rivers. Both phones were dead so we needed to chill for a bit to let them charge. We found a place and got some breakfast. But we needed to stay longer, so we ordered lunch. Brilliant plan eh? We wanted … Continue reading Breakfast and lunch.
Green Bay = not our favorite - July 8th, 2011 - So left Oconto early and grabbed some Mickey D’s before heading toward Green Bay. The ride was good and we made it to Packer land around lunchtime. We located a Subway right next to historic Lambeau Field. Sweet! We had a sub, stared at the wall of the arena and planned out the rest of … Continue reading Green Bay = not our favorite
Cheese heads. - July 8th, 2011 - Day 8. We rode from Escanaba to Oconto. It was 76 miles. Overall it was a really good day. Our legs were feeling better and our pace was increasing. Yay! The days began to run together so the details are a bit fuzzy. But we made it to Oconto just in time to get dinner … Continue reading Cheese heads.
In Sheboygan… - July 7th, 2011 - Here’s a picture from yesterday in Green Bay. We went 80 miles yesterday and 76 the day before so our legs are tired. We were hoping to make it to milwaukee today, but a strong headwind says otherwise. We haven’t been able to post much because my phone is dying and we haven’t had electricity. … Continue reading In Sheboygan…
Bald Eagle! - July 5th, 2011 - Were in menominee getting mac and cheese and pear halves for dinner later. Also got some raspberries for a snack right now. And we definitely saw a bald eagle earlier. It was bald… and awesome. Still not sure where we are staying tonight though…
Central Time Zone - July 5th, 2011 - We crossed over into central time a few miles back. There was a sign for it, which is good because my phone was on eastern time and Skyes was on central and we didn’t know which was right. So now we do. 🙂 We have gone 23 miles so far and just stopped for a … Continue reading Central Time Zone
What does this look like? - July 5th, 2011 - This was in the bathroom stall and I think it looks like a distinct creature. What do you think it looks like? Notes to self: bring a better bike pump and get a rear view mirror for my helmet or handle bars to keep an eye on Skye.
Escanaba in da moonlight? - July 5th, 2011 - So we woke up at the buttcrack of dawn and headed out for Escanaba. We found a place to fill up water barely a mile from where we stayed. And wouldn’t ya know?! This couple comes up and wants to know every stinkin detail of our trip. AND they took a pick of us (2nd … Continue reading Escanaba in da moonlight?
For the record… - July 4th, 2011 - We went 69 miles yesterday and 49 the day before. We are about to take off on day seven. Earliest start yet and 55 miles to go. Note to self: don’t need as many clothes next tour.
For the record… - July 4th, 2011 - We went 69 miles yesterday and 49 the day before. We are about to take off on day seven. Earliest start yet and 55 miles to go. Note to self: don’t need as many clothes next tour.
Longest day ever. Ever. - July 4th, 2011 - Welllll today was super long. We met this dude from Wyoming who was doing a cross country tour. If was shirtless and he clearly did not bring his toothbrush on his journey. Hello gingivitus(sp?)! Anywho we chatted it up with him about our tour and blah blah blah and said our goodbye’s, but not before … Continue reading Longest day ever. Ever.
US-2 has our morale low - July 3rd, 2011 - US-2 is straight, flat, and boring at this point. We have about ten more miles heading west on 2 before it turns south and we can’t wait for that. We needed a little pick me up so we stopped at a little “dive” bar in gould city for lots of water, tacos, and pizza. Still … Continue reading US-2 has our morale low
Close to a milestone! - July 3rd, 2011 - In one mile we will reach the northernmost point of lake Michigan. Cool.
Lake Michigan - July 2nd, 2011 - nothing to say. just wanted to post this picture.
Made it across the bridge - July 2nd, 2011 - We had to ride on I-75 for a mile after the bridge to get to US-2, but were now on 2 safe and sound. 15-20 more miles of riding today.
Paradise - July 2nd, 2011 - Just a quick post for a quick break at a public access to Paradise Lake. 7.3 miles to B.C. Pizza in Mackinaw City. It’s kinda a tradition of ours to eat there. Great pizza! Not sure where we are staying tonight. Our place in Mackinaw more than doubled their price for the 4th so were … Continue reading Paradise
Our "days off" - July 2nd, 2011 - We’ve wanted some “days off” on our trip and I think were counting today and tomorrow as those. We ‘only’ biked 47 miles today to bring our total to 217 miles in four days. Not sure what it was about today, but the riding was much easier. We played around with drafting and had some … Continue reading Our "days off"
Cornrows and Crocs. - July 1st, 2011 - We rode 57 miles from Turtle Lake through Traverse City to Torch Lake. We are staying with my buddy tonight so we got a chance to go to the grocery store and get some burgers and a bottle of wine to celebrate our four year anniversary. We sat on the beach of Lake Michigan at … Continue reading Cornrows and Crocs.
Traverse City… - June 30th, 2011 - A brief stop in Traverse City for our first view of Lake Michigan! It’s weird to think we haven’t seen the big lake until now even though that’s what were biking around. We’ve seen enough smaller lakes though. We filled up our water bottles and had a granola bar and are good to go. 13 … Continue reading Traverse City…
Am I not turtley enough for the turtle club? Turtle, turtle! - June 30th, 2011 - We stayed the night at Turtle Lake Campground, but we definitely cut it close with the sunset. We got here just before ten and had to set up the tent in the dark. We rode through Crystal Mountain Resort yesterday before being forced onto some creepy seasonal, dirt roads. One of them turned into a … Continue reading Am I not turtley enough for the turtle club? Turtle, turtle!
Change of plans… but just for tonight. - June 29th, 2011 - We stopped at a gas station to use the bathroom and there was a fire truck hosing down the ground because a motorcycle pulled in on fire. Odd. I swear the weirdest things happen on trips like this. So we got a five dollar sub to split and ate it at this nice little park … Continue reading Change of plans… but just for tonight.
Hills, headwinds, and flat tires… nobody said this is going to be easy. - June 29th, 2011 - We started the trip in whitehall and saw a turtle in the first mile. I thought that was a good sign, oops. I’ll just briefly sum up yesterday. We were on a rail trail for a while but got bored because of the flat and straight terrain so we hopped off at shelby. From there, … Continue reading Hills, headwinds, and flat tires… nobody said this is going to be easy.
Maps, Maps, and more Maps… - June 27th, 2011 - Here are two maps showing our trip. The map on the left is the first four to five days and the one on the right is the remainder of the trip. There is no time frame that we are following, except that we want to get the trip done in 3 weeks. If we hit … Continue reading Maps, Maps, and more Maps…

 

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