Archive | June, 2016

June 29, 2016

30 Jun

Hello Friends and family,

Our trip around Michigan has continued the last two days although not always as expected.

Yesterday was a beautiful day with clear skies and a moderate breeze from the north. This was the first day we had wind from the north and the first day our ride was predominantly south. The Lord certainly put the wind on our side and we needed it. The ride was nearly all bike trail and the trails here in Michigan are very nice. It was a mix of pavement and gravel, very well marked including signs for food, and scenic. Initially the trail passed thru a forested/wilderness area with lots of wildflowers which Marsha always enjoys.

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We stopped for a snack break in Pelliston which had a nice rest area and Veterans Memorial along the trail.

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After about 30 miles, the trail brought us back to the lake shore. The first lake was Round Lake which is very shallow and separated by a sand dune from Lake Michigan only a 1/4 mile away. The out flow from Round Lake forms an inland canoe waterway to Lake Huron and is part of the North Country Trail. The NCT is a combination canoe and hiking trail which runs across much of the US.  We and our boys have also come across this trail on adventures in the Adirondack’s.

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Next up on the trail was the Little Traverse Bay which is very picturesque with various shades of turquoise and blue water.

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The next several miles along the Little Traverse were very scenic and easy riding. This was a good thing because by now my previous illness was catching up with me. We pasted through the town of Petoskey which is very touristy and pretty.

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Lot’s of fancy restaurants but a little hard to find a simple lunch stop. At the end of town we found a good sandwich place, but at this point we were spent and myself not feeling well at all. We had a little to eat and then struggled the last 14 miles in to our B&B in Charlevoix.
Due to my condition, our B&B hosts gave us a short ride to the local hospital  so I could get checked out by a Doctor. They did some blood work and found nothing major wrong. Since I was dehydrated they gave me 2 liters of IV fluid told me to rest and stay on a liquid diet for a day and I should be better. Well the 2 liters of fluid sure flushed me out last night and I felt much better this morning.

Yesterday took a toll on Marsha as well and she is not feeling so well today. She is on the liquid diet as well now. Hopefully we can keep her from getting too sick.

Obviously bike riding is out of the question for a few days. We rented another car and will complete the last few days of this loop by car. Marsha slept most of the day but we took a walk along the lake shore in Traverse City where we are staying tonight. I am still feeling pretty good and hope to be able to eat some food soon.

We thank the Lord for no major incident and a nice tail wind yesterday, wonderful B&B hosts who helped us out,  and a calm day today.

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Love and Blessings to All
Manny and Marsha

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June 27 ,2016

28 Jun

Good Evening!   We did get to Mackinaw Island today.

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We took a carriage ride tour on the island to see more since Manny is still fairly weak. It was enjoyable even though it was not bike riding which is what we would have preferred to do. It is only 8.3 miles around the island but not a good idea right now.
Manny able to keep food down and was able to eat more today. He is looking better and he wants to try riding tomorrow  but we will need to slow our pace. We are planning to take a rest every 10 miles.
The weather is to be a little warmer tomorrow which is good as it was on the cool side today. Hopefully the wind will be a little less. I expect we will be protected somewhat on the bike trail.
I’ll let you know!

Say a prayer for us that we are able to complete the intended 53 miles tomorrow!
Love to all,
M&M

June 27, 2016

27 Jun

Happy Monday! We are relaxing here in Mackinaw City.  Manny feeling much better and up and out of bed today as you can see below

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The lighthouse here is right across from our hotel.

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Time to try some lunch. We will go gently on our selections. If Manny feels well after lunch ,we will try to take the ferry over to Mackinaw Island. We had hoped to ride our bike around the island, but that will have to wait for another trip 
Will post again this evening !
Love,
M&M

June 26, 2016

26 Jun

Yesterday,our ride out of Oscoda was  very pretty for the first 35 miles. We were able to stay on a quiet Lakeshore drive all the way into Black River. The countryside was just pristine with wildflowers abounding, much to my pleasure.

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Heading on north,we found the first 2 miles of Route 23 with a good shoulder but hilly. Once reaching the top though the terrain leveled and we had an easy 12 miles towards Alpena. The traffic picked up,and we were tired,so as luck would have it, we found a lot for sale on a side street with a view of Lake Huron.  It was a great stop resting under a willow tree.
On the way we passed this landmark:

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We finished our last 3 miles into our hotel in Alpina.
Off to mass,and then to dinner at the Owl restaurant.
We swung by the Bay Point bandshell as they were having a local concert but the music was marginal so we headed back to the hotel.
Manny was not feeling very well and so we turned in early. Well not feeling so well,turned out to be a fever and very sick. During the night, it became very clear that Manny wasn’t riding anywhere today. I was just glad we made it thru the night without needing to go to the hospital.
After some ginger ale soda and saltines,he was finally able to keep some medicine down.
While Manny rested, I goggled our choices.
Local u haul closed because it is Sunday. Airport 9 miles away with Avis rental car but only open 12 to 2 and no minivan rental available and I wasn’t so sure ,Manny could even do 9 miles on the bike. We could stay where we were for an extra day,but the hotel was pretty bad and Alpena did not have much going for it   But then…, I did find an independent car rental almost right next to our hotel.
The sign on the door said call on Sunday for an appointment.
The gracious woman,agreed to come in and rent us a mini van! I happily paid the fee for a one way rental and then loaded us up in the Town and Country Chrysler . Thank you Lord for caring people!
We are now in Mackinaw City safely.
Much better hotel room! Much better town also!
Manny asleep and has been holding down food and medicine since 6:30am.
Not sure what got Manny so sick. He said he started not feeling so well after Friday night’s dinner! Bad scallops? Possibly, but he kept them down for over 24 hours. I tend to think it was bad water.
As many of you know,Manny has the Speed fill system on our tandem.
We were in 7 cities in 7 days,all with different water.The tandem was out in the sun all day, every day,cooking that water. I also did not think to clean out the speedfill which would have been a good idea. Well,it is clean now and empty. I think we should get a camelback for Manny instead.
Oh well,lesson learned but with Manny’s painful experience .
Manny is looking better! Our plan was to be here in Mackinaw City 2 days. That will give us time to see how Manny feels.
A picture of Lake Huron in Alpena.

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Glad this crisis is mostly over.
Love to all,
Marsha

June 24, 2016

25 Jun

PALM Day 6
All went well for our final ride of 35 miles into Oscoda, MI today. The weather was  perfect, as it has been all week! We were one of the last to leave at 8:30 although unintentional. We caught up to the main group at mile 19 at the rest stop. On the way today was The Lumberjack Memorial which you can see from the pictures here:

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The picture above is a floating raft called a Wannigan, which cooked and served food to the men, called river rats, who lived on the river pushing the logs down river to the mills.
This lumberman museum sits on the Au Sable River.

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There was a parade of all the PALM riders in Oscoda but we decided to skip it. It was necessary for us to find a kind person who would take our tenting gear back on the bus to Pentwater and drop it at our B&B where we will be in a week.
Here is the scene in Oscoda  of unloading just one of the 4 trucks which carried our gear this week.

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We were successful in finding a kind soul to take our tent gear so we headed on to the beach at Lake Huron in downtown Oscoda.

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I took the next picture to show the clarity of the water here at Lake Huron. Not sure if you can  tell but it is crystal clear!

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We treated ourselves to a good dinner!  Manny had scallops and I had swordfish! Just delightfully good food!
Nice to be in a hotel with warm water and a shower that is not a fire hose!
Hope each of you are able to enjoy the summer days and /or evenings!
Love,M&M

We continue on our trip on our own, and self supported,  from Oscoda to Alpena 60 miles north. We are looking forward to the week to come!

June 23, 2016

24 Jun

PALM Day 5
61 miles today to continue our tour across Michigan. Started out with a little sprinkle of rain and then stayed cloudy and cool the rest of the morning.  Rode through an Amish village early in the ride. A number of farmers out in the field with horse drawn equipment. Most importantly we came upon the country bake shop which was well prepared for the 700+ cyclists passing by. Although we had hardly worked off breakfast, we had to stop and check out the plentiful baked goods. We picked up a small cherry pie and some peanut butter cookies to carry us through the day.
The rest of the ride was very scenic and the typical mix of farm, forest, and lakes. Numerous wild flowers along the sides of the road and water lilies in the small lakes. The sky finally cleared in the last 20 miles for a beautiful afternoon and evening. Good dinner and conversation in the PALM camp.

Manny and Marsha

June 22, 2016

23 Jun

Palm Day 4

The ride today was 55 miles thru beautiful farm country with many fields of corn, wheat and soy beans.
Yes,there also was white pine forests,some natural and some planted for harvesting for lumber. They used to float the lumber down the Muskegon River but now of course transported by truck .We had several pass us but not so many as to be annoying 
We did catch the end of the pack by mile 22 at one of the fruit stops. It really did not matter but it was fun to try to catch up. We had guessed we would catch up by mile 15 but we were a bit too confident!
A fabulous dinner of burritos with all the fixings and ice tea,my favorite!
The town of Gladwin provided a tractor  ride to the 4 Corners Dairy Store

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,2 miles out of town, where we had our daily banana split (shared of course).
A beautiful day for riding.
The 2 other pictures are of the countryside and the tractor!
Love,
Manny & Marsha

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