Monday August 20, 2018
|Home to Griffith, 58 Miles|
Left home around 8am. Stopped for lunch at McDonald's in Chesterton. Heavy rain started up near Hobart Indiana, stopped under a shelter at Robinson County park to avoid the downpour. Diner at Wildrose Brewery, pub burger and garlic fries. Back tracked a little bit to a warm showers spot, generous hosts offered a nice spot to camp in their side yard, more rain came during the night.
Tuesday August 21, 2018
|Griffith to Wrigley Hostel - 40 miles|
Breakfast at Burger King in Griffith. Stops in Chicago included Trader Joe's for groceries, Cloud Gate the photo opportunity above, and REI. Diner at Cozy Noodles and Rice, Thai Chicken and Rice.
Wednesday August 22, 2018
|Wrigley Hostel to Cliffside Park Campground, Racine - 73 miles|
|Coffee at Reprise Roasters Winnetka|
Left Hostel approx. 7:00am, rode Clark Street north from Wrigley Field to Evanston, then Chicago Ave., & Sheridan through to downtown Winnetka. Had my pedals replaced at Green Bay Cycles in Winnetka. Stopped for Coffee at Reprise Roasters then picked up the Green Bay Trail near Glencoe, then Robert McClory trail at North Chicago and on through Kenosha and Racine.
Thursday August 23, 2018
|Racine to Kohler-Andrae state park, Sheboygan - 78 miles|
|Kohler-Andrae state park|
Ozaukee Interurban trail north from Downtown Milwaukee. Met Vince near Cedarburg WI, he was riding a fat tire bike up ahead of me and slowed down to chat. Said he recently retired and was planning a three week tour in Germany near where he was stationed while in the military. Stopped at Kohler-Andrae State Park, nice couple invited me to the campsite, enjoyed a cup of tasty hot chocolate she made up using her jet boiler.
Friday August 24, 2018
|Sheboygan to Devils River Campground, Maribel - 51 miles|
|Devil's River Campground|
Nice inexpensive campsite near a stream and waterfall, historic buildings nearby including a grist mill.
Saturday August 25, 2018
|Maribel to North Bay Shore campground, Oconto - 72 miles|
Started out in a Northwesterly direction towards Green Bay but after stopping for breakfast I opted for county roads Westerly to pick up a north-south trail to downtown Green Bay. Stopped for lunch at McDonalds in Green Bay, stopped again in Oconto for groceries. The host at North Bay Campground gave me a discounted rate for the night.
Sunday 26, 2018
|Oconto to Peshtigo - 8 miles|
Rest day, including an 8 mile ride to Peshtigo City Campground. Walked to the Lee's Family Foods grocery, and purchased a Macaroni stuffed pizza for dinner at the deli.
Monday August 27, 2018
|Peshtigo to Escanaba - 71 miles|
|Sand Point Lighthouse, Escanaba|
Stopped around 3:30pm at OB Fuller campground to inquire about camping, decided to take advantage of the strong tail wind and continue another 20 miles or so to Pioneer Trail Park campground in Escanaba.
Tuesday August 28, 2018
|Escanaba to Manistique - 50 miles|
|Manistique Light House|
Breakfast at McDonalds in Gladstone, dinner at Burger King in Manistique. Nice new modern campsite at Manistique located near the Lighthouse pictured above.
Wednesday August 29, 2018
|Manistique to Brevort Lake - 72 miles|
|Hog Island Campground|
|Brevoort Lake Campgound|
Rode most of the day on a nice 10 foot wide shoulder along US 2. The Bridge over Cut Bank River was under construction, and the detour included a side road with heavy traffic and no shoulders, but they had quite a few share the road with cyclists signs posted along the way. Nice campground at Brevort lake, friendly hosts. A couple invited me over to their campsite to talk, they had a warm fire going. Said they lived in St. Petersburg Florida and on driving trip around the US and camping for 90 days.
Thursday August 30, 2018
|Brevort Lake to Cheboygan - 42 miles|
|Mackinaw Bridge from atop the toll gate|
Friday August 31, 2018
|Cheboygan to Wolverine - 32 miles|
Saturday September 1, 2018
|Wolverine to Ostego Lake Campground, Gaylord - 27 miles|
|Otsego Lake County Park|
William and I packed up our gear and headed south on the N Central Trail. Strong headwind and steady uphill climb to Gaylord Michigan, slow going. Stopped to take shelter from the rain under a church alcove and decided to try to locate the source of my consistently deflating front tire. Google maps showed a bicycle shop nearby and William rode over to buy a new inner tube for me. Put it back together, stopped at Aldi's for groceries and continued on to Otsego Lake County park. Showered, called in for a pizza delivery, and we built a nice camp fire too.
Sunday September 2, 2018
|Gaylord to Indian River, Gaylord to Mancelona - 56 miles|
|Dead end road, whoopsie|
Monday September 3, 2018 (Labor Day)
|Mancelona to Reed City - 83 miles|
|Kalkaska Shoe Tree|
|Rambadt Park - Reed City|
Breakfast at McDonalds in Kalkaska. Stopped at Family Fare Supermarket in Cadillac for Groceries. Multiple flat tire day, patched 5 tube punctures.
Tuesday September 4, 2018
|Reed City to Grand Rapids - 74 miles|
Wednesday September 5, 2018
|Grand Rapids to Glenn - 54 miles|
|West Michigan Bike & Fitness|
Stopped at Speedway in Grandville for coffee, waited for the bike store across the street to open. Purchased a new tire at West Michigan Cycling and Fitness. Stopped for lunch at subway in Holland. ate Diner at Burger King in Saugatuck. Located a secluded nature preserve south of Pier Cove on google maps. Bicycled in at dusk, pushed my bike off trail and set up for the night in a grove of pine trees.
Thursday September 6, 2018
|Glenn to Home - 68 miles|
|camp @ 6am|
|S.B. Chocolate Cafe - St. Joseph|
|US Bike Route 35|
18 days, 17 nights, 1005 miles