Monthly Archives: June 2019

Day 35 – A Tunnel of Trees

A peloton of cyclists arrived, rested for a bit, turned around, and then zoomed by us as we resumed our ride. For the next 17 miles, we rode along a narrow, winding paved road dubbed “The Tunnel of Trees”. The overarching sugar maples and other trees created a green tunnel (see photo).
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Day 34 – Foggy Cycling

The scenic highlight of the morning was a spectacular clump of pink and white showy ladies slipper orchids. Just shy of Naubinway, we caught sight of Lake Michigan through the fog. Hwy 2 ran close to the lake for many miles. At a scenic view (see photo), we saw Epoufette Harbor, which sported a fishing village resembling one from the 1800's.
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Day 33 – Crossing the Upper Peninsula

We ventured eastward for 7 miles, past more stunted coniferous forests in wet areas (see photo). At the Michigan RV park, where we got a fine tent site in an open area, bugs seemed to be scarce. After showers, dinner, and drying out our tent, we felt great. We chatted with our campground neighbors- a couple from Switzerland making a 5-month round the world trip! At 8 pm, the skies were clear and the air was pleasantly cool. Today was another great leg of our journey.
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Day 32 – On to Lake Michigan

Today’s weather was lots of sun. We pressed on for 9 more miles to Escanaba and saw four squashed porcupines on the busy highway. In Escanaba, we stopped at a bike store to top off our tires. We also bought and drank a half gallon of chocolate mile and bought food for our dinner at Elmer’s County Market. The route headed north from Escanaba for 8 miles along the shore of Lake Michigan, specifically Little Bay de Noc. Cool winds blew us north. The exceptionally high water in the lake lapped at the edge of a bike path that ran along the highway. At 4:30 pm, we arrived at Gladstone Bayside Park and for $15 got a camp site by Lake Michigan (see photo). We’re happy to be here. No bugs.
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