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Day 42 – Head winds, tail winds, farm land

We woke up at 6 am and were on the road at 7 am, into Frankenmuth. We rode down the main drag past fancy hotels, Bavarian themed businesses and buildings. At the south end of town there was a massive, enclosed water park, the World’s Largest Christmas Wonderland, and a chapel. I’ve never seen anything like it!
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Day 41 – Rail-trail, farm fields

In Midland, we rode into downtown past the Midland County Courthouse, which was unlike any other courthouse I’ve ever seen or imagined (see photo). Herbert Dow, founder of Dow Chemical (headquartered in Midland), ponied up the money for the arresting edifice in the 1920s.
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Day 40 – Mayflies

Hundreds of resting mayflies hung on the walls of the store (see photo). Thousands of their dead comrades littered the concrete below. Mayfly larvae live in lakes and rivers. The adults emerge in summer, sometimes often swarms of millions. The adults mate, the females lay their eggs in water, and the males look for another mate. The adults live for only one or two days then die.
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Day 39 – Friendly people, blue skies

Onward we rode to the south for more climbs, one of which featured a scenic overlook of Lake Michigan (see photo). A man from Eritrea congratulated us on attempting to ride across the US. We zoomed down to Arcadia, bought a cold drink, and ate lunch on a shaded picnic table.
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