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.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
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Friday, July 8, 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 50mi north of chi town. It was out of the way a bit but after careful consideration we decided a bed, showers and clean clothes beat all other options! We stopped in Milwaukee for pizza and to check out the art museum. It didn't take long for us to realize that We really liked the city. Got a few pics at the museum then headed for Illinois. At this point in the trip our muscles started to disagree with the extra 35miles to get there but we pressed on. It was about 80 degrees and the heat off the pavement made it feel like 90. It was a long 35 miles. But we made it! Showered, put a load of laundry in and had some delicious Chinese takeout. A great end to and very long, but rewarding day. Thanks are in order to Monica and Scott - you're generosity is greatly appreciated! Chicago tomorrow for some much needed R and R!
Thursday, July 7, 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.
Hopefully Skye can get a detailed one in tonight.
Tuesday, July 5, 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...
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 gatorade and samich. Menominee is another 26 miles still which is the spot of our next longer break. There's some bad weather around, but we have managed to escape it to this point. Let's hope we can continue that streak. Wish us luck.
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.
Monday, July 4, 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 person!). Small annoyances aside we really like that people take an interest in what we are doing. It seems that they come to respect us in a way that older ppl don't usually show younger folk such as ourselves. Not to mention none of them think we are nuts! They love us! Enough to give us free ice cream, take our pic, give us insider info on places to stay and eat and even let us camp on their lawn. Who knew!? Anyway, we rode 65miles today to bring our total to 399. We are awesome! Coincidentally that is the number of saves Ethan racked up during the entirety of his college soccer career. We made it to Escanaba pretty early so we ate at a place called Drifters (coincidence? Nope. We feel like drifters sometimes) and showered. At the end of this blessed day of independence from those crazy tax raising Brits we watched a total of 6 different sets of fireworks going off across the bay. Great way to spend the evening. Time for bed. Wisconson here we come! -SkyEthan
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.
Sunday, July 3, 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 my bike slipped off the curb sending me flying off. Embarrassing? Yes! He came back to check on me, which was nice of him. Thennn if went on our merry way ridging along the beautiful coast of northernmost Lake Michigan. Pulled into a rest stop to pee and met another dude (who shared the same beliefs and the Wyoming guy about oral hygiene. Hmmm) who was also doing a LK Mich tour. Very odd bird but nice. We told him we'd see him in the Windy City and if took a picture of us. Weird? Then we rode and sweat and took breaks of rode and sweat and got scortched by the sun. It was one of those days where on amount of SPF was going to save us. We FINALLY made it to Manistique and asked the owner of a motel about camping. He didn't know of any place so he let us tent in the yard of the motel. Hooray! We dropped our crap and went to the grocery for some gourmet food in cans. T'was delicious! Getting an early start tomorrow so we can have plenty of time in Escanaba to celebrate the independence of this wonderful country. Til then -Skye
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 have 32 miles to manistique.
Saturday, July 2, 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 going to look at St. Ignace and down the road on highway 2.
Friday, July 1, 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 really nice hills with the wind at our back which helped. I even got up to 36 mph today and we averaged 9.6 mph. We went from Torch through Charlevoix and Petoskey and are currently staying at Crooked River. There is only one other couple tenting here, the rest are RVers, and they have two blow up mattresses stacked... so jealous.
Tomorrow we have a short 25 miles to Mackinaw City so its another "day off." Come see us!!!!!