Cycling Date: Thursday 24-July-14
Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: Mid 50s to start. Low 70s to end. Winds out of the NNE.
Highlights of the day:
Arm warmers, vests, and a few knee warmers were worn again this morning. Mid 50s. In July. The sun did get higher in the sky and do its bit to warm us. We saw a high of 70. 70 for a high. In July. In Michigan. I leave it at that.
We were back into farm country. A little less corn. A little more short vegetation that could have been a root veggie or beans or something. My vast knowledge of horticulture is shining through right now. Suffice it to say that the landscape varied from the strict corn and soybean mix to which we have grown accustomed. There were cows. These were very relaxed cows. I think they were enjoying the weather as much as we were. We also saw some horse-drawn farming equipment. Interesting to see as long as one is careful of its, um, exhaust. The day was just beautiful.
Our first SAG du jour was at a picnic pull-off complete with an Artesian well, trees, and a babbling brook. No Artesians were seen. SAG food consumed, we headed off in search of more. Mary Ann’s Family Style Restaurant did great sale on tater tots. Yup, tater tots. Golden, crispy deep fried lumps of grated potato goodness dipped in ketchup. Jeff told us about it at last night’s rap. Many of the riders stopped and we cleaned them out of tater tots – and some pancakes, waffles, eggs, and sandwiches. This was at mile 47, it was time for our second breakfast. I don’t know what was on the menu for elevenses.
SAG #2 was at a town park in Yale. The town of Yale is the self-professed capital of bologna. We had our hopes up for participating in the annual Yale Bologna Festival, complete with a crowned King and Queen of Bologna. But, alas, it starts tomorrow. No bologna for us today.
Our destination today is Port Huron. Port Huron borders the St Clair River and Lake Huron. A quick off route ride brought us to a great view of the bridge we will be crossing tomorrow. We climb over the Blue Water Bridge for a 3-day stretch in the Canadian province of Ontario. A slightly different accent, more farms, and some new Canadian jerseys await!