Cycling Date: Thursday 23-July-15
Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: Lower 60s to start. Upper 70s to end. Winds out of the NW. Not a cloud in the sky.
Highlights of the day:
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. The Horseshoe Grill in Brown City did a fair bit of business with us today. I heard rumors of bratwurst & fries. This was at mile 47, it was time for our second breakfast!
Some of the riders took a short detour into town to see the local 9/11 memorial. The locals take great pride in this display. They welcome the opportunity to explain the site’s history and how the steel column from one of the Twin Towers was transported from New York City to Brown City.
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!