Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: Lower 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the NNE.
Highlights of the day:
We had wind that wasn’t the most favorable. Some would call it front quartering. It wasn’t terribly strong most of the day. It did kick up a bit at times. Yesterday we really liked left turns. East bound roads gave us winds at our backs. Today, right was the turn of choice. Roads that headed south had a most enjoyable tailwind. We ended the day with an 8 mile run to the south. Not bad at all.
We were back into farm country. A little less corn. A bit 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. We also saw some horse-drawn farming equipment. Interesting to see as long as one is careful of its, um, exhaust.
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 pancakes, grilled cheese & a Greek breakfast skillet. 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. One of our riders did make a side trip to the bologna factory and had himself a fine bologna, Swiss & onions sandwich. He highly recommends it then next time you happen to be in town.
Our destination today is Port Huron. Port Huron borders the St Clair River and Lake Huron. A quick off route ride brought us to Edison Park with 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!