Today's Route: Portage, IN - St. Joseph, MI
|Finally got back to the shore at Indiana Dunes State Park|
A Tail Wind Day full of sunshine through surprising Indian then up the east cost of Lake Michigan to Michigan City, New Buffalo and St. Joseph
|Departed:||May 18, '15, 09:24AM|
|Starts in:||Portage, IN, US|
|Elevation:||+ 1681 / - 1676 ft|
|Max Speed:||23.9 mph|
|Avg. Speed:||14.0 mph|
We all agreed, the most surprising thing of the day was how BEAUTIFUL and bike friendly Indiana was. Months ago we decided to do a counter clock-wise rotation of THE LAKE because we wanted to get what we thought would be an industrial waste land out of the way first. How WRONG we were. This is so lovely! As we only got to sample a little, Will and I are already planning a return trip - say offering a four day self-supported Evanston Bike Club ride down here to see the Dunes, travel up the Michigan coast a way, with the possibility of a train ride back on the South Shore Line. Now that's a great dream too.
Turning the corner and crossing from Indiana into Michigan we're moving northeast and the warm tail wind takes on a light coolness as it comes across the lake before it hits us. Did I say PERFECT or what!!
The rest of the day proceeded in kind as we got blown from one lakeside town to another each with their stately lake side homes, picturesque harbors and oh so welcoming while sand beaches. If ever you wanted to drop say a million or two on a house I guess this would be a great place to do it, especially if the weather were always as today.
|My Seven of Hearts thinks it would like to stay at the beach all day|
|Jim and Will waving to the conductor of a Shore Shore Line Freight|
|Entering Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore|
|Along Beverly Shores|
|One of many Lake Shore Drives, this just outside New Buffalo|
|Michiana Rd., a SMALL street that forms the State Line|