"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door" … "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
~ Bilbo Baggins from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein

Friday, May 29, 2015

Three days around Grand Traverse Bay

Our Three Day Route: Glen Arbor north through the Leelanau Peninsula, south to Traverse City, then north to Torch Lake and Charlevoix, east past Bay View and Petoskey and finally west to Harbor Springs.

Some beautiful scenery both along the lake and up and over the inland backbones of these peninsulas. Once again dodged the threat of thunderstorms, but hit an hour here and an hour there of rain. Feeling lucky. 

Total miles all three days: 158
Maximum grade: 17% (phew!)

My All Time Favorite Trip Photo - Sculpture in Harbor of Traverse Bay 


Don't have much time to described all the wonderful things we've seen, so for now I'll just put up some photos. Make sure and also check out  "Lovely People Who We've Met" on the ride side of the blog. One of the best parts of this trip for me has been meeting all kinds of people, hearing their stories and then finding out the surprising connections between us.

But Here are a few of my favorite photos from this, the middle part of our Stage 2:

Glen Arbor - Traverse City:

The epitome of adventure

Climbing up over the backbone on Leelanau Peninsula

A beautiful little village a top the ridge on Leelanau

Lunch along side Grand Traverse Bay

Inland Seas Education Center

Information center along the TART coming into Traverse City

A foggy night in Traverse City

Fog in Traverse City Harbor

Traverse Bay to Torch Lake

Our Traverse City hosts, Julie & Bill 

A serindipidious Find "Bicycle Art"

Elk Rapids

Torch Lake - Harbor Springs

Suzie taking pictures of the Mushroom "Hobbit" houses in Charlevoix

Antrim Creek Nature Center

Mushroom House with grander ambitions

Opening the draw bridge in Charlevoix for the Coast Guard

Lunch spot in Charlevoix - designed by the same guy that did the mushroom houses

Harbor in Charlevoix

Another great bike path 

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Petoskey Clock Tower

Ojibwai quill art work at Blackbird Museum - Harbor Springs

Chief Blackbird


  1. I love the Hobbit houses! Great photos.

  2. I am in awe of each and every post and picture….and you!