Our Route: Nahma - Escanaba
Rain hits thankfully on our shortest day. Not cold, no thunderstorms just light rain. Months ago we'd envisioned cold rain or even SNOW. This ain't bad in comparison!
|Departed:||Jun 04, '15, 10:45AM|
|Starts in:||Nahma, MI, US|
|Elevation:||+ 1121 / - 1105 ft|
|Max Speed:||27.1 mph|
|Avg. Speed:||12.7 mph|
|Robb and Will on a foot bridge in Gladstone's beautiful lakefront park|
We'd try to wait out the rain in the morning knowing it would be a short day, only 35 miles with little in the way of historical sights or other attractions to engage our time. But, shortly after leaving Nahma it began lightly raining and kept that up steadily all day, sometimes lighter, sometimes heavier. Most glad we were of a lunch break at Jack's restaurant in Rapid River where we could change into some dry clothes, add a few more rain protective pieces of clothing before continuing the last 15 miles.
Emerging from the Woods
But, after riding for miles and miles with little but trees, road and trucks for company, we were a bit startled to suddenly come upon - Civilization - or rather congestion, houses, businesses and even a McDonalds in the far northwestern corner of Lake Michigan. Leaving the small town of Rapid River we pass through the increasingly industrial areas of Gladstone and finally Escanaba our home for the night.
|Lovely statue of grandfather & boy looking out to the lake|
Gladstone lakefront park
Escanaba's House of Ludington
Home for the night was the magnificent and welcoming Ludington Hotel now known as The House of Ludington, once of Escanaba's historical treasurers. Great food, a great bar topped off by our wonderful hosts Suzelle and Ed made for a comfortable evening.