"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

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Right Along the Lake All Day

Our Route: Algoma - Manitowoc

Lots of wonderful lake views, some STRANGE fog, but not much in the way of history or geography. Just riding along THE LAKE with a wickedly marvelous TAILWIND

Departed:Jun 12, '15, 11:23AM
Starts in:Algoma, WI, US
Distance:46.7 mi
Elevation:1214 / - 1236 ft
Max Grade8.1 %
Avg. Grade0.1 %
Total Duration:05:57:35
Moving Time:03:29:07
Max Speed:28.3 mph
Avg. Speed:13.4 mph

Algoma - my favorite lake town

One of several colorful murals on the buildings of Algoma
After so much rain yesterday we decided to wait out the morning storm and start our rather short day a little later. We spent a little time enjoying the environs of Algoma. Like most of these lake towns Algoma was a lumbering town, a shipping port, commercial fishing center. But, unlike many dieing towns, it has reinvented itself with recreational fishing and tourism. With its VonStiehl winery, Ahnapee brewery, renovated Hotel Stebbins, long attractive sand beach and beautiful murals, Algoma has become my favorite lake town. When we did our 5 day trip to Door County we stayed there and all agreed it was our favorite. This year did not disappoint. A bit off the beaten path if one is taking the freeway to The Door, Algoma is worth the detour and even an overnight. Certainly worth a stay if one is traveling by bicycle. Everything of interest, including the Ahnappe Tap room (Will's favorite) is within easy walking distance - no car required. 
Clearly, someone wants to catch our eye

Algoma's beautiful, sandy beach

Riding the Bluffs South to Two Rivers and Manitowoc

Once again we road with a awesome tailwind, pushing us south almost effortlessly. Not much to say here, the scenery will have to speak for itself.

Overlooking the Harbor in Kewaunee - climbing back up the hill for photo effect

Will riding through some of the strange fog we encountered just along the farm fields

A beautiful stretch of road

Two Creeks County Park, just north of Two Rivers

On trips past I've gone swimming at Nashota Beach - just a little too windy and chilly today
Tried to visit the Rogers Street Fishing Village in Two Rivers but it was closed.
Didn't matter as the best stuff was outside open for general viewing

Riding into Manitowoc on the lovely bike path that stretches all the way from Two Rivers

Meet you at the corner of
Lakeshore Drive and ... Lakeshore Drive
a statement anyone from Chicago could
I guess if you eat fish almost exclusively for
a month you qualify for your own
fish market

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