"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

Sunday, June 14, 2015

There Will Be Fog When You Ride Along the Lake

Our Route: Manitowoc - Port Washington

The fog we encountered in spots yesterday moved in in earnest today. Hard to see a few feet in front much less gaze across the lake. Big contrast to riding this stretch just a year ago.

Departed:Jun 13, '15, 09:21AM
Starts in:Manitowoc, WI, US
Distance:57.2 mi
Elevation:1374 / - 1169 ft
Max Grade
4.4 %
Avg. Grade
0.2 %
Total Duration:07:39:03
Moving Time:04:22:38
Max Speed:26.8 mph
Avg. Speed:13.1 mph

Foggy Day Make for Tense Riding

Hyka Park, Cleveland, WI 2015
There's a lake out there somewhere I'm sure

Back in January when we were finalizing our itinerary Will figured that by the time we reached
Hyka Park - 2014
southern Wisconsin we'd have summer riding conditions - we'd be beyond the worst of it. All along we worried about the weather in the UP. Would it rain all the time? Would we have stiff headwinds? What about SNOW?! But, once we got close to home, surely the weather then would be fine.  HA HA Having lived our whole lives near Lake Michigan we should have known better. East winds off the still very cold lake create banks of fog when they reach the much warmer land.

These past two winters  have been particularly cold freezing over the lake leaving spring temperatures still in the 30s. While this kept down evaporation thus raising the water level from its historic low, it has kept the surrounding weather less than summer-like. So, we rode through fog. We struggled to see. We dressed for rain because and wished we had our UP weather back again. How Strange!

Now that we're this close to the end, just three days to go, we don't want anything to stop us. We'll ride through just about anything to say we've done the whole thing on our own two wheels. And truthfully we expected worse - just earlier in the trip. Now its time to "man-up" as they say. I expect more fog / rain before we're done.

On top of fog we also encountered some road construction.
Thankfully it was Saturday, no one working and we made our way cautiously
through the mess. One benefit - no other traffic. Couldn't have seen them if they'd been there

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