One of the best parts of our trip is meeting all kinds of lovely folks along the way.
(In rough order of appearance - most recent ones are LAST)
|Ken and Christine from Indian Dunes tourism - met us at Indiana Dunes State Park|
|A couple from Germany who took the South Shore line down from Chicago to visit the Dunes for the day|
|Jeff an iron worker from Racine - rescued us on our trial run|
to Oconomowoc, WI when I lost a bolt from my rack
|Mary and Carolyn from Valparaiso, In riding back home from New Buffalo|
|Cindy - our helpful desk clerk in Montague|
|Katelynn - the 24/7 Park Ranger at Covert County Park|
|Kerry & Mary - our Adventure Cycling contacts in Holland. Little did we know ahead of time, we'd been on a two-week|
cycling trip with them 36 years ago. - Bicycling makes for a SMALL world
|Will with Luke, Josh, Craig & Gregg at Grand Haven City Park Beach|
|Max McGee, our guide to a great hot dog place in Muskegon|
|Suzette & Keith, our hosts at Summer's Inn in Ludington|
|John & Jenice from Arizona - traveling by car to Nova Scotia via Badger Car Ferry from Manitowoc to Ludington|
|Chuck and his son Mark - welcoming us to a now closed convenience store just south of Manistee - regaled us with|
tales of guitar playing and long distance cycling
|Jeff, Rick and celebration crew at the Marathon convenience store on Onekama|
|Sherrie happily provides us cold water and a friendly face even though the bakery we're|
longing for is not open on Mondays. Thanks Cindy.
|Evan & Bea - our wonderfully helpful servers at Watervale|
|Jenny & Pat, two of our three hosts at Waterfall. The third, Dori, is missing from the photo|
|Will with Jim, Friends of Betsie Valley Bike trail President|
|Ranger Lauren and Tayler at Sleeping Bear Dunes Visitor Center|
|Will with Gwen, Ranger on Pierce Stocking Drive, Sleeping Bear Dunes|
|Henry a road cyclist from Woodlawn, Mi at the Sleeping Bear Maritime Museum.|
He keeps trying to ride the Pierce Stocking scenic drive, but hasn't yet made the 14% grade
without walking. Keeps tryin' though
|Pam and Steve on the beach in front of the Sleeping Bear Maritime Museum.|
Steve has been coming to the area in the summers for over 40 years.
Like Will, he finds it a place of police and refuge
|Michelle, Allison and Sue - welcomed us at the Silvan Inn, Glen Arbor|
|Brad - providing through and efficient service at the .... Bike Shop in Glen Arbor|
|Dylan, our server at Knot Just a Bar on the Leelanau peninsula - he yearns to go too|
|Galya at the Blue Heron 2 - Traverse City - Maybe when she's old and retired like us she'll go off|
on a bike adventure too.
|A serendipitous find Brian Strickland glass artist and BICYCLE enthusiast in Traverse City.|
He once road the top half of the lake in the opposite directions as we. Wish we could carry
some of his beautiful work home with us.
|Jim Datsko of the Cherry Capital Cycling Club showing us the best routes near Elk Rapids and beyond|
|Michael Seitz - re-making a stone mushroom house in Charlevoix, adding thatch to make it look more|
|Mason and Lauren with the Inn at Bay Harbor where they plan to marry in September. All our good wishes go with you|
|Frank Shumway owner of the relaxingly inviting Birchwood Inn in Harbor Springs. Best of luck with|
your invitational bike ride today. Thanks to for a wonderful stay
|Tony in front of the Good Hart General Store on a half-day vacation from driving his boss all around the|
northern part of Michigan.
|George has been coming to Mackinac Island for many years and spends most of his time|
riding around the Island. He also gave us a GREAT restaurant recommendation, The Gate House.
Thanks George, we had a fabulous lunch
|Mr. Patriotic Moose - encountered in St. Ignace just outside the Fr. Marquette Memorial Park|
He's already lined up to lead several 4th of July Parades this year. Just not sure he can get the energy to move. :-)
|Mark at the Northern Most Point Marker - he is writing a piece for the local newspaper,|
UP Second Wave, about biking in the UP. We were the first cyclists he's met in over a week.