"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

Short Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

By bicycle

A month; 25 days of riding, 5 rest days

May 17th - June 15th

1,370 miles - approximately 55 miles/day on average with 35 miles the shortest, and 75 miles the longest

Counter clockwise

Four Stages with rest days between: 
  • I: Wilmette, IL - Watervale, MI- 6 days, 376 miles
  • II: Watervale, MI - St. Ignace, MI - 5 days, 246 miles
  • III: St. Igance, MI - Green Bay, WI - 6 days, 319 miles
  • IV: Green Bay, WI - Door County - Wilmette, IL - 8 days, 397 miles

No, we're not camping. we like soft beds, warm showers and someone else cooking our food.

25 pounds for Suzie / 40 pounds for Will - in addition to our bikes

Two of us, Suzie & Will the whole way, Jim & Ed  (with van) for Stage 1, Robb for Stages 2 and 3, Jerri & Nancy & Neal for part of Stage 4

Carrying all our stuff. SAG wagon (following vehicle) on Stage 1 only

Since about October

Both Suzie and Will ride custom-made steel road bikes from Seven

Yes, riding even if it rains [a challenge], even in the wind [an even bigger challenge for me]

No, we will not be riding on the interstate.

Mostly on the roads, a few bike paths

No, we're not the first. People have been riding around the lake for years. Just read an article about a guy who did it in 1937 averaging 100 miles a day in 2 weeks. - PHEW! Met a young woman the other day who's done it twice already. 

Not getting any younger - or - because we can

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