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From Forty Two Miles A Day And Going Nowhere. by Kelly Iniguez

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marilyn swett commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Happy New Year Kelly and Jacinto and congrats on biking every day in Tucson! Something to aspire to for sure, but we'll also likely be dancing several days a week, so won't bike on those days. Hope it warms up by the time we get there this next week!

6 months ago
Kelly Iniguez commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Mark - thank you again - there's nothing better than a local's knowledge.

Jacinto is debating the coffee this year - he's thinking about carrying his favorite brand of coffee (Cafe du Monde). He would need four small cans, one for each pannier. I'm saying nothing - he has the legs!

1 year ago
Mark Hoffmann commented on Pedaling in the New Year


Hi Kelly,

Upon closer look at your Summer, 2021 map I now see that you plan to head north on the west side of the Door Peninsula, and then after your Gills Rock loop, return to Sturgeon on the east side. Thus, the map I posted was in the wrong direction for you.

Beyond that, however, I think your route on both sides of the Peninsula is great, other than the bit where I've suggested some side roads from Egg Harbor to Sister Bay. You've done a good job avoiding Hwy 42 going north, and another good job avoiding the equally busy Hwy 57 when you head back south to Sturgeon. When I've been back for visits I've ridden the Sister Bay-Sturgeon Bay-Sister Bay loop on the roads you've chosen. Other than the new state park lookout, there are no "don't miss" stops I can think of. Wilson's in Ephraim has great ice cream. Al Johnson's in Sister Bay has great Swedish pancakes (or dinner fare) and the Sister Bay Bowl has great fish. But, while those places are still there, my memories go back 50+ years, and lots of newer places are very good, too, I'm sure.

Fwiw, Here is a corrected south-to-north route, this time starting in Sturgeon Bay and ending in Sister Bay:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36411150
(Note: In the state park it stays on the road instead of the hardpacked gravel trail since the road has access to the turnoff viewpoints of the bay, while the trail is separated from those by a strip of forest. Your choice, of course, when you get there, if you go that way.)

I think your Gills Rock loop looks fine, although to avoid a boring mile of Hwy 42, at mile 1400.7 you could turn left on Bluebird Trail and then follow to the Door Bluff Road to rejoin 42 at mile 1402.

If I were visiting this summer I'd brew Jacinto some good coffee and ride a few miles with you. But, things happening here are keeping us home on the West Coast.

Mark

1 year ago
Kelly Iniguez replied to a comment by Mark Hoffmann on Pedaling in the New Year

Mark - Would you have a suggestion for the entire day from Sturgeon Bay to Sister Bay? Those are our planned overnight spots.

1 year ago
Kelly Iniguez replied to a comment by Mark Hoffmann on Pedaling in the New Year

Mark,

There is nothing better than a local's knowledge! I'm going to share it also with Scott and Rachel, as they are in the area right now. If you could please leave that map live until we get there? I've been having trouble fixing a route between towns, because there are so many road choices. That is a new problem for me - usually we have one road, or perhaps two. But there are all sorts of back roads on this route! Trails also, but I'm suspect of many of the trails because it sounds like they are really snowmobile trails and far too rough of a ride for us. Marilyn said they gave up on the trails in Wisconsin for that reason - rough, snowmobile trails.

Thanks again!

Kelly

1 year ago
Mark Hoffmann commented on Pedaling in the New Year

I thought I'd use this space to comment on your upcoming Mich and Wis tour. WI is my home state, and our family has a cabin in Door County. I thought I'd mention that for one little segment of your long tour- between Sister Bay and Egg Harbor - you show yourselves using Hwy 42. It can be incredibly busy, especially on a Fri-Sun in the summer. Plus there is little to see from that road. An alternate route would be this one: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/36401388
I also added a short leg to Pebble Beach in Little Sister Bay, just south of Sister Bay. You'd pass a nice cemetery full of Scandinavian names (my father, although a German Hoffmann, is also buried there) and then you'd come to a public beach on a quiet bay. (The far dock down the right shore is ours, fwiw.)
The Hwy 42 leg to Ephraim is fine to ride and it slows down and goes right along the water through Ephraim. But then when you leave Ephraim, up a short hill, you could go through Peninsula State Park. Free for nonmotorized vehicles, lots of tree tunnels, nice water views, even a hard gravel path parallel to the road if it feels too busy. A new viewing tower just opened, too, and this video shows someone walking their bike on the 850' accessibility ramp:
https://www.jsonline.com/videos/news/2021/05/26/aerial-view-newly-opened-peninsula-state-parks-eagle-tower/7450178002/ .
I look forward to following you. All the best in your prep!

1 year ago
marilyn swett commented on a photo in Back to winter riding paradise

Ok, hope this comment gets to you! Love that Saguaro!

1 year ago
Rachael Anderson commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Great job with putting in so many miles! I’m glad we had a chance to meet, I’m going to miss running into you on the loop. Have a safe trip home. We look forward to reading about your future adventures.

1 year ago
Kelly Iniguez commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Suzanne,

Thank you for the warm greeting. I hope you have many cycling opportunities in 2021!

1 year ago
Suzanne Gibson commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Happy to discover your journal and to follow along on your warm weather rides! Well done on reaching your goal and a happy New Year!

1 year ago
Bill Shaneyfelt commented on Pedaling in the New Year

Enjoyed the rides! Thanks for the nature photos!
Happy New Year.

1 year ago
Scott Anderson commented on My last ride for 2020.

Have a safe drive home. Are you coming back down in February?

1 year ago
Kelly Iniguez commented on Wind before the rain.

Oh, yes, your enthusiasm for the area was a major reason we decided to pull it out of the Ten Eurekas tour and ride a loop there!

1 year ago
Gregory Garceau replied to a comment by Kelly Iniguez on Wind before the rain.

If you DO get to tour in Upper Michigan this summer, make sure you visit the Porcupine Mountains, jump into Lake Superior, and eat as many pasties as possible.

1 year ago
Steve Mcallister commented on It's decided: my favorite section of The Loop is Harrison Greenway

Many of the coyotes here are like stray dogs. They are relaxed around people and some will even beg for food. The gas station in the town of "Why" has a "Please do not feed the coyotes" sign. And the coyotes there will come right up to you while you are pumping gas and be all cute.
There are couple coyotes that hang out in the cemetery across from me. They have come to know me since I shout out to them when I ride by. They will sometimes run along side me in a friendly matter when I ride by.

1 year ago