Summer Adventure 2011 - CycleBlaze

Summer Adventure 2011

Cycling around Lake Michigan and the Upper Peninsula

By Kim Diorio
1,022 miles (1,645 km) over 42 days between Jul. 2, 2011 and Aug. 12, 2011
Introduction: Ready for another break from everyday life heart 0
The Route: This map has a lot of information on it heart 0
Kim's equipment: All the usual items, plus a few new additions heart 0
John's equipment: First long tour, traveling a little bit light heart 0
Final preparations: A few last minute details heart 0
Road trip to ride start: Port Orange, FL - Hilton Head Island, SC - Asheville, NC - Lancaster, OH - Ludington MI heart 0
The adventure BEFORE the adventure - Day 1: Hilton Head Island, SC to Asheville, NC heart 0
The adventure BEFORE the adventure - Day 2: Asheville, NC to Lancaster, OH heart 0
The adventure BEFORE the adventure - Day 3: Lancaster, OH to Ludington, MI heart 1


Finally cycling!: Ludington, MI to Manitowoc, WI to Two Rivers State Forest heart 0
Continuing north through Wisconsin: Point Beach to Algoma with song themes, food, and more camping heart 1
Happy Fourth of July: And Kim's dad's 82nd birthday heart 3
And on the fourth day, it rained heart 2
Nature's rollercoaster: Up and down on the Door Peninsula heart 0
First rest day: And a tour of Rock Island State Park heart 0
Back on the road: Less intense climbs, thankfully heart 2
Longest day so far: Very windy ride to Jellystone Park heart 0
Trading winds for winds AND hills heart 0
What? Another rest day already?: Time to tour around Green Bay for a bit heart 0
Northward from Green Bay: Working our way towards Michigan heart 0
Last full day in Packer Country heart 0

Michigan's Upper Peninsula

Very fast traffic abounds: Kim's non-recommendation of M35 for cycling heart 0
Menominee County to Delta County: Escanaba, MI heart 0
Rest day #3 - here in Escanaba, MI: And missing out on the best tailwinds so far!! heart 0
A great call: Shorter day on purpose heart 0
Late start after drying out from storm: And what a storm it was! heart 0
Into Munising: Ready to play tourist heart 0
Fourth rest day - 7/20/2011: Cooling off in Lake Superior heart 0
Back in business: To Kingston Lake heart 0
To Grand Marais: And a beautiful starlit night heart 0
From Grand Marias to Seney, MI heart 0
Heading eastward: A leisurely day heart 0
Yaaayy for tailwinds!: And ready for more wilderness heart 0
Mechanical trouble and some nice people: Adapting to an unexpected delay heart 0
More severe weather approaching: So now another rest day (#5) to catch up heart 0
A highlight of the UP: Taquanemom Falls heart 0
Let's go take a hike: And cycle to another campsite heart 0
Southbound - Rivermouth CG to Trout River heart 0
Last day riding the UP: And happy birthday to Julie! heart 0
A tour of Mackinac Island: What a great fort! heart 0

Michigan's Lower Peninsula

Rest day #6 in Mackinaw City heart 0
Through Cross Village and to Harbor Springs: Cool ride through the Tunnel of Trees heart 0
Riding on the Little Traverse Wheelway: From Harbor Springs through Petosky to Charlevoix heart 0
To Elk Rapids: And fantastic new friends heart 0
Nice day for a parade: And cycling on TART into Traverse City heart 0
More to explore: Starting the Leelanau Peninsula heart 0
Happy birthday, John: Keep on pedaling! heart 0
Short day as we wind down: Visiting with Carol and her service/therapy dog, Rosie heart 0
Hills, hills, hills: Benzie County and Manistee County, MI heart 0
One more campsite: Orchard Beach State Park heart 0
Final day of cycling: And a stop at Dairy Queen in Ludington, MI heart 0
Heading home: By car - Ludington, MI to Lancaster, OH to Hilton Head Island, SC to Port Orange, FL heart 0
Summary: And back to everday life heart 0