BALM

User: DrRLong
Dates: 13 May 2013 - 8 Jun 2013
Duration: 3 weeks, 5 days
URL: http://richardtreks.blogspot.com/

Bike Around Lake Michigan, beginning and ending at Union Station in Chicago

Saturday 8 Jun 2013 22:55

The ending is my beginning.

Posted: June 9, 2013, 3:55 a.m.

Saturday 8 Jun 2013 14:12

All that's left of the BALM is the train home.

Posted: June 8, 2013, 7:12 p.m.

Saturday 8 Jun 2013 12:40

Last stop before Union Station

Posted: June 8, 2013, 5:40 p.m.

Saturday 8 Jun 2013 10:25

Last stop before Chicago?

Posted: June 8, 2013, 3:25 p.m.

Saturday 8 Jun 2013 7:24

Coffee before the ride into Chicago.

Posted: June 8, 2013, 12:24 p.m.

Friday 7 Jun 2013 15:00

Most. Weird. Camp. Ever.

Posted: June 7, 2013, 8 p.m.

Friday 7 Jun 2013 13:19

Porter, a nice little town.

Posted: June 7, 2013, 6:19 p.m.

Friday 7 Jun 2013 10:49

David's in New Buffalo

Posted: June 7, 2013, 2:49 p.m.

Thursday 6 Jun 2013 16:37

Warren Dunes State Park

Posted: June 6, 2013, 8:37 p.m.

Thursday 6 Jun 2013 14:05

Necessities for camp. Also, RiteAid I other end of parking lot.

Posted: June 6, 2013, 6:05 p.m.

Thursday 6 Jun 2013 11:11

St. Joseph, home of Whirlpool World Headquarters. Or HQ could be nearby Benton Harbor.

Posted: June 6, 2013, 3:11 p.m.

Thursday 6 Jun 2013 9:39

All things glowdiating.

Posted: June 6, 2013, 1:39 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Jun 2013 17:29

Van Buren State Park

Posted: June 5, 2013, 9:29 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Jun 2013 15:40

Save a Lot's across the street.

Posted: June 5, 2013, 7:40 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Jun 2013 13:15

eFing wind.

Posted: June 5, 2013, 5:15 p.m.

Wednesday 5 Jun 2013 8:54

Coffee Grounds in Grand Haven

Posted: June 5, 2013, 12:54 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Jun 2013 15:58

Backyard of camp tonight

Posted: June 4, 2013, 7:58 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Jun 2013 13:27

Old Fort Muskegon

Posted: June 4, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

Tuesday 4 Jun 2013 11:18

Book Nook and Coffee Shop (also wine) in Montague.

Posted: June 4, 2013, 3:18 p.m.

Monday 3 Jun 2013 18:00

Beautiful view: Silver Lake State Park.

Posted: June 3, 2013, 10 p.m.

Monday 3 Jun 2013 12:05

Toward Ludington

Posted: June 3, 2013, 4:05 p.m.

Monday 3 Jun 2013 9:59

Coffee at Goody's in Manistee.

Posted: June 3, 2013, 1:59 p.m.

Sunday 2 Jun 2013 17:54

Frost warning tonight at Orchard Beach State Park.

Posted: June 2, 2013, 9:54 p.m.

Sunday 2 Jun 2013 15:19

IGA in Portage for Raemen Noodles.

Posted: June 2, 2013, 7:19 p.m.

Sunday 2 Jun 2013 12:59

Arcadia Dunes

Posted: June 2, 2013, 4:59 p.m.

Sunday 2 Jun 2013 11:19

Good coffee for cold morning at Crescent Bakery in Frankfort.

Posted: June 2, 2013, 3:19 p.m.

Saturday 1 Jun 2013 16:06

Platte River National Campground. Good site except for the 50¢ 3-minute shower tokens.

Posted: June 1, 2013, 8:06 p.m.

Saturday 1 Jun 2013 11:58

Sleeping Bear Sand Dune National Lakeshore: Empire

Posted: June 1, 2013, 3:58 p.m.

Friday 31 May 2013 15:19

Camping allowed behind Duneswood Resort, just south of the Dune Climb in Empire. Showers. WiFi. Community Room.

Posted: May 31, 2013, 7:19 p.m.

Friday 31 May 2013 13:50

Kelderhouse Cemetary

Posted: May 31, 2013, 5:50 p.m.

Friday 31 May 2013 12:23

Historic fish site in Leland

Posted: May 31, 2013, 4:23 p.m.

Friday 31 May 2013 9:35

Nice coffee shop in the north edge of Northport.

Posted: May 31, 2013, 1:35 p.m.

Thursday 30 May 2013 15:58

Camped at the northern most point of Grand Traverse Bay.

Posted: May 30, 2013, 7:58 p.m.

Thursday 30 May 2013 13:22

Almost to the northern tip of Grand Traverse Bay, north of the 45th parallel, closer to the North Pole than to the equator.

Posted: May 30, 2013, 5:22 p.m.

Thursday 30 May 2013 11:11

The ride north on M22 along the West arm of the Grand Traverse Bay from Traverse City to Sutton Bay was all sunshine and water.

Posted: May 30, 2013, 3:11 p.m.

Thursday 30 May 2013 9:30

HWY 31 through Traverse City sure is a fright.

Posted: May 30, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 18:51

Gear off bike in Traverse City.

Posted: May 29, 2013, 10:51 p.m.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 15:03

HWY 31 Michigan

Posted: May 29, 2013, 7:03 p.m.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 14:06

No public restroom here. So do what you must.

Posted: May 29, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Wednesday 29 May 2013 11:29

Great coffee on HWY 31 in Charlevoux.

Posted: May 29, 2013, 3:29 p.m.

Tuesday 28 May 2013 18:46

View of Little Traverse Bay from Hampton Inn in Petoskey, where Gary and I have checked in to dry and to stay dry for the night.

Posted: May 28, 2013, 10:46 p.m.

Tuesday 28 May 2013 15:34

A beautiful 20-mile ride on M 119 from Legs Inn to the Stained Cup in Harbor Springs. Coffee was never so good.

Posted: May 28, 2013, 7:34 p.m.

Tuesday 28 May 2013 12:24

Legs Inn: an odd place on M119, Cross Village.

Posted: May 28, 2013, 4:24 p.m.

Tuesday 28 May 2013 11:05

Putting on rain gear.

Posted: May 28, 2013, 3:05 p.m.

Tuesday 28 May 2013 9:18

At a coffee place, as UPers would say, just beneath the bridge in the land of the trolls.

Posted: May 28, 2013, 1:18 p.m.

Monday 27 May 2013 17:06

Camping on the shore of the straights. Lake Michigan to the east. Lake Huron to the right.

Posted: May 27, 2013, 9:06 p.m.

Monday 27 May 2013 15:22

Dunes on UP east of Epoufette

Posted: May 27, 2013, 7:22 p.m.

Monday 27 May 2013 10:03

Epoufette Bay coffee stop

Posted: May 27, 2013, 2:03 p.m.

Sunday 26 May 2013 18:45

Camp at Hog Island Point

Posted: May 26, 2013, 10:45 p.m.

Sunday 26 May 2013 15:42

Last supply chance. In Nabinway before Hog Point State forest.

Posted: May 26, 2013, 7:42 p.m.

Sunday 26 May 2013 13:27

Good rest stop 30 miles east of Manistique.

Posted: May 26, 2013, 5:27 p.m.

Sunday 26 May 2013 10:05

WiFi at Hardies on HWY 2 in Manistique.

Posted: May 26, 2013, 2:05 p.m.

Saturday 25 May 2013 16:47

Camp at Indian Lake.

Posted: May 25, 2013, 8:47 p.m.

Saturday 25 May 2013 13:30

Turn on HWY 149 to Indian Lake State Park. Believe it or not, Lake Michigan is just behind that stand of trees.

Posted: May 25, 2013, 5:30 p.m.

Saturday 25 May 2013 10:21

For the next hundred miles or so.

Posted: May 25, 2013, 2:21 p.m.

Saturday 25 May 2013 10:01

In front of Garth Bluff Grocery on County Road 513 2 miles south of HWY 2.

Posted: May 25, 2013, 2:01 p.m.

Friday 24 May 2013 17:25

Camp six miles east of Rapid River, MI

Posted: May 24, 2013, 9:25 p.m.

Friday 24 May 2013 12:18

What a difference a day makes! Smooth riding to lunch at Swedish Pantry in Escanaba.

Posted: May 24, 2013, 4:18 p.m.

Thursday 23 May 2013 15:16

Short ride today into 25 to 30 mph headwinds. Could not control bike! Camping at Oj Fuller County Park.

Posted: May 23, 2013, 7:16 p.m.

Thursday 23 May 2013 10:19

Late start. Rain all night. Cold morning. Biking north onto 20+ mph winds. Stopped already for coffee 2 miles from last night's camp.

Posted: May 23, 2013, 3:19 p.m.

Wednesday 22 May 2013 18:13

Camping on the shore of the bay. JW Wells State Park, Cedar River, Michigan.

Posted: May 22, 2013, 11:13 p.m.

Wednesday 22 May 2013 12:28

Wisconsin's a distant memory, but we're still along the shores of Green Bay, and will be as far as Escanaba, where we'll make turn east into the UP.

Posted: May 22, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Wednesday 22 May 2013 10:41

Working our way up to Michigan.

Posted: May 22, 2013, 3:41 p.m.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 13:53

Lodging tonight at the home of a friend of Gary's sister.

Posted: May 21, 2013, 6:53 p.m.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 9:41

In front of St. Pius in Little Suamico.

Posted: May 21, 2013, 2:41 p.m.

Tuesday 21 May 2013 7:31

Breakfast at McDonald's because I'm out of food! But 8-day supply is sitting in Oconto for me.

Posted: May 21, 2013, 12:31 p.m.

Monday 20 May 2013 18:47

John and Ellen Nowak, our Warmshower hosts in Green Bay.

Posted: May 20, 2013, 11:47 p.m.

Monday 20 May 2013 15:00

Outskirts of Green Bay.

Posted: May 20, 2013, 8 p.m.

Monday 20 May 2013 13:06

On the bay of Green Bay, in local-speak.

Posted: May 20, 2013, 6:06 p.m.

Monday 20 May 2013 9:40

Long gone.

Posted: May 20, 2013, 2:40 p.m.

Monday 20 May 2013 7:23

Raccoon tries to eat its way into tent.

Posted: May 20, 2013, 12:23 p.m.

Sunday 19 May 2013 14:33

Recharging.

Posted: May 19, 2013, 7:33 p.m.

Sunday 19 May 2013 13:46

Corner of Maple and Madison.

Posted: May 19, 2013, 6:46 p.m.

Sunday 19 May 2013 11:41

Cheeseburger at the Hitching Post, where there's a sticker in the bathroom from Vintage Vinyl in UCity. How serendipitous!

Posted: May 19, 2013, 4:41 p.m.

Sunday 19 May 2013 11:09

On the trail of Bikers for Jesus.

Posted: May 19, 2013, 4:09 p.m.

Sunday 19 May 2013 6:38

Morning.

Posted: May 19, 2013, 11:38 a.m.

Saturday 18 May 2013 18:04

A beautiful evening at Potawatomi State Park.

Posted: May 18, 2013, 11:04 p.m.

Saturday 18 May 2013 17:25

In a Sturgeon Bay coffee shop using its WiFi.

Posted: May 18, 2013, 10:25 p.m.

Saturday 18 May 2013 11:21

Clyde Mohound, mascot of Potawatomi State Park, our base camp in Door County for the next two days. The dog's face famous on postcards, t-shirts, and mugs. Like him on Facebook at Clyde Mohound.

Posted: May 18, 2013, 4:21 p.m.

Friday 17 May 2013 17:57

In Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.

Posted: May 17, 2013, 10:57 p.m.

Friday 17 May 2013 14:37

Gnarly, twisty tree.

Posted: May 17, 2013, 7:37 p.m.

Friday 17 May 2013 10:42

It's been a rain sleet spitting ride from Point Beech to here in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.

Posted: May 17, 2013, 3:42 p.m.

Thursday 16 May 2013 19:28

Camp cooking dinner at Point Beach State Forest where in the 1940s Gene Ahrens, who I met this morning, helped plant 10000 trees.

Posted: May 17, 2013, 12:28 a.m.

Thursday 16 May 2013 13:46

Point Creek rest stop.

Posted: May 16, 2013, 6:46 p.m.

Thursday 16 May 2013 10:38

If you're ever riding through Sheboygan, be sure to stop for coffee at Paradigm, a coffee shop that loves bikers. The owner is even planning a ride around Lake Michigan staring in June. So I gave her my Around Lake Michigan book. We already have our route is Gary's Garmin.

Posted: May 16, 2013, 3:38 p.m.

Thursday 16 May 2013 8:37

Morning vista from Kohler-Andrae State Park in just south of Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Posted: May 16, 2013, 1:37 p.m.

Wednesday 15 May 2013 18:34

It was a wonderful ride from Milwaukee to here in Kohler-Andrae State Park. There's excitement going on! More later :)

Posted: May 15, 2013, 11:34 p.m.

Wednesday 15 May 2013 12:57

Dockside Deli in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Neat town at the moment but I bet it's crazy crowded in the summer.

Posted: May 15, 2013, 5:57 p.m.

Wednesday 15 May 2013 10:02

Starbucks in Bayside, Wisconsin.

Posted: May 15, 2013, 3:02 p.m.

Wednesday 15 May 2013 8:35

Milwaukee Art Museum

Posted: May 15, 2013, 1:35 p.m.

Tuesday 14 May 2013 19:30

Warm showering tonight at Evan Pack's apartment. He's a fine young man with a coop bike shop in downtown Milwaukee. Check it out at www.vulturespace.org.

Posted: May 15, 2013, 12:30 a.m.

Tuesday 14 May 2013 13:14

We've been cat and mousing with a youth group from Wesley Foundation at Purdue. They invited is to sag lunch with them. But they qualified as cool even before they invited us for lunch.

Posted: May 14, 2013, 6:14 p.m.

Tuesday 14 May 2013 11:32

Posted: May 14, 2013, 4:32 p.m.

Tuesday 14 May 2013 10:49

Where's the cheese?

Posted: May 14, 2013, 3:49 p.m.

Tuesday 14 May 2013 8:56

Before leaving on the BALM, Alexa made a drawing for the map holder of my handlebar bag. On the other side is a similar picture of Gary.

Posted: May 14, 2013, 1:56 p.m.

Monday 13 May 2013 19:53

Posted: May 14, 2013, 12:53 a.m.

Monday 13 May 2013 12:28

Half a cup of cereal for lunch at Kathy Osterman Park, Chicago.

Posted: May 13, 2013, 5:28 p.m.

Monday 13 May 2013 10:48

Official start at S Canal and Adams. GPS and odometers turned on.

Posted: May 13, 2013, 3:48 p.m.

Monday 13 May 2013 0:04

'Anders waiting for the 4:30 Lincoln Service to Chicago.

Posted: May 13, 2013, 5:04 a.m.

BALM

User: DrRLong
Dates: 13 May 2013 - 8 Jun 2013
Duration: 3 weeks, 5 days
URL: http://richardtreks.blogspot.com/

Bike Around Lake Michigan, beginning and ending at Union Station in Chicago

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