The ending is my beginning.
All that's left of the BALM is the train home.
Last stop before Union Station
Last stop before Chicago?
Coffee before the ride into Chicago.
Most. Weird. Camp. Ever.
Porter, a nice little town.
David's in New Buffalo
Warren Dunes State Park
Necessities for camp. Also, RiteAid I other end of parking lot.
St. Joseph, home of Whirlpool World Headquarters. Or HQ could be nearby Benton Harbor.
All things glowdiating.
Van Buren State Park
Save a Lot's across the street.
Coffee Grounds in Grand Haven
Backyard of camp tonight
Old Fort Muskegon
Book Nook and Coffee Shop (also wine) in Montague.
Beautiful view: Silver Lake State Park.
Coffee at Goody's in Manistee.
Frost warning tonight at Orchard Beach State Park.
IGA in Portage for Raemen Noodles.
Good coffee for cold morning at Crescent Bakery in Frankfort.
Platte River National Campground. Good site except for the 50¢ 3-minute shower tokens.
Sleeping Bear Sand Dune National Lakeshore: Empire
Camping allowed behind Duneswood Resort, just south of the Dune Climb in Empire. Showers. WiFi. Community Room.
Historic fish site in Leland
Nice coffee shop in the north edge of Northport.
Camped at the northern most point of Grand Traverse Bay.
Almost to the northern tip of Grand Traverse Bay, north of the 45th parallel, closer to the North Pole than to the equator.
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.
HWY 31 through Traverse City sure is a fright.
Gear off bike in Traverse City.
HWY 31 Michigan
No public restroom here. So do what you must.
Great coffee on HWY 31 in Charlevoux.
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.
A beautiful 20-mile ride on M 119 from Legs Inn to the Stained Cup in Harbor Springs. Coffee was never so good.
Legs Inn: an odd place on M119, Cross Village.
Putting on rain gear.
At a coffee place, as UPers would say, just beneath the bridge in the land of the trolls.
Camping on the shore of the straights. Lake Michigan to the east. Lake Huron to the right.
Dunes on UP east of Epoufette
Epoufette Bay coffee stop
Camp at Hog Island Point
Last supply chance. In Nabinway before Hog Point State forest.
Good rest stop 30 miles east of Manistique.
WiFi at Hardies on HWY 2 in Manistique.
Camp at Indian Lake.
Turn on HWY 149 to Indian Lake State Park. Believe it or not, Lake Michigan is just behind that stand of trees.
For the next hundred miles or so.
In front of Garth Bluff Grocery on County Road 513 2 miles south of HWY 2.
Camp six miles east of Rapid River, MI
What a difference a day makes! Smooth riding to lunch at Swedish Pantry in Escanaba.
Short ride today into 25 to 30 mph headwinds. Could not control bike! Camping at Oj Fuller County Park.
Late start. Rain all night. Cold morning. Biking north onto 20+ mph winds. Stopped already for coffee 2 miles from last night's camp.
Camping on the shore of the bay. JW Wells State Park, Cedar River, Michigan.
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.
Working our way up to Michigan.
Lodging tonight at the home of a friend of Gary's sister.
In front of St. Pius in Little Suamico.
Breakfast at McDonald's because I'm out of food! But 8-day supply is sitting in Oconto for me.
John and Ellen Nowak, our Warmshower hosts in Green Bay.
Outskirts of Green Bay.
On the bay of Green Bay, in local-speak.
Raccoon tries to eat its way into tent.
Corner of Maple and Madison.
Cheeseburger at the Hitching Post, where there's a sticker in the bathroom from Vintage Vinyl in UCity. How serendipitous!
On the trail of Bikers for Jesus.
A beautiful evening at Potawatomi State Park.
In a Sturgeon Bay coffee shop using its WiFi.
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.
In Sturgeon Bay, Door County, Wisconsin.
Gnarly, twisty tree.
It's been a rain sleet spitting ride from Point Beech to here in Kewaunee, Wisconsin.
Camp cooking dinner at Point Beach State Forest where in the 1940s Gene Ahrens, who I met this morning, helped plant 10000 trees.
Point Creek rest stop.
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.
Morning vista from Kohler-Andrae State Park in just south of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
It was a wonderful ride from Milwaukee to here in Kohler-Andrae State Park. There's excitement going on! More later :)
Dockside Deli in Port Washington, Wisconsin. Neat town at the moment but I bet it's crazy crowded in the summer.
Starbucks in Bayside, Wisconsin.
Milwaukee Art Museum
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.
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.
Where's the cheese?
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.
Half a cup of cereal for lunch at Kathy Osterman Park, Chicago.
Official start at S Canal and Adams. GPS and odometers turned on.
'Anders waiting for the 4:30 Lincoln Service to Chicago.