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TRIP 2001

Update #13 - June 14th
Manistique, Michigan - 3086 miles (4938 KM)



The ride from Manistee to Manistique went really well. U.S. 31 was great to ride along with a good paved shoulder most of the way. Overall, there were not too many hills. I stayed in several nice places. In Traverse City and Barnard, I stayed in churches. Tonight, I'll be staying at the local Baptist church. Last night, I was in my tent but the mosquitoes were really bad. I just got the tent up as fast as I could and threw my things into it off the bike and dove in before I moved things around. This morning, they were so bad that I did things quickly in reverse from last night and pushed off without shaving.

Yesterday was a record day. Four of the last five days I did below fifty miles per day since I went from one Habitat for Humanity affiliate to the next. Yesterday, I doubled that distance traveling a whopping 106 miles from Barnard to Naubinway. Because of great tailwinds, I was at the Mackinac Bridge 61 miles from where I stayed in Barnard by 4 p.m. The bridge service provided a ride across the bridge for $2.00. Since there was still at least five hours of daylight left, I decided to see if I could pass the Century Mark the first time for the year. I also had a great tailwind to ride with. I passed the 100 mile mark around 8:30 p.m. a few miles east of Naubinway. I rode another six miles before finding a place to camp out. It was hard because of all of the "no trespassing signs". U.S. 2 is a great highway to bike along in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. I did this route four years ago but I was traveling eastward.

I'm not sure how far I'll be traveling tomorrow (my 45th birthday). There's a 60% chance of thunderstorms and strong winds. I might have to see if I can find a another place to stay in Manistique. The next affiliate town is about 60 miles away.

If all goes well, I will be crossing into Wisconsin sometime Monday. My tentative route will possibly take me from Manistique, Michigan through Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to the Minneapolis, Minnesota area, and then to the Council Bluffs, Iowa. I'm really excited that I'll be crossing the 100,000 mile mark soon for my ministry. I have just 820 miles to travel to pass the 100,000 mile mark since February of 1993.




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