Sunday, 31 May 2009
Ironwood, MI to Silver City, MI
50.0 miles, 3h41m, 13.6 mph
Elapsed Time: 4h06m, Max speed: 27.1mph
Total Climbing: 1872ft, Max elevation: 1544ft
Total mileage: 201.7
Well, I didn't make it Houghton. It was just too cold, too wet, and
far. When I started the day, I had Plan A (114 miles to Houghton),
B (60 miles to Ontonagon), and Plan C (50 miles to Silver City). I
ended up going with Plan C.
According to the Weather Channel, it was 34 degrees in Ironwood when
rolled out. I was wearing all my cold weather gear and my bike was
trimmed out for bad weather. The forecast called for a high of 60
afternoon showers in Houghton. It never got to 60 and it started
raining in the morning.
I took very few pictures, as there was very little to see. Not even
very many spine-jarring cracks to complain about. The biggest event
crossing into the Eastern Time Zone on some nondescript stretch of
in the middle of nowhere.
Woo-hoo! I just lost an hour.
Typical Day 4 scenery. Note the clouds.
It was about 11am when I reached
Bergland and turned north toward the Lake. I was about ten miles
Silver City and 25 miles from Ontonagon when it started raining.
bank in Bergland said it was 50 degrees, my bike computer said
47, I said something unprintable. It was too cold to be wet. I'd
seeing signs advertising the AmericInn hotel in Silver City, so
activated Plan C and put my head down and hammered. It was a big
that it was downhill all the way. Not steep enough to coast, but
enough to go fast. I rolled in just after noon. This place has
until the restaurant opens at 5pm, but there's free coffee, so I
be able to make it.
The amazing thing is that there is no cell service here, but I
high-speed Internet. Where's my vaunted Verizon Network? Where?
So I'm going to have to skip Houghton, which is a shame because
really wanted to see the industrial decay of the copper mining
industry. The good news is that I don't have to fall behind
plan to run straight over to Baraga tomorrow, which is where I
have ended up had I made it to Houghton today. Meanwhile, I will
for the bar exam and relax.
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