Saturday, 6 Jun 2009
Cheboygan, MI to Alpena, MI
82.0 miles, 6h12m, 13.2 mph
Elapsed Time: 8h38m, Max speed: 23.9mph
Total Climbing: 2548ft, Max elevation: 822ft
Total mileage: 624.6
Another sunny day, but this time it was cold. It was going to be a
day, so I took it easy. Breakfast at the Best Western was woefully
inadequate, but I'd accumulated enough spare food over the last few
days, so I just climbed back on the bike and hit US 23 south. I wore
cold weather outfit, which is the same as my cold-and-rain setup,
except with my wind jacket instead of my rain jacket.
They have some really nice rest areas along the roads here in
Some of them are quite scenic, and the first one had beach access,
took care of some unfinished business with Lake Huron.
Typical US23 rest area.
I touch Lake Huron. Three down, two to go!
This might actually be a different rest area.
I made it a habit to stop at all the rest areas and scenic
At some point I bought some cookies in a little general store and
eat a few at every rest stop, sit on a picnic table, soak up some
warm up. Bicycle touring paradise...except for the part about
to warm up.
About 10 miles outside of Rogers City I stumbled across the 40-Mile
Point Lighthouse. They had a nice little park there, complete with
pilot house from a Great Lakes freighter, a shipwreck on the beach,
and, well, a lighthouse. I toured them all.
This isn't one of those lighthouse hardship assignments out on
in the middle of a lake. This one comes with a nice house.
This is the shipwreck. It is part of the side of the Joseph S.
which was driven aground here in 1905.
The people at the lighthouse were really pushing me to use the new
path to get into Rogers City. It had just opened a couple weeks
so they really wanted it to be a big success. There were several
at the park, so apparently people were using it. I was a little
reluctant because the shoulder on US23 at that particular point was
pretty sweet, but I tried out the trail and it was of excellent
Ridin' the trail toward Rogers City
In Rogers City I was looking for lunch in all the wrong places, and
eventually I left town hungry. I found a place a few miles down the
road and grabbed a burger, but not before getting a look at the
largest limestone quarry. So, I can check that off my list of
largest things I've seen on this trip. (Let's see, world's largest
chainsaw, Indian, rifle, limestone quarry, lake...I know I'm
Yeah, it's a big hole in the ground.
After lunch it was just a long grind to Alpena. Turns out my room
jacuzzi again, so I'm gonna soak a bit during the hockey game.
The weather looks pretty bad for the next couple days. Tomorrow is
supposed to be raining and cold. I may have to bail on riding if
too bad, but that would put my touching Lake Ontario at risk. We'll
what happens...after all, the room has a jacuzzi.
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