We're debating whether the ferry ride was more taxing than actually riding our bikes. It was taxing enough knowing the boat was a coal burning ferry polluting and upsetting environmentalists and belching out black smoke. (The ship was built in 1953 to transport 43 railroad cars.) After arriving at the terminal at 12:00, we waited an hour in the shade of a big tree to board. As fortune would have it, a rider from last year's trip showed up with cheese (remember this is still Wisconsin we're in) and crackers and some water. Once on the boat, the temperature and humidity sky rocketed. We started to wither and melt and continued down that path as it took an extra hour to load a truck carrying parts of a wind turbine that was manufactured in Manitowoc. It didn't get much better once we finally embarked, but we managed to find shady places with a breeze. We avoided going down below because it was hot as Hades down there and they were playing BINGO-- not our thing.
Bottom line is it was great to spend time with Sarah, who completed her "ride" in style and we were glad to set foot in Michigan. We disembarked, dripping wet, at 8:30. It felt so good to have the wind blow on us as we rode to the hotel. Because of the late hour, caused by delays and a new time zone, Sarah was dispatched directly from the SS Badger to hunt down the best pizza and salad in town which she promptly did. We wolfed it down before hitting the hay because we had a 113 mile ride to look forward to. However, we did find the time to take a tour of Sarah's room. It housed a king size bed beside a huge Jacuzzi settled like a throne right there in the room. It was a little different.
Day 36 -Rest day (kind of)
Total Miles: 2637
Next Stop: Ludington, MI
The ride from Ludington to Mount Pleasant was a breeze. There were enough hills and turns to keep it interesting. We had tailwinds to push us and crosswinds/headwinds that weren't too strong. It wasn't boiling hot either! It was fun to be in land that reminded us of Maine --deciduous trees, pine forests, farms and fields. Today we noticed fields of green beans, asparagus, and cucumbers-- a welcome change from the steady diet of soybeans and corn. We also passed orchards with cherry and apple trees. Not too many pictures today because it was a 113 mile day and we figured we needed to keep moving.
Total Miles: 2750
Elevation Gain/Loss: Mimi's Garmin doesn't want to play
Next Stop: Birch Run, MI
|A stop at Cedar Crest for a little ice cream before the boat|
|Sarah can find anything with her Droid - even the Antiques in Manitowoc|
|Only this cow could use more Bag Balm than us|
|The ferry built by the railroad to hold 43 railway cars|
|Sarah joining us on the ride - the ferry ride that is|
|The SS Badger - Sarah's Ride, and our Cruise Ship|
|Bye bye Manitowoc|
|Hello Ludington - Five hours (plus time zone change) later|
|The white cliffs of Michigan|
|Another state! Number 7|
|Pine trees in Michigan|
|Old barn in a field|