This year we took the 5 day route again, only this time there were four of us plus our faithful SAG driver Jeremy. Our first day was hot and windy. After that the weather turned cold and wet on top of the windy. Night three and day four were the worst. We got very little sleep and about a quarter of the tents actually blew down. We spent the first couple hours of the day at the local Laundromat drying things out. None of us did the entire 340 miles of the route. Tim came the closest; riding all of days 1, 2, 3 and 5 and part of day 4 (including “the WALL”). The final day, while cold, was sunny with less wind and the scenery was beautiful. It is a pleasant ride along the shore of Lake Michigan. Next year we’re thinking we’d like to try a different route. Anyone want to join us on the 5 UP?
And we begin in East Lansing, Michigan.
D/T mechanical issues, just Tim & Jess started at the beginning.
Loading up the bikes. The whole day was wet, cold, rainy, yukky
Our first stop of the day: the laundromat
getting ready to ride out to The Wall in East Jordan.
You can see how bundled up Jess is....it was COLD!
THE WALL: EAST JORDAN, MI
and they both made it to the top!
the view from our hotel window. we weren't staying out in THAT again! Tim thought the effect of the rain on the windowpanes was pretty cool. not bad for a point-n-shoot camera.
Where the North Country Trail crosses through Wilderness State Park
the final ride into Mackinaw City