Sunday, August 8, 2010

Rest Day

It rained most of the night and well into the morning so we decided not to pack up and ride but instead take a rest day. One of our first tasks was to put up the tent that had been given to us in Mackinaw City by Ben and family. The tent went up fine and we were optimistic, but the rainfly, an essential ingredient based on our weather experiences so far, was twice the size it should be and had no poles. Dick did his MacGyver-best to used our poles to make it work, but in the end he decided this arrangement would not hold up if there was any significant wind. We donated this tent to a family a couple of sites down from us who'd been sleeping on the ground (even in the rain) and may have been homeless. They seemed grateful for some shelter.

St Francis Solanus Indian Mission Church, established 1859

Just before sunset, two young cyclists rolled in a began to set of camp. Matt and Ian were SO excited, they'd just finished the first day of their first bicycle tour and had ridden more miles than they'd ever ridden before. They'd come from Mackinaw City and were riding the the Indiana border along the shore of Lake Michigan. Such enthusiasm!


  1. If you pass Riverside Canoe Rental near Sleeping Bear Dunes National Shoreline and Honor MI.stop in and say hi to Kathy and Tom Stocklen. Their Canoe base is at 5042 N Senic Highway. I went to high school with Kathy and they have been running Riverside since the 70's. A great couple and well worth the stop. If it's still hot you might want to camp there and take a canoe ride.

  2. I read this comment way too late to do anything about it, however our AC route did not take us through Honor MI. Thanks for the tip nevertheless.