After almost a week of cool and rainy weather, we couldn’t wait to get on our bicycles and get outside and do another section of the North Eastern State Trail. Robert dropped me off at the trailhead in Tower, MI and and he drove to my end point, Millersburg, left the car, and started from there. Since we have only one vehicle, this seems to work well for us. We don’t get to ride together, but we usually meet somewhere along the trail. We can tell each other about obstacles, hazards, and the like.
I was a little unnerved when I read this note, only because I had a dream about a bear just the night before! I was prepared to say a lot of “Yo Bear”s along the way, but when I heard how loud my water bottle and stuff in my bag were rattling, I knew I was making enough noise.
An old weathered bridge over Tower Pond, which is part of the Black River. Very scenic. The trail conditions were ok, I could tell we’d had a lot of rain by how loose the limestone pebbles were, so I was very glad to have borrowed Robert’s old bike, which has wider tires than mine.
These beautiful little blue and white wildflowers were everywhere!
Loved the tunnel effect of the trees, and also thankful for the shade, it was quite sunny and warm.
At our meeting point, this Black-billed Cuckoo sat in the brush just off the trail while Robert and I ate a snack and chatted with another cyclist. It’s nest must have been very near.
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Robert caught this Ruffed Grouse strutting his stuff. I also observed one sitting in the divot of a horse hoof mark.
Seen and heard quite a few deer along the trail, this one decided to check Robert out!
New bridge over the Ocqueoc River just outside of Millersburg. A lot of work went into it and the surrounding landscape.
It was a good 13 mile ride, although I have to say, the last five miles for me were tough. I seemed to have run out of energy and my legs were feeling like lead! And why is it that no matter what direction you ride, the wind is ALWAYS in your face!!