Thursday, April 29, 2021

30 Days of Biking: Road Trip!

Day 26
Luna Pier, Lake Erie, Michigan

It's that time of year again -- when I make an annual trek out to Ann Arbor, Michigan to pick up Will from college. When both boys started school in September, they packed lightly, anticipating a shutdown and heading home early. I brought two bikes out to Ann Arbor with me to keep my 30 Days of Biking streak going. (I brought bikes out during Will's freshman year as well, so we came full circle with a bike ride on campus.)

Lake Erie

On Monday, I took a detour to Luna Pier on Lake Erie to get in a ride. Fellow Vanderkitten, Sarah T, had recommended I visit Luna Pier years ago, so it seemed like a good place to stop.

It was windy but warm, and the waves were wild at the pier. I rode around the tiny town and grabbed a bite to eat (to go) at Luna Beach Cafe. Michigan is hot with Covid right now, so I kept interactions at a minimum.

Day 27
Ann Arbor with Will

North Quad, Will's las home on campus

Lunch at the Fleetwood Diner

On Tuesday, Will and I got together to take graduation photos on campus and tool around on the bikes. We rode to one of his favorite parks in Ann Arbor and stopped for lunch at the Fleetwood Diner. He still had one exam to take, so I left him at 3 and explored Ann Arbor on my own. Such a pretty city.

Hitting the road, both bikes in the car, there
wasn't much to haul home. Most of it was Chip's.

Wednesday we hit the road around 9:45 am, after a 45 minute GPS mix-up that kept routing us through Canada. I contemplated not riding when we got home -- and adding a makeup day in May -- but when I got home at 10:30 pm, Will encouraged me to head out on my bike. It was a good decision. I spent a half hour clearing my head and shaking off the road after the long 12+ drive. The street lights casting shadows on the road through the trees caught my eye. Very cool.

Three day road trip to Michigan and back, complete.

Day 28
Night ride before the day is done.