Ferry Across Lake Michigan

Monday was Rest Day #4, what is called a “Traveling Rest Day”. This means we took a ferry across Lake Michigan from Wisconsin to Michigan. We only biked a total of about 7 miles to and from, but it was NOT a very restful day, as we spent a lot of time waiting around, and didn’t to our hotel until close to 8:00 PM. The ferry is huge as it holds cars, trucks, and just about anything else,the last thing they loaded looked like a cylindrical vat of some kind, that was about twice as wide as the flat-bed truck it was loaded on. Apparently this ferry was built in 1953 to transport railroad cars across the lake, but no longer does that. It is powered by a coal fired steam engine, so every year the EPA tries to shut it down as the crossing uses about 2 trailer truck loads of coal, you can imagine the pollution it creates. The crossing lasted about 4 hours and we were not able to see land for close to 3 of those 4 hours. But here we are in Michigan, Eastern Daylight Time. Tomorrow is the LAST century of this trip, we are all happy about that.

Two unexpected occurrences re-enforced why one does a trip like this with a support group. Sunday at the sag stop, one of the Carbon Fiber bikes was leaning against a tree and blew over in the wind. Normally when a bike falls, the handlebars absorb the brunt of the fall, but this time, the seat tube, the upright leg of a triangle frame, hit a curb, and cracked, making it unrideable. Luckily, they carry an extra bike, which they adjusted so he could ride to the day’s hotel. He lives in the Chicago area,  so a friend was driving his “spare bike” up today. Today, my room-mate, Curt, blew out the side wall of his brand new tire, and possibly ruined his rim. Within minutes, the van was there, they fit a spare wheel with his gears, and we were back on the road. In both cases we’re not sure if the frame or the rim are salvageable. Nice to have support.

alan

The S.S.Badger entering Manitowoc Harbor

The S.S.Badger entering Manitowoc Harbor

a tanker trailer coming of the Badger

a tanker trailer coming of the Badger

all of our bikes corralled on the Badger

all of our bikes corralled on the Badger

Good-bye Wisconsin

Good-bye Wisconsin

Hello Michigan!

Hello Michigan!

On the Badger

On the Badger

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