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Day 79: More Miles on the Rail Trail

40.88 miles

This morning we woke up to rain, so we lazed around in the tent until the storms cleared off to the east. When we finally got up, we moved a lot of our gear under the pavilion so we would have a dry place to organize and pack up.

Stack of tiny pancakes

Stack of tiny pancakes

Yesterday I bought some Bisquick Instant Pancake Mix at the market so we could have pancakes for breakfast. This mix worked out better than I could have hoped and we really enjoyed our breakfast. Look at this tiny little short stack! Without butter or syrup, we dolled up the pancakes with a little dab of Nutella. Super!

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Day 77: Rest Day in Bay City

3.24 miles

Finally, a rest day.  We haven’t had a day off the bike since our day in Niagara Falls.  That’s 11 days we’ve gone without a rest day.  And considering we’ve biked over 40 or even 50 miles on many of these past 11 days, I’d say we’re due for a rest.  We started our day by sleeping in while Greg and Kim saw their boys off to the first day of a new school year.  Obviously we’re aware that summer is coming to an end, but milestones like the first day of school make it all the more apparent.  Once we did roll out of bed, Kim had yummy homemade cinnamon rolls waiting in the kitchen.  Greg is the pastor at the evangelical church next door and he had appointments, but Kim had the morning free and we sat and chatted with her for a little while.  She’s a doula and so we talked about her job, our trip, their boys, etc.

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Day 76: Bay City Rollers

Michigan sheep

Michigan sheep

30.19 miles

We packed up and left the Vassar Inn as quick as we could this morning, although that still turned out to be around 10 o’clock. Today we had easy riding on big shoulders, bike path and fast roads with a tail wind. Our first stop today was at 7-11 for chocolate milk and donuts.  While there we saw a couple other bike tourists across the street.  They were a young couple out for a Labor Day weekend ride, but they have plans for a longer trip in the future. We also stopped at Ray’s Bikes in Bay City so Alan could test out a Brooks saddle. He didn’t end up buying one, but came away with some useful information, so he can make a decision about what saddle to try next.

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