Tuesday, July 31, 2012
Sorry for only one blog post but I kind of took a break from all technology and just enjoyed my trip. So where did I leave off? Oh yeah, day one so on to day two.
Day two started off with sunny skies and cool temps. We thought we would get lucky but that wasn't the case. We started hitting rain at about noon. We finally pulled under a gas station awning to hide from the downpour. We ended up riding for another 2 hours in the pouring rain. It was still beautiful and you ride right along the lake. The last 30 minutes of the ride was dry so that was cool. We checked into the hotel, found someplace to eat and crashed. thefreshpalategourmet.co
The restaurant I found for dinner was called The Fresh Palate. If you are ever in Alpena, MI please check them out. I was able to get a green drink (kale and apple) and a wonderful wrap. Paul even enjoyed it so that was a bonus!
Day 3 was DRY!! Thank God! We headed up to the UP via the Mackinaw Bridge. This is just a majestic experience at least for me. I used to hold my breath over bridges but it would be impossible for this one. It is a beautiful structure and the water was crystal clear. We stopped at a few parks along the way but mostly just rode. Most lunches on the road were Subway. I know I can get something to eat there and they are almost everywhere. Luckily I got a foot long knowing that I probably wouldn't get dinner in the UP. I was right! There were 2 restaurants in the town (Grand Marais) and both menus were heavy meat. Paul ate dinner and I went back to the room for my dinner. We stayed at a lovely place called Hilltop Cabins. www.hilltopcabins.net/
This was more of a community as there were campfires at night and everyone sat around getting to know each other. Paul and I went to dinner and crashed after taking a nice walk in the woods (lots of mosquitoes and they grow them big there).
Day 4 was GREAT and dry as well. Riding in the UP is an experience I will never forget. I have about 200 pictures on my camera I need to download and will post a few of my favorites later. This day we rode from Grand Marais to Grawn (south of Traverse City). All I can say is spectacular. Every place we stopped was breath taking. The air and water up there is so much cleaner than home. We tried water at all three lakes (Michigan, Huron and Superior). Our favorite was Superior. It was just so much cleaner tasting. Dinner was in Traverse City at Red Mesa Grill. www.magnumhospitality.co
They have a vegetarian/vegan menu if you ask for it. Everything we tried here was amazing. Paul loved it too. What Paul didn't love about this stop was where we stayed. www.ellislakeresort.com/
This was definitely a RUSTIC experience. There was no TV and no air conditioning. These were two things that really bothered Paul. He has a problem entertaining himself if there is no TV. I thought it would be a nice romantic getaway but was mistaken. After a not so great night sleep we got up and were on the road by 7:30am (the earliest yet). Seeing as how we had plenty of time we took out time getting home and stopped a several roadside parks. The closer we got to home the faster Paul would ride. We are so opposite. The closer we got to home the quieter I became and the more excited he became.
What did I learn from this vacation? Taking days off of exercise won't kill me. I only worked out once while I was gone. I am going to sign up for the group ride in September that I've been thinking about. I need to get better at living in the moment instead of constantly planning my future and thinking about the past. Paul and I need more date nights.
I'll post pictures when I have time to download the camera.
Thanks for reading!