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Kettle Point to Port Huron


We were up early to try t beat the wind. Since there was no place to get any breakfast anywhere near where we were staying, we boiled water for tea on our little camp stove and ate some fig squares we had bought at a local farm market yesterday. We were out on the road […]

Goderich to Kettlepoint

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It’s Jodi, As we’ve been heading South on the South East side of the Lake I’ve noticed that the small towns and houses have been older some dating from the 1800s. I thiink some places look a bit British like.Most of this side of the Lake if farmland though. I might sound like a boor […]

Kincardine to Goderich

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Today was another pretty, but hot and windy day. Again we kept it short, but again fighting the headwinds sucked uc of the fun out of the ride. We did have some nice stops. First a snack break under a shade tree alongside a wheat field, then an ice cream stop at a rural store, […]

Southampton to Kincardine

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Today’s ride was really quite pretty, and we kept it short, but the overriding theme for the day was wind. The wind was dead against us, and blowing at 20 – 25 kph. So even though we only rode about 50 km, it took us until mid-afternoon to do it. Before leaving Southampton we took […]

Tobermory to Southampton

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It rained a bit last night. We packed up a wet campsite this morning. Camping is not my favorite thing to do and I am warming up to it. It’s part of the trip and it keeps the total cost down. The campground was operated by Mennonites offered a lot for kids and was beautifully […]

It’s Jodi, We saddled up again today after a nice rest day yesterday. We rode the sparsely traffics route 6 40 miles to the a nice lunch at Carol and Earl’s. Carol wasn’t in and we were serve by Flo. It’s a small town. Inside ordering were a what I believe a Menonite family or […]

We did nothing today. Well, not quite nothing. We ate. We did take a walk to the market to buy snacks for the road tomorrow. But basically we did nothing. Jodi spent some time down by the water sketching. I took advantage of the good WiFi here and caught up on a bunch of YouTube […]

Espanola to Little Current

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We had planned to take a day off in Espanola but the motel we were in was not at all comfortable and it was a rather boring location. And when we got up in the morning and checked the forecast the incoming thunderstorms weren’t predicted to arive until mid-afternoon. All that being so, we decided […]

Blind River to Espanola

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I’m sitting outside our room at the Queensway Motel and a grotesquely fat guy wearing nothing but a bathing suit is sitting in front of his room 4 or 5 rooms down. From the cans on the table next to him I’d guess he’s working on the second half of his twelve-pack, and he’s talking […]

Therasson to Blind River

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It’s Jodi, We haven’t taken a day off since we started our trip 11 days ago. We’ve cycled 11 days straight. That is a record. We are trying to stay ahead of bad weather and hope to take a day off on Friday. Tomorrow we cycle 60 odd miles East to Espanola. I am writing […]

Today was a brutal day. After working our way out of Sault Ste Marie we biked kilometer after kilometer of quiet back roads with plenty of hills, way too little pavement and lots of loose gravel, and absolutely no place to get food or drinks. I bonked badly and after finally coming upon the Little […]

We are happily ensconced at the Velorution Bike Shop, which offers their own little free campsite and access to their restroom, shower, and WiFi for touring cyclists. Okay, you want to know how we got here. It was pleasant, and really simple and quiet. We left the campground this morning, rode through downtown St Ignace […]

As soon as I saw light coming in the window of our motel room this morning — which out here is about an hour later than at home — I was up and boiling water on our little camp stove so we could have tea and oatmeal. We decided not to wait around for the […]

Alpena to Rogers City

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We had a certain sense of urgency today as we needed to get to the bike shop in Rogers City in time to have Jodi’s bike looked at before they closed at 4 pm. That being so, we were all packed and ready to go by 7:30 when the motel served their continental breakfast. As […]

Harrisville to Alpena

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It’s Jodi again. I’m laying on a comfortable bed at the Black Bear Lodge in Alpena, MI. We are happy to be here. We cycled just over 30 miles today and we are now two days behind our predicted schedule. We don’t have to keep to a schedule though. Most cycling folks might think that […]

Au Gres to Harrisville

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I’m writing this the day after since we had no connectivity last night, and for the life of me I can’t remember much about the day! I do know it was a rather pleasant day. The weather was warm and sunny and the wind was sort of behind us for a change. But I just […]

~~ Allen Freeman Sent from my cell phone; please forgive any fat-fingered typos

We thoroughly enjoyed our nice hotel room last night and I almost managed another 10 hour slumber, but soon enough it was time to get up. After taking advantage of the free continental breakfast we headed back to the room and started getting organized for the day. Jodi has been having problems with the shifting […]


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Jodi wanted me to share this photo. It’s actually from yesterday, when it was hot and sunny, rather than from cold and gray today.

Port Austin to Bay City

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There’s really not a lot to say about today. We knew it was going to be chilly and windy and wet today, and indeed it was. Yesterday was a pretty tough ride in the heat and I was pretty whipped by the time we arrived in Port Austin. I actually slept 10 hours last night, […]

Wind in our face

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This is Jodi. It’s my first ever blog post: We left our camp site at Forester County Park at 8:00am and headed north, northwest The road Rte 25 this far is mostly flat with a very little traffic and a wide well kept shoulder. Flat can be deceiving , as we use the same muscles […]

After coffee and a bit of breakfast at Bonnie’s house, Jodi and I did the bits of last-minute organizing that always seem to need to be done, strapped our panniers to the bikes, and set off. Bonnie asked me if I knew where I was going and I pointed east and said “I’m going east […]

A Long Drive


Jodi and I left Quincy about a quarter past 5 on Saturday morning, and arrived in Port Huron at about 7:45 pm. In between we drove about 700 miles, stopped for a couple of meals, crossed the international border twice, and had the car repaired. It sounds like quite a day, yet it was really […]

Saturday Warm-Up Ride

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Here’s a quick Saturday morning ride Jodi and I did this morning. We rode to the Dedham Diner, had breakfast, then rode home. Food is a great motivator! We’ve got a week before we leave on this year’s tour. That’s plenty of time to get in shape, right? 20160618.gpx