Today was 75 miles from Mount Pleasant to Birch Run. It was billed as the easiest day yet, with only 260 feet of vertical climbing and a net descent over the course. But, as stated before, what’s hard sometimes turns out to be relatively easy and vice versa. Today was exactly that in the sense that the wind blew hard in our fast from the east, and many sections of the ride went directly east. It was worst at the beginning, as there were more open fields, so the wind was unchecked. By the time I reached the first SAG at mile 28 I dreaded the idea of going another 50 miles like that. I found a group to ride the rest of the way in a paceline, and combined with the fact that the landscape had fewer fields and had more trees in the last half, and several legs veered toward the south, it was all pretty good after that.

It was a bit disconcerting to have the only SAG at mile 28, and none after that. The reason for that is that a few years ago leader Mike stopped to take a picture of an old tractor and struck up a conversation with the farmer residing there, and an annual rite to stop at the farm was begun. Sadly, the farmer died of ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease) two years ago, but his wife looks forward every year to having the bikers back, so we made the stop and enjoyed her company…

The landscape in Michigan is pleasant and flat. Not super exciting though. Farm fields are sprinkled along the way, but the rest is just trees and stuff. Tomorrow is last ride in Michigan…

Red Barn Motif #1

Red Barn Motif #2

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