|Lake Michigan shoreline - much of which is privately owned|
|Sunset, Crystal Lake|
|Wait - this road is not paved?|
We had a nice tailwind most of the day, and made good time on our route to Traverse City. At one point, we turned left, as our route sheet instructed, and saw - dirt! What? How did this happen? We decided it did not look too bad, and after consulting the phone/map, continued on. These country roads are hard to anticipate. After half a mile, our route "angled off" towards another road, also dirt. But better than the one we had been on, which had by this point disintegrated to a sandy mess. Happily, we only had a couple hundred yards on the dirt before arriving at pavement again. Yay!
|The road NOT taken!|
|Roger and Carol|
We made a stop on the way into town to visit with one of Roger's cousins, Carol. It was great to visit and have a chance to catch up. Roger spent many summers in Traverse City with his Aunt Marion and Uncle Jack, and their girls Jacque, Bev and Carol were a big part of his life. His mom and dad moved to Traverse City after they retired, and though they and his aunt and uncle have now passed on, the city holds a special place in our hearts.
The day's report: Beulah to Traverse City, 43.2 miles/4122 to date