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After breakfast and finishing laundry, we got a leisurely 10:30am start this morning. All 3 of us enjoyed the hotel room for the night and I got quite a peaceful night of sleep. We allowed the Beast to start a Facebook page and for that reason, I decided to re-activate my old Facebook page that I started while we lived in Hawaii. Frankenbutt has had his own for a while but now we’re both keeping an eye on our youngest’s online activity.
We chose to do a lightweight riding day since both Frankenbutt and I have been having some knee pain. We both have old sports injuries (his: skiing, mine: poker). Justin Travis of Ohio Dreams recommended the Sterling state park so we programmed our GPS and started riding towards Toledo.
The beginning of today’s ride took us through a mostly industrial area with no shoulder to ride. We passed by several recycling and scrap yards and rode side by side with tractor trailers and delivery trucks until at least noon. During a particularly crappy section of road construction, we opted to take the center lane which was blocked off with bright orange barrels. There was no work actually going on in that lane and the barrels effectively kept the cars away from us.
Most of the people we met in Toledo were very friendly; a few asked us where we had ridden from and where we are headed. One fellow told us about an urban garden that had a fresh water fountain in it. Unfortunately, it was pretty far off our path so we didn’t take the time to check it out. We did, however, stop at a used book store to re-stock the Beast’s reading materials. She picked up two books and sold one very heavy Rick Riordan book. That was after we crossed over the Michigan state line.
Frankenbutt spied a bike shop and reminded me that 2 of our metal bottle holders were broken and badly in need of replacement. I can’t believe that they are only 3-4 months old, cost $15-20 each and their lifespan is over. Evidently the welds on them aren’t very well done and they both broke in the same place. Frankenbutt replaced them with heavy duty molded plastic ones that cost $15 each … I hope those at least survive the next 6 weeks.
We also stopped at a Kroger grocery store as we got closer to our destination and picked up some essentials: Tuna Fish, Pita pockets, Ramen Noodles, Broccoli (for our shells ‘n cheese dinner), Raisin Date & Walnut Oatmeal, Bananas (to go on Peanut Butter sandwiches) AND a non-stick mini griddle pan (so I can try to make pancakes again!). With groceries packed in panniers and my front milk crate basket, we pedaled on towards the campground.
We had really very good weather today: mostly cool breezes, sunny and a mild head wind. We had taken it easy in hopes that our knees would feel better for the 50+ mile ride to the Waterford Oaks Michigan track tomorrow. We are looking forward to seeing how the Beast rides following her training week at Ohio Dreams.
Once we paid for our campsite, we headed down to where our site bordered the beach along Lake Erie. It was fabulous to see such a span of water! It instantly reminded me of being in Hawaii, with water for miles and no sight of land. We relaxed in the shade of the only tree on our campsite and then Frankenbutt made dinner. The Beast took Coco for a walk down by the beach and both of them got some energy out.
Frankenbutt and I are thinking about an early bedtime because both of us want to rest and get an early start in the morning … after I try to make pancakes … again.