This was the name of a 3-day event put on by the League of Michigan Bicyclists up in Rogers City, which is along the Lake Huron shore about 50 miles down from Mackinaw. A quiet town in a quiet area of the state. All ages were represented, from families with teenagers up to a great-grandmother I met that was showing off her new Ultegra-equipped, full-carbon LeMond. At 61, I wasn't much over the median age.
Each day had a variety of route options ranging from 20-70 miles. I rode the maximum each day for a total of 187 miles with Saturday's 72 being the longest. That alone was 10 more miles than I'd ever gone in a day, and the roads were surprisingly hilly in places. But at least the weather was perfect: clear skies, lows in the 50s to a high around 70, and no wind to speak of. We rode mainly on county roads with very light traffic. US-23 was the only "main" highway we rode on, and that had 4-foot paved shoulders and not much traffic.
The rest of the ammenities were good, with a couple of buffet dinners and coupon vouchers for some of the breakfasts. There were concerts a couple of evenings in the city park that was also the event HQ, and everyplace in town had a "welcome cyclists" attitude -- this was one of the big events of the season for them.
Anyway, here are a few pictures that I took along the way. The shoreline of a Great Lake is always a beautiful sight on a clear day:
These hills went on for miles:
And I could've done without this one near the end of a long day:
Lots of clear, smooth roads like this:
This was the breakfast spread on Saturday, put on by one of the small local churches:
This is what you call having a small carbon footprint, I guess:
Me, but before I put on the two lbs. that I gained from overenjoying the food on this trip!
Anyway, I would highly recommend this event. Nice roads, nice people, nice surroundings, and the cost of the whole weekend was very reasonable.