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Old 06-21-14, 06:06 PM   #1
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Tour di Lago

This was a new one to me. My buddies said there's be a 'bent group, so I drove the roughly 200 miles and got a hotel room the night before. The good news was, it was a Holiday Inn Express, so I must be smarter today. The bad news, nobody else showed up except a velo and a streamliner. So I rode alone.

The ride started in Port Austin, MI, which is up near the tip of the thumb. I did the metric century option. The route went west along the Lake Huron shoreline to Caseville, and from there it went straight across the thumb to Port Hope, where it again followed (roughly) the shoreline back to Port Austin. The thumb area is mostly farmland. Beans and sugar beets are the main crops; and the fields were all covered with freshly-sprouted crops. Nothing to see here, folks! Did I mention that Michigan's thumb area tends to be F L A T??? The only hill I saw was a very short (maybe 150 feet of road) one at 14%. That was shockingly steep considering the lack of anything other than gentle undulations of less than 1% anywhere else.

The main problem was the wind. Out of the north, it was only at my back for part of the first 15 miles, and even then I was in trees most of the time. The relentless side wind felt like a headwind during the 30 miles across the emptiness of crossing the thumb, and I was gassed by the time I turned and got it straight in my face for the last stretch.

So, the plusses:
1. roads were in very good condition
2. flat, if you like speed
3. rest stops almost perfectly spaced at 15 miles each

The minuses:
1. open areas subject to wind
2. boring scenery
3. very poor markings
4. map was hard to read, too
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Were there safety bike riders, or were you truly riding alone?
Weather must not have been bad, other than the wind, or you would have mentioned it.
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Were there safety bike riders, or were you truly riding alone?
Weather must not have been bad, other than the wind, or you would have mentioned it.
Other than the wind, the weather was great. There were a few safety bike riders; just enough so that there was always one or two on the horizon to aim for. With the flat terrain, it would be very cool to have 20 or 30 recumbents there. With maybe 50 riders strung out over 4 routes and nobody else going my speed, it was a disappointment.
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Yes, I can relate to riding all by myself on a group or club ride. Or with just my stoker.

Great fun to ride the Screamer with a bunch of other tandem teams on tandem club rides but have never ridden a group ride of any sort where there were more than a couple of other 'bents. Hard to imagine.
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Sounds nice except for the wind. I don't mind flat country boredom.
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