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Day 14 - Peacock Point to Fort Erie Ontario - 66 miles (746 total)

Pictures coming in a bit.....working on it.

July 5th, 2013

We woke up pretty early, eager to attempt to meet Dee in Fort Erie. The wind and hills and lack of sleep had slowed us down lately, but everything seemed to be turning in our favor. An awesome campsite at the Haldimand Conservation Area, tail wind, and smaller rolling hills......all waiting for us. We just had to move our stuff into the pavilion and pack while the rain stopped.

Everything near the lake seems to get damp and stay damp forever. It will perfect if we can find a nice hotel to dry out in.

Day 13 - Port Burwell to Peacock Point Ontario Canada - 56 miles (680 miles total)

July 4th, 2013.

Is 13 an unlucky number in Canada? Does Canada celebrate the independence of the USA? Can Al sleep now that I have posted?

A little secret inside our group is a game called "Bright Side". Anytime someone is, lets call it "grumpy"...or things are not going the best. You can point at someone and say "bright side". That person has to respond with something positive about what just happened. Roger did that this morning when checking out of our flea-bag motel. The bikes were still there! Good point rog!

Day 12 - Clearville to Port Burwell - 64 miles (624 miles total)

Now with pictures!

We packed up from our neato campsite, and headed for the flats from yesterday....except it was hills. What happened? The hills were not bad. Nice and small, but the wind was still from the east. The locals say it is unusual, but yet it seems the norm for us.

Rog shaves at camp. Gatta look good....

Day 11 - Marine City MI to Clearville City Park - 105 Kilometers (901 km total)

We left the Anchor inn, which turned out to be an pretty decent. We withheld our entry into Canada for a quick stop for Breakfast. We were concerned that Canada didn't offer such a thing, so we figured we should eat first. More on Canadas shortcomings later.....

Biking down the St.Clair River. It is VERY blue! Awesome.

May flies ("Fishing Flies" here) at breakfast.


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Day 06 - Temple to Harrison (Lake George) MI - 11 miles (318 total)

We packed up from Duggans Campground....needing to escape the bugs.

Day 05 - Luther to Temple MI- 46 miles (265 total)

This is going to be a short entry today. Too tired from the heat, falling asleep.

Day 04 - Ludington to Luther MI- 45 miles (219 total)

We woke up at just after 7am from the Best Western in Ludington. The staff was awesome enough to let us hide our bikes in the janitors store room. Sweet! The hour time loss, combined with the last few late nights, had us pretty wiped out so we slept in a bit. The continental breakfast was pretty huge, which for a group of 5 hungry cyclists warrants at least half the price of the hotel room. We love camping, but it certainly isn't cheaper than a hotel when you get the final bills.

Day 03 - Pipe WI to Ludington MI- 49 miles (174 total)

Today was a race against the clock. We really wanted to get to Manitowoc before 1pm to make the ferry. The next ferry wasn't until 1am. The four hour boat ride would not be fun that late! Exhausted from the day before, we needed to cover 45 miles. At 5am the birds were up, so I figured we should be too. Sorry girls.

We left for a quick gas station breakfast, and damn, another tire issue for Chuck. It wasn't until 7:10 that we were back on the road. That sucked! It wasn't looking terribly likely that we make the ferry. That is 1 flat for Chris. Three for Chuck, one each day. The wind was at our backs however, so we still gave it a shot.

Day 02 - Montello to Pipe WI - 66 miles (125 total)

Long. That is the only way I can describe this day. The weather was excellent. A tailwind, sunny, hot, beautiful. This was the warmest day of the year so far, and we were not adjusted to it yet. Otherwise it was perfect.

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