Day 39 - Birch Run to Port Huron MI
Mileage: 87 miles
Weather: Mid 60s to start. Low 80s to end. Winds out of the west.
Highlights of the day:
Forecasts predicted lots of doom & gloom today. It was doom and gloom that never arrived. We saw some rather dark, ominous clouds but they never did anything to us. Not only did we dodge the rain, we had to put up with some pretty stiff tailwinds. How’s that for a bummer? Everyone made it in to the hotel in record time, with plenty of SAG & lunch stops.
We were back into farm country. A little less corn. A little more short vegetation that could have been a root veggie or beans or something. What ever it was, it was a nice change. There were cows too. We also saw some horse-drawn farming equipment. Interesting to see as long as one is careful of its, um, exhaust.
Our first SAG du jour was at a picnic pull-off complete with an Artesian well, trees, a babbling brook and a few more mosquitoes than we’d really like. No Artesians were seen. SAG food consumed, we headed off in search of more. The Horseshoe Grill in Brown City did a fair bit of business with us today. I saw a whole lunch counter full of sandwiches. This was at mile 47, it was time for our second breakfast!
Some of the riders took a short detour into town to see the local 9/11 memorial. The locals take great pride in this display. They welcome the opportunity to explain the site’s history and how the steel column from one of the Twin Towers was transported from New York City to Brown City.
SAG #2 was at a town park in Yale. The town of Yale is the self-professed capital of bologna. It is serious. They have annual Yale Bologna Festival, complete with a crowned King and Queen of Bologna. Once again, we’re a day early. It starts tomorrow so there’s not much to report but you can read all about it here.
Our destination today is Port Huron. Port Huron borders the St Clair River and Lake Huron. A quick off route ride brought us to a great view of the bridge we will be crossing tomorrow. We climb over the Blue Water Bridge for a 3-day stretch in the Canadian province of Ontario. A slightly different accent, more farms, and some new Canadian jerseys await!