Trip Route

We will be following the Northern Tier route. To follow our day by day progress click on the trip progress link to the right. On that page is also a link to our cell phone tracking data so you can see exactly where we are.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Hot Days in Michigan and Vest a Dog Meet-up

Hey all,
We have had a rather hot and humid last two days but have. It let that stop us from having a great time. Despite more breaks for water refills we have been able to cover a decent amount of ground and are either going to reach Ontario tomorrow night or the next morning.
Yesterday we got to travel on an awesome paved rail trail for a bit. It is so nice to see all these repurposed routes that get tons of use. I wish there was so a convenient and safe path in Worchester or in my dream world one that connected right to Grafton and the Tufts campus. While on the path we met a very nice group of women who all get together to bike and run. They were very outgoing and kind; they all offered us a bed in their houses later gave generous donations to our fundraiser. However, we had already arranged to stay at warm showers hosts Jen and Bills's house who had already picked up new chains for our bikes. Jen and Bill were so nice, they put on our chains for us and fed us dinner all before they had to leave for a cycling competition they were competing in today. They left us with their four adorable black labs and various other dogs that were boarding (Jen is a trainer) and Jen's very sweet mother.
Today we had a bit of a shorter day due to the humidity and a very special rendezvous. We met up with a contingent from Michigain's Vest a Dog chapter. Along with them were Officer Stacer and his canine Canjo who work for the Saginaw PD. We were so honored that they all took time out of their days to drive to some rural road on our route and greet us. They were also very generous with donations. We can't express our gratitude enough and how great it made us feel to get to meet some fellow Vest a Dog people. Many thanks! 
We later took some time to cool off and eat some cheese from the touristy yet fun Frankenmuth, home of the Frakenmuth Cheese Haus. We then decided to have a short day and only go about 25 miles further to the Otter River Campground which some cyclists coming the other direction had recommend. The campground is crowded but nice and has a great little beach on the lake which we used to cool off. Now we are resting up for what could be a long day tomorrow if we push to make it across the border. Once we are in Canada I might not be able to update depending on internet access since using cellular data out of country is undesirable. So don't fret- we will be fine I am sure and eating lots of crepes.


  1. 37 Great Lakes Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

    1. Lake Superior is actually not a lake at all, but an inland sea.

    2. All of the four other Great Lakes, plus three more the size of
    Lake Erie, wouldfit inside of Lake Superior.

    3. Isle Royale is a massive island surrounded by Lake Superior.
    Within this island are several smaller lakes. Yes, that’s a lake on a lake.

    4. Despite its massive size, Lake Superior is an extremely young
    formation by Earth’s standards (only 10,000 years old).

    5. There is enough water in Lake Superior to submerge all of North
    and South America in 1 foot of water.

    6. Lake Superior contains 3 quadrillion gallons of water
    (3,000,000,000,000,000). All five of the Great Lakes combined contain
    6 quadrillion gallons.

    7. Contained within Lake Superior is a whopping 10% of the world’s
    fresh surface water.

    8. It’s estimated there are about 100 million lake trout in Lake
    Superior. That’s nearly one-fifth of the human population of North

    9. There are small outlets through which water leaves Lake Superior.
    It takes two centuries for all the water in the lake to replace itself.

    10. Lake Erie is the fourth-largest Great Lake in surface area, and
    the smallest in depth. It’s the 11th largest lake on the planet.

    11. There is alleged to be a 30- to 40-foot-long “monster” in Lake
    Erie namedBessie. The earliest recorded sighting goes back as early
    as 1793.

    12. Water in Lake Erie replaces itself in only 2.6 years, which is
    notable considering the water in Lake Superior takes two centuries.

    13. The original publication of Dr. Seuss’s The Lorax contained the
    line, “I hear things are just as bad up in Lake Erie.” Fourteen years
    later, the Ohio Sea Grant Program wrote to Seuss to make the case
    that conditions had improved. He removed the line.

    14. Not only is lake Erie the smallest Great Lake when it comes to
    volume, but it’s surrounded by the most industry. Seventeen
    metropolitan areas, each with populations of more than 50,000, border
    the Lake Erie basin.

    15. During the War of 1812, the U.S. beat the British in a naval
    battle called the Battle of Lake Erie, forcing them to abandon

    16. The shoreline of all the Great Lakes combined equals nearly 44%
    of thecircumference of the planet.

    17. If not for the the Straits of Mackinac, Lake Michigan and Lake
    Huron might be considered one lake. Hydrologically speaking, they
    have the same mean water level and are considered one lake.

    18. The Keystone State was one of the largest and most luxurious
    wooden steamships running during the Civil War. In 1861, it
    disappeared. In 2013, it was found 30 miles northeast of Harrisville
    under 175 feet of water.

    19. Goderich Mine is the largest salt mine in the world. Part of it
    runs underneath Lake Huron, more than 500 meters underground.

    20. Below Lake Huron, there are 9,000-year-old animal-herding
    structures used by prehistoric people from when the water levels were
    significantly lower.

    21. There are massive sinkholes in Lake Huron that have high amounts
    of sulfur and low amounts of oxygen, almost replicating the
    conditions of Earth’s ancient oceans 3 million years ago. Unique
    ecosystems are contained within them.

    22. Lake Huron is the second largest among the Great Lakes, and the
    fifth largest in the world.

    23. In size, Lake Michigan ranks third among the Great Lakes, and
    sixth among all freshwater lakes in the world.

    24. Lake Michigan is the only Great Lake that is entirely within the
    borders of the United States.

    25. The largest fresh water sand dunes in the world line the shores
    of Lake Michigan.

    26. Because water enters and exits Lake Michigan through the same
    path, it takes 77 years longer for the water to replace itself than
    in Huron, despite their similarity in size and depth. (Lake Michigan:
    99 years, Lake Huron: 22 years)

    27. When the temperature of Lake Michigan is below freezing, this

  2. There are 10 more facts but they made the posting too long for acceptance.