Today the route took us from Sturgeon Bay to Mishicot, WI. We followed the shoreline of Lake Michigan for the entire route and had some spectacular views. It was 71 degrees when I started and we had a high of 84. The high humidity (80 plus percent) really makes it feel sticky though. At the first rest/water stop I ran into Don and we rode together throughout the day. We stopped in Algoma and visited the Von Stiehl Winery. We tasted several varieties and I purchased some to be shipped home. They had free shipping if you bought six bottles, so I couldn’t pass up the good deal! There was a rest/water stop in Algoma also where a booster club was serving brats and burgers. They just sold their last brat when we arrived, so we decided to ride on to Kewaunee for a late lunch. It was about 2:00 when we got into town and we had a great burger at a local cafe. Immediately after we left Kewaunee I started having an “emergency” need for a bathroom. Of course we were in the middle of nowhere, so I made do with corn fields. Let’s just say the corn will probably grow better in the two places I “visited”. That seemed to get me straightened out and I did okay for the rest of the ride. With that exception, I feld really good on the ride. I rode 56 miles and the elevation gain for the day was just over 1,600 feet.
While I rode the route, Deb drove to the town of Two Rivers, WI and rode the Mariner Trail. It’s a paved trail that goes right along the shoreline from Two Rivers to the town of Manitowoc to the south. She finished a few hours before I did and waited at the school in Mishicot for me. There were no hotels in Mishicot, so we stayed in Two Rivers, about 10 miles to the south. We stayed at the Lighthouse Inn right on the shore of the lake. As luck would have it, tomorrow’s route goes right by the hotel, so I will just start riding from Two Rivers.