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Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s – Arriving in Michigan and the UP

July 3, 2018 – Escanaba, MI – Ya der hey, we made it to da U.P.

Logged 76.58 miles on the day from Peshtigo, WI into Michigan as we make our way to Whitefish Point and the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

And this sweet, innocent, animal-loving kid is killing me. If you ever want to get in shape just take a 15-year-old speed skater with pistons for legs on a bike tour/vacation.

Our average speed Monday was 16-19 mph. (my normal plod is a 12-14 mph).

Mind you, we are also dragging a dinosaur tail of gear that weighs about 70-80 pounds.

Our third wheel, Mother Nature, was kind to us with flat roads, a sunny day – but not blazing hot – and a nice tailwind.

Highlights of the day:

– The Peshtigo Fire Museum is reason alone to visit the community. A horrible historic event is well documented in paintings, stories, and a mass grave of unidentifiable neighbors and families that were swept up in the deadliest fire in America on October 1871.

The stories were horrific and graphic.

 

-The rest of the museum was quite interesting with local antiques and collectibles, including bikes. There was a fabulous tandem that also served as a holder for boxing gloves.

And we found a bike built to ride on railroad tracks.  Audrey took great delight in pretending she was riding the rails.

– A big note of thanks to Bobbi and Parker from New Life Church for giving us a safe place to stay in Peshtigo.

On a side note: I bought Audrey a speedometer before we left but didn’t find time to install it mainly because I couldn’t find the English instructions. During the evening she installed it herself but had a hard time setting the readings to fit her tire size.

“I read the German version on how to put it on,” she said.

Of course she did. Audrey had seven years at German Immersion School.

The only thing we’ve been able to read so far is the temperature setting. So to bring you into my world the biking chatter has changed from “how many miles have we gone now” to “It’s 84 degrees now.”

“We’re up to 96 … no, now it’s 104… ”

While it has been hot, I think we’ll have to reread the instructions.

 

The 2018 Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is raising money this year for a rickshaw for seniors at The Samaritan Campus, a 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible.

 

 

Thanks to the sponsors below for supporting this year’s tour including: Elm Grove Woman’s Club, Gruber Tool and Die, Horicon Bank, Alliance Services, American Commercial Real Estate, The Sign Shop and Pizza Ranch

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Amazing Ride for Alzheimer’s is raising money this year for a rickshaw for seniors at The Samaritan Campus, a 501c3, so all donations are tax deductible.

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