Wisonsin passed as a horrible dream. Forest with funny name Chequamegon and Nicolet was a huge disappointment after Ottwawa National Forest. You have to pay for everything here. Want to hike a trail? Please pay $5 for parking. Want to launch a boat - $2. Camping? Here is a self-pay station. May be it's beautiful but I wouldn't know. Anyways weather wasn't great either - just after that forest sometimes I saw sun light. Not much though. Couple of very cold days coming - around 45F during the day, close to 30s at night. On Sat and after it's much better so I hope to ride a bike a bit in Minneapolis, MN. Few pics below - click the button.
Can't get used to morning cold - it's about 52F in the RV. I'm so cold by noon that I'm ready to leave to Mexico right now, but decided to check again radiator. The lid stuck and I had to use pliers and screwdriver, but when I opened it radiator was empty. Dilluted 0.5 gal of coolant to fill it up, but it wasn't enough... Only after 2.5 gallons it became full. So if there was just half of engine coolant - did it cool the engine at all? How long there was nothing? I remember the gauge was in the middle at 210F and thought that's how it should be, but now when it's really filled it shows 155F. I knew it's dripping from engine oil cooler system, but 2.5 gallons?
Grumpy morning didn't left any chance for sun. Inverter beeping lamentably begging for power. To warm up disassembled the bike - as expected ball bearing went bad. Decided to go to Ottawa National Forest where there are many falls and foot paths to them. Besides there are many campgrounds and supposedly there is no fee off season. After 20 minutes heavy rain started and didn't stop for another hour. Just before Agate Falls found road-side park where had lunch and some internet. All of a sudden sky become blue and sun was shining.
Very cold but gorgeous morning. I was parked in the shadow so it was cold even at 11:30 but then I found out that's it is pretty nice on the sun and went on a ride. There are few bike track in the Spur valley and when I got to the parking lot I found new track that looked interesting even on the map. 6.5 miles of hills and U-turns between trees with chipmunks throwing themselves under your wheels and spider web getting into your eye. Great track to ride! Totally recommended!
Can't show you much different today. Couple small waterfalls and amazing lakeshore. Fall is still to come although locals are surprized it's not here yet. In Vermont all leaves are down and looks liek winter is too close. Tired of measuring my hikes, today I was going for 6-7 miles and found out I did 12 when I got back to the parking lot. Few pictures with no comments, click the button below.
Google images showed me awesome pictures of Pictured Rocks so I went to check them out. Couldn't do all the way by bicycle - only foot travel is allowed on the trail. On the parking lot I noticed group of tourists with big backpacks and I laughed cause I thought the trail is just couple of miles. Apparently only lakeshore is about 70 miles long, but the trail which called North Country trail is about 4600 miles long!! One can walk from New York to North Dakota. I obviously didn't go that far - 2 miles to the Lighthouse were just enough for today.
Crossed the border of Upper Peninsula Michigan by Mackinac bridge, feels like completely other state! Great roads, better weather, so colorful and nice! Somehow I decided I need to go far today and I did, but on my way I was looking at all brown signs with interesting places and I couldn't figure out how come I am in a rush again... So I stopped at roadside park to have some lunch. While eating I tried to come up with idea why my heater is not working. Got really cold yesterday while driving. It wasn't an issue today since it's sunny and relatively warm day, but it's fall here so I had to fix it somehow. Looking under the hood noticed that engine coolant level is low so added some. And voila - it works perfectly now!
Traverse City by itself has nothing special except all the breweries and wineries which I'm not interested in. Even though it has a bike trail (I'm getting used to have them in each town) hard to say it's interesting place. I rode through old and new city, around the lake and got bored. But on the way back I found a small forest near hospital with great unpaved trails where you can actually ride mountain bike and scare the hell out of hikers. That was fun!
There were couple of hills which I got to from the wrong end - had to push bicycle up and then ride downhill.
Had a nice walk today. I thought I will just go to the shore and back but kinda liked it and hiked for 4.5 hrs and 13 miles. Wanted to take shortcut on the way back but didn't find a trail (it was north of the lake and I thought it's south) otherwise it would be an hour less and I wouldn't get all wet under rain :( Lake Michigan is huge and looks like sea. Sand beach is great but too cold for swimming. Although could be a nice spot for kite surfing.