Friday, July 23, 2010

July 22nd 2010

Not many pics today because it was pouring OUT~Woke up to light rain and began to pack up when the skies opened to a torential down pour.  We only had to ride 184 km to get to the Lake Express Ferry but it felt like it took a really long time to get there.  Our gear kinda let us down today to be honest.  Our Revit jackets with waterproof liner did not completely keep our upper body dry and that too me is not acceptable considering the price we paid for them.  That is a whole other story.

Anyway, we arrived at the ferry about 2 hours before it took off.  Cheryl's GPS skills took us through Milwaukee which was intereting.  Kinda smelly.  The rain drops were so freakin big and heavy when we arrived.  The Fast Ferry to Muskegon, Michigan was nice but HOLY did I read the prices incorrectly on the web.  When we checked in to our surprise it was $38 US for each bike and $85 US for each adult.  Plus a security fee, good ole Homeland Security of $22 as well as a fuel surcharge of $20.  Total to cross Lake Michigan $288 USD for  2.5 HR ride.

The good news is that when we finally tied down our bikes on the deck we got upstairs too late to get a seat.  Why is that good news?  Because Chris one of the ferry staff let us in the Premier Lounge.  Like first class and served us coffee and food while we sat in private from the regular folks.  So, maybe that $288 wasn't so bad after all.  Saved us about 530 km of riding and tryng to navigate past Chicago etc. 

After the ferry we landed and the rain had past we decided to ride.  Headed to Flint, Michigan to a Holiday Inn Express to treat ourselves.  Not the very best part of the state but the hotel staff were nice, gave us a discount, free dinner and breakfast as well as we parked our bikes right near the entrance.  Cheryl has done wonders with the GPS, we have been taking care of one another, eating snacks, drinking water and just watching out for one another.  Our intercom system is priceless and allows us to stay in communication with one another at all times.  Today was a little tough with the HUGE rain drops but overall still a good day. 

Next back to Canada through London, Ontario and then down back to the States

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