Day 42 – McLain State Park (Total Miles = 654.5)

It was a short, easy ride to McLain State Park.  They had a lighthouse and ice cream!!  We should have stayed 2 nights just for the ice cream!  But, we spent the one night, enjoyed the beach by practicing our stone skipping, lingered over the sunset, and left the next day.  I didn’t even shower!!  I’m getting used to channeling my hippy-self!

Lighthouse At McLain State Park

Sunset From Campground Over Lake Superior

Just Gorgeous


Sorry…No pictures of the ice cream!!

Day 41 – Twin Lakes to Hancock (Total Miles =644.5)

Day 41 was nothing but business.  It was 63 degrees.  I suppose most would say that is great riding weather!  I would say it is great running weather, but not bicycle riding weather.  When you have the cold, a headwind, and the dampness, 63 degrees might as well be 20 degrees.

We arrived at our hotel, and guess what?  The heat didn’t work in the room.  We have to laugh now.  They must have thought we were crazy for wanting heat in August!  But, Ken and I both were freezing and wet.  My eyes were swollen from no sleep.  They must have thought, what kind of riffraff do we have now?!

We wanted to stay here forever!  The shower was hot!  Their soap and shampoo smelled good!  The bed was warm!  A great Mexican restaurant was nearby!  We were comfy.  But, we have been making our way so slowly, that we knew the hotel would just be a one nighter.  In the morning, the sun was back out, so we gathered our dirty, wet clothes into one big laundry bag, packed up the bikes, and left our cozy hotel.  The plan was to stop at the laundromat on the way out of town.  While doing the wash, we were able to lay out the tent, tarp, and sleeping pads to let the sun bake them dry.  Then, the best vegi pasty ever!! at Amy J’s Pasty shop, before we rode off to McLain State Park.

Portage Lake Lift Bridge Over Portage Waterway Between Houghton and Hancock

Getting The Laundry To The Laundromat…Will He Do It?

Attempt Number 3

Attempt Number 4…Worked!

Day 40 – Ontonagon to Twin Lakes (Total Miles = 620)

Hello!  We are back!!  We…are…a-live!  I am actually writing this on Day 49.  We have had the time of our lives in remote Keweenaw Peninsula.  No phone service at all, just us, our mighty steeds Traveler and Honey Badger, nature, and some wonderful people.  I will be catching everyone up, starting back at Day 40.  Stay with us as we share our Keweenaw story.

Day 40 (August 1) we left Ontonagon, and our friends…Stan, Ingrid, Nonesuch Gallery and Edna.  We rode 27 miles to Twin Lakes Campground.  We had a reservation, so no begging required.  We set up camp right next to the lake, but left our packs on the bike for an early departure in the morning (BwaaHaHaHa!!).  No sooner were we inside the tent, that it started to rain.  The ride that day had been hot and sunny, but by nightfall the temperature dropped to 48 degrees.  My sleeping bag is only rated to 40 degrees.  I think I slept 3 hours total that night.  I was so cold.  I was just so cold.  Ken woke up shirtless!  He was hot and had to remove his shirt in the middle of the night!  Wait a minute!  Who is the one with the hot flashes here?!  Everything was wet, too.  We did our best to clean up the tent and tarp, packed it wet, bundled up with damp ‘warm’ riding clothes, and headed to Hancock, where a hotel reservation awaited our arrival, as well as, the start of the Keweenaw Peninsula.


Beautiful Evening On Twin Lakes


Cold, Wet, Foggy Morning on Twin Lakes