Thursday, June 30, 2011

Michigan to Indiana


Finally, the perfect weather shows up. Unfortunately, it is just as we are leaving Michigan. Overall, this has been a pretty disappointing trip. We missed 3 planned days of riding in Milwaukee due to the threat of thunderstorms, and, the days we have ridden have been filled with rain, wind, clouds or all three. But today, the sun is shining, the air is cool and there is virtually no wind. Perfect.

We head west out of Traverse City, then south, down the east shore of Lake Michigan. We tried to stay off the big highways as much as possible and remain on the tree-lined, scenic roads that hug the shoreline. There were a few delays from road construction, but nothing too crazy. All-in-all, it was a pleasant day of riding through Michigan and into Indiana. There was a noticeable drop in road quality as soon as we crossed the Indiana border. The highway turned from silky smooth to a pothole ridden mess.

We arrived at the Valparaiso Hampton Inn & Suites about 6:00pm. We had not eaten all day, so after we checked in, we immediately rode to King Gyro for dinner before unloading the trailer. King Gyro is a local landmark Greek restaurant that I had read about on Tripadvisor. I had the Gyro plate and Rickee had the fried Perch. Both were excellent! This is a great stop if you ever find yourself in Valparaiso.

Tomorrow is a long day for us, 425 miles from Valparaiso to Jefferson City, MO.

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