Sam’s summer tour, day 10: Ludington to Pipe (bonus S.S. Badger Ferry edition)

It was the longest day; it was the shortest day.  Although today's travels took me the most distance in one day thus far on my trip, 60 of those miles were spent sailing the high lakes aboard America's largest coal-fired steam ship: the S.S. Badger.  The four hour voyage was simply delightful. After two straight... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day nine: Mesick to Ludington 

Why does the wind blow from the south?  I'm about to reveal my complete and utter cluelessness about meteorology and fluid dynamics, but I spent a significant amount of time contemplating the  atmospheric forces that set breezes blowing during 61 miles of riding directly into a ferocious headwind.   At first I hypothesized that winds... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day eight: Mancelona to Mesick

Today's post is brought to you by the letter "M."  Midway through my 60 mile ride, I realized that the names of the majority of places I stayed in Michigan started with the 13th consonant: Menominee, Michihistrigan, Mackinaw, Mancelona, and now Mesick!  Today's mileage mainly consisted of rolling hills. The riding was...a trifle monotonous.  With... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day six: Michihistrigan to Mackinaw City

I am in a GOOD place. Not only are my akkomodations kompletely Komfortable at the Mackinaw City KOA, today's touring was simply spectacular!  I spent 61 cedar-scented, easy-breezy, mostly flat miles in the saddle, with jaw-dropping lake-views to my immediate right for the entire journey.  The most mentally challenging part of today's pedaling was mustering... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day four: Menominee to Rapid River

Cirrus clouds look like wispy horse tails because they're mostly made out of ice crystals. Ice crystals also lend cirrostratus clouds an ethereal appearance, which is why sunlight refracts into a halo when it shine through a sheet of these high-up-in the atmosphere formations. Cirrostratus clouds accumulating on top of cirrus clouds late in the... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day three: Appleton to Menominee

I've always had issues with boundaries. Traversing state lines remains as one of my top-ten favorite activities. I'm well aware that man-made borders are completely artificial constructs, dreamt up by long-dead white dudes. But that doesn't diminish by one bit the sheer sense of ACCOMPLISHMENT I feel after ticking another one of the 50 off... Continue Reading →

Sam’s summer tour, day two: Fond du Lac to Appleton

To differentiate between altocumulus clouds and their lower-lying cousins, stratocumulus, compare against the size of your hand held out at arm's length. Altocumulus clouds, because they sit up above 6,000 feet in the air, appear smaller than your thumb, whereas stratocumulus clouds look about the size of a fist. I hope that neither of us... Continue Reading →

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