Day 7 – Marquette, MI to Munising, MI – 43 miles

Sad to leave Marquette this morning!  Definitely my favorite city so far.

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The morning was beautiful.  Wind at my back, a bike path to bike through the cool air out of the city, and a shining morning sun set the scene for a wonderful morning ride in the UP.

DSCN2304Leaving Marquette

 

After some miles on highway 28 going east, I discovered a cool metal sculpture park that my hosts mentioned last night – Lakenenland!

DSCN2318Here are a few of the photos:

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A few miles before reaching Munising, I saw some Sandhill Cranes:

DSCN2323Once in Munising, I ate at Main Street Pizza.  The pizza and breadsticks were awesome.  On my way in the door, a lady noticed my cross that I was wearing.  When I told her that it was a TEC cross that I received at a retreat, she simply smiled and said “I know, I got one from a retreat here in Escanaba, Michigan”.

Very cool.

Inside while eating my pizza, an individual inquired about the trip and wished me luck on the journey.  One of the workers at the pizza place also wished me luck.  I am grateful for the good company of the people on the trip.

Another thing I quickly became grateful for was the Terrace Motel.  I wanted to go on the boat tour of the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore this evening and I needed a place to put my bike during that time, so I decided to see what I could get a motel for.  Larry at the Terrace Motel was very helpful.  He even took a picture of my bike and myself and posted the mission of my ride, St. Teresa Orphans Foundation, on the Terrace Motel Facebook page.  I recommend the Terrace Motel if you stay in Munising.

I took a shower then decided to call to reserve a ticket for the boat tour this evening – but I did not get good news…they cancelled the tours for today because of the ice! :(  What a bummer!

A walk around Munising ensued instead.  A stop at the Family Dollar replenished my food supplies, for I would likely be camping tomorrow and my supplies were low.

wpid-img_20140527_173519_627.jpgI also happened to come across a Farmer’s Market :)

I did a quick Dairy Queen stop to enjoy some ice cream.  I’m going to call it an early night tonight and get an early start in the morning.  I’m going to try to make up some mileage tomorrow.  Hopefully the weather cooperates.