Bicycle Around Lake Superior!
Day 18: Michigan;
Greenland to Chassell: LAST
DAY!! 50 miles
We rode our bikes the last day from Greenland a short way on M38 then on M26, stopping for a snack near Twin Lakes State Park at the beautiful Parkview Lodge and Grill (Krupps All Season Resort in Twin Lakes also has an awesome deli with fresh pasties and BBQ sandwiches) and on to Houghton.
From Houghton, we biked on US41 back home to Chassell to complete our circle tour of Lake Superior on our bicycles!
If a person has a mountain bike, you can take the bike trail from Houghton to Chassell along the old railway bed that follows between US41 and Portage Lake and canal. The bike trail is pebble gravel in and out of an arboreal tunnel, often along side the Lake so it is nice, cool route in the summer.
We were lucky with our bicycle equipment and had very few problems with the bikes all along our ride. When were were just a few miles from home, on the ride between Houghton and Chassell, Julie's tire started to leak air so she had to stop several times to fill the tire. The next morning, her bike tire was completely flat.
Some of our friends joined us as we approached Houghton and road into Chassell with us and celebrated with a Mackinac Island ice cream cone at the xxx dairy shop in Chassell.
On the next day,
Eagle Harbor to Chassell: Julie had decided to ride her bike
from her home in Chassell with Mary to her
Eagle Harbor, near the tip of the
Keweenaw, 54 miles.
They woke up to an extremely windy, cool day to ride so they decided
to drive Mary home with her luggage in the car then ride their bikes
back to Chassell so as to have the wind at their back for much of
the way. Julie writes: "On our last day, Mary and I rode our
bike from Eagle Harbor to Chassell. route we took was from Eagle
Harbor, Eagle River, Five mile point road, Ahmeek, Calumet, McLain
State Park, Hancock, Houghton, bike path downtown Houghton to near
Niemala's private outing and then on to HWY 41 to Chassell to Half
Moon Beach Road. The weather was chilly and had a terrific NORTH
tail wind. That day the wind was up 30-40 miles per hour. With that
powerful wind the pedaling was easier and actually felt like we were
coasting most of the way. We took a lunch break eating at the Hut
Kearsarge. We both had a bowl of Chili, hot chocolate and
dessert. The white caps on the lake were huge." (Connie went to
Sunday morning church instead of the extra ride up to the tip of the
Keweenaw, a popular local ride.)