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July 19, 2009: Phelps, WI to Crystal Falls, MI

First off, to those who read this blog regularly, our apologies for the information being posted somewhat erratically of late. We are currently passing through unincorporated townships in northern Wisconsin and Michigan that do not have regular cell phone or internet  service. We have a receiver for our computer that will provide internet access if  cell phone service is available, but this type of connection has not been an option lately. We will continue to try to our best to transmit information to Blog Central as regularly as possible.

We awoke today by the shores of Spectacle Lake near Phelps, Wisconsin to something new – sunshine! Though it be the middle of July, we have not really seen much of the sun for the past few days.

We set off on what Chuck promised would be a short easy ride of about 45 miles to Crystal Falls, MI. The mileage estimate was correct, but the route included some serious rollers. There were a couple of rollers that are probably used as steep, black diamond ski runs during the winter.

We made it though, and in the process we bid another state farewell as we left Wisconsin and entered Michigan. The countryside in northern Michigan is very scenic, with wooded areas, small farms and equally small townships. We are currently camped at a very nice local RV park in Crystal Springs, MI.

Cassius, Michigan, a happy town.

Cassius, Michigan, a happy town.

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Suzi and Ann at Spectacle Lake, Wisconsin.

Suzi and Ann at Spectacle Lake, Wisconsin.

July 18, 2009: Mercer, WI to Phelps, WI

Today began on something of an alarming note: when Suzi Wood awoke, she discovered that a tick was gorging itself on her blood. After trying a number of different methods to get the creature to extract itself, Mark finally took a pair of forceps and a needle provided by Ann, and worked the head of the unsuspecting parasite out of the affected area. The patient is fine and recovering well. The deceased tick is now housed in a sandwich bag for public viewing.

Latest method for tick removal.

Latest method for tick removal.

Once again the weather was not our friend, as rain and cold plagued the majority of our ride to Phelps, Wisconsin. The route included headwinds and some serious rollers.

This part of Wisconsin is heavily wooded and is dotted by a number of small lakes. The wet weather has really freshened up the forests, and the cooler temperatures seem to have kept the mosquito population at bay.

We are currently camped on the shores of Spectacle Lake, near Phelps. The campsite is classified as a primitive forest service encampment – no electricity, running water, etc. – so, yes Howard, we once again had the experience of using the portable shower, which Sue P. operated admirably.

Sue P. staffing the shower.

Sue P. staffing the shower.

Camp at Spectacle Lake.

Camp at Spectacle Lake.

Tomorrow we will cycle about 50 miles to Crystal Falls, Michigan – at which point another state shall be in our collective rear-view mirror.

Distance cycled today: 68.48 miles. Elevation climbed: 2,129 feet.

Sue and a big loon, Mercer, WI.

Sue and a big loon, Mercer, WI.

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Poor man's welcome to Wisconsin.

Poor man's welcome to Wisconsin.

July 16, 2009: Duluth, MN to Lake Nakenogan, WI

July 17, 2009: Lake Nakenogan, WI to Mercer, WI

These notes are a little brief, as we’re not blessed with the best of Internet connections right now (hence the lack of an update yesterday).

First off, thanks so very much to John Woodward for the use of his home for two days. The night before we left, we held a mass birthday party for all who celebrated or will celebrate birthdays while we are away. Chuck and Suzi’s daughter Eileen prepared a scrumptious cake.

John, Ann, Gabe and Bob.

John, Ann, Gabe and Bob.

...and Ely

...and Ely

Prior to leaving Duluth, Chuck led us on a “short” bicycle tour of the downtown area. The tour included a viewing of Chuck and Suzi’s old mansion.

Said mansion.

Said mansion.

As we left Duluth, we crossed over a portion of Lake Superior and entered Wisconsin. Our route yesterday took us to Lake Nakenagon and a relatively primitive camp site. The day’s mileage was about 105 miles.

This morning we said goodbye to Lake Nakenagon on a cold rainy day. It is difficult to comprehend that it is the middle of July, based upon some of the weather conditions that we have faced lately; the climate seems more in tune with October.

Rainy morning at Lake Nakenagon

Rainy morning at Lake Nakenagon

At any rate, Friday’s route took us to Mercer, WI. The riding included rain, headwinds, and some pretty challenging rollers. The distance cycled was about 75 miles.

Tomorrow we will cover a 59-mile route to Phelps, WI. We are making a request for a little sunshine.

Suzi and Chuck in Glidden, WI.

Suzi and Chuck in Glidden, WI.

Suzi, Ann, Gabe and Bob.

Suzi, Ann, Gabe and Bob.

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