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06/25  Push up, roll down, repeat
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07/17  A short unremarkable day
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Not too proud to push

2010-05-29

I was afraid I wouldn't sleep well what with all the bears and wolves and pine squirrels and stuff. Instead I didn't sleep well because the ground was hard and lumpy.

Google Maps lied to me. Yet again. I guess in its defense there probably was a bridge there at one point on Eade Road, northwest of Mellen. And there was that Dead End sign. Fortunately the river wasn't so deep that I could push my bike across it. Unfortunately what was left of the road was so steep I could barely push my bike up it, let along peddle.

I spent a lot of time today pushing my bike up steep gravel roads and also climbing stairs. Waterfalls are surrounded by lots of stairs, and a good chunk of my day was spent looking at waterfalls: Morgan Falls to Copper Falls to Potato Falls to Saxon Falls to Superior Falls (hello Michigan; goodbye Michigan). My route meandered severely.

I didn't have to pay an entry fee at Copper Falls State Park because "if you can bike here you don't have to pay."

At Saxon Falls I met an older lady named Joan. We ended up going down the wrong road. In our effort to find the waterfall she gamely followed me on foot along a series of catwalks straddling a giant water pipe. We finally found the falls, but Joan wasn't able to climb down and up the couple of ladders there in order to get a good view. I promised to email her pictured later.

I'm really in the sticks. Most roads are ATV routes. And people still chuck cassette tapes out their window rather than CDs.

There is a virtual infestation of four-wheelers up here. The drivers follow each other around on dust-choked forest roads. By the end of the day they are caked in dirt. It doesn't look like fun to me. Hi Kettle, I'm Pot.

I stopped at the only bar in Saxon Harbor to get some food. I was supposed to be reacting to a crisis at work, but my hoped-for cell signal was nonexistent, so I opted to ignore the issue temporarily. And I had been lusting after a cheeseburger since noon. I doubt if I'd be able to find another before tomorrow afternoon. After being ignored in the dining room for about ten minutes, the bartender finally asks me, "So, are you just relaxing?" I guess that's karma.

I am very tired. At one point today I swallowed a bug. In spite of precautions I am quite sunburned. I've been bitten by about every type of insect up here--well, except those ants building the six-foot wide mounds.

My first choice for a campsite didn't agree with me because of the mud, uneven ground and big fresh wolf tracks. Where I did set up my tent could easily be another wolf path, but at least I can't see the tracks.

Morgan Falls in the morning


the bridge was out


Copper Falls


Potato Falls


Saxon Falls


Superior Falls


wolf track

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