So Saturday night, we officially stayed in Harvey MI, at the hotel which used to be terrible, but now is ok. It's not great/perfect, but it's ok. We stay at a lot of "america's best value" because we have a discount card. and a AAA card. No AAAAARP for us, unless we drink our sodey pop too fast. You're thinking: where the hell is Harvey? It's right near Marquette, which has a bunch of stuff we should go back and look at. For example? everything that we didn't see, which is everything there. I invite you to go to Uncle Google, type in Harvey MI or Christmas MI, zoom out to 2 miles and follow along. Switch back and forth to earth or whatever that other thing is to see what we see.
Sunday: Yeah, ok, so the bed is like a rock again, we've figgered out that nearly every hotel bed has a hard bed, so it's no use complaining about it. By now we're getting used to it and adjusting to it, getting some decent sleep. It helps that we're exhausted when we get to bed each night. Some days we actually get planned ahead enough that we don't have to take in all of our luggage, that saves a bit of time and effort. Even though there's no rain in the forecast, we covered the bikes each night...meaning we had to go back out after the bikes had cooled off enough to cover them.....didn't want to melt the covers.
You may remember that Val had just acquired this bike shortly before this trip, and I guess we should feel lucky that it did have some saddlebags installed on it, even though they were tiny. We ordered some giant sized saddlebags, the order confirmation stated: delivery in 21 to 56 days. We still have not received them, but did get an email telling us that FedEx has them. The two covers, a 1st aid kit and Val's sack for bungees totally filled the right side bag on her bike. Her rain kit, extra gloves, and a few other bits of special necessary crap filled the other one. I'm not going to list the contents of my saddle bags, they're large and voluminous.
I told you that story just so I could tell you this one: once upon a time, in a land far far away, a little motel thought they'd serve breakfast to everyone that stayed there. The memory of this makes me want to ask: does anyone really like those waffle things? I've made them, and I've eaten them, and I think that they're not bad, but they're not very good, either. I've learned that I do better all day if I have some protein with my breakfast instead of all carbonhydrates. Eating cereal is not really an option, either, since milk sometimes causes my stomach to rebel and has more sugars than proteins anyway. So! This is why we went to McDonalds most mornings. Fairly cheap, sorta fast, plenty of napkins.
|couple pics snapped as we cruise thru|
retty clever of them to use a barrel to hold up the table top. You can see under the center glass there's slices of polished agate nestled in sand. Grandpa used to polish rocks. I don't remember what I ate for lunch, fish N chips, I think. Val's burger was quite good. The clock keeps ticking, the sun keeps setting...we've got a long ways to go yet.
|very nice war memorial on the shore|
|yet another thing we should have stopped to see, but! time waits for no man!|
We finally hit Hwy 123, which goes thru Newberry state forest area. Newberry is moose capital of MI. We still have not seen a deer or a moose or a bear or an elk or a wild pig or a wolf or a coyote or a fox or a beaver, but we've seen lots of hairy crows and a few hawks. Val saw a herd of deer in a field in Northern WI, so we were on the lookout. Our destination is the shipwreck museum and some water falls, the name of which escapes me. Starts with T. Sounds like.................ah hell, I'll think of it sooner or later.
Did I mention anywhere at anytime that MI is experiencing near record heat? We start the day with full leather, but by lunch we've taken off our coats and chaps, just wearing helmets and gloves, shirts, pants, and boots. So! those raindrops felt good.