How I Spent My Summer Vacation: Cycling from Chicago to Ontario
10 days. 250+ miles. One border crossing. Just the two of us and our bicycles.
We left July 4 in the middle of a heat wave, taking the train to Waukegan and then biking about 60 miles to Milwaukee in the 102 degrees. The heat didn’t sit so well with us, so we took a bit of a departure from our plans and adapted our schedule so we didn’t sweat to death. Over a week and a half, we rode two ferries, one sky ride, two taxis, an airport shuttle and, ultimately, a plane. Our route took us from Milwaukee to Muskegon via ferry, then we drove to Traverse City in a one-way rental car (a heat accommodation). From there, the temperatures dropped to the 70s so we hopped back on our route, riding through the lovely town of Charlevoix to Petoskey and then ferrying over to Mackinac Island. Along the way we saw the world’s largest and second largest cherry pie pans, mushroom houses, endless shoreline, a taxidermy museum, a tiny church and more. From there, we biked about 55 miles to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and traversed a somewhat scary three-mile bridge (filled with fast-moving trucks and no bike lane), crossing the border in to Canada by bicycle. (It sounded far more romantic than it actually was in reality). The trip was incredible–exhausting and energizing at the same time. And we’re still hopping on the bikes and going for long rides every weekend, working to keep our legs hard. And now, the photos.