I ran a great four miles in 29:00 minutes. Immediately after I hopped on my bike and rode up West Main hill to Jason Roon’s place the back way to avoid traffic. Jason asked me about my flashers and lights. I ignorantly put on a crappy Black Diamond headlamp I thought would be sufficient. We wound our way through some back neighborhoods until we hit Ravine. This is when it started raining. It was the painful type of rain that had me looking straight down, despite my own fear for whatever lay ahead. I was soaked through in seconds. Luckily it was about 63 degrees. Due to my increased running activity and my lack of food I started cramping in my left calf. I pedaled the rest of the way to Jim’s place on one leg without dropping behind. No small accomplishment as Jason is pretty fast. Jason and I have a history of enduring flash flood conditions, so I was not surprised when it started to pour down on our ride. All I could do was follow his red flasher and his bike lamp all the way to Jim’s place.
We were meeting to discuss a trip for this summer. A Lake Michigan Archipelago trip by sea kayak. The idea would be to paddle the main group of islands of Lake Michigan from the Northern section of the Lower Peninsula. To my knowledge no one has specifically targeted these islands for a trip. I’m sure _someone_ has done the trip. Maybe even Ojibwa in a canoe. However silly white recreational paddlers are another matter entirely.
There are several challenges to this specific trip. First is the distance. There are a few long crossings on this trip at least one that is 19 miles. I have not done any trip with a crossing that long. This is probably why it has not been done in recent memory. According to the map we will be in open water for the majority of the trip. This is never a good thing on the Great Lakes, but it seems it is also part of the allure of the trip. It is so close, and i have only been to two of the islands we will visit. Based on the fact that I paddle Lake Michigan at least once a week in the on season, and a little less in winter, I think I need to do this. Not for the been there, done that mark, but because there is a part of my beloved lake I haven’t seen, and I don’t want familiarity to breed contempt. This is the wife we’re talking about, you can’t let the marriage get in the way of romance. So I will try to take Lake Michigan out for dinner, a movie, and a little dancing later in the summer.
I just hope she lets me score a homerun, because 19 miles is one hell of a crossing, you don’t want to piss her off and have to swim it!
Check out my map.