This photo was taken on an April 26 ride to Fabius Township in St Joseph County, Michigan. The property on the left (west) side of the road once belonged to Clark Brody’s grandfather. Brody himself ended up with part of his grandfather’s property, though as far as I know, not this parcel. I also have [...]
Which way to go? I was in the middle of a three day ride to Port Huron, but for the past several miles on gravel roads didn’t have any of the old Universal Maps that show paved roads. Google didn’t know paved from gravel, so was no use finding my way back to pavement. It’s not that the gravel was hard to ride on. It had rained heavily the day before, but there was only one place where I had to negotiate between puddles. The surfaces were otherwise firm. It was not too difficult to navigate between and around the pitted areas, and I was making decent time. At this intersection I made a wild guess, and continued on my way north.
I took a right turn at the next section corner, then a mile later came upon this old Methodist church. Even though it’s boarded up, it has a nice, new-looking metal roof. So maybe somebody has plans for it. I tried to learn a little of its history but with no luck so far. However, I have now learned from Universal Maps that this gravel road crossing had a name: Nicholson.
From here it was only a mile back to pavement. Later in the day, south of Flint, I found myself on some paved roads with potholes and heavy traffic that I would gladly have traded for the gravel roads I encountered early in the day.
The route for the three days is shown here. Day 1, to Williamston: 69 miles. Day 2, to Denison: 63 miles. Day 3, to Port Huron: 88.5 miles. The wind was at my back the first two days, but shifted to the south the afternoon of the 3rd. I made the smart move of getting in a bunch of my miles to the south early in the afternoon, before the wind got stronger.
The 3rd day I did visit some sites connected to the Black Hawk war. But there are others I didn’t have time to get to, and probably quite a few I don’t even know about yet. So maybe my first ride to Port Huron won’t have to be my last.
YTD mileage: 644.5