Ride Report – The Day after Election Day

Well before the election I had figured I would be better off doing a bicycle ride the day after rather than sitting at my computer and stewing over the results. Also, the forecast was for clear skies and mild winds from the northwest, which meant I could ride to the southeast where there still are […]

Church Buggies on Quincy Grange Road

Church Buggieson Quincy Grange Road

The latest Amish America article about fancy young people’s buggies (Growing Up Amish Excerpt: Youngie, Buggies & Horses) made me think of this scene in Branch County from a couple of Sundays ago.  I was riding from one township hall to another (more on that another time) and came upon a gathering of Amish buggies […]

Waffle Farm Campground

Huron Potawatomi Reservation

This was the only photo stop on yesterday’s ride to the Waffle Farm campground, near Coldwater.  I stopped for a photo near Athens, at the north end of the Huron Potawatomi Reservation. Today I hope to ride to the former farmsite and the gravesite of a man who had once seen Black Hawk. He hadn’t […]

Treaty lines – Collect the whole set

Southwest corner of Mickasawbe reserve

The T-intersection of Fillmore and Fenn is the southwest corner of the Mickesawbe Reserve in Branch County, Michigan.  Fillmore Road is part of the west boundary, and Fenn Road is part of the south boundary.  The photo is from July 26 2009. Fenn Road follows a section line.  In fact, it’s also a township boundary.  […]


Church at the sound end of Algansee

This weekend I did an overnight ride to Branch County. There was a wind from the northeast both days, and temperatures were cool, so I wimped out and stayed in a cheap motel instead of camping. I tried to explain to the woman who runs the motel that I was planning a few stops in Algansee […]

Smoke gets in your eyes (and your house, and your yard)

I’m off on a bike ride today.   It rained most of the day.  If I had known it would be like this, I wouldn’t have gone.  But I’m glad I did.   The new Ortlieb panniers did their job of keeping out water.   I put on my rain jacket only a mile from home.   Late in […]

Fictitious Railroad

In yesterday’s post (Maiden voyage of new panniers) I referred to two railroads crossing each other a few blocks to the east of the present-day depot/Mexican restaurant, in the direction where this train is headed.    I had tried to interpret the scene shown in this photo in terms of the 1872 atlas: This snippet shows […]