Monday, December 26, 2011

Dec 26 bike ride

Day after Christmas - Biked to the North Pier, but the wind was blowing the surf over the pier, so decided not to go out very far. Temp was 42-44 degrees and sunny - NO SNOW! Sorry, the camera lens needs cleaning.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Colorburst 2011 cool and windy

I attended Colorburst 2011 near Lowell last Saturday morning (Oct. 15). I had originally signed up for the 30 mile tour, but with temperatures near 48 degrees with winds around 20 mph, I opted for the 17 mile route. Breakfast was excellent as usual. I rode alone this year, so that also contributed to the short route. I really need to find a group near Grand Haven that likes to do these rides ...

North Bank Trail Dedication

They had a very nice trail dedication last Monday, Oct. 10. There were lots of speakers from the various organizations responsible for financing the construction and providing support for Phase I of the North Bank Trail in Spring Lake, MI. The Spring Lake High School marching band was there and played the National Anthem. I had to leave early due to another meeting, but many of the attendees got to walk and ride the trail east to about 130th St.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

North Bank Trail Dedication Oct 10 5:30 pm

Dedication and ribbon cutting for the new sections of the North Bank Trail is Monday, Oct 10, 2011 at 5:30 pm!

North Bank Trail Photos

Here are some photos of NEW sections of the North Bank Trail near Spring Lake, MI. The trailhead with parking (top photo) is near 144th Ave. The bridge in the last photo is at the current end of the trail, somewhere near 130th Ave. I wish that there were street markers where the trail crosses the major streets! I knew approximately where I was but if I had planned to get off the trail to cycle north or south, it would be nice to know which street to exit onto. The tree colors were very bright! I think that next weekend will be the best, though.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

North Bank Trail (Spring Lake) Update

GOOD NEWS: Construction of Phase 1 of the North Bank Trail (Fruitport Rd to 130th Avenue) will be starting on August 1, 2011 and is scheduled to be completed by October 7th. The winning construction bid came in at $609,000, which is about $30,000 less than estimated, from Jack Dykstra Excavating out of Grand Rapids.

The Friends of the North Bank Trail are planning to have the regular monthly Friends meeting on July 26, 2011 at the Crockery Township Hall at 5:30 PM. Hope you can make it!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Mackinac City

bIkes loaded and ready to go home

Mackinac City

Ride is done and Pastor Ed and Trailer driver Jim are unloading baggage trailer.

Friday, June 10, 2011


Petoskey UMC


Petoskey bridge over rapids on bike path near downtown area

Rest Stop

Rest Stop at Charlevoix UMC


Charlevoix UMC Rest Stop

Torch Lake

Torch Lake market for lunch

Traverse City leaving

Getting ready to leave Traverse City

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Traverse City UMC

Ron - one of our SAG guys

Traverse City UMC

Harry and Bonnie resting at Traverse City Central UMC before lunch

Traverse City overlook

Just west of Traverse City Day 4

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Euchre games

Euchre games are popular on the Ride every night.


Trailer at Frankfort UMC.


Lunch stop at Onekama Lutheran Church. Temps in low 70s now.


Ludington Umc

Day 3

Starting Day 3

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Surfing the web from Pentwater

Resting and checking our website from Pentwater.

Pentwater Day 2

Pentwater end of Day 2 and 71 miles and 95 F.

Shelby UMC

Shelby UMC temp is 98 F

Country Dairy

Country Diry for lunch


Lakeside UMC Muskegon

Loading trailer Day 2

Loading bags into van on Day 2

Monday, June 6, 2011

Bikes in the Church of the Dunes basement.

Bikes in the church basement

Grand Haven

Grand Haven


Hog Wild in Holland

Glenn Michigan

Glenn Umc welcomes riders


Riverside UMC

Breakfast at Riverside UMC

Breakfast at Riverside UMC - 5 miles into Day 1.

Ride for Haiti start

Getting ready to roll

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Rider check in

Ride for Haiti group at checkin in Coloma.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Working on ride packets

Working on filling the rider packets for the Ride for Haiti

Ride for Haiti begins tomorrow

Here is the track for our ride which begins Sunday with check-in at Coloma UMC between 5 and 6:30 pm. Look for my posts from the ride beginning late Sunday and continuing through the week.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Memorial Day in Grand Haven

Memorial Day in Grand Haven. Temp is 84 deg and everyone has their boat out.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Ride of Silence 2011 - Spring Lake

This year's local Ride of Silence was held in Spring Lake. Last year they had 86 cyclists. I think they had close to that this year, however the cool cloudy weather may have prevented some from coming out.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Roger's new bike

I finally bought a road bike! I hadn't planned on buying a new bike this year, let alone a road bike. However, a deal came up that too good to pass up. My friend, Dave, from Lincoln, had purchased a new Specialized Roubaix last year, and he had too many bikes now. I was preparing Gayle for a purchase of a new road bike possibly in 2012. Dave made me an offer that I couldn't refuse. Now I am the proud owner of a 2008 Trek 2.3 - with Mavic rims and Cane Creek brakes! Now all I have to do is figure out how to shift the other direction! ;-)

Monday, April 4, 2011

Ride to Grand Haven boardwalk

I took a nice ride into Grand Haven on Saturday afternoon. Temperature was a balmy 50 degrees! Checked out the progress of reinforcing the sea wall on the boardwalk (top photo). Hope they get this finished before tourist season! Also checked out the sand coverage on the sidewalks near the State Park. Also hope they get this cleared by tourist season. I expect that we will see the bobcats and front end loaders out moving sand soon. Too bad they don't have a snow-blower that also blows sand too. I know some houses near the north pier that could use this. The winter winds blow the sand in from Lake Michigan and it really makes a mess.

Sunday, April 3, 2011

March ride on Harbor Island

I haven't been uploading photos much recently. Here is one from a ride I took on Sunday, March 13. Temperatures were still around 39-40 degrees, and as you can see, there was still snow along many of the roads. This shot was taken near the parking area on Harbor Island. There were a few other brave souls out flying a kite that day, one of the warmest weekends since Dec. 31.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Ride for Haiti 2011

One of the things that I am working on right now is this year's Ride for Haiti. The Ride for Haiti is in it's third year. The first year, Pastor Rob Nystrom from Battle Creek cycled around lake Michigan by himself. Last year, 7 cyclists from the West Michigan Conference of the United Methodist Church cycled approximately 400 miles in 6 days from the Indiana-Michigan border to Mackinac City, raising over $18,000 for Haiti mission projects. This year we are planning to open up registration to up to 50 cyclists from across Michigan and the midwest. These cyclists will be soliciting pledges from other church members and friends before and during the ride and hope to raise at least $20,000 for 2 Haiti mission projects. The projects this year include HAPI – Haiti Artisans for Peace International, and the Methodist Children’s Orphanage in Port-au-Prince. Pledges will be divided evenly between these two.

For more information or to register, please visit our web site:

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Kent County accepts $150,000 grant for trail connector

Kent County has decided to accept a $150,000 state grant to pay for design of a controversial recreational trail connector. However, some county leaders say the proposed path steps on the toes of neighboring Ottawa County and treads on Michigan’s second-largest industry.

After postponing action last month, the county’s Board of Commissioners on Thursday approved Michigan Department of Natural Resources funding to support a $2.5 million link between the state-owned White Pine and Musketawa trails. The project has sparked debate because a targeted route runs through an Ottawa County farmer’s cattle-feeding operation.

The proposed nine-mile connection along a section of an old railroad line would run through land used by Wright Township farmer John Triick, whose family claims it would split its farm and endanger its business.

See the entire article here.

Monday, February 28, 2011

Berry Junction Trail contract awarded Thursday!

After several years of disappointments, expiring grants and a parade of township officials come-and-gone fighting to make the project happen, bids to construct the Fred Meijer/Berry Junction Bike Trail are set to be awarded this coming Thursday, March 3.

The six-mile stretch of bike trail, running from White Lake Drive to Dalton Township’s Beegle Field on Tyler Road and following the former C & O railroad bed, is expected to cost $1.1 million. Coupled with a $9,500 investment by Dalton and Fruitland townships, the project is also being funded by a crazy-quilt of sources, including a half-million dollar federal grant, a near-matching grant from the West Michigan Trails and Greenways Coalition, and a $90,000 grant from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment.

“We’re still shooting for a July completion date,” said Fruitland Township Supervisor Sam St. Amour, who sits on the Fred Meijer/Berry Junction Bike Trail board. The board is headed by Dalton Township Supervisor Chris Hall. The project was initiated by former Dalton Township Supervisor Scott Hladki, who also was committee chair of the Berry Junction board.

For more info, see the newspaper article.