Saturday, October 22, 2011
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 ...
Sunday, October 9, 2011
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
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
Friday, June 10, 2011
Thursday, June 9, 2011
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
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Saturday, June 4, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Thursday, April 14, 2011
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
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
Saturday, April 2, 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: Haitiride.org
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
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
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.