I’ve been wanting to test the YellowMobile on a real adventure – a trip out to see my parents in Michigan – and finally the time had come. I started out from St. Charles in the wee hours on Father’s Day and headed North to Wisconsin. Here’s the map…
Now that’s a shortcut!
Morning, before daylight is the very best time to put in some mileage on the suburban roads in my area but I had another reason – I had to catch the 12:30 ferry in Milwaukee, some 100 miles away.
Not bothering with the bike path, I took the most direct road North. I was very satisfied with my recent headlight adjustment as I finally joined up with the path. I could see everything ahead of me in that pre-dawn tunnel of foliage and there was no need for slowing to allow a safe margin for braking.
I did run into some bike path problems later – closures with no info or detours! I lost at least a half hour messing with that. My lesson for next time – if you hit the road early, stick to the streets as long as you can – they’re a sure thing! When I’d gone quite a ways on major roads, I decided to give the path another chance and ended up on the Sternes Woods trail. Think of it as a paved mountain bike track. Who would do that?!!
Anyway, once past the woods it was clear sailing… for a while. Wisconsin has bike trails but they were gravel – and they were wet from the previous night’s rain – and they were soft! Kind of like pedaling uphill all the time.
I stayed on the trails as they turned from manicured trail – to gravel path – to a weedy, two track farm road. Luckily, I spied a paceline of bikers on the highway which ran parallel and quickly decided that if they could, I could. Hmm, big choice – 10 to 15 mph on the trail or 20 to 25 mph on the pavement… I took the highway straight into Milwaukee. Unfortunately, I have no video of that because Cammie took a nap. Slacker!
I made the ferry with time to spare – whew!
Travelling by velomobile is wonderful! Everyone I met on the ferry wanted to ask about my strange transportation and after I’d told them a bit, I could find out more about them, where they were headed, and what they were doing. A marvelous chance to learn about my fellow travelers!
My folks met me at the ferry landing, then I pedaled the fifteen or so miles to their home. I was relieved that my dad didn’t follow me with his emergency flashers on!
I stayed a couple of days and helped dad build a fire pit that he’d been planning.
Here’s the movie…
Oh, if you don’t like riding around in the dark, you can skip ahead to the 6 minute mark or so…
My thanks to the musicians…
Ordinary Pictures by Alaxander Chereshnev
Brain Breaker by Al Alandra
Rural Parks by Alaxander Chereshnev
Never Did Nothin To Write A Song About by Speck
The Living Game by Hans Atom