Wow, I pedaled 90 miles and nothing happened today! After weeks of daily adventures, problems and highlights today was very routine. I left the motel around 9:30 and pedaled about 25 miles on a paved bike trail that ended at the western edge of Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Then I pedaled through rich and poor neighborhoods in Grand Rapids. One minute I was pedaling by homeless people sleeping on top of a low wall. A few minutes later I was pedaling through a fancy restaurant district, where the patrons were sipping cocktails on outdoor patios.
The eastern edge of Grand Rapids is clearly not a safe place for autos. While leaving the city I had to dodge three different areas filled with the broken glass, plastic and metal of previous car accidents.
In the late afternoon I stopped for more Gatorade. Google decided to update my route during the pause and gave me three choices for the final push into Portland, Michigan. One choice took an extra hour so that one was out.
Of the two remaining, one was very simple (go straight for six miles and then go east for fourteen miles). The other was Google’s recommended route. It took many different roads in a step pattern, but supposedly was 7 minutes faster. I started on the faster step route. After two miles the pavement stopped and gravel roads began. I turned around, pedaled back to town and took the simpler route to my hotel.
I am sorry to disappoint readers who expected more excitement today. Almost any activity can become routine after doing it long enough.