September 2013 President’s Letter

Hey there. Remember me? Zolton Cohen? Silver/black/blue Trek 5000? Always chewing a toothpick? Not the bike; me. I'm the one chewing the toothpick. Usually.

Well, I used to ride with the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club, from the mid-90's until early 2013. But then I took a construction job out of town and I haven't made it to many rides since. It's not a long workday or the commute that is keeping me away from the club rides. The work is simply kicking my hind end, in the physical sense. It's knocking the taste right out of my mouth, as they say down south.

I'll confess to astonishment that a tiny little thing like 30 years passing since I last did this type of work has diminished my ability to lug 80 bags of concrete, 2x12x16 foot floor joists, and 3/4 inch OSB subflooring. And it used to be that I could do that for an eight to ten hour day and then hang out in bars all night long. No longer though.

Heck, I don't even have the desire to hang out in bars anymore. Well, not much anyway; I do like to drink beer on occasion. What I'd really like to do in my off hours is ride my bike on club rides. But lately, the mathematical equation for doing that has been reading like this: If you have ten units of energy to expend during the day and you use nine point five of them stumbling around a rocky jobsite, spending the last point five of those units on a bike ride begins to look suspiciously like a way to move from just dog-tired to a state of catatonia.

Something had to give. Unfortunately it was the riding business.

I will be back though. We're nearing the end of this project and I expect to rebound from my current pathetic mileage and bike-fitness levels and do some good riding in the fall.

And one of the rides I'm especially looking forward to is the annual Anniversary Ride and Party. Social Director Chad Goodwill tells me the event will occur on the morning of Saturday, September 21. Information about the ride can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

If you've been a member for a while, or if you're a new member and haven't ever come to the Anniversary Ride, you really ought to make it a point to come to it. There are several different routes to choose from, with variously-paced groups going out on each. And when you return to the Kal Haven Trailhead on 10th Street, food will be waiting! It's a great way to spend a September Saturday morning. I'll look forward to seeing you there.

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Next KBC Monthly Meeting on September 10th, 2013

The next KBC Monthly Meeting will take place at 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at the Kalamazoo YMCA on Maple Street. All KBC members are welcome to attend.


KBC Annual Fall Anniversary Ride and Party

The Annual Fall Anniversary Ride and Party will take place at 10:00 A.M. on Saturday, September 21, at the Kal Haven Trailhead on 10th Street. Several different road ride routes will be offered, and maps will be available. Some members may also wish to put together a trail ride on the Kal Haven Trail.

The plan is to begin the rides at 10:00 A.M. with the goal of returning to the trailhead by noon. A potluck will start at that time. KBC will provide pizza, drinks, plates, cups, napkins, and plastic silverware.

Please bring a side dish or dessert to pass and we should be all set to replace all of those calories burned on the ride, and then some. And also, please spread the word to your fellow members and prospective members; the more the merrier.

If you have any questions, please contact Chad Goodwill at

Zolton Cohen, KBC President


Forest and Foliage Fall KBC Ride

The KBC fall color tour, Forests and Foliage in the Fall ride, is scheduled for Saturday October 19, 2013. Once again, it will start from the parking lot at Gun Lake Park located at 124th and Paterson Road. (Take US 131 to Exit 59 and drive east until you run out of road.) Tentatively, we will call 9:30 A.M. the starting time until we get a closer look at the weather.

There will be 3 routes; 35 miles, 50 miles and a metric century. There were 7 of us there last year and we all had a great ride in the midst of high color in the Yankee Springs area.

Mark Irwin


League of Michigan Bicyclists Update

I have some news from the League of Michigan to share with you. First, the League has an area on its website,, for reporting cycling crashes involving automobiles. It is a section of guided questions to gather information about the crash that you were involved in and how it affected you. The League hopes to use this information to help humanize bicyclists; to show that we are someone's wife, husband, son, daughter, sibling, or best friend.

An extension of this effort is the lobbying of State Senators and Representatives. Currently the League is working to get a vulnerable roadway user legislation passed in Michigan. This would allow for stricter penalties for people who hit and injure a vulnerable roadway user; a pedestrian, bicyclist, or person in a wheelchair. This past month three members of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club met with Rep. Margaret O'Brien, the State Representative for the 61st District, to tell their stories and ask for her support in the passage of this legislation. It looks like this effort has paid off, as there will be a hearing for this legislation in September. There is still a long path ahead to the passage of this into law, but we are moving forward, and I thank Paul Selden, Paul Guthrie, and Steven Cummings. One of the benefits to laws like this for bicyclists is that it will educate motorist about our right to be on the road.

The final good news that we have is that bikes are now permitted on specially modified AMTRAK train cars. We are now able to take the train into Chicago with our bikes. This is great news. There are a limited number of spots per train and this won't be available for every train that stops in Kalamazoo, but it is a start. The best way to show our appreciation is to use the service!

An announcement about this service from the Michigan Department of Transportation can be found at the following link:,3170310.

David Jones, Board Member, League of Michigan Bicyclists


Ride to South Haven Report

For the second straight year, nice warm weather greeted 16 riders with a thirst for adventure (and Gatorade) and a hunger for mouth watering subs on Saturday, August 3. These riders included special guest, Randy Putt, the former Ride to South Haven Ride Leader, who traveled from his home in Cincinnati, Ohio, just for the ride (or so the RL would like to believe). And at 8:15 A.M., these riders left the KVCC parking lot on their journey to the west; some planning to do the ride in its entirety, others planning to ride to Lawrence and back, and others planning to turn back at points in between.

The early pace was rather torrid by the RL standard, as Ryan Heidenfeld and Steve Cox, with some help from Doug Kirk, made sure that no one (i.e., the RL) would be daydreaming about succulent turkey club subs during the early portion of the ride. So, it was rather surprising to realize a few miles from Lawrence that Steve had disappeared from the group. Assuming that he must have had a flat tire, Chris Barnes and Carl Clatterbuck, who were planning to ride back to Kalamazoo from Lawrence, decided to retrace the route and give a course map to Steve so he could meet us at our rest stop in Lawrence. A few minutes later, the RL backtracked about a half mile to see if he could spot Steve and was unsuccessful, but this did provide him with an opportunity to chase down the remaining riders on the way to Lawrence, an attempt that was also unsuccessful. Upon reaching Lawrence, the RL vowed not to do any pulling during the remainder of the ride, not that he was doing any pulling anyway. (The RL found out later that Steve discovered that an almost flat tire was in bad shape and he decided that it would a wise idea to ride home.)

John and Barb Hart on a tandem (and when was the last time anyone saw John and Barb riding bicycles when they weren't on a tandem) met the group in Lawrence and the riders continued their quest for subs "allowing" Ryan to do almost all of the pulling. A couple more riders turned back between Lawrence and South Haven, but the remaining 11 riders were rewarded with the fruits (or, more accurately, the vegetables and meats) of their labor in South Haven. John Idema waved the rest of the riders good-bye, as his wife and he were renting a cottage in South Haven for the week, and 10 riders then began their journey back to Kalamazoo and delicious sourdough pretzels and Gatorade.

Once again, Ryan did almost all of the pulling. The lowlight of the ride between South Haven and Lawrence was an encounter with an unchained dog that left Ryan's friend Ben with his own encounter with the pavement, resulting in a scraped elbow. Upon reaching Lawrence, John and Barb left the group to ride back to their house.

Between Lawrence and Paw Paw, Ryan decided to stretch his legs, resulting in a couple miles of 26 mph bicycle riding; at least the RL thinks he saw this number on his cyclometer when he wasn't seeing stars. At Paw Paw, the riders regrouped and Doug, who had ridden his bike from his home to KVCC, decided to head directly home. The remaining 7 riders then resumed their accustomed riding positions behind Ryan and headed back to KVCC.

Upon reaching KVCC at approximately 3:30 P.M., the South Haven Seven (Randy, Ryan, Ben, Dan Kalwaard, Steve Stapleton, Don Reeves, and the RL) dined on the aforementioned delicious sourdough pretzels and drank Gatorade. The antifreeze colored Tropical Cooler Gatorade was a hit, much to the surprise of the RL, who was of the opinion that antifreeze would probably taste better.

The average speed was a rather misleading 17.5 mph, as there were portions of the ride that were much faster. For Ryan, this was a "mellow" ride, but for the RL's legs, this was an occasional "jello" ride. Still, all agreed that the ride was a good one and it's not too late for KBC members (i.e., the RL) to acquire a taste for Tropical Cooler Gatorade in anticipation of the Ride to South Haven in 2014.

Rick Whaley, Ride to South Haven Ride Leader


Long Rides Special Interest Group August Update

August was bit of a vacation month for me, with close to 10 days taken up by personal and/or national holidays. The ratio of time to write about fun stuff versus actually doing fun stuff was very thin. So, this update is going to be pretty brief.

Several long rides took place under the KBC aegis in August, either directly special interest group (SIG) related or not.

In the case of the KBC annual ride to South Haven, ably organized by Rick Whaley, SIG members were simply encouraged to participate. Rick is reporting on that ride elsewhere in this issue. Marc ("Dan'l Boone") Irwin and I started in Portage, rode to Yankee Springs via Marc's secret back door route via Plainwell, returning by one of "Ol' Pathfinder's" favorite N-S corridors (hilly Lindsey and shady Enzian Road). Marc is going to elaborate on our adventure, also elsewhere in this issue.

This leaves but one ride to account for under our long rides special interest group umbrella. This was one I did solo, a 130+ mile jaunt on August 1. Weather-wise, this just happened to be one of the most beautiful days this past summer. I need to hold my poetic rapture in check, much as I would like to rave about the ride and the beautiful route. My account will focus on the route, just in case you are ever interested to try it, or portions of it, yourself.

The route took me from Portage to Dowagiac, then north to South Haven (along the "no bad roads" N-S corridor I reported on in more detail last month), and finally back to Portage. Highlights of the route to Dowagiac included a lovely stretch along the valley just south of Decatur, along the aptly named Valley Road. Downtown Dowagiac is interesting in itself, but I really enjoyed winding past resort and cottage-filled Sister Lakes again on the northern stretch up to Coloma. From there, the route to South Haven took me along the lakeshore homes that begin on 76th Street/Monroe Boulevard. After an OJ refill at the Subway in South Haven, I took care of some chain repairs at friendly Rock 'n' Road Cycle. (It would have been a drag having to ride only in one chain ring or the other all the way back home.)

From South Haven, most of the route back to the Kalamazoo area was a milk run along CR388, bumping along the patches-upon-patches that comprise 18th Avenue once it turns into West EF at the Kalamazoo County line. I made the rest of the route more interesting by heading north on 8th Street (versus 10th Street), then winding my way up to 9th Street, then West KL, and on to 11th Street, Parkview, and Oakland before heading back to the parking lot at Portage Millennium Park. For a change, I felt peppy enough toward the end of the ride to stay ahead of a road biker, grinding away up the 9th Street hill toward West Main Street. Before he peeled off, he remarked "nice run." Yes, it was. Such are the small satisfactions experienced by a long distance rider, with only 10 miles to go.

Paul Selden


Yankee Springs Long Ride SIG Ride

I assume that Paul Selden referred to me as "Dan'l Boone" because I have somehow learned to navigate a bicycle without the usual array of dashboard implements available today. But a few weeks ago, he wanted to take a 70 mile trip around Gun Lake to record for his RUSA record (As a matter of disclaimer: I did not violate RUSA regulations by participating with him, rather I attended as witness that he completed the ride by himself.) He had scoped out a route, which entered the wilds of Barry County by Doster Road. I very quickly informed him that just a few hundred yards behind the Doster Store is the highest elevation in Allegan County, so unless his heart was dead set on several miles of serious climbing, I had a better idea. He started listening.

The route we took was simpler; from downtown we rode up Douglas Avenue straight through Plainwell to 106th Avenue, took a right at the "Third Base" convenience store and continued on to Marsh Road which we could follow along the bottom of the aforementioned ridge all the way to Gun Lake where it becomes Patterson and delivers one to Chief Noonday Road. I like to avoid that southern area of Gun Lake by cutting through Orangeville to Sadler Road, taking a left, and following it to Patterson Road. After taking a right on Chief Noonday (M-179), we made a pit stop at the Hungry Howies/Shell station on the corner of Briggs and M-179. Taking Briggs Road south, you find yourself magically transported to Gun Lake Road (they got tired of calling it Briggs after a few miles), and on to Yankee Springs/Norris Road, which we followed to Wildwood Road, which leads to Lindsey Road. Lindsey Road is a particularly scenic route and a very gentle descent into Orangeville before making the only real climb of the day on Lindsey Road to Pine Lake Road.

Then, common wisdom takes most people to go west to Doster Road, but I prefer to go east a couple of miles to Enzian Road. Enzian Road has little to no traffic. Compared to Pine Lake Road, and especially Norris Road (a road cyclists should avoid if at all possible), Enzian Road is a pleasant stroll through the country. It finally terminates at AB Avenue which took us west across M-89 and eventually leads to 24th Street, leading to D Avenue. From there, I would normally take Riverview Road downtown, and find my way home, but you get the idea. Paul's Garmin would not have recommended any of the routes that we took and he felt it a much more pleasant ride. For those who are uninitiated in the ways of Barry County and got lost trying to visualize this rambling narrative, I have a Map!

I did realize after the ride that we should have ridden it in reverse. The gently rising rollers on Enzian Road were a little bit slower with tired legs pedaling into the wind. Later in the week I repeated the ride, taking Riverview Road through Parchment, up to D Avenue, and over to 24th Street, etc. Doing this avoids the one big climb on Lindsey Road and it was much more pleasant to return to the river valley going downhill on Douglas Avenue with tired legs.

Marc Irwin


CMS Race Team Monthly Update

On August 24, 2013, I competed in the Mid Atlantic 24 hour race in Washington, North Carolina with friend and CMS teammate Ryan Heidenfeld. The day started with an extra hour of sleep and a sense of urgency as we prepared to spend the next 24 hours riding our bikes. We were barely ready in time to line up for the pre-race meeting, but that also left less opportunity to wait around nervously for the race to begin. The course for the race was a fairly flat 26-mile loop in rural eastern North Carolina. The proximity to bigger tourist destinations was not clear from the small towns and fields of crops that we rode past throughout the day.

The first 12 hours of the race went well. I chose not to monitor my speed with a watch or a computer, which was helpful. I knew that my speed dipped substantially in the 15-20 mph wind gusts, but I didn't further feel the sense of defeat from watching the speed on a computer plummet. The temperature stayed pleasant and finally the winds died down later in the evening.

Shortly after the 12 hour mark in the race a few large dogs wandered onto the course making it difficult for the riders. Wanting to avoid another dog bite incident, I treated the dogs to a GU packet and rode off knowing that I was unlikely to be pursued further. As the race went on into the night, I started to struggle with nutrition and hydration. During the race, all I craved was cranberry juice and nuts for treats, not my usual Pepsi and potato chips.

I finally ended with 312 miles, a personal best for me. I won for the women's division and set a new course record. It was nice to finally have a solid performance after some of my struggles this season. After the race, we cleaned up and headed to a hotel for some sleep. Thankfully, the hotel was nice enough to let us check in 8 hours early, after we polished off some hash browns and coffee at a local breakfast joint. The race left me with a renewed sense of motivation and a feeling that I had accomplished something I could be proud of. With the days getting shorter, I'm looking forward to night riding in the fall and an early start to the next season.

Val Litznerski



Thanks to Mike Wise, Streets Division Superintendent for the City of Portage, and his team for the great job of implementing recent street repairs on Portage Road, Osterhout Avenue, and a number of other bike lanes. Mike took the time to conduct a ride-along survey with KBC earlier in the season, so that the highest priority segments could be confirmed and measured. He then allocated the repairs budget so that the repairs could be made in the 2013 biking season.

A special note of appreciation goes out to Deb Carpenter, Safe Kids Kalamazoo County Coordinator and member of Bronson Children's Hospital, and the entire Safe Kids Kalamazoo County group of volunteers, for addressing the safety needs of a group of bicyclists that are often overlooked by others: the children and younger bicyclists. KBC members who have played a part in some of the Safe Kids events, such as the recently completed Bike Rodeo and the Kids Tri, can attest to the many positive contributions that the Safe Kids helmet program brings to our community.

Paul Selden

Monthly Meeting Minutes

The August 13th, 2013 meeting of the Kalamazoo Bicycle Club was called to order at 7:04 P.M. by President Zolton Cohen. Those in attendance were: Zolton Cohen, Andrew Peterson, Mike Peterson, Rick Whaley, Michael Krischer, Victor Van Fleet, Bryan Garfoot, Marc Irwin, David Jones, Tom Keizer, Craig Freeman, Bob Allwardt, John Olbrot, Mike Boersma, Mary Gerger, and Gary De Haan.

John Olbrot gave the treasurer's report:

Checking Account$8,754.44
Certificate of Deposit $11,127.23

John reviewed the final financial information for the 2013 KalTour.

Zolton read a letter from WMU thanking the KBC for their continued involvement with the Miller Energy BTR Criterium.

Zolton read a brief report submitted by Director of Road Safety Paul Selden. The report updated the status of pothole repair in our community and summarized some of the bicycle related issues discussed at the last MDOT meeting, which was attended by Paul Selden and David Jones.

Mike Peterson presented a fun and interesting preview of his KBC History Project.

Brian Garfoot asked about the KBC's possible role in cyclocross. A discussion was held on the topic, resulting in Zolton offering to ask for input from some local cyclocross participants. This topic will be revisited during future meetings.

Victor Van Fleet announced he was the recipient of an AmTryke, enabling him to continue bicycling, despite some developing physical challenges. Victor's wife, Judy, also received a Kent 3 Wheel bike, allowing her to continue riding as well. The donation of these bicycles was made possible with the support and funding of the Kazoo Valley AMBUCS, Lest We Forget Our Vets, American Legion Post 207, and the KBC. We wish many safe and happy miles of riding to Victor and Judy!

David Jones mentioned that the League of Michigan Bicyclists was encouraging bikers hit by cars to share their stories through the LMB website.

Marc Irwin announced the Fall Color Tour ride would be held on October 19, 2013.

Zolton adjourned the meeting at 7:52 P.M..

Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Gerger, KBC Secretary



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Editor's Letter - What a Gourmet Eats during a Bicycle Tour

Pick up an issue of Bicycling magazine or search the internet and you'll find that there are an increasing number of bicycle tours where the apparent purpose of the tour is not to actually ride a bicycle. The purpose is to feast on Epicurean delights, and to occasionally break up the monotony of all of that constant wining and dining by hopping on a bicycle every now and then, just to exercise something besides the jaw muscles.

But being a sort of Epicurean type of guy that I am, I too, enjoy only the finest food and drink when I participate in a bicycle tour. The recent DALMAC 5 Day Upper Peninsula tour that I just completed with Tim Stewart (the elder), John Olbrot, Dan Goldberger, and Carl Clatterbuck, along with Bob, a former Michigander who now lives in Austin, Texas, whom we met during the ride, certainly provides proof of that. Read on and live vicariously through my digestive system.

Wednesday: Lansing to Shepherd, 73 Miles

Breakfast: Orange juice and a blueberry muffin, courtesy of the Red Roof Inn in Lansing. Given that the muffin probably had enough preservatives to be edible after placement in a 50 year time capsule, it wasn't bad.

Mid-morning Snack: After 15 miles of punishing riding, my fellow cycling gourmets and I knew that a nutrition break was in order. So, we stopped at Sweetie-licious Bakery in DeWitt for pie, because you can never eat enough pie while riding a bicycle. Many a DALMAC rider has stopped at Sweetie-licious, because the pie and quiche are very good. It is also the case that the owner of the bakery is a 40-something blonde who is attractive and vivacious, a potent combination when competing for that key DALMAC demographic - the male 50+ year old rider, of whom, it is safe to say, was never the Prom King at his local high school. I had a huge piece of bacon and swiss quiche, followed by a slice of blueberry/cherry pie. After all, it was going to be 30 (30!) miles until my next eating opportunity.

Late Mid-Morning Snack: Make that 16 miles until my next eating opportunity. However, at this SAG stop, I limited myself to water, and my stomach thanked me.

Lunch: The volunteer fire department of Perrinton provides a buffet lunch to raise money for (what else), the volunteer fire department. The sloppy Joes were tempting, but, mindful, of the quiche and pie that were still sitting rather heavily in my stomach, I opted for a turkey sandwich, potato soup (which turned out to be more potato chunks than soup), and a can of Coke.

Mid-afternoon Snack: Fifteen miles later, we arrived in Alma, where the near 100% humidity and northern headwind, had me searching for liquid sustenance, provided by Gatorade served from giant red and yellow plastic coolers. I enjoyed it, because when it comes to food and drink, presentation is everything. After our break, we rode by Alma High School, and if someone tells you "I'm an Alma graduate," let it be known that the proper response is to say "Oh, I'm sorry. I hope you a finish next year."

End of Ride Liquid Refreshment: Lemonade was served each day at the end of the ride and I always made sure I had my share, usually filling up one of my water bottles with that yellow nectar, to drink at my leisure while sitting in my beach chair by my tent. At the risk of getting ahead of myself (too late, I already did), on the second day, after finishing my lemonade, I tipped over my water bottle on the grass, and discovered, as I was getting ready to brush my teeth that night, that about 20 ants had gotten inside of the bottle; obviously enjoying the lemonade residue. So, did that stop me from using the bottle the rest of the ride? What do you think?

Dinner: Dinner at the Shepherd High School cafeteria consisted of lasagna (two helpings), pork, potato salad, and pasta, with some green beans and fruit thrown into the mix for attempted nutritional balance. This was washed down with a couple cartons of milk, followed by German chocolate cake, because I take pride in my partial German heritage.

After Dinner Snack: Another dessert, a hot fudge milkshake at a local ice cream shop; this time for no discernable reason involving ethnic pride.

Thursday - Shepherd to Lake City, 85 Miles

Breakfast: High school cafeteria style scrambled eggs, French toast, a sausage link, fruit, and milk; not for the first time, as I was to discover.

Mid-Morning Snack: Twenty-one miles into the ride, the local convenience store in Beal City gives DALMAC riders a free banana with the purchase of Gatorade or bottled water and the store was mobbed with riders. We're cheap dates. I washed down my banana with not just any old grape Gatorade, but "Fierce Grape" Gatorade. I looked forward to the finish of the day's ride, when I'd wind down and relax with some "Mellow Grape" Gatorade.

Lunch: Twenty-five miles later, at the Lake George campground, I resisted the temptation to eat a brat and ate another turkey sandwich instead. From personal experience (i.e., last year), I learned that while I liked the brat, my like was unrequited. (Sighhhhhh.) I also ate a bag of Doritos and a nectarine, washed down with another Coke.

Mid-Afternoon Snack: The Marion High School cross-country team set up a booth in the middle of nowhere 60 miles into the ride that featured various ice cream products. Because I was a cross-country runner in high school, I decided to show my support for their efforts by drinking a root beer float. Ah, who am I kidding? If it had been the Marion High School bear wrestling team, I still would have stopped.

Dinner: After we arrived at Lake City, Tim, John, Dan, Bob, and I went swimming in Lake Missaukee, where for everyone except John, swimming was defined as walking into the lake and standing in water up to our shoulders. After working up even more of an appetite after this strenuous activity, we were more than ready for dinner. Dinner at the Lake City High School cafeteria featuring turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes, green beans, salad, milk, and an ice cream bar. The yellow gravy wasn't particularly attractive looking, but it still tasted good over the first three items, because sometimes presentation isn't everything.

After Dinner Snack: We paid a visit to a local watering hole/restaurant, where Tim, Carl, Dan, Bob, and I split a couple pitchers of beer, and my contribution to the effort was to drink a quarter of a glass. When you drink about 4 beers a year, you have to pace yourself. I washed this down with a glass of Mountain Dew, not on the rocks. Cognizant of that old adage "Beer before Dew, what kind of fool are you," I knew that I was taking a risk, but I suffered no ill effects.

Friday - Lake City to Central Lake, 66 Miles

Breakfast, Part 1: High school cafeteria style scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage patty, and fruit, with oatmeal and a couple of pancakes, as well.

Breakfast, Part 2: Because the coffee at the high school was not up to my riding companions high or even mediocre standards, we rode about a half mile to a coffee shop, where I, a coffee teetotaler, watched my companions drink this beverage. Mercifully, we finally began our ride.

Mid-Morning Snack: We stopped at the East Boardman United Methodist church after 26 miles for the legendary church ladies pies. I had a slice of blueberry pie washed down with an orange Gatorade, the perfect color coordination for this Chicago Bears fan. Then, I had an apple bar, which took care of my fructose nutritional needs for the next week or two.

Later Mid-Morning Snack: Actually, this only took care of my fructose nutritional needs for the next 19 miles, as we stopped in Rapid City, where I ate a DALMAC provided peanut butter cookie the size of a small Frisbee. I also took a banana along for the road.

Lunch: After 8 calorie depleting miles, we stopped for lunch at the Dockside Restaurant at the corner of Clam River and Torch Lake. Tired of eating turkey for lunch, I ate something complete different - chicken, in a spicy southwestern wrap, along with corn chips and an ice cubeless Coke. After eating there last year, I discovered that a gratuity was added to the bill, and that I had actually tipped the waiter twice. He didn't serve us this year, as he was probably busy sailing on Torch Lake in his yacht. A picture of us in our natural element is shown below.

Doing What We Do Best (Left to Right: Dan, Bob, Carl, John, Rick, and Tim)

Dinner: At Central Lake, we had a cookout at the high school, featuring hamburgers, roasted corn on the cob, dipped in butter (2), baked beans, and fruit, followed by a piece of chocolate cake, because I take pride in my chocolate eating heritage.

After Dinner Snack: Another ice cream shop, another root beer float. The life a touring bicycle rider is a hard one.

Saturday - Central Lake to Pellston, 93 Miles

Breakfast: I started the day with my leftover banana from yesterday's cookie stop. Then I proceeded to eat, yet again, scrambled eggs, French toast, a sausage patty, oatmeal, and fruit, washed down with some milk. I found that I was really enjoying my oatmeal, something I rarely eat. Could Cream of Wheat be next? Who needs teeth to eat, anyway?

Mid-Morning Snack: After a hard early morning tackling "The Wall," a hill with an 18% grade, how does a cyclist reward himself? With a hot dog, of course, from the Boyne City Lions Club, along with a watermelon slice. And some Gatorade from those always stylish red and yellow coolers.

Later Morning Snack: Nine miles later, 32 miles into the ride, my cycling companions and I regrouped at Walloon Lake, where we found our tour route director distributing leftover cookies from yesterday's cookie stop. It was obvious that these cookies needed a home and half of a chocolate chip cookie found one, in my jersey pocket. The other half found a home in my stomach.

Lunch: Eighteen miles later, after reaching Harbor Springs, most of the rest of the cookie moved to its new home in my stomach, and I washed it down with a chocolate milkshake. Just the kind of lunch my Mom always used to serve.

Late Lunch: We had planned to eat at Leg's Inn in Cross Village, but we had at least a 30 to 45 minute wait to be seated, and we figured that we'd then be spending another hour ordering and eating our food. Since we had to get to Pellston someday, we opted to dine at a convenience store nearby. I ate a prepackaged ham sandwich, which was better than I expected (it helps to set the bar low), with some fruit punch Gatorade.

Dinner: The last 22 miles of the ride from Cross Village to Pellston is always surprisingly hard, but it didn't seem to be quite as hard this year, despite the fact the chocolate milkshake and the fruit punch Gatorade were vying for supremacy in my stomach. Finally, a truce was declared by the time we reached Pellston Elementary School, and I was able to eat a dinner of chicken with wild rice, green beans, pasta, salad, and an apple, washed down with milk and very sweet lemonade, my dessert substitute.

After Dinner Snack: Nothing. What was wrong with me?

Sunday - Pellston to Sault Ste. Marie, 77 Miles

Breakfast - Same as ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was. Same as it ever was ........

Mid-Morning Snack - Crossing the Mackinac Bridge always works up an appetite (after all, half the ride is uphill), so we stopped in St. Ignace, 25 miles from the start, for some pie. Hmmmm, I had already eaten some blueberry/cherry and blueberry pie, so the choice of pie was obvious - cherry, this time with whipped cream. Thus fortified, we rode the next 29 miles to Rudyard.

Lunch: The Rudyard Lions Club was serving pasties, but eating a glorified turkey pot pie held little gastronomical appeal for me, so I opted for a sloppy Joe, cool ranch Doritos, an apple, and a can of Coke. I also had to save room for our late lunch in Sault Ste. Marie. We were planning to dine on hamburgers at the West Pier Drive-In, the second best burger joint in Michigan, according to the Kalamazoo Gazette.

The Late Lunch That Was Not To Be: It started raining about 15 miles from Sault Ste. Marie High School, our finishing point, although not very hard. I decided to make a dramatic finishing statement by riding over a deep pothole on the road leading to the school entrance, which resulted in a pinch flat on my front tire, and a quarter-mile walk to the finish. While replacing the tube in the high school hallway, it started pouring; a hard rain that kept up for the next hour. Since we didn't want to ride in the soaking rain, we decided to cancel our burger trip.

Dinner - On the bus back to Lansing, we were given a choice of a small turkey, roast beef, or vegetarian sub. I selected the turkey sub, which was complemented by potato chips, an apple and a cookie (although I actually gave the cookie away!), along with bottled water. I also managed to snag a vegetarian sub and pretended that it was a cheeseburger.

After Dinner Snack: The buses back to Lansing always stop at the US-127 rest area near Clare, and it is always fun to watch my fellow cyclists and I rush off the buses to swarm around the vending machines. I chose the TGI Friday potato skins and an RC Cola for my snacking pleasure.

After After Dinner Snack: We arrived in Lansing at 11:00 P.M. and soon I was on my way home. En route, I had to satisfy my unfulfilled cheeseburger craving with two double cheeseburgers, courtesy of a McDonalds in Charlotte. For my liquid accompaniment, I opted for a convenience store Mountain Dew. By 1:00 A.M., I was home, and by 1:30, I was asleep; visions of tofu, brussels sprouts, and broccoli in an alternative nutritional universe dancing through my head. The tour was over.

Rick Whaley, KBC Newsletter Editor

Some Upcoming Rides of Interest

Saturday, September 7. Michigan Recumbent Rally - West. Kalamazoo, MI.

Sunday, September 8. The Vineyard Classic Bicycle Tour. Paw Paw, MI. 22, 39, 60 miles.

Saturday, September 21. Le Tour de Donut. Greenville, MI. 16.5 mile mountain and 32 miles road. .

Saturday, October 12. Colorburst Bicycle Tour. Lowell, MI. 17, 30, 62, 100 paved, 62 gravel.

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Shop Notes

Alfred E Bike

320 East Michigan, Kalamazoo, (269) 349–9423

Billy's Bike Shop

63 East Battle Creek Street, Galesburg, (269) 665–5202

Breakaway Bicycles

185 Romence at Westnedge, Portage, (269) 324–5555,

Custer Cyclery

104 North Augusta, Augusta, (269) 731–3492

Gazelle Sports

214 South Kalamazoo Mall, Kalamazoo, (269) 342–5996,
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Johnson Cycle Works

5309 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, (269) 226-0001.


611 W Michigan Avenue, Kalamazo, (269) 56–PEDAL and

Team Active

22 W Michigan, Battle Creek, 1–800–841–9494

Village Cyclery

US 131 in Schoolcraft, 679–4242

Zoo City Cycle & Sports

4328 South Westnedge, Kalamazoo (269) 552–3000


Bicycling Safety Disclaimer

Important: Riding a bicycle is an inherently dangerous activity. There are risks of injury or death. You could ride over something and fall, or get hit by an automobile or strike or be struck by another bicyclist. There are many other dangers to bicycling as well.

While nothing can eliminate all risks associating with bicycle riding, to minimize the danger, make sure you and your bicycle are in good riding condition. Know the rules of the road and also of the group you're riding with, and ride in a manner consistent with the protocols of that group. Always wear a bike helmet, use bike lights if riding in the dawn, dusk or dark, and consider purchasing and riding with additional safety equipment such as reflectors and rear view mirrors.