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One sport at a time


Since we had to stop biking to fix a few squeaky bike issues, we took the chance to enjoy our time with Dave and Brenda, and try other activities - boat touring, kayaking, walking, with only short bike rides in between.

Jay scruta l'orizzonte in occasione di una delle brevi pause durante la nostra gita intorno a Grand Island, sul lago Superiore.

Jay scruta l'orizzonte in occasione di una delle brevi pause durante la nostra gita in kayak intorno a Grand Island, sul lago Superiore.

We also had a few meals out... The amount of meat consumed so far exceeds the 6-month norm for Anna. She also had a few absence-of-veggies issues, while Jay seems overall pleased with the diet.

La strada dell'arte a Minising, Michigan.

La strada dell'arte a Minising, Michigan.

This couple of days has been important also in view of planning next biking week - the coast of Southern Michigan is way more touristic then the Upper Peninsula, and we had a hard time finding either camping or motels to camp/rest.

Assuming we can do 35-40 miles/day, we planned with a two-fold strategy in mind:

--> presence of decent bike paths;

--> availability of any type of cheapish accomodation.

This would have been simpler in other seasons, but July is not an easy time. Most campings are extra-full, and most motels, B&B, AirBnb, htotels, and similar are extra-expensive AND extra-full.

We came up with a decent-looking plan, but we had to stretch out our first assumption...

Do you think we can make it?

I bellissimi sassi della riserva nazionale di Pictured rocks, Rocce dipinte. Qui siamo a Grand Island, Lago Superiore, Michigan.

Le splendide spiagge di sassi della riserva nazionale di Pictured rocks, Rocce dipinte. Qui siamo a Grand Island, Lago Superiore, Michigan.

The absence of biking helped with the birding, at least in terms of time. We saw many sandhill cranes, mergansers, a few wonderful woodpeckers and colorful warblers, and an amazing male belted kingfisher, for a total of 60 species.

Birding:

American Black Duck - Anas rubripes

Belted Kingfisher - Megaceryle alcyon

Golden-winged Warbler - Vermivora chrysoptera

White-throated Sparrow - Zonotrichia albicollis

Canada Warbler - Cardellina canadensis

Song Sparrow - Melospiza melodia --> finally identified!! Heard it often before and never made it to see it.


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