The 6am alarm was painful. I felt off – the cold has been contained to sniffles, but I went for the medication. I remembered the heart monitor. I committed to taking it easy and chasing the joy of the day.

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For the first hour, however, I was chasing warmth. Yes, I brought a windbreaker. No, I was not going to cover up my fabulous new kit. No stops ’til Saugatuck!

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After the water break, I was on a long road with wild turkeys and pick-your-own blueberry stands.

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Lunch did not disappoint, although I fell over in the sand on the path in (my kit emerged unscathed)!

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Nor did the pedicure of a fellow rider:

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And then we were on the Kal-Haven trail (which I think should be named the Grandamazoo trail):

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So, the sand/gravel made me cautious. And then there were the other hazards:

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Our last stop of the day was at a local winery:

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Ten tedious miles later:

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But I didn’t have to switch rooms with George Emerson to get this view:

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