1000 Miles! Days 22-24

On Day 22 I reached 1000 miles! This is a milestone for me. The longest bicycle trip I had previously taken was seven days and about 330 miles on the Natchez Trace in 2014.
I am camping about two thirds of the nights and staying In motels the other third. Mostly I stay in a motel to avoid bad weather, and there have been quite a few major storms moving through Indiana, Wisconsin and Michigan during my travels. It rained last night, so I stayed in a motel in Traverse City. First time I have slept in a shed! Fully furnished of course.

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I am doing my own cooking when I camp. My dinner is a rotation of three basic dishes. There is your good old cowboy grub of rice and beans (with sauté onions, garlic, carrots and potatoes).

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Next I will make a coconut milk curry with onions, garlic, potatoes, peas and rice.

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Finally, I will make a Thai rice noodle dish with broccoli, onions, garlic, and a spicy peanut/lime/soy sauce.

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Usually there is enough dinner left over to have it cold for breakfast. If there are no leftovers, then I will make oatmeal and add peanut butter, raisins, vanilla flavoring and brown sugar.
Lunches are simple affairs. I always have flour tortillas, and will make burritos with retried beans or hummus. I put corn chips inside the burrito, or eat them on the side.

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It sees like I am always eating! Every hour, I will stop to eat a banana, cliff bar or trail mix. If the timing is right, I will stop at a little café for a second breakfast. On Day 23, I stopped at the Harbor Café in Elk Rapids MI for my second breakfast, and was drawn to their long list of stuffed french toast. I ordered the BMW (banana, maple sauce and walnuts). Wow, what a load of calories! And they served real maple syrup, too. It was a challenge, but I finished the whole plate.

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Because bicycling is so quite, I am able to come up on wildlife and get quite close before they realize I am there. Just this morning, I rode by a tom turkey and about 20 hens. They were not scared away by my presence, and I watched them for quite a while before they move away from the road.

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I passed a “yard art in progress”. I have no idea what the final wood carving will be, so I guess I will have to come back in a few years to see what the artist has in mind.

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