A beautifully calm morning to start day 40 of this cross continent trek. Winds from the past several days have vanished, and a cool morning fog graced the central Michigan farmlands. Blissfully quite and nearly empty roads for the first 20+ miles into Concord, where we hopped onto the beautiful Falling Waters Trail. A fellow cyclist by the name of Roy in the quaint town of Albion told us the Falling Waters would be a treat, and he was right. All recreational trails should aspire to be like this: A wide, smooth, well-maintained trail with clean rest stops, excellent signage, and stunning scenery. People of all ages were enjoying a wide variety of conveyance methods on this paved trail. Kudos to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources providing this gem of a trail through state lands.
The Falling Waters Trail connects with the Inter-City Bike trail leading into Jackson Michigan. Home of some outstanding building murals, courtesy of the Jackson School of the Arts.
Jackson also boasts Michigan’s first prison, with a unique bike path winding through the historic site and leading right through a fortress wall. Many of the old buildings and walls of the former prison also feature artistic murals, an apparent hallmark of this city.
Breaking out of the prison and riding north-easterly, the landscape turns from rivers to lakes. The gravel Lakelands Trail slices through these mid state lake lands, gradually changing from farm to rural to suburban as one travels eastward towards Ann Arbor. Along the way, this perplexing situation presented a zen-like dilemma… do all endings lead to new beginnings?
A couple rest days at a Michigan lake house are on next on tap, including a visit to the University of Michigan’s ‘Big House’. Stay tuned.