Our first Overnight 24 hour camp out by bike by all accounts was fun. And for a few, a test of equipment and self fortitude.
We started at Pioneer Park, a county campground on the north side of Muskegon. The water level in Lake Michigan is high, but the first 5 or so miles along the Lake were relatively easy. I settled in at 8 and 10 lbs of air pressure in my tires and spun on.
Around 7 miles in we encountered the first set of seal wall and old dock pilings. Usually these can be rode around and through, not so much this year. We walked and floated a good mile of the Lake. As the dunes flattened back out the beach was rideable again and we speed off to Duck Lake. After a brief refuel, we decided to ride on the Lake rather than riding the scenic road into Whitehall. The next few miles were mostly more walking and floating until we abandoned the route at the invite of a friendly innkeeper. From there we rolled into Whitehall. Well almost. Charlie's pedal fell off and he one legged into town.
In Whitehall we met up with the other half of our group, the roadies. Deeply involved in a game of jenga, we chilled at Fetch Brewery while Charlie hooked up a pedal fix at the hardware shop. A bit of dinner and we were off for our campground destination Meinert Park. The 7 miles of beach were fantastic to ride after the long slog after Duck Lake. Hard packed sun and no obstruction. Perfect.
Meinert Park proved to be a perfect bike packing campground. Hot showers and beach access.
On the ride back we rode the beach to Whitehall and then rode scenic drive to the White Lake Inn for second breakfast.
After second breakfast we decided to ride it out on scenic drive to get back for Father's Day.
Our next trip is to Marquette over the 4th of July.