Sunday, August 1, 2021

Day 51 - August 1, Grand Haven to Douglas, 44 miles

Today we followed the Adventure Cycling North Lake route through beautiful tree lined roads with glimpses of Lake Michigan from time to time.  Amazingly the temps were cool in the mid 70s with a tailwind out of the north.  We had to interrupt the ride midday for our first major mechanical issue. The front bottom bracket was making a lot of noise and really grinding.  We found and stopped at a great bike shop, Rock ‘n’ Road Cycle, in Holland.  They fit us in immediately and then called in their tandem expert, Matt, from their sister bike shop about 12 miles away.  Matt brought the needed parts with him and had the bottom bracket repaired in short order!  What great service!  After thanking Matt and team for their great service we were off.  However about 6 miles down the road a second issue, the timing belt slipped off again. Matt dropped everything and drove out to help us!  After some adjustments on the belt tension and noting that we needed to replace a couple of components due to wear, we were off again and able to complete the days ride. 

Blueberries !   We had never seen a blueberry orchard before - we had to stop and check it out 

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