Day 39 July 26, 2012 Birch Run, MI to Port Huron, Michigan

Two Hour Rain Delay

When our alarm went off at 5:15 AM this morning we could hear thunder and rain … oh no!  We stuck with the program and arrived at breakfast at 6:00 AM (along with the other 47 riders).  We were told the rain delay would be at least until 8:00 AM.  We finally loaded the luggage at 8:30 AM and actually left with a slightly clearing sky at 9:15.  It was a great day for riding!  The winds had shifted from yesterday and was at our backs most of the day.  That puts a smile on everyone’s face!

Turkeys along Millington Road

Less than 15 miles into our trip we saw a couple of turkeys on the roadside.  These turkeys were quite bold.  They cam right out to us – full display.  It was pretty awesome.

The sky was gorgeous with lots of clouds and everything was green.  They have been in need of rain here to.  So we really didn’t mind a bit of a rain delay (as long as it stopped!)

I saw places where they are picking and selling blue-berries and raspberries.  Cannot wait to get the opportunity to pick my own. Our salad tonight had fresh cherries in it. Yum!! I heard that much of the cherry crop here was destroyed because of a frost as they blossomed in the spring.

The original span is a cantilever truss bridge with a total length of 6,178 feet and a main span of 871 feet. The second, newer span is a continuous tied-arch bridge with a total length of 6,109 feet and a main span of 922 feet.

Together, the two bridges are the second-busiest crossing between the United States and Canada, after the Ambassador Bridge at Detroit-Windsor. They also provide one of the four shortest routes of land travel between the eastern seaboard of the United States, and the central United States.

So tomorrow is an early morning.  They actually close the bridge to car traffic for us.  We line up, in our ABB jerseys, with our passports in hand and travel to Canada.  It is pretty exciting!  More tomorrow …

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6 Responses to Day 39 July 26, 2012 Birch Run, MI to Port Huron, Michigan

  1. Jo Cyr-Mutty says:

    Enjoy that trip to Canada. Can’t believe that you get a busy bridge closed for you!

  2. Marsha Martin says:

    Very cool Deb going to look that up. I wonder how high. So many exciting adventures. So looking forward to seeing you guys!!

    • ds52 says:

      i forgot to think about how high as I was worried about where my bike was in relation to the other riders … canot wait to see the photos (one fellow had a video cam on his helmet)

  3. Karen Slack says:

    How cool is that- closing the bridge for you guys! Shades of Bike New york, but better riders and nicer jerseys!

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