Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Sister Bay and Back

I am considering this a conditioning ride getting ready for our ride around Lake Erie and Ontario in a month.  I thought I would be going alone on this trip but at 8:30 pm the night before a good friend was able to join me.  Two Irish men making their way to Door County, WI.

Mac arrived promptly at 8:00 am on his vintage Goldwing. Mac is a fairly new rider and still learning like the rest of us.  The purpose of the ride was to get our butts and arms in shape for longer distance riding.  We didn't plan on stopping much or site seeing. We didn't have a set destination besides Door County.

We headed out on Hwy 55 to County S to get us over to the Interstate.  This first part of the ride was going to be super slab riding in order to get us up to the Door.  We rode north on 41 into Green Bay but by-passed the city and a lot of rode construction by heading east on 172 until we reached hey 43 and continued  north to 57.  At one time 57 was the start of the quaintness of Door County. It was a small two lane highway that wove through a number of little towns and burgs. As the Door grew in popularity so did the traffic.  As more people visited more accidents happened and before you knew it a four lane super slab replaced the the beauty of the of 57.  Now we sped along at 70 mph waiting for the four lanes to return to two.

Just south of Sturgeon Bay hwy 42 piggy backs 57 until just north of town.  We stay to the right on 57 and head towards Jackson Port.  It was already getting warm with predicted temps in the low 90's and high humidity.  I chose this ride in hopes the water would keep things a little cooler.  As we drove northeast I spotted a sign "Motorcycle Memorial Park" well with a sign like that I had to detour.  A quick left on Mathey  Rd. and a mile and a half ride brought us to the park.  It is a small but very nice park honoring all those that ride.  It has a pretty garden walk with memorial pavers and garden flowers.  Park benches and picnic tables that allow you to eat without feeling like you got off you bike.
If you are riding in the area it is a nice stop and a great place to re-hydrate or have lunch.

Back in the saddle we jog back to 57 and cruise into  Jackson Port.  This small town on the Lake Michigan side of the Door started out as a fishing and lumber town.  Today it mostly a tourist town but on a much calmer level then the towns on the bay side of the Door.  It is in Jackson Port that we feel the comforting coolness of Lake Michigan. This makes the wonderful scenery that much better.  We had decided back at the park that we would go as far as Sister Bay and then head back.  So north on 57 we go until just north of Baily's Harbor we turn right on county Q.  This road winds a bit more and is closer to the water then 57 yet ends up in our destination of Sister Bay.  The rode is in great condition and winds though a great stand of trees.  Those trees are thick enough that you never get to see the lake but it is still worth the time.

In Sister Bay the tourist traffic comes into full force.  All the towns along the Green Bay side are much more popular.  It has a lot to do with the geography. It is very beautiful along the bay.  We ride through town looking for a place to grab lunch even though it is barely 11:00 am.  At the other side of town I stop to regroup since I didn't see an place for lunch.  I don't know if was the traffic or the attractive women that distracted me but Mac said their was a place right as we turned into town.  Back we went and sure enough Husby's Food and Spirits was there.  We dismounted only to find it was not yet open.  Fortunately one of the employees outside told us to go in under his orders.  We let us in and even though it was ten minutes before opening time they were happy to serve us. We both had extremely good burgers and great service.

We got back on the bikes  to make the run back home.  This time we followed hwy 42 south back towards Sturgeon Bay.  Along the way we hit the towns of Ephraim, Fish Creek, Egg Harbor all great towns with tons of shops, hotels, water sports etc.  It is a great place to vacation if you have never been here. The bay is not cooperating in the cooling department. There is no relief from the heat and the increasing tourist traffic adds to the steamy conditions.  I luckily have a mesh textile jacket poor Mac has a solid leather jacket and is really heating up.  We pick up the pace after passing through Egg Harbor and once in Sturgeon Bay it is back on the four lane speed demon.  We make it back home by 2:00 pm.  A 214 mile conditioning ride that let both of us know we have not been riding as much as we should.  Arms and butts are a little sore but nothing that we can't get over with the help of another ride.

Following Along with Breadcrumbs
Home to Sister Bay
Sister Bay to Home

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