For me, however, the Petoskey-Charlevoix leg has been a steady favorite. Not only is the distance preferable (about 34 miles roundtrip), the scenery is, too. From beautiful, multi-level East Park, across the top of stately Bay Harbor and on to woodsy West Park and beyond, this section offers more - for me - than the Harbor Springs segment (about 20 miles roundtrip).
All Photos by Eric Cox Locations include spots along the Little Traverse Wheelway near Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Bay View and Charlevoix; Bear River Valley Recreation Area; Petoskey State Park; and other area locations.
For Angus, it was a childhood bicycle crash that gave him anxiety about getting back in the saddle as an adult. But, Margie had watched too many Tour de France stages and was sure she couldn't ride a bike without a full kit and a team car. Old Earl had his reasons, too. He was … Continue reading Encouraging Others to Ride Bikes Sometimes a Slippery Slope
Though it's been an extremely mild winter so far, we are still at least two or three months away from any consistently warm riding conditions. Yet, these are the weeks cyclists should use to prepare so they can begin the 2021 riding season as soon as possible. While we do understand that many cyclists continue … Continue reading Pre-season Organization Will Help Get Your Season Started Right!
For those of us who don't often ride bikes in harsh winter conditions, late-season rides - made possible by relatively mild temperatures - can inject fun and fitness into months when there ordinarily aren't many opportunities to enjoy bicycling. The last few weeks, for example, have been peppered with some really chilly, uninviting conditions. Yet, … Continue reading Late-Season Rides Often Chilly, But Also Fun and Exhilarating
Bike rides have a way of helping clear out mental cobwebs, bringing enhanced clarity. Cardiovascular exercise increases blood flow to the brain, and that fluctuation often helps me think. It also helps me not think. Lately, I can’t decide which one is better. With everything going on – and not all of it positive – … Continue reading Stress and Anxiety Got You Down? A Bike Ride Can Be Good Medicine
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Sometimes seemingly small things can have a big impact on one’s life. New Top of Michigan Trails Council Executive Director Brent Bolin grew up playing in the creeks around his childhood home in Cleveland, Ohio. As a high schooler there, his appreciation for the water nurtured a keen interest in environmental issues. … Continue reading Ohio Native Brent Bolin Named New Trails Council Executive Director
About nine miles northeast of Petoskey is a great bicycling destination for the whole family. A day trip to Oden State Fish Hatchery, 3377 U.S. 31, can be fun and educational for everyone. Though the hatchery’s official visitors center and replica fish transportation rail car are currently closed due to the pandemic, the grounds, ponds … Continue reading Great (Local) Destinations: Oden State Fish Hatchery a Fun, Educational Place