Ohio Native Brent Bolin Named New Trails Council Executive Director

   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

Great (Local) Destinations: Oden State Fish Hatchery a Fun, Educational Place

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

FRESH EYEZ: Northern Michigan Nature Preserves Offer Cabin Fever Relief

"With social distancing in mind, we first aimed for the Agnes S. Andreae Nature Preserve east of Indian River in Cheboygan County."

FRESH EYEZ: Fall 2019 Cycling Shots

   I wasn't prepared for the staggering beauty of a Northern Michigan autumn. An Indiana native, I was used to eruptions of brilliant color and long-lasting leaves. But, Indiana isn't thick with Birch trees, and Hoosiers often don't get to see their electric yellow leaves which pop out like reflective road signs amid the other … Continue reading FRESH EYEZ: Fall 2019 Cycling Shots

FRESH EYEZ: Summer ’19 Cycling Shots

What an incredible year it was for cycling in Northern Michigan. As you know, I'm a little new to the area. But, it's been a truly moving adventure discovering just how much natural beauty there is here. Most of these photos were taken between June and September 2019, mainly along the Little Traverse Wheelway and … Continue reading FRESH EYEZ: Summer ’19 Cycling Shots

Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Part Two

(This is the second in a two-part series detailing a recent bikepacking trip taken by seven Latitude 45 employees.) Seven Latitude 45 Bicycles and Fitness staff members enjoyed great weather and good times on an annual, two-night/three-day bikepacking trip that departed from the shop on Wednesday, Oct. 9, and returned Friday, Oct. 11. This year's … Continue reading Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Part Two

Scene from the Wheelway – Part 2

Checking the weather radar just before departing on a ride is a very good practice. But, sometimes storms can appear faster than modern technology can predict. I'd checked the weather radar repeatedly recently prior to embarking on a 30-mile ride, an out-and-back to the outskirts of Charlevoix along the Little Traverse Wheelway. There was rain … Continue reading Scene from the Wheelway – Part 2

The Regret of Rides Not Taken

By Eric Cox Gun metal gray rain clouds loomed over the bay. Trees swayed in a chilly, late summer breeze. A cool mist speckled car windshields all over town - less than ideal riding conditions for sure. While I could've employed the inclement weather as a suitable excuse for avoiding a ride … I didn't. … Continue reading The Regret of Rides Not Taken

Scene from the Wheelway – Part I

New cyclists often have similar stories that spring from their experiences on bicycles. Recounting the details of fun, memorable rides often elicits eager, youthful smiles as adventurers describe the various joys associated with riding bikes. For me, one theme recurs more than others, especially with new cyclists, or those who’ve returned to it after years or … Continue reading Scene from the Wheelway – Part I