FRESH EYEZ: Three Months of Cycling Photos (March-June ’21)

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.

Late-Season Rides Often Chilly, But Also Fun and Exhilarating

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

Stress and Anxiety Got You Down? A Bike Ride Can Be Good Medicine

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

FRESH EYEZ: Summer/Fall 2020 Cycling and Hiking Shots

Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Trip 2020

Latitude 45's fifth annual staff bikepacking expedition took place Sunday, Sept. 13, and Monday, Sept. 14 and featured a 150-mile route that included circumnavigation of Bois Blanc Island (Boblo). Inclement weather altered the trip itinerary, pushing departure back a day to Sunday. This year, only four staffers opted for the adventure, with each departing from … Continue reading Latitude 45 Staff Bikepacking Trip 2020

FRESH EYEZ: Spring/Early Summer Cycling Shots

All photos by Eric M. Cox 2020 All Rights Reserved

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."

The Little 500 Bicycle Race: ‘The World’s Greatest College Weekend’

  Though it’s obviously not connected to anything Michigan, Indiana University’s celebrated Little 500 bicycle race is nevertheless an interesting story, especially for cycling enthusiasts.   The event would’ve seen its 69th installment this weekend, had it not been for the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s race – for the first time in its history - … Continue reading The Little 500 Bicycle Race: ‘The World’s Greatest College Weekend’