Fall colors. We were sure we had missed them. With our cycling trip extending well into the second week of October, it seemed unlikely that we’d see the North Shore in all its splendor. But we were wrong.
For the final two miles of our trip home, Rich turned down Seven Bridges Road. There we could see that Lake Superior had sheltered at least some parts of the Northland. Winding back and forth across Amity Creek on the narrow road, the trees were cloaked in color. Even with the red maples having finished, the yellows and golds were a brilliant contrast against the pure blue sky. A true welcome home present.
As soon as we schlepped our gear into the house, I headed right back out again – on my bike, of course, heading straight up the Shore. Admittedly, the leaves were past prime, but they were still the core element of that quintessential fall day. To complete the experience, it was cool and crisp with a bit of nip in the air. The lake reflected the deep blue of the sky.
Cruising alongside Lake Superior was a cyclist’s paradise. Wide shoulders, mostly smooth pavement, minimal traffic and little wind. Exactly the conditions we hoped for each day of our cycling trip. Add to that stunning coastal views, and there is little left to improve on the experience. Indeed, we live in a beautiful area, with all this right on our doorstep.
I’d have to say, that the scenery rivaled that which we just spent a month inspecting from our bikes. It was still worth traveling across the country to cycle through new territory. But it also brings home the knowledge that we have it good, right here.
Thanks, fall, for waiting for us.