Friday June 2, 2006 I was off work a
little early so Bob and I decided to do a bike ride. Since it was such a
nice day we just wanted to get out and do something outside. Bob had a
couple errands to run so instead of driving we just hopped on our bikes
and started pedaling.
Our first stop was the Secretary of
State office. Bob had gone away for the Memorial holiday weekend and he
lost his drivers license. We figured the closest Secretary of State
office was the one on Crooks near M-59. We took a series of roads until
we ended up on Crooks. The last little segment before you arrive at the
shopping center just north of M-59 does not have a bike path so you have
to ride on the dirt shoulder and for a very short distance on the main
road. We got there relatively quick. Bob took a number and we sat down
to wait for his turn. They had four people working behind the counter so
the wait wasnít bad at all, maybe ten minutes total. Once Bob got all his
paper work processed and his picture taken we were back on our bikes
headed for our next destination.
Bob needed to pick something up from
a hardware store so we decided to head over to the Ace Hardware on
Livernois just south of Walton. From where we were located on Crooks we
took the section of the Clinton River Trail which runs kind of north east
in that area. The Clinton River Trail is relatively new and it has been
improving over the past few months. They have added rest rooms and paved
entrances at the main road crossings of this trail. They also added cross
walk areas where it is easy to cross the main roads. The majority of the
trail is still dirt and stone, but at least the entrances and exits at
each main road crossing are set up very nice. There still arenít many
people out using this trail, but I predict over time it will become quite
popular and get a lot of use in the future. We donít hesitate to use this
trail when ever we are in the area.
We were only on the trail for about
1.4 miles before we came to Livernois where we got off and headed north.
We rode about another mile before we came to the shopping center where the
Ace is located. We each did a little shopping and after a few minutes we
were done ready for the ride home.
Melissa was working at Maggie Moos
and we considered stopping for an ice cream, but we figured it was getting
close to dinner time so we didnít stop on this trip. We rode pretty much
straight home after our hardware shopping stop.
Following are the statistics from
this ride, 13.5 miles total, 21.0 max mph, 1 hour and 13 minutes time on
bikes and 11.0 average mph.