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A New Challenge Awaits


August 2012

Checking the Genesee Wanderer’s web page I saw something that piqued my interest, they have a 100k (50 out and 50 back) planned for September 15th on the Pere-Marquette rail trail starting in Midland with a lunch stop in Clare.  I originally read it improperly and thought it was 62 out and 62 back and got all fired up about doing a 200k – so that’s what I’m going to do.

The ride starts at the Tridge in Midland and goes out and back from there.  Unlike the other riders though, I’ll continue on beyond Clare on the Pere-Marquette State Trail until I hit 62.4 then head back – call it a prep ride for next year’s ride across Michigan (145 miles) – which I may or may not do.  It’s the day before the Assenmacher 100 so if I do, it’ll be a good prep for the DALMAC…  245 miles in 2 days…

Fortunately, Mrs. BDJ will be camping with my mother-in-law for a girl’s camping excursion that weekend so I’ll have plenty of time – and nowhere better to be.  I’ve had the Pere-Marquette trail in my sights since last summer, I literally can’t wait.  Now all I have to do is see if I can enlist a few of the other guys to do the longer ride, though if I can’t I’ll be just fine by my lonesome.

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