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Friday, November 14, 2014

Traverse City + The Iceman Cometh

We had a great weekend in Traverse City. Dad has raced in the Iceman Cometh Challenge for 5 years now, and despite his accident this summer, he had no intention of missing this one! We came up early on Friday to make the most of our time there.

Iceman Finish Line 2014Iceman Finish Line 2014
Vati, The Iceman

Unfortunately the race wasn't much fun this year --  Michigan isn't an adjective, but it's the best word I can think of to describe the weather we had! It was just so Michigan. The race started in Kalkaska with relatively heavy rain and temperatures in the thirties, which caused a muddy and ripped up track for the bikes. Everyone rode a much longer and more grueling race than anticipated, which is saying a lot, since everyone goes in prepared for 30 miles of dirt in northern Michigan in November! By the time afternoon hit, and we came to meet him at the finish line in Traverse City, the situation had deteriorated. Lots of mud and grit, with intermittent rain that eventually gave way to the sun. Great! we thought. Maybe it'll be a little nicer from here on out.

Two minutes later, it started snowing.

All in all, I spent an hour at the finish line, camera at the ready, knowing he could come in at any moment. I've never seen so many people carrying their bikes over the line, a chain dangling from their hands. I've never seen such a long line for the bike wash or showers. Nor have I ever spent more than an hour waiting for the competitor I support to make it out of the race grounds. It was exhausting, and I didn't even get on a bike!

Northern Michigan
Northern Michigan

The rest of the weekend was fantastic, though. Some family friends lent us their cabin for the weekend, which is right on the lake and absolutely beautiful. I'm still thrilled by their generosity. We usually stay in hotels up north, but I think I'm going to advocate for more air bnb type situations in the future -- having a little house or cabin of your own is just a much nicer way to do it! We also had a few great meals at the Towne Plaza and 7 Monks Taproom in Traverse City (delicious, but proceed with caution for both if you are vegetarian or uninterested in pork products!), and Grey Gables in Charlevoix (they have a great 2 for $44 option which includes two entrees, two salads, two desserts, and a bottle of wine, and the food and service were both fantastic).

Northern Michigan

We had a lovely weekend and can't wait to go back!

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