On October 1, we decided to head back to Leelanau County and Wild Cherry Resort. Diana’s mom has stabilized from her recent pneumonia, so we felt safe in finishing out the season. Wild Cherry closes October 31.
On Friday, we met Diana’s cousin Reed and his wife Emily in Traverse City for lunch at Northern Natural Cider House. The two of them had come up from Kentucky to close up the family homestead in Luzerne, MI. When they arrived early Thursday, they received a huge shock, as Ma Deeter’s had just burned to the ground.
A classic example of an ‘up north’ bar, Deeter’s was known far and wide…probably more so than the town it resided in. It was thought to have been the largest log structure east of the Mississippi. The building had been there since 1940, and the building before it (also destroyed by fire) had been there since 1920.
On Saturday, we worked at Wild Cherry. I grabbed the chainsaw and decided to take down a few dead ash trees, as they were near the roadway. I was concerned that they could fall on someone. As I went back to the barn, I came upon this:
On Saturday night, we went out to eat with Howard and Linda from RV-Dreams.
They are in town conducting their fall educational rally at Lake Leelanau RV Park. While we always knew we were most likely going to fulltime RV when we retired, these two were the ones that provided the ‘nudge’ when we attended a couple of their seminars at an RV show in Grand Rapids in January, 2014. We attended their rally last fall in Goshen, Indiana, and we were very excited to get the chance to see them again. They have a six week trip to Costa Rica planned (without their rig), so it was fun to hear about the preparations they were making for that adventure. They have been fulltime RVing since 2005, and they are extremely knowledgable about what it takes to live the lifestyle. We highly recommend attending one of their rallies, even if you are just an RV owner and aren’t going to full time in it. They provide a plethora of information on anything conceivable to do with an RV and the lifestyle.
On our first ride, we saw this picnic table.
We stopped and had lunch there. They had water, a trash can, a log book, and a pot of flowers…which was a nice touch. I believe it was maintained by the people who lived adjacent to it. The Leelanau Trail is a rail trail between Suttons Bay and Traverse City, and is part of the TART trail system that covers the Traverse Bay Area.
When we got to Revold Road, we were just west of Black Star Farms and we saw this sign.
Diana had been thinking (dreaming, actually) about getting a TerraTrike for quite awhile. One thing I was concerned about was how we would haul it. Fellow full timers, Bill and Jodee from On The Road Abode have two TerraTrikes, and Jodee was kind enough to send me photos of their setup.
If we get a second trike, this would work well for us. Great rack from Hitch Rider. Thanks, Jodee!
When we brought Diana’s trike home, I came up with this:
The disc brakes lock, so there isn’t any movement. It won’t interfere with the trailer in this position. I’m going to get nylon straps to secure it, instead of the bungees. The seat fabric easily detaches for longer trips. My bike will continue to ride on our Yakima receiver mounted rack, which can be mounted on the trailer when we are moving, or on the truck when we are stationary at a campground.
So as you can see, we are excited to be able to spend October on the Leelanau Peninsula. Amazingly, the leaves have yet to change color, so we are hoping for some beautiful vistas fairly soon! Stay tuned!