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21 Days until June Ride – Sandhill Cranes and 45+ Miles Today!

Sandhill Cranes May 20 2023

Had a great training ride today with teammates Meredith, Deb and Adam. Actually was a bit cool (mid 50s) and a little windy and overcast, but we were bundled up good. With just 3 weeks before the June BikeMS ride weekend we are trying to log some good miles and time in the saddle. We did little over 45 miles today and explored a newly paved section of a rails-to-trails path. Tackled some hills today, doing the “Pam Anderson” pair of bigger hills on the road around Kensington. Teammate Scott named them such and that’s what we still call them as we take on the challenge.

At the top of the second Pam, we stopped for a breather and these sandhill cranes and cute babies were just grazing and hanging out off to the side of the road. Adam got the above photo and this video:

Here is the post ride photo of us today, keeping warm and safe in our yellow jackets.

Team Ride May 20 2023
Team Ride May 20 2023 (Adam, Meredith, Me and Deb)

And here is the route we took through the two park roads and on the path network that goes east to near Wixom. On the path network we tackle another hill – “The Garbage Heap”! Team Captain Tanya actually made up a song for the garbage heap but I am forgetting the words. It’s actually a garbage dump at the top of a hilly area that is now a park area with soccer fields, etc, and the path goes on the outskirts – with a big hill on the return trip!

Team Ride Route May 20 2023
Team Ride Route May 20 2023


If you want to donate to the MS Society for my two rides this year, any amount gets you in the two raffles this year! AND thinking about adding another gift item I will make for all sponsors…  I made bike chain key rings years ago and might do that again, but thinking of some other ideas… and would welcome your ideas too! Just leave a comment below!

Thanks as always, especially all of you whom donate every year. And words of support mean just as much, so thanks for the encouragement!

Ride On and Much Love,

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