This trip came up suddenly. My wife and I were going to be attending the Sheperd Maple Syrup Festival on Sunday the 30th with friends of ours who have young children. When the weather showed 100% chance of rain on Sunday, I was the only one who could reschedule to Saturday. So, off I rode. The weather was nearly perfect — just a little chilly; time to buy a heated jacket. I missed all the rain, which didn’t appear in Grand Rapids until after 6 PM Saturday evening. The ride was simple, East Beltline to Northland Drive to Federal (Hwy?/Road?) to M-46 East to US-127 North to Sheperd. On the return, I took US-127 North to M-20 West to US-131 South. I had never been riding on M-20 West, so it was interesting to ride through Mecosta and Rodney. Posted by Ethan Powsner
Frank L. White is the chef pictured on the Cream of Wheat cereal boxes. His story is on Wikepedia. Besides being of general interest, Mr. White’s grave site lies at the end of an interesting route that includes I-196, I-96, M-50, M-188, the Grand River, as well as numerous country roads. We started the ride with the usual hearty breakfast at New Beginnings and departed with 8 riders — Phil Nellis, Roger Vanden Brink, Mike Hankinson, Mark Giem, Jake Berzkalns, Dave Winn, Jodi Lee, and Ethan Powsner. The weather was perfect as we motored east on I-196 and I-96 in order to clear GR before we took a meandering route to M-50 East for most of the rest of the way. The mid-ride rest stop was at the McDonalds in Lake Odessa. After we reached our destination in Leslie, we had lunch a few short blocks away at the Leslie Depot Diner.
BMW MCGR had an open house this morning to welcome the new 310 R.
The weather couldn’t have been better. After this, I pre-rode next week’s club ride to Leslie “The Cream of Wheat Ride”. While in Leslie, I stopped at the McD’s for a refreshment, some shade, and to adjust my shift lever to better fit my new boots.
Beautiful day for a ride. Combined a little of everything. Shopping for motorcycle boots, riding out in the country, having a picnic, coffee breaks, and even some slow speed practice.
Where else in Grand Rapids can you get Starbucks coffee and see hundred(s) of motorcycles?
There were quite a few shoppers at BMW MC GR
Fennville was a nice place for a picnic and some coffee. Had a sandwich in this little park adjoining the post office.
“Roots” coffee shop in downtown Fennville.
Mural in South Haven
Overlooking the lighthouse
Inspired by Jerry Palladino’s “Ride Like a Pro” video, I tried my hand at the Slow Race and Cone Weave. There are plenty of vacant industrial buildings with nice parking lots. Today, I carried my supply of cones and a large reel-tape measure. It helps if it is cool out.