So I'm rolling out of the Pinconning Mobil after filling my water bottles and pounding a small bottle of chocolate milk (I know, I know. More on this in a minute.) when I catch a flash of movement across the street to my left. A little girl of about five years with white blond hair in short pigtails is flying down the sidewalk in my direction on a little purple bike with training wheels. Her head is down between the bike's highrise handlebars, ears at hands level. Her face is forward and showing great determination. She's really cranking! When our eyes meet, I sense her joy at being noticed. But just for a moment. In a split second she grimaces and increases her cadence, feet and pedals now a blur. It was as if to say, "Come back later, old dude, and I'll kick your ass in a city limit sign sprint!"
I wish it was possible to buy raw milk in Michigan. I know, "You gotta buy a cow share." Got one, thanks. At home I enjoy a gallon of raw milk per week delivered by Kevin Hicks of Hicks Dairy. But that doesn't do me any good on the road.
For the last few years I've converted my milk to yogurt. But this Spring I read an article by Mark Sisson marksdailyapple.com touting chocolate milk as a post workout recovery drink for athletes. I've been consuming most of my milk the chocolatey good way since, making my own with raw milk, fair trade chocolate, and local honey.
No such quality on the road, but if I can find it with whole milk and no corn syrup or artificial flavors, I'm drinking it out here. My body agrees.
I wonder if raw milk cheese is available here Pinconning, the Cheese City? I'm down to my last 1/2 pound from home.
Tonight my hammock is hung just feet from Lake Huron. As I lay here writing this I'm trying to decide who's loudest, the mosquitoes or the frogs!
Should get some nice sunrise photos as I'm breaking camp early to beat the heat in the morning.
It ain't easy being cheesy! Jim
Day 6 mileage: 88
Total trip mileage: 388
Asana (Yoga pose) of the day:
Sarvangasana (shoulder stand). Unless your bike affords an absolutely upright seating position, your neck and head are arched back to compensate for your leaned over position. The more aerodynamic your position, the more this arch is accentuated. Try looking up at the sky for an extended period of time and you'll get the idea. Sarvangasana is the perfect antidote for that type of neck strain. It should always be followed its counter pose, Matsyandrasan (Fish).
Song stuck in my head:
Can't Get It Out of My Head by Electric Light Orchestra