Day 18 – Macatawa to South Haven

What a difference a day can make! After my first solid night's sleep in days, I happily pedaled south out of Holland. It turns out I could have easily made it to Saugatuk State Park last night on the brand new bike path I found myself on this morning. It may have even been closer than backtracking to the nearest hotel with a room available.

I felt cheery as I explored Saugatuk from the saddle of my trusty Nobilette. And as I made the 25 mile ride on quiet backroads to South Haven, I once again was laughing aloud with the beauty of it all. I sensed The Lake was near.

I was treated to more views of Lake Michigan in the last five miles to South Haven than I experienced all day yesterday. I even discovered a high bluff overlooking the water reminiscent of those near Elberta.

My plan was to take a quick dip, then head east toward home. But as I've said, "No itinerary, no set agenda, no attachments." So when I arrived at the beach I immediately decided to stay. I rode to familiar Sand Castle Inn and booked a room for the night.

With joy I slowed down and enjoyed this quaint town and its magnificent shore.

Well rested, I'll begin the journey home early tomorrow on the Kal-Haven trail.

Gratefully, Jim

Asana of the day:
Padmasana (Lotus)

Day 18 mileage: 37.16
Maximum speed: 24.8
Total trip mileage: 1249

Song stuck in my head:
Eight Miles High covered by Hüsker Dü


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