Thumb Run, Port Austin 2017

We had a pretty good turn out for the Thumb Run this year, considering a good portion of the club was probably down south in Ohio for the Wailin’ Wayne Weekend. We had 9 members show up, with Chris Alfastsen riding up for just the day.  Dave DeCook and myself rode up to Port Austin on Friday and arrived at the camp grounds about 2:00 in the afternoon, hanging up the club banner and claiming our spots.

Friday night was cool, about 45 degrees, but clear and no rain. A beautiful sunset and a great evening to sit around the camp fire.

Saturday morning, Dave and I went downtown to the farmers market and bought some supplies for lunch later that afternoon. We then tried to go see the Turnip Rock, but discovered that access by land to view the formation was on private property and we couldn't get in.  The only way to see it was by kayak, and we were hardly dressed for kayaking. So we just rode around for a couple of hours and found a new place to eat at.  It wasn't open yet, so we decided to come back for dinner.

We rode around some more and ended up at Harbor Beach, stopping at the pier and having lunch.

Of course we then HAD to go to Grindstone Ice Cream and have a scoop.  This is the baby scoop.

I could only eat about half of it. 

On the way back, I had to get gas while Dave went on back to camp.  I stopped near this field to snap a picture.

We got back to camp early afternoon, and members started trickling in.

Mike Eckstein and Dave McFall discussing Mike's broken center stand.

After everyone arrived and all the tents were set up, we rode off to dinner at the place Dave and I had found earlier, Capt. Morgan's Grindstone Bar & Grill.  It was a nice place, the service was great and the food was even better.

Left to right, myself (taking the picture), Pat O'neill, Mike Eckstein, Dave McFall, Jim Micallef and Dave DeCook.

Rob Keay and Chris Alfastsen, who also showed up,  went to this place called the Farm for dinner. Seth Hensel went his own way. We all met back at camp, got a nice fire going and sat around and told stories.

The weather this weekend was the best that can remember in my short membership of three years. And as always, there was great company too.  This is coming to be one of my favorite rides of the year. My tracks and waypoints are on the GPS page if you want to see.

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