This summer I'll be retracing the last 3 weeks of the Coast to Coast ride in 2002. I had a fantastic time in 2002 and expect the same this year as well. Below are daily collections of my experiences with photos. Hope you enjoy reading the blog. - Brian Cox

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Week 1, Day 2 - Farwell to Frankenmuth

Day 2 - Farwell to Frankenmuth

Last night, at 12:30, a thunderstorm came blasting through the group. For those of us who were outside in our tents, the rain came first, hitting our tents like small BBs followed by flashes of light then the booms of thunder. At times the storm was directly overhead. There wasn't much that you could do except wait for the storm to pass, then after about 30 minutes the worst of the storm was beyond us and I was able to get back to sleep.

By the time we woke up, the ground and tents were soaking wet but the skies were slowly clearing.

Today is a shorted day than the first day, 82 miles. We were on the road slightly after 7:30 carefully following the routing directions as we went. We continued on the bike path that were arrived on yesterday and except for some minor detours stayed on the bike path for 40 miles. Jim, Lauri and I were determined to find a coffee stop today. We pull off in the town of Sanford where we found a very nice coffee shop call Lanny's, We were planning on having simply coffee but were talked into toasted cinnamon buns with frosting. I guess we finally left in 45 minutes or so.

We got back on the bike path and stayed on it to the 40 mile mark, where it ended. The it was on some quite city streets until the lunch stop at 43 miles. After a quick fuel up we were on our way, Less than 40 miles to Frankenmuth.

The remainder of the trip was primarily south through farm lands. The roads were very quite crossing railroad tracks occasionally. Being farm roads, the surfaces varied from OK to pretty rough, but overall was a nice scenic ride.

As we got closer, we started to discuss Ice Cream and decided to get Ice Cream in Frankenmuth even before setting up the tents. We arrived at the Middle School pretty early (2:20), signed in and headed down town for some quick scoops. before heading back to set up the tents and taking a shower.

All in all, a very nice day.

The stats for the day:

Miles: 82 miles

Happy Biking,

Brian Cox


  1. Frankenmuth is known as a place for Christmas stuff, and you didn't even mention that!! Did you go shopping? I never got to Frankenmuth when I lived here, but always wanted to go there.

  2. Santa rides a sleigh, not a bike. If Santa were a biker, then I am quite sure we would've heard something.