Weekly Update 01/18/2010

Header:  Abandoned bikes sit outside the Mackinac Island Visitors Center.  Photograph compliments of Jill Sawatzki.
 
January 20, 2010 Update on Tim Leeper’s ride across the U.S.
          January 19:  Tim left Clifton at 7:30 this morning, pushing to get to Silver City, NM. It was raining at the start, but by 2 p.m. his time the sun was shining and the rain was about 7 hours behind him. Nonetheless, it was a grueling day for him, climbing 6,400 feet. Four hours later, he just made Silver City, after an 11 hour day on the road.  There is snow in Silver City, and the weather looks pretty nasty for the rest of the week. Tomorrow there is a chance he’ll be on a local radio/television show called the Morning Show Live. They’ve been notified he’s coming through, and he’ll call them tomorrow morning and see if they can get him on the air. Tim sounded really tired after a long, tough day.
 
          January 20:  Tim was interviewed this morning on the Morning Show Live in Silver City NM.  It looks like he will be there at least one more day because of the snow.  Good chance for him to get a little rest.  To listen to Tim’s interview, go to http://www.bike4breastcancer.org, click on Pink Ribbon Rides, then click on Meet Tim Leeper. The interview link is there.

 Do you remember back in September when I was running all over the island trying to find Mike Rowe of the Discovery Channel’s Dirty Jobs?  And then I did find him at the airport as he was leaving?  Well, almost five months later now, the Discovery Channel will air the episodes filmed during his visit to the island and to the Soo.  On the January 26 episode, Mike visits the Soo Locks in the UP; on February 9, Mike chats with two of his biggest fans on the Grand Hotel’s front lawn, and on February 23, Mike and his crew have fun with some very dirty jobs on Mackinac Island at Horn’s Bar, Mission Point Resort, the Grand Hotel, and 7th Heaven Salon.  You don’t want to miss any of these shows! 

  • According to Jeannette Doud’s Mackinac Island column in The St. Ignace News, “more than 30 people gathered at Ft. Holmes New Year’s Eve at midnight to watch the new year come in and to view the beautiful blue moon”.  The next day temperatures dipped to 10 degrees below zero.  She also reported that “Pontiac Lodge, Bogan Lane Inn, Cottage Inn, Mission Point Resort, and many other rental units were filled for the long weekend”.  According to Jeannette, the proceeds of the Christmas Bazaar were divided among Ste. Anne’s, Mackinac Island Bible Church, Trinity Church, Little Stone Church, and the Mackinac Island Medical Center.  Each received $8,000!
  • Patrick Sinclair’s Irish Pub will be hosting a Super Bowl Street Party on February 7.  That just happens to be when Dawn, Jill, Mike and I will be there for Winter Festival.  You know how excited I am about anything to do with football:), but if that’s where everyone else in town will be that night, we’ll all be there too!
  • I reported last week on Tim Leeper’s ride across the U.S. in memory of his wife, Patty.  Tim is using the ride to raise money for breat cancer research, and I updated last week’s report several times during the week.  To read Tim’s story, and his travel update through Wednesday, Jan.13, go to https://bree1972.wordpress.com/2010/01/10/weekly-update-01112010/.  Here are the updates I’ve received since Wednesday:

Tim, at the beginning of his trip - Pacific Ocean in California

January 14:  Tim arrived in Surprise, AZ and spent the night with a good friend, Tracy Kinane, a school teacher.  It was a 50-mile trip from Wickenberg – a short day with the wind at his back.  

 January 15:  Tim had another good day on the bike, with above average temperatures and lots of sunshine.  He was in Apache Junction, AZ for the night.  

 January 16:  Tim climbed a total of 4,600 feet today in a little over six hours, ending in Globe AZ, elevation 3,400.  He was tired.  The roads were narrow and became even more so the higher he climbed, and as he jockeyed  for position with vehicular traffic.  The weather is still good and the views are amazing.  He was shaking when he stopped.  Coming back from dinner in Apache Junction last night he had a flat, which he fixed this morning, and then had another flat not long after starting off. 

          January 17:  Tim awoke to a flat tire again this morning (Sunday), and about six miles out had another one.  He needed to ride 80 miles today to the next town with a motel – Thatcher, AZ – but he had the wind at his back and made good time.  The temp was 31 when he started out, ending up at 63 by the time he got to his destination.  He went through some poor areas and was chased by three dogs outside one town.  They surrounded his bike and stayed with him for a mile.  Monday will be a busy day.  He has a 2,000 ft. climb, a 1,500 foot drop, then another 3,000 climb to his next destination.  There is bad weather coming from the west, and he may be stuck there for a few days as they are predicting 5 ” of rain and 5 feet of snow in the mountains.   

 

On the road with Tim - somewhere in the mountains of California.

  This summer during the Festival of the Horse, I was on a tour of the West Bluff stables, led of Marta Olson.  Marta’s father was once the Director of the Mackinac Island Historic Parks, and she has posted some wonderful photographs of the island in the 60’s.  I asked her permission to use a few, and she graciously said yes.  The photos below are used with written permission – copyright Eugene T. Petersen & Marta Olson.  Thanks so much, Marta, for sharing. 

The Chippewa Hotel on fire - in the 1960's.

Main Street in the 1960's. This was obviously not on a crowded summer day. Looks like Premium Saltines and Ritz Crackers were popular even back then (Doud's window).

The Iroqious Hotel as it stood in the 60's. There was only a lonely stretch of beach leading to it at that time. So stately and so beautiful.

In 1960, people gather to watch as Queen Elizabeth's yacht passes through the Straits.

And finally, yes, there is a merry little crew from Georgia traveling to the island for the Winter Festival Feb. 6-7.  For that whole story, please click for the Lake Blackshear Blog post, Two Dixie Chicks Go Blizzard Shopping:   http://bree1976.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/two-dixie-chicks-go-blizzard-shopping-01122010/.
 
 
The way things are looking right now we might need our sandals instead of our snow boots, but with 18 days before we leave, we all are praying for more snow on the island and/or at least some pretty cold temperatures.  I know that islanders are wishing for that also, as the formation of the ice bridge depends on the cold.  Until it forms, islanders are isolated except for a plane ride in or out.
 
 
I will post more of Tim’s ride to this weekly update as I receive them, so please check back during the week.
 
 
God bless.  

  

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5 thoughts on “Weekly Update 01/18/2010

  1. Jill be sure and leave most of your winter garb up there for the many winter trips that will follow. I for one hope to be at fort Holmes on new years eve 🙂

  2. As always Brenda, thanks for the updates. I already have my calendar marked for the Dirty Jobs episodes. I love that show, especially when it had stories about the island.
    The Iroqious Hotel almost looks lonely all by itself like that. I love seeing older pictures of the island to see how much or little it has changed.

  3. Thanks for the pictures and the island updates!! I love dirty jobs and wrote down the dates. I know you will have a beautiful time on the Island. Are you staying at your condo or in a hotel. I guess a probably a hotel becaus I’m sure your condo in winterized. God Bless!

    Michelle

    • You guessed right – we are staying at Cottage Inn. Now, if we happen to get blizzarded in – we will open the condo and settle in!

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