I decided to attempt a longer ride this past weekend and rode the Leelanau Trail all the way to Suttons Bay, some 18 or so miles from my house in Traverse City. It’s a paved trail, part of the larger system of TART trails in the region, and passes through farmland, open fields, and forested areas, providing a scenic trip up the bay to a small town along the water.
Suttons Bay is mostly made up of one main street that passes through a downtown area lined with boutiques, art galleries, science and game stores, a candy shop, restaurants and cafes, and a local movie theater. Off of the main street also lies a marina with a sandy beach and a view out to the bay.
It was quite a personal accomplishment to make it all the way there and back and I’m looking forward to going out again, even just to ride the trail and enjoy the views along the way. I’m using trips such as this one and others that I’m planning in the future to write a series of blog posts for MLUI about living in Traverse City without a car and my coping strategies. I have trips planned for the future that will combine biking with the regional bus system and hope to inspire people to think more about the public transportation options that are available.
I just posted my first article to the MLUI website (here) about school gardens and am really beginning to research and plan out some cool future articles that fit in to all of our program areas: food and farming, clean energy, and thriving communities (mostly transportation issues at the moment).