Wednesday, July 5th, 2017
I throw my laundry in the machines downstairs and go for breakfast at "Bob Evans" down the street from the motel. For all intents and purposes "Bob Evans" is Denny's by another name. Hot again today, I'm back on the highway after my laundry is dried and folded.
I ride along the coast for a good part of the morning but it takes some work. I get myself into dead ends a couple of times, have to backtrack, then it looks like I've got no choice but a major road. I stay on it even when other options open up, I want to make some distance today. I see there is an REI in Ann Arbor, Michigan; I make that my interim destination.
What I see of Toledo is run-down. I don't stick around to find any prettier parts. From here I pick up a highway heading north into Michigan. I get off near the Ohio-Michigan border in hopes of coming across a state welcome sign but as it turns out the back road I'm on doesn't have one. Oh well, highway again.
I pick up an interstate going through Ann Arbor. I find the REI, buy my MSR stove rebuild kit, then back on the highway. Around about Jackson, MI I'm feeling tired so I stop for a motel. That evening I meet a guy named Bob who tells me about his coming trip to Quebec. I fill him in on what I know about Sherbrooke. He has a high-school buddy who ended up there (how many Americans wind up living in Sherbrooke, Quebec of all places?). It's a nice town, I like it, but I wouldn't want to live there permanently.
I crash early back in the motel. Tomorrow I hope to see some of that Lake Michigan coast I've been told about.