Before I ever officially left Midland I stopped to take a picture at a pretty hillside garden and encountered a kindred spirit. John was out riding his granddaughter around in a tow behind trailer and he stopped me and asked me where I was headed. I told him my brief story (if you know me you probably rolled your eyes at the idea of me and a “brief” story) and then he shared the fact that he was a warmshowers host and that he had done the southern tier cross country route and quite a bit of other touring he was a great guy we could’ve stood there for hours. He also knew a lot of Midland history and told me about that being the starting point for Dow chemical and we rode a block away and he showed me the house of one of the Dow children who was an architect who studied with Frank Lloyd Wright and then escorted me down to the path and rode with me briefly along the path before it was time for him to get his granddaughter back home. It was a great way to start the day.
The rest of the day was pretty uneventful except for the two videos that I have posted for today one was my 3000 mile smilestone and the other was a video of a path going throughBay City. The path throughout all of Bay City was the most twisted connection of sidewalks, bike paths, boardwalks, and drawbridge crossings. It took a long time to navigate through a short distance but offered some very interesting scenery.