Casey  Zandi: Day 63-73 Aug27

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Casey Zandi: Day 63-73

Day 63 (8/10): Iron River, WI to Ironwood, MI. 67 miles. We were going to go to Manistique but we ended up about to leave after getting a pizza at the bowling alley and some guys started talking to us; Jason, Mark, and Nate. Jason ended up inviting us to stay at his house with his girlfriend Amber and having us come out with them to see their friend sing at a local bar in Hurley, WI. Let’s just say they showed us a great time in Hurley that night πŸ™‚ Jason and Amber were great and we were very thankful for their hospitality!! πŸ™‚ Day 64 (8/11): Ironwood to Wakefield, MI. 13 miles. We got a late start because of our festivities the night before and ended up stopping at this pretty lake with a free campsite πŸ™‚

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Day 65 (8/12): Wakefield to Stager Lake, MI. 95 miles. We were trying to make it to Escanaba but we were pushing the dark so we stopped at this lake outside of town. We set up camp and were cooking up food in the dark when a raccoon was trying to sneak up on us and steal some of our food. He got a little too close for comfort which seemed like hours but I am sure it was no more than 30 minutes, when it finally gave up and went on his way to the next place with some food.

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Day 66-67 (8/13-14): Stager Lake to outside of Escanaba, MI. 77 miles. So we couch surf and use warm showers every so often, and for those of you not familiar, they are social profile websites where people can host you in their homes, let you take a shower, do some laundry, sleep in their home or set up camp in their yard, or whatever they are comfortable with. We have gotten really lucky so far. But anyways I messaged some people before we got into town and someone replied not even an hour after I messaged them. She said her parents were out of town and she no longer lived there but we were more than welcome to stay there. She texted me the address and we went on our way towards the house. As we were getting closer I was freaking out, why would someone let us stay in their house without them in it, and then scary movies started running through my head. I was terrified! We arrived and I called just to make sure, so we went on in and it ended up being the coolest house ever! We met the person watching the dog and he told us about the silo looking part of the house that had an amazing view!! I was finally relieved and we ended up taking a rest day there the next day.

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Day 68 (8/15): outside Escanaba to Manistique, MI. 62 miles. So for those of you wondering about what we eat, we eat very high calorie meals to make sure we aren’t eating too little. The fast food value menus are best, we went to McDonalds and for about $4 each we were able to eat about 1500 calories, talk about a great deal! We have found that the cosmic brownies found at gas stations and other various food stores are about 89Β’ for about 400 calories I believe! Deal of the century for cross country cyclers πŸ˜€ That night we ended up stopping at a casino where we signed up and got $10 of free play πŸ™‚ we played off of that for a couple hours, got some free hot chocolates πŸ™‚ and the manager said we could camp out behind the building. Talk about lucky and another free campsite! Yay πŸ™‚

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Day 69 (8/16): Manistique to Naubinway, MI. 45 miles. Since recently departing from our new cycler friends that we have met on our trip, we have gotten back into our old habits of sleeping in until 9 or so and maybe getting on the road by 12 if we are lucky and feeling up for it. So we ended up leaving around 2:30 and not getting as far as we wanted so we went into this place for dinner and the baseball game were they advertised fish Friday. The cook made us fresh fish caught that day from Lake Superior and we ate at their buffet and the people packed us up tons of food to go and then our server and her husband said we could take a shower at their house next door and camp in their yard. We run into the nicest people πŸ™‚ Then I had Casey take the Dementia 4 question test and he failed all four questions!! He is getting old, poor thing. Here are the questions and you can test yourself (Casey says to have someone read them to you), the answers will be at the bottom of the blog πŸ˜‰ 1) What do you put in a toaster? 2) Say ‘silk’ five times. Now spell ‘silk.’ What do cows drink? 3) If a red house is made from red bricks and a blue house is made from blue bricks and a pink house is made from pink bricks and a black house is made from black bricks, what is a green house made from? 4) Without using a calculator – You are driving a bus from London to Milford Haven in Wales. In London, 17 people get on the bus. In Reading, 6 people get off the bus and 9 people get on. In Swindon, 2 people get off and 4 get on. In Cardiff, 11 people get off and 16 people get on. In Swansea, 3 people get off and 5 people get on. In Carmathen, 6 people get off and 3 get on. You then arrive at Milford Haven….Without scrolling back to review, how old is the bus driver?

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Day 70 (8/17): Naubinway to Mackinac Island, MI. 45 miles. So we left Ben and Sharon’s house in Naubinway around 3pm. They bought us some pasties which were great, pronounced “past-eeee-s” not “paste-ee-s”, which we originally thought and were really confused, haha. We left and got into St Ignance and went to Clyde’s which was a hamburger joint that Andrew at the bar the night before told us to go to. So much better than in-in-out and I know that is really hard to say with some people in the family that swear by in-in-out! Anyways we both ordered the 3/4 lb burger which didn’t even phase us. Once we finished those we booked it to the last ferry ride to Mackinac Island at 9:30pm. As we were buying the tickets we asked if you could camp on the island, which they replied as “I’m not sure, but I don’t see why not” so we continued to splurge and buy the tickets and go to the island. We got there and there were only horse carriages and bikes lining the sides of the streets, our kind of place!! Of course we went to the Pink Pony to get their famous Rum Runners. They were great. A couple drinks later, we found ourselves sleepy and ready to head to bed. We went to the park near the center of town and saw a statue with people hanging around so we decided to go there and asked them if they knew about camping or what not and they offered their couches to sleep on. So we were stoked. An hour or two later they were wandering around on their phones and then never came back so we decided to set up camp behind this bush in the park.

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Day 71 (8/18): On Mackinac Island. So we woke up to the police rapping on our tent at 8 in the morning!!! Blah! So pretty much long story short they ended up giving Casey an “unlawful camping” ticket even with us asking why, there weren’t any signs anywhere, the ferry ticket lady didn’t say not to, and we asked multiple employees when we were at the bars and they never said camping wasn’t allowed anywhere on the island like the cop was saying that morning and why wouldn’t we just get a warning first, blah so we wake up to a $100 ticket. Not so fun. Then we are relaxing on the island and went to go get some lunch. We put our bikes on a wall because we don’t have kick stands like the rental bikes everywhere. So we go to lunch, get back and find our bikes sprawled out in street near where all the rental bikes were parked. I wasn’t really worried about it, someone obviously moved our bikes, no big deal. So we go over to pick them up and we realize Casey’s Bob trailer piece is completely broken…is this really happening?!? So we ask around and found out that the chief of police moved our bikes. So we go to the police department talk to him. So he said that he pretty much almost broke his leg trying to move our bikes. And we were just wondering why he even moved them in the first place, they weren’t in the way, people could easily get by them and why couldn’t he just ticket us or wait by our bikes until we came back from lunch. We were maybe gone for 45 minutes tops. Anyways the damage was done and we weren’t about to pay for something that the chief moved and broke. So he finally said that he would pay for the part that he broke as long as we gave him the work order receipt. So we went to the bike shop and they said that they needed the owner to confirm any ordering of parts and shipping and he wouldn’t be in until the next day!!! Wah!!! But he did temporarily fix the broken part, but it wouldn’t last for very long and most definitely all the way to Maine.Β  So we had to stay another night and we couldn’t camp, this was not our cup of tea!! So we just decided we would camp smarter and go to the back of the island when it got dark. So of course around dinner time we are watching the baseball game and had a couple drinks. A couple hours go by and it is getting dark so we decide to go back to our bikes and get ready to go camp. We forgot something at the bar/restaurant so we went back to get it and the bouncer said we couldn’t go back in the bar. So we asked why and they said the cops told them not to let us back in, and as they are saying this the cops are walking up behind us. So the cops ask us to leave and ask if we have a place to stay, I just said yes and then Casey was like yeah we are camping. Oh goodness!! Then the cops were all over us, following us to our bikes saying that if we were caught camping again we would be arrested. I mean is that really necessary? So they asked a hotel if we could get a deal for “missing the last ferry across” and they said it would still be $125 for 8 hours…yeah no!! We were sort of out of options when this woman asked us if we needed help as we were surrounded by cops…why yes we sort of are in a pickle. And she said we could sleep on her hotel room floor as long as we could help her with the cost so we ended up paying for her bar tab and she then told us it was her birthday!!! Wow she is so nice and she saved us!! We were very appreciative!!!

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Day 72 (8/19): We woke up in the hotel room, took some much needed showers and took Crystal out to breakfast for our appreciation! We then went on our way and off to the bike shop! We went there and the owner wrote us up the working order and said the part was about $65 and the expedited shipping would be at least $50. So we took it over to the police department to the chief and he just started harassing us, saying you can go out drinking all night but you can’t pay for your own bike part and then he was like I saw you drinking this morning too…wait what?? Sorry officer the place we went to breakfast also happened to be a bar, just like all of the other restaurants on the island, and in fact we were drinking water with our breakfast at 10am. He then said he wouldn’t pay for the shipping, but he gave us $65 in cash for the part. We finally left, and decided to take a ride around the island. We got back into town around 4 and were headed to the ferry when a cop stopped Casey while I was on the phone. Oh jeez what now!? He went to the police department again and they wanted the $65 because we weren’t going to end up getting the part on the island. I mean really? They ended up letting us keep it because we said we were going to get the part on the mainland instead so we wouldn’t have to stay another night. We finally made it on the ferry and on the mainland!! Yay! πŸ™‚

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Day 73 (8/20): St Ignance. We went and camped behind the casino in town. We stayed there to fight our “unlawful camping” ticket that morning. The cop ended up not showing up so we had to wait another day in town. That night I learned to play craps and I won at least $50! Woo! πŸ™‚

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And finally!! The answers to the dementia test: 1) bread, it’s okay Casey said toast too, 2) water, not milk, 3) glass, not green bricks silly!, 4) Don’t you remember your own age? It was YOU driving the bus!! πŸ˜‰