O.K.! Here I am to finally update you on our Mio trip. The time spent importing pictures, editing, cropping and organizing seemed endless! This is a long post peeps. You may want to grab a snack!
On Thursday, June 30, the group of four men that started out on Monday and rode 302 miles to Mio, MI arrived at their destination.
And on Friday, while the rest of us were making the trek to Mio by car, the group began a well deserved rest.
One of the first stops on both the bicycle ride of the four men and the car ride for all the rest of us was MOO-ville in Nashville, MI.
Jodie the Holstein welcomes you as you exit off of M-66. You can see the dairy farm on the hill to the left.
Inside the store, all kinds of deliciousness await: homemade ice cream, milk, cheese, etc. Of course the big draw is the ice cream–especially this time of year! They also sell their milk from the dairy farm. People come from far and wide for their creamline milk. It is pasteurized but NOT homogenized so it is easier to digest and as close to raw as you can buy in a retail store. We bought milk, chocolate milk, and 3 half gallons of ice cream for the weekend.
It was a long day of driving but we eventually arrived:
The attention to detail, both inside and out, is amazing.
This is the main living room area where we hung out once in awhile but ALL evenings were spent outside around the firepit.
From daylight to sunset it was always absolutely beautiful. S’mores were of course made over the fire every evening.
Except for one meal of take-out from the deli, all meals were prepped and eaten in this gorgeous place.
This is one of the few places that we have stayed where ALL of us (12 ) could fit around the table. Right outside the sliding doors to the left of this table was a second story deck with a table for six and this view…..
Let me show you the rest of the photos of the lodge:
Lower entry from the walk-out basement that leads to the fire-pit. Two basement bedrooms and a bathroom are off the hallway you see to the right.
The sun room off of the kitchen.
Loft seating area. There was one bedroom on the upper level, this seating area, and a game area. The main level had a master bedroom and bath and full hall bath and the basement level had two bedrooms, a small TV area, and a bathroom. It can sleep up to 28 people but we all like our space so we were pretty well spread out. ☺
There was ALOT of wildlife–both inside and out!
Other than all of the relaxing that we did, we went hiking and tubing….oh, and watching the Tour de France that began on Saturday!!! I can’t believe they did not contact us about the preview run to Mio…hahaha! ☺ We even talked the matriarch of the family, that is 79 years young into accompanying us on our 3 1/2 hour tubing ride on the Au Sable river and she loved it!
The whole reason for this “Tour de Mio” as we laughingly called it, is because 43 years ago, when this group of men were boys, their father and four of his friends, made the same trip by bicycle. I cannot even imagine. They rode 3-speed bikes and had no cell phones. They rode to Fairview, MI which is the next town north of Mio. We traveled their by car on Saturday morning to visit a few places they would have gone. Their father would have been 38 years old at the time. We are all so proud of their accomplishment and thank all of you that shared in their adventure by praying them on and tuning in to facebook every day for updates. They are in the process of dreaming about the possibility of another adventure…except for Todd….Todd says, “never again!” ☺
Good job guys. Ride well done.