Sloth was definitely ready to get back on the road after his “day of rest”. Tuesday’s route led north from Manitowoc, Wisconsin to Sturgeon Bay along the coast of Lake Michigan. While on occasion the route was forced onto Highway 42, Sloth stuck mainly to smaller county roads, resulting in a comfortably quiet ride the majority of the day. Interestingly, Day Four turned out to be the most fulfilling out of the entire trip, peppered with small towns, sunshine, and gorgeous lakeside scenery. Check out sloth’s montage video for proof! (WARNING: movie clip is 18 minutes in length, 60k in size and requires Windows Media Player. You may either save to disc or stream from our website to view.)
The route from Manitowoc to Two Rivers largely utilized Mariners Trail, a well-maintained bike and exercise trail
The trail featured several beautiful gardens and works of art
The morning sun over Lake Michigan
The view along the coast back to Manitowoc
Ahead to the northeast along Mariners Trail
Sloth spent less time in Two Rivers than he would have liked… check out this beautiful harbor area!
Heading north from Two Rivers on County Road O, Sloth took a moment to explore Point Beach State Forest
While the Point Beach lighthouse was closed to the public, the adjoining beachfront was not
The impressive Point Beach lighthouse shining in the morning sun
The route along Lakeshore Drive was dizzying gorgeous, with not a cloud in the sky
Not a bad location for an impromptu restroom break
Butterflies were everywhere along the road, rising up into the sky as Sloth approached
Panoramic view of a typical scene along Lakeshore Drive: no traffic, quiet farms, and rolling hills as far as the eye can see (NOTE: will open in a new window)
Kewaunee turned out to be a small but quaint harbor town proud of its heritage
Ironically, the Ludington was anchored here in Kewaunee
A view from the Kewaunee harbor area out to Lake Michigan
Sloth decided that Kewaunee City Park was a good spot for a lunch break
The ducks would alternate between coming in for potential food and fleeing at the presence of humans
Sloth encountered The Fyling Pig Gallery and Greenspace just south of Algoma
After inquiring, Sloth discovered that this flying pig was, in fact, sourced from Cincinnati, Ohio and then painted by a local auto detailer
The gallery inside was a right-brained paradise of art
Yes… this beautiful “painting” is in fact fabric and stitching
The “greenspace” garden outside included this patio slash sandbox for visiting families
Even in the garden one encountered art everywhere…
… sometimes the art was the garden itself!
A view of the patio area from the opposite side
Sloth found this lakeside boardwalk on the way into downtown Algoma
Out along the Algoma harbor area
Sloth’s weatherluck was in high gear today… look at that water and sun!
A Sloth self-portrait
A panoramic view of Lake Michigan from the Algoma harbor area (NOTE: will open in a new window)
Door County at last!
If you’re going to go with solar power… it’s hard to beat the style found in the Sturgeon Bay Solar Flair Project
We’re sure this wasn’t intentional… but “Kitchens for Assembly” seems more like an advertisement for IKEA than a person running for office…
Sturgeon Bay’s famous steel bridge
The bridge included this wonderful pedestrian / bike path, allowing Sloth to stay clear of vehicular traffic
A panoramic view of Sturgeon Bay to the east of the steel bridge (NOTE: will open in a new window)
The bridge made for some great photo-taking opportunities
Unlike Manitowoc, Sturgeon Bay’s ship-building skills are still alive and well. Check out this custom space-age yacht!
As it turned out, this $150 million yacht used carbon materials to make it ultra-lightweight, with a top speed of 36 MPH. Sadly it was destined for the Mediterranean Sea…
Sloth splurged a bit and picked up a room at the nostaglic Holiday Motel, hub of the Sturgeon Bay music and arts scene
This hotel / motel, built in 1952, was recently purchased by a music artist group in order to preserve and perpetuate its rich history
The owners’ obsession with Edgar Allen Poe was readily apparent… and check out that honest-to-goodness rotary phone!
Their iconic neon sign…
Sloth picked up a delicious vegan pizza at Sonny’s Pizzeria
First dinner in Door County…
You know you’re in Wisconsin when you spot the Spotted Cow…
Sturgeon Bay at dusk… glorious!
A panoramic view of Sturgeon Bay looking out toward Green Bay (NOTE: will open in a new window)
One more self-portrait before the day is done…