On his way back from the Challenge Walk MS event in Wisconsin, Team N3kk1d captain Sloth was already dreaming up the sequel to his September 2014 solo bike tour. Sloth’s goal was to replace expensive hotels and restaurants with much cheaper campgrounds and stove-cooked meals. However, this required substantial research – and investment – in backpacking gear and a new bike trailer in which to haul it.
And so, after much money spending, testing of equipment, and so forth, Sloth embarked on two summer bike tours: one in July from Grand Rapids to Midland, and the other in August from Grand Rapids to Leelanau State Park. The shorter first trip (roughly 110 miles) helped Sloth prepare for the longer 185 mile haul up into the Leelanau Peninsula.