I hope everyone had a great Independence Day! I’ve been traveling all over the midwest since my last post, going from Chicago to Springfield, Illinois (I have a special post coming about this stop) to St. Joseph, Michigan to suburban Detroit, where I’m writing this now. I spent the actual holiday in St. Joseph, where more than 20 members of my family congregated. Fun at the beach…
…a selfie with my sister Sarah and a moving train…
…and pretty sunsets over Lake Michigan.
There were a couple days where I ate much more food than I normally do, but I diligently tracked all the excess snacky stuff (chocolate-covered almonds! brownies! croissant-like rolls!) on My Fitness Pal (a relatively new thing I’m doing, inspired by my sister). Seeing the calories add up and exceed my daily maximum is a powerful way to keep myself accountable.
I was, however, an exercise fiend. For three days in a row, I went on long, fantastic bike rides. I love biking in St. Joseph – it’s something I blogged about last year – and the year before. But I haven’t ridden this far in so little time before.
On the first day, I went 12.3 miles, on an out-and-back route to downtown St. Joseph, with a few extra loops and detours thrown in.
On the second day, I went 17.2 miles, on a route I’ve done before.
I love this route. I devised it a few years ago specifically so I could ride past the house my grandparents used to live in.
I have so many memories from visiting this house multiple times every year as I was growing up, and the people that live there now have done a great job maintaining it.
I didn’t intend this ride to be 17.2 miles. It should’ve been a little over 14 miles, but I confused two streets, and when I realized my mistake, I decided to keep going and tack on a couple more miles, instead of backtracking.
On the third day, I had two goals: to go further than 17.2 miles, and to ride down the street that my mother grew up on, in neighboring Benton Harbor, from beginning to end.
Success! 17.6 miles, and a ride down Columbus Street. I don’t have pictures because it was drizzling the whole time.
That’s 47.18 total miles and 4 hours of riding over three days, and, according to Runkeeper, 2,889 total calories burned.
Keep it up, David!