Let’s “C” Door County Again!
August 25, 26, and 27
Come celebrate the end of summer with us in Door Country. We will be heading to the peninsula again for a wonderful weekend of riding. Both C (Miriam and Sharyn) and BC (Warren) rides will be available. Friday’s ride, the Egg Harbor Loop, starts at 1:00 pm in Egg Harbor in the parking lot of the Lull-Abi Inn. We head to Fish Creek where we will enter Peninsula State Park for a beautiful ride through the park. We will stop for a break at the Eagle Bluff Lighthouse in the park and continue on to Ephraim for a snack break. We will then head south on Co Rd A and east on Co Rd E back to Egg Harbor for a 28-30 mile ride. The route is on low-traffic, scenic roads and contains some easy rolling hills throughout with just a couple moderate rollers. For those who want to continue on for a 40-45 mile ride, there will be a map guiding you east across the peninsula from Ephraim. You will continue east and south to Baileys Harbor and then south and west across Kangaroo Lake and through cherry orchards back to Egg Harbor.
Friday evening dinner will be on your own although riders may want to gather in groups and head out together. There are several great places right in Egg Harbor. Or feel free to check out dining in any of the surrounding towns. You may want to check out a traditional Door County Fish Boil.
On Saturday, we will explore Washington Island and ride the perimeter for a 25 mile ride. Riders need to get to the Washington Island Ferry pier nears Gills Rock and ferry across the bay to the Island. The ride starts on Washington Island at 12:00 noon to give everyone plenty of time to meet the ferry schedule. This allows time on either side of the ride for sightseeing or exploration. The ferry runs every half hour during mid-day. The fee for you and your bicycle is $17.50; for a lot more, you can take your car across.
If you want more miles for the day, you can do a ride-to-the-ride. Maps will be available. This route starts in Sister Bay near Al Johnson’s Restaurant on WI-42. The route continues north through Ellison Bay and on to Gills Rock where the road jogs to the Washington Island Ferry pier. Upon your return to the peninsula, you head to Sister Bay via the east side of the northern part of the peninsula. The route adds 25-30 miles extra on low-traffic, scenic roads with several rolling hills and a couple moderate rollers. Riders choosing this, in addition to the island ride, would need to judge their ride time in order to meet up with the group at noon. We hope to have a group dinner at the Log Den back near Egg Harbor following our Saturday ride. More information on this will follow.
Sunday’s ride will begin at 9:30 am just south of Egg Harbor. The ride start will be at Frank E. Murphy County Park on Highway B which is 4.6 miles south of Egg Harbor. (7119 Bay Shore Drive, Egg Harbor) It is a mostly flat, tree-lined route south to Sturgeon Bay, the gateway to the peninsula. We can visit Historic Third Avenue in Sturgeon Bay and then meet for a light brunch or drink at Stone Harbor Inn where we can enjoy a lovely view of the harbor and perhaps see a ship pass under the lift bridge. We return to our ride start for a total of 25-30 miles. Or, riders can have a non-rider companion meet them in Sturgeon Bay and be a jog closer to heading home for the weekend.
We wanted to pass on the lodging information for anyone who wants to book now. You are strongly encouraged to book lodging early as Door County is a popular tourist spot and places fill up fast during the summer. As usual, you are welcome to stay wherever, or camp, etc. but we recommend the Lull-Abi Inn in Egg Harbor. We stayed here as a group in 2015 and found it to be very accommodating to bikers. It has 24 rooms and is close to all Door County attractions.
Lull-Abi Inn, 7928 Wisconsin 42, Egg Harbor, WI 54209, 866-251-0749, lullabi-inn.com
The ride leaders and a few others will arrive Thursday afternoon or evening. We will have an 8:00 pm gathering in the back yard of Lull-Abi Inn just to touch base and get acquainted. Please join us even if not staying at the Inn.
Please let one of the ride leaders know that you plan to join us on the ride, as further information will be provided to participants in August.
If interested, please contact:
Miriam Simmons, 651-212-0775,
Warren Samuelson, 651-398-3653,
for more information.