The Great Michigan Bike Trip - PART 1 - Childhood Stories


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Grandpa Hill was 16 years old and drawn to adventure. The adventure in this story is a 500 mile long bicycle trip in the early 1970’s. Four boys leave Rochester Michigan on their 10 speed bicycles. Not one of the boys had ever been even on an overnight bicycle trip. Their experience at camping was next to nothing. A recipe for disaster.

Grandpa Hill, Don, knew that if they didn’t go this year they would never go. Summer jobs, graduation, college, military service, their interests, and their responsibilities would be changing. Prepared or not, skilled or not, they were going to make this adventure trip.

They had 50 miles behind them, their spirits soaring, and then the trouble began. There was pain, anger, fear, viscous dogs, a knife, a Lapeer country sheriff deputy and a friendly and very helpful policeman from North Branch Michigan. The confrontation was over, no one was hurt, no one was arrested and Grandpa would live to tell this story of the Great Michigan Bicycle Trip. There was no discouragement with the setback of Day 1. With the end goal of Bill Lecuru’s Grandparent’s house near Onekama Michigan, Day 1 was done, and what a day it was!

Stay tuned for PART 2!

Produced by David Richman,
Executively Produced by Grandpa Hill,

Music played by Michael Steele,
Art by David Richman,
Grandchildren in Audience: Caleb, Corbin, and Walter.

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