We took one last short ride before departing from Northern Michigan, and stopped in at downtown Traverse City. At Backcountry North, Basil checked out the arctic parkas while I bought a pair of merino wool glove liners. (My choice was the better one for cycling!)
Horizon Books is a wonderful independent bookstore, with an excellent selection of new releases; an intelligent and broad core stock; a vast and well-culled children’s section; an extensive selection of local books (and books by local authors); and a beautifully-stocked “used” section downstairs, along with a coffee bar (on the main floor) and a coffee shop (on the lower level).
The view from the coffee bar looks out on to Front Street.
But the view inside is rewarding, too.
Downstairs is a well-patronized gathering place for friends, games, reading clubs, author signings and music events. Horizon is the community anchor for Traverse City’s charming downtown; the store (and its local owners) played a huge role in its revitalization many years ago when the area was in a slump.
Basil added bricks to the long list of surfaces he traveled over on this trip — and also participated in a demo outside Horizon when stopped by curious passersby.
We rode back along Grand Traverse Bay. I’m probably biased, but I think Northern Michigan skies rate among the best anywhere.
It was too early in the season for the grass to have died; this is an insulating bed that’s been laid next to an extension of the trail along the bay.
The sky was roiling, but the bay was quiet.
We left as the last of fall was dwindling. Until the snow comes, though, there is always a little bit of color everywhere — and varied textures, too, across the landscape.
The newest section of the Traverse Area Recreation Trail, which leads from downtown towards Suttons Bay, ended suddenly. Did the crew stop in a concession to the impending winter? It seemed an odd choice of termination.
We rode on and paid one final visit to the yellow caboose on the Leelanau Trail, having come from a different direction then previously. Soon it was time to pack up and continue our travels elsewhere.
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