Tom and I left Thursday afternoon with a goal to make it 7 hours north for our evening stop in Manistique, MI. It rained pretty much the entire drive - ugh! We arrived to our motel around 11 pm Michigan time. Since it was so late in the evening the owners said "we'll just leave the keys in the room and settle up in the morning." This is why I love the UP. So much trust and life is just simpler. Our motel room was super cute and everything that we needed. I am quickly becoming obsessed with motels. How is walking 5 steps from your car to the door of your hotel not the coolest, most convenient thing in the entire world? Motels are so underrated.
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Friday morning I went for coffee and bagels at the local supermarket and Tom went for a 45 minute run and then were on our way, crossing over the Mackinaw Bridge (ahhh!)
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Friday was spent mostly at the Expo visiting the Foundry and Einstein tents and filling our tummies at North Peak Brewery. Saturday came quickly and after being treated to French toast and bacon we headed up to the start. Tom was racing at 10:20 in the Fat Bike class and Jason and I weren't racing until 2:30 PM in the Pro/Cat 1 class. This is such a neat part about Iceman. Basically 5000 racers go off in waves all morning long and then the finish line is one big huge party as all the riders await the finish for the men's and women's pro races!
Pretty soon Tom, Danielle, Evan and the other Jason from Einstein were off!! Jason and I headed back home and were able to watch the live feed. Unfortunately we had to leave before I could see Tom cross the finish! He broke his chain and was lucky to have some help from a couple locals and this allowed him to still finish the race in 17th place and still a pretty awesome time of 2:30. He had a blast and is officially obsessed with the new carbon Salsa Beargrease...ut oh.
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Afterwards it was so fun to be greeted by everyone! To learn that Tom had a blast despite the chain breakage, Jason and Nate both had a great pro races, Evan and Jason W were 4th and 6th in the Fat Bike class, my Foundry teammate Mackenzie got 3rd place overall, and my Michigan bff Danielle won the Fat bike race! What a day! So fun to celebrate afterwards and get to know some other local Traverse City gals Chelsea and Stacy! Beer never tasted so good!