I like to replace my bicycle chain every 1,000 miles or so. I have about 1,400 miles on my chain, which I last replaced in Missoula. I spied a car with a bike rack and flagged down the driver to ask where the nearest bicycle shop was. I was only a block and a half away.

The Heavy Pedal bike shop in Manitowoc (accent the first syllable heavily) is located downtown, near where the SS Badger ferry docks. They watched me strip my bike naked and then started work on it. My route today was a measly 30 miles and I arrived in Manitowoc in time for the afternoon ferry. But my reservation is for 1:00 this morning so I am hanging’ in town.

As I pulled into the lakeside town, I observed a large amount of black smoke coming from the waterfront. It was the SS Badger, a coal burning vessel. A truck was ferrying coal (fuel) to the ferry;

20120705-152217.jpg It’s a big ship.


The Wisconsin Maritime Museum gives tours on a submarine, the Cobia, a GATO class boat, docked on the Manitowoc River.

20120705-152608.jpg The Manitowoc Shipbuilding Company, founded in 1902, constructed 28 submarines to be used in WW II, beginning in 1940. The Cobia, on display here, was actually built at Electric Boat in Groton, Connecticut, my home state!

It was hot again today, 93 degrees by 11:00. On Lakeside Drive, the breeze off of Lake Michigan dropped the temperature to a delightful spring-like level. I gazed out the harbor entrance at the horizon, unable to see the next state on my itinerary, 50 miles distant.


Bonus photo: the local Manitowoc micro-brewery;