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White Pine Trail improvements and bike tour

Trail paving from Cadillac to Leroy. “Skipper” was one of the first bicyclists to ride the newly paved trail. This is near mile marker 83.

Those who like to take long bike rides on the White Pine Trail will have a smoother ride going forward. Dave Heyboer, of Friends of the White Pine Trail, reports that the paving between Cadillac and Leroy is going quite well, and some bikers are already using that portion of the newly paved trail.

For those interested, they will be holding their 7th annual Tour of the White Pine Trail. This 184 mile, two-day bike tour allows participants the chance to experience the entire beauty of the state’s longest bike trail. It will take participants from the 5/3 Ballpark in Comstock Park, up the trail to Cadillac, a night’s rest in Cadillac and then back to the Ballpark the following day.

“This year we will be amongst the first people to ride the most recently paved section of the trail that is currently under construction from Cadillac to Leroy,” said Heyboer.

There are two ways to participate in this years Tour of the White Pine Trail:

1. Join the Tour and ride the entire trail. You should be in good shape, have the proper equipment, and be used to riding at least 100 miles at a time. In addition to the two-day full tour, there is also a one-day, one-way option available but you would be responsible for your own return transportation. Visit the Tour web site at www.TourWPT.org for more information and for registration options.

2. Volunteer to help. There is a need for a few more volunteers for either Saturday or Sunday. Rest stop staff, sag (support) drivers, and cookie bakers are examples of some of the help needed. Please contact Beth at (616) 258-3869 or at tourwpt1@gmail.com for more information on volunteering.

Picnic Table Update :

Heyboer said they are planning to pour concrete for a second trailside shelter on Friday Sept 10, at 9:00 a.m. and could use some volunteer help. The pour will take place just north of Indian Lakes Road (between 15 and 16 mile roads). If you’re available please RSVP Tony Stachowiak at astachow@comcast.net. If you’re not up to helping with the concrete, stop by the site to offer moral support or bring cookies.

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