When traveling, one of may favorite things to do is to bike an area. I’ve seen several places on two self-propelled wheels. Vancouver’s Stanley Park & Granville Island, Ontario’s Pelee Island, Michigan’s Mackinac Island, St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands and now, closer to home, Detroit’s Dequindre Cut. I highly recommend all the tours because each is completely different.
We started off with a walk along the Riverfront and a quick walking tour of the Renaissance Center. The Detroit waterfront is beautiful and it was fun to watch the kids play in the water fountain to beat the 100+ temperature that day. We worked our way back to the Wheelhouse to rent bikes. Considering we had to wait for them to be returned, we nearly had the Dequindre Cut to ourselves as we stopped to look at the graffiti under the bridges. I made a mental note to take my sons back, because they’d enjoy seeing the art too. I expected more graffiti and less green space but the beauty of this tour remains uniquely Detroit.
We biked up to the Eastern Market – it was my first visit there as well. So many plants, vegetables and items to choose from. Shoppers were everywhere and across the street Bert’s Marketplace was selling barbecue on the street while diners melted in the heat and listened to live entertainment. The whole area vibrated with it’s aliveness.
We traversed the cut back to the waterfront and checked out the William G. Milliken State Park where we discovered a lighthouse, harbor and more active riverfront views.
We followed our tour day with a little more Detroit culture and ate a filling meal at Slows BAR-B-Q.
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