Nearly 700 bicycles trekking across Michigan in week-long ride

Posted at 4:47 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 16:52:40-04

FREMONT, Mich. -- With the Kalamazoo bike tragedy fresh on their minds, a group of nearly 700 cyclists set off Sunday for a ride across Michigan.

The group is called Pedal Across Lower Michigan and they average about 50 miles per day.  They are on 'day two' of their journey.

They started in Pentwater with a moment of silence for the victims of the Kalamazoo bicycle tragedy. Then they were off, starting with their back tire in Lake Michigan and they will end by putting their front tires in Lake Huron at the end of the week.

Riders say there are a few hurdles along the way and that drivers aren't used to seeing so many bicyclists.  Then, there are also all of Michigan's potholes.

But ride organizer Beth Best says it's well worth it. "You see a lot more than you do in the car. You slow down and take it in on your bicycle."