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No one likes to see summer come to an end. If you are like me, you tend to be in denial as the days slowly become shorter and the evenings require an extra layer. You know it is inevitable: the luxury of getting on the bike and riding and not worrying about a clock will soon come to an end. Riding in the fall is great, but nothing beats feeling the warm breeze on a summer day! For me, the sure sign of summer coming to an end is getting the "back to school' letter from my school district informing me when I need to be at the inservice meetings. Even though I had meetings today, that didn't stop me from hopping on the bike and seeing where it would take me!
I began my ride with a trip south to Sherwood Point Lighthouse; one of the lighthouses in the county that I have never seen. Sherwood Point is located just south of Sturgeon Bay. It lies on a point which surrounds Sawyer Harbor. Take Cty C to Cty M and it will lead you to the lighthouse. Sherwood Point Lighthouse was established in 1883 and automated in 1983. It was the last manned lighthouse on the US Great Lakes. This particular facility is operated as a rest area for active members of the US military on a rental basis. Therefore, the lighthouse is only open to the public during the lighthouse walk held the second weekend in June.
As I headed through the southern Door County area I passed Idlewild Golf Course. This is a public course that has beautiful greens, a quiet setting and friendly staff. Idlewild offers a bar and grill and a great Friday Fish Fry. The view of the course is great and a perfect place for a stop! I golfed in an outing there last weekend and the venue was perfect!
From there, I got back on Cty C and pulled in for gas at the Stevenson Pier Citgo Mart and Gift Shop. This perfectly located business does its best to stock just about anything you would need! It is the closest store to Sturgeon Bay and caters to locals and visitors alike. Besides gas, they offer homemade desserts and pizza. There are also camping and fishing supplies available.
When you are finished shopping stop at the little blue "house" in front which is a Door County Visitor Bureau Information Booth. Help yourself to any one of the number of brochures available.
Finally, I decided that stopping for some of my favorite cheese curds would not be an option but a requirement! From Stevenson Pier Mart, I took Stevenson Pier Road to Cty DK. Taking a left, I went past Southern Door Schools and a half mile further to Renard's Cheese. Known for their famous curds, Renard's has a reputation for offering the best cheese curds and other dairy products that you'll ever find! Be sure to stop when you are in the county; you'll be glad you did!
So with my last stop at Renard's in the books, it was time to head home. This summer day, albieit one of the last, was certainly not one of the least. You will never go wrong when you get on your bike and just ride in Door County! The dog days of summer are upon us but there are still more perfect days to enjoy the warm breeze on your face in the friendliest county you'll ever find!
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