Monday, July 6, 2015

June 28, 2015. Post PALM calm (not really).

We returned from the PALM Friday, Malorie caught a plane back to New York on Saturday and then it rained all day. That was OK, since it was a rest day and gave us time to do laundry and catch up on mail and housework.

Sunday Dianne and I met Martha at Sterling State Park for a bicycle tour of historical Monroe. We rode the River Raisin Heritage Trail from the park to the city of Monroe, where our first stop was at the River Raisin Battlefield. This was the site of a major battle in the War of 1812. We watched a film and looked at the artifacts.

Next stop was at the statue of George Custer. Dianne was very interested in the Monroe connection, while it was old news to me and Martha, having both grown up in Monroe County.

We cycled to my old High School, St. Mary Academy, the back way since there was a tree down across Elm Ave. from the previous day's storms. We stopped at the St. Antoine cemetery monument and found my 4th great grandfather's name (Tessier).

We continued west on North Custer Rd., stopping at the Navarre-Anderson Trading Post, which was not open. We rode south past Monroe County Community College, then east to General Hull's Road (Hull Rd.) which was the path General Hull took from Maumee to Frenchtown to fight the battle at the River Raisin in January 1813 (we learned that at the Visitors Center).

We rode back to the park then, said farewell to Martha, and loaded the bikes in the truck. I drove back to Monroe so Dianne could go to the Monroe Historical Museum. While she looked at the Custer exhibits I went into the genealogy room and got another nugget of information on my ancestors.

It was a very good day!

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