I forgot to add one other anecdote concerning the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which culminated on Day Five.
Throughout the adventure, Monkey was with me. In fact, most of the pictures I took, Monkey was in them. Like this one:
I think it was during a meal break, probably Day Three, when my co-adventurers wanted to know why Monkey gets to look at all of the sights but never gets to eat.
It was a good question. I think the answer is “I forget to bring him into the restaurant.”
Day Five, we’ve just loaded up the bikes for the ride home. A quick look at Google Maps pointed me to a local breakfast restaurant (it was very good, a bit pricey, but very good). After we arrived, I remembered that Monkey could use breakfast, too. After all, he’d been with us the entire time and had yet to eat.
I brought Monkey into the restaurant and propped him up on the table with us.
As the waitress was taking our orders, I jokingly ordered an orange juice for our stuffed friend.
It wasn’t taken as joke.
And it wasn’t free, either.
Which was fine, because our little mascot was very thirsty!
I wonder if he can order off of the “Children’s Menu?”