Observation: Just as I was starting my ride this morning I ran into a man along the Detroit river strapping a motor to his back. Not something you see every day and took me a while to figure out what was going on but this “paramotor” was actually made to help give his parachute enough thrust to get him launched into the air. After getting all his equipment in place and after a brief run on some random cement pad, he was up and flying sans plane. It was so cool to see a person so exposed to the elements glide over the river and then sore above the Renaissance Center (sorry, GMers, I’m still old school). While I’ve never had a fear of heights, the premise just seemed crazy to me. But for a moment, it did make me wonder if I could have done Every Lineage Mile in a totally different way.
Distance: ??.?? miles (lost my first MapMyRide map)
D-Fact: America’s most famous aviator, Charles Lindbergh, was born in Detroit in 1902. A few months after his solo flight across the Atlantic in 1927, he and his mother came to Detroit for a parade in his honor. During World War II, he moved to Bloomfield Hills and worked as a consultant on the construction and operation of the Willow Run bomber plant.