The thick winter snow finally abated enough to ride NFS 46 all the way from Ripplebrook to Detroit. There were numerous bikes on the road and more cars in a single day than I saw on that route all of last year combined.

The town of Detroit was very busy. I rode Saturday morning, July 4th, and the lake was packed with boaters and its shore crowded with campers.

National Forest Service road 46 is in fairly good shape, especially considering how much snow fell this past winter season. They’ve done a good job repairing a previously nasty stretch of potholes and the road surface in general is improved over last year.