Lake Michigan Loop – Days 19-21

The ride across the Upper Peninsula is on US 2, which is very flat, and most of the route is inland from Lake Michigan. Not a lot of scenery as I pedaled the 150 miles (3 days) from Escanaba to St. Ignace. Luckily, I had a tailwind the whole way. I averaged 15-16 mph, which is really flying for me, but not as fast as the cars, RV’s, semi’s and logging trucks. There was a constant stream of traffic passing me going both ways.
As you saw in the posted video from Epoufette, a heavy downpour kept me off the roads on Day 20 until 11:30am. By that time the roads were dry enough for me to finish the last 30 miles to St. Ignace to catch the 2pm ferry to Mackinac Island. It was an easy process to buy a ticket, drop my bike at the loading bay, and enjoy the 30 minute ride to the island.

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It is obvious something is missing when you walk up the dock to Mackinac Island. No cars! Only horse drawn carriages and bicycles. What a nice change from US 2! I had lunch, then biked the 8 miles around the island, checked out the downtown shops, then boarded the 5pm ferry to Mackinaw City. Click on link below to see a short video of the island.

Mackinac Island
Day 21 turned out to be one of the most spectacular bike rides I have experienced. The route left Mackinaw City and followed the coastline past Wilderness State Park and the Tunnel of Trees Scenic Highway (M-119). The sandy beaches and highway were deserted, so I had the whole coastline to myself. M-119 follows the 200-300 feet high bluffs along the shore, and is a narrow paved road that winds up, down and around the hills and rivers. If you have the time, take this side road which connects Mackinaw City and Petoskey.

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I had to take a detour from the ACA route about halfway along M -119. The route took me inland, and I had to tackle some pretty steep hills. My wife, Michiko, always tells me that getting lost or having to detour are the times when you discover life’s little treasures. Being a Type A engineer, it is hard for me to agree with this philosophy’s, but she is absolutely correct. Just as I got to the top of a particularly long and steep hill, there was a vineyard and winery. Time for a wine tasting! I ended up buying a bottle of wine, which I enjoyed for the next two nights.

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Can a Type A person become a Type B person? I think retirement might help me with the transition.
I want one of these Bigfoot’s for my front yard to keep my ten foot high rooster company.

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