A great island to bike and eat fudge
Trip Start Jun 16, 2012
15Trip End Jul 28, 2012
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Straits State Par k
Since it was only a two hour drive to our next destination, we did a bunch of errands today. First, I dropped Pooh off at the laundry mat. Then I was off to get some diesel – cheapest we would get for the next month. Then to a bank to get my $2500 travel voucher notarized and then to a post office to send it away. My last stop was supposed to be the oil change place, but I had left Pooh's bike on the rack on top of the truck and it would not fit in the Jiffy Lube. So back to the laundry place to help Pooh finish that up. After all that was done it was time to hit a Middle Eastern place for lunch – yum, yum. We had shish kabobs, shwarmas, and baba ganoosh. One of our best meals sitting at the window in downtown.
Back at the RV we packed it up and then drove northeast toward the Mackinaw Bridge to take us to the Upper Peninsula
Right after the windy bridge we took the exit toward the town of St. Ignace and our campground, Straits State Park which is right on the Straits of Mackinac. This time we knew to fill up with water at the water station before we parked. Our site was supposed to be a back-in but after trying several times there was no way to back our big rig in – a tree on one side and a ditch on the other
Back at the RV we did some dinner and took the dogs for a run on the beach. Poncho had a great time running through the water and chasing the other dogs. Right in front of us was the Mackinac Bridge.
Thursday, June 28
Woke up early so I could catch the first ferry over to Mackinac Island
Another reason to take this particular boat was that it went under the Mackinac Bridge on the way to the island – most do not. And my case of going early to beat the crowds paid off too as there were not many people on our boat. Going under the bridge was amazing as I took tons of video and pictures of this modern marvel that is just over 50 years old. You use to have to take a ferry across. It took just over 30 min. to get to the island.
Right off the dock you felt like you were in a different time period. One of the best things about the island is that there are no cars – only bikes and horses. Of course, with all the horses you have to dodge the poop while on your bike. Before the crowds got to the island or the heat could take effect, I took the 8 mile road around the island
So I took off for the center of the island – to the top view of the arch, Sugarloaf Rock, some graveyards, and some very fancy houses – or cottages as they call them out here. Rich people sometimes have very funny names for places. On these paths you were either heading up a hill or down a hill, so not that easy. I stopped by to check out the famous Grand Hotel which is over 100 years old and has the largest porch in the world – I’m a sucker for turn of the century stuff. Back in town, I popped in a few more stores and decided to buy a t-shirt and some famous Mackinac Island fudge – yum, yum. But there seemed to be a fudge stop every few shops – kind of like Panama City Beach and all the airbrush shops. I settled on one that had Michigan Black Cherry Fudge along with Vanilla and Maple. Good sinful stuff. This was around 4:30 in the afternoon so it was very crowded now – could hardly ride my bike through town without almost hitting a stroller. Time to head back on the ferry. The ferry back was not too crowded. I talked to a few people that come here every year and they said it was not too crowded – sometimes it is so bad you can hardly move in the city. I was glad I did not come at that time.
Back at St. Ignace I biked back to the campground and had a little dinner. Then I drove Pooh and the dogs out to the town as the car show was getting started over the next few days. Many people just park their foldable chairs on the sidewalk to watch the hotrods going by. In town there was a nice pathway along the lake front with a nice lighthouse. We did this for a few hours before heading back so I could rest after biking for around 20 miles all over the island.