Hampton Inn & Suites Petoskey
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We made our way south to Mackinaw City which is at the northern tip of the Michigan's Lower Peninsula along the southern shore of the Straits of Mackinac. These two land masses are physically connected by the 8,614-foot (2,626 m) Mackinac Bridge. Opened in 1957, it is the world's 16th-longest in ...
... out of town, the sun was just waking up, coloring the cloudy sky a cotton candy pink. I drank in the wonderful scene as I eased into the saddle, elated to be back on the road.
Today's ride was another experience in contrasts. The morning was cloudy and cool, midday a violent thunderstorm hit, afternoon ...
... or Mackinaw) City . . . and hit a few of the shops . . . bought some caramel corn from a favorite shop . . . and some good Mackinac Fudge!!, then got back on the road.
We got to the Hampton Inn in Gaylord
about 5:00 p.m. It was right across the road from a Bob Evans (a chain that started out in
Ohio) . . . and there was a Ruby Tuesday's a little further down the
road. We opted to walk over to the Bob Evans. Not a good idea. They
... some of the locks, but usually locked through with others. We had purchased a Parks Canada permit to tie up to the lock walls along the way, so that's where we stopped for the evening. In the larger towns, there were power pedestals and we could also get water. However, there were some lock walls where we ran our generator for power. Since the weather was generally cool at night, we turned the generator off before bedtime and were quite comfortable.
... and water breaking beneath the bow. It's a continuous reminder that it’s just you out there…you and the wind, water and sky.
Along with all this, the many captains and crew members who sail this and other races know that each is a member of a team, there to help and encourage each other to get the job done. They also know that they are connected to one of the great sailing traditions ...