June 21, 2011
Trip Start Jun 02, 2011
70Trip End Sep 25, 2011
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Where I stayed
KOA Mackinac City
What I did
Ferry to Mackinac Island
We awoke today to overcast skies, so I checked the forecast to see the outlook, which looked quite bad! At 7am the hourly forecast showed heavy rain coming in at 1pm and lasting for 2 days. Our plan was to relax a bit today and perhaps go into Mackinac City, and then take the ferry to Mackinac Island tomorrow. Mackinac Island is most famous because automobiles were banned on the Island in 1898, so the primary mode of transportation includes bikes, horses, and feet. Rain, however, seriously puts this plan in jeopardy! I was bummed because I really wanted to take the girls on a bike ride around Mackinac Island. The girls were still sleeping and I was debating options, which were somewhere between not good and bad! The challenge is that we need to ride our bikes 2 miles to the ferry, then take a 30 minute ferry ride, then ride 8 miles around the island, and then return. As I debated the options for about 30 minutes, I rechecked the forecast and now the heavy rain was pushed out until 3pm, so I sprung into action!
I drug the girls out of bed at 8am, much to their surprise since I told them they could sleep in and they relax today. I explained the weather situation, and they agreed that we would make a run for it. They were great...they ate while I unloaded the bikes from the RV. We all got dressed and we packed our rain gear.
We arrived on the island at 10am,
We had a really good ride. The weather was somewhat cool in the low 60's, but there was no rain! With several stops we completed the 8 mile loop in about 90 minutes. Our longest stop was at Arch Rock, plus a few others along the rock beaches of Lake Huron.
We had a nice lunch and walked down Main Street sampling the fudge for a second time. Then, almost without warning the skies opened up and it just poured rain. We waited a bit, and finally made a run for our bikes, and then to the ferry.
Going back to the fudge shop discussion: when I got back to the RV I Googled "most fudge shops", and can you guess what came up? You guessed it: Mackinac Island!! I got a good laugh out of this! Try it for yourself...