I am in a GOOD place.
Not only are my akkomodations kompletely Komfortable at the Mackinaw City KOA, today’s touring was simply spectacular!
I spent 61 cedar-scented, easy-breezy, mostly flat miles in the saddle, with jaw-dropping lake-views to my immediate right for the entire journey.
The most mentally challenging part of today’s pedaling was mustering up the self control to not stop and snap a photo after every beautiful bend in the road.
After reaching the easternmost tip of the Upper Peninsula, I was dismayed to discover that bikes aren’t allowed to cross the Mackinaw Bridge under their own power. Rather than suffer the humiliation of being carted like cargo along a freeway, I arranged for passage on the the Mackinaw ferry to island-hop my way to the main land.
This proved to be a highly remunerative decision, in the currency of life experiences.
Not only was the 15 minute ride splendidly scenic, but Mackinaw Island itself is a totally charming frozen-in-time tourist-dreamland!
There are no cars allowed on the island, so all travel is either four-hooved or two-wheeled. Although there’s no smog in the sky, horses aren’t exactly emissions-free vehicles. I watched my steps carefully during my explorations.
I was sad to bid farewell to the blast-from-the-past-plus-fudge-shops-and-tchotchkes island, but I had to return to the 21st century mainland and make my way to camp.
And so ends the Upper Peninsular portion of Sam’s summer tour. I won’t miss the headwinds, but I hope to return someday and explore this place further. The autumn colors must be gobsmackingly gorgeous! That’s all for the future, though, tomorrow I spin south!