2019 Great Lakes/Niagara Falls and The Smokies Tour – Day 9

Day 9 – Monday, June 3rd

Mackinac Island day.

We loaded onto a ferry in route to the Island, while we had waited to board I watched several school buses arrive and 6 huge tour buses. I was thinking this is a bigger deal than I was expecting.

I had not put in my usual research.

When we got off the ferry, it finally soaked in ….. this is an Island with an airport and absolutely no other motorized vehicles, except ferry’s, boats and airplanes bringing people to this beautiful small island. The ferry’s were unloading huge rolling carts of luggage, as many people on the ferry’s have come for a vacation stay. They we’re loaded up onto horse drawn buggies destined to one of Victorian Hotels, or a sprawling Victorian looking Bed and Breakfast home.

Bicycles are everywhere.

UPS and Amazon deliveries are delivered on horse driven carts.

The Main Street probably had a name, but I’m calling it MacFudge Street. We picked from many of the candy fudge shops, a shop where after I sampled 4 or five different flavors, we chose Turtle Fudge.

We then debated horse carriage ride or bike rentals. After passing 3 different bike rental depots. We opted for biking. Individual versus tandem – we chose individual.

The weather was in upper 50s, and then later maybe 60, a beautiful sunny day.

Al said – where to

I said – let’s go around the Islands. We had been told it was mostly flat and it was. Neither of us ask how far.

I kept saying – I wonder how far.

There were mile marker’s. And 6 miles in we found out it’s 8 miles total perimeter around the island.

It was a great ride. So fun. Beautiful experience.

When we returned our bikes we had them a total of 2 hours.

We went into shops and messed around a bit.

I got the T-shirt.

At the ferry landing we had a 40min wait.

Al sat down on a bench and told me to go and enjoy, explore some more while he sat on the waiting bench.

He found some other man-bench- buddy’s.

When I walked back up they had all been talking riding and rolling.

An older gentleman setting with his son beside Al, told him – he road his bicycle an average of 4000 miles a year.

Living Life Well. WOW!

While in my exploring I found a strawberry nuetella crepe, hot off the grill. Al and gobbled it down in minutes. 2 hours of biking makes a body hungry.

Al and I sat inside the ferry on the way to the island as it was cold and windy going…..

Leaving we went top and front, along with Al’s bench buddy’s, we all laughed as the ferry moved fast wind hitting our faces. We looked behind us laughing also, because everyone else had left and gone below.

Living Life Well.

As we were exiting the ferry, the older gentleman reached out to shake Al’s hand and said Bless you Brother and we knew kinship. We shuttled with them to our parking and spoke of our salvation in Christ together – we said – we WILL see you THERE.

We had plans to find what is called a Pastie place when our ferry landed us back in Mackinaw City.

When we were riding into the area the day before we kept seeing signs with – Pastie’s served here.

So we did some asking; it’s a potato, meat pie, like a burrito only pie dough wrapped and baked, served with gravy on top. There are various ones.

While we were there in that small Pastie joint, several women came in and picked up multiples of frozen ones. One lady I heard order 16 of them.

Their history – They were a provisional meal for miners many years back.

They were excellent and tasty.

We road an hour back to Onaway, our Air BnB lodging.

Al found a car wash, washed both our bikes, while I started a load of laundry.

Preparing for the next day’s journey.

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2019 Great Lakes/Niagara Falls and the Smokies Tours – Day’s 7 and 8

Day 7 – Saturday, June 1st (253mi)

Marquette, Michigan for the night.

We got here around 3:30pm, had lunch and climbed a mountain, for a magnificent lookout. (Sugarloaf Mountain)

Mountain climbing is for the young. Over 300 steps along with the climb. Every time I told Al – I gotta stop and rest.

Al said – you don’t have to finish.

My willing spirit reaches beyond my physical limits….Blessings of strength

Sugarloaf Mountain

We had our 1st experience in Air BnB, it was good, woke up rested.

We were in an excellent neighborhood near a golf course and a church just behind the backyard.

Day 8 – Sunday, June 2nd (250mi)

So after a good nights sleep we walked over to the church, enjoyed Praise and worship in God’s word with what seemed to be a sweet congregation; friendly and welcoming. We had a great conversation with an older gentleman who told us of his travels with wife on tandem-bicycling for over 40 years they go on long bicycling trips together, tandem riding. WOW good for them.


People are so very interesting. And the most interesting people are interested in one another, this has always been my observation as we go on our ways.

A lot of caring people.

A couple days before, when we were in a McDonalds after early morning rain travels, we stopped for breakfast – soak and wet, we left a trail from the front door, to the bathroom, to the counter, the drink station and to our table right by the door….. because we had already made a big enough mess. It was pouring rain.

A lady who worked there came to our table laughing and ask us if we would make a complete lap all around so they could just go a head and mop. We laughed with her and then she began to tell of her rain motorcycling experiences. So fun when fellow riders laugh and share.


So after an 8:30am church service we found us a good breakfast.

With our map out and our motorcycle gear in the other side of our booth we were plotting our days journey when our server, a young lady who said – where you headed when we told her she said – well you’ll want to take…. and she confirmed exactly what the kind gentleman at church told us. They set us on a great riding stretch of road with some actual curves. We were tired of straight.

Most of the time we sacrifice time for a better ride…. because….it’s really all about the journey.

Then we finally saw the Great bridge we had anticipated.

It was all really cool until….

Oh my gosh!!! What’s this???

The Mackinaw Bridge is constructed with a full left lane made of rough metal grates. The right lane is for trucks, not to go over 20mph. Al and I would have switched to that lane but it was under construction.

It was an experience Al and I will always remember. We were on our intercom’s having a shock fest of exclamation to one one another.

It literally felt like those heavy metal grates could take control of our bikes. And to boot, you could see the water right through the grates.

I did some self talking- relax.. hold steady Kim.

Later, Al googled other riders comments who had gone over the Mackinaw Bridge and the comments were hilarious.

Here is a little fun fact:

Since all suspension bridges are susceptible to movement, the Mackinac is designed to contort as much as 35 feet laterally in high winds, although the bend does not become a swaying motion, and the bridge gradually returns to its original form once conditions subside.

WIND, yes it was very windy too.

5 miles long too.


We made it.

So we are 2 nights in another Air BnB in a very small town called Onaway, Michigan.

2 nights so that we can have a day to venture at Mackinac Island.

And that’s for another blog

Happy Trails to you