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.

If you ever want an excellent vacation destination for Anniversary or such, Mackinac Island would be a sweet choice.

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Sharing my journeys and observations of life. I am Kim Fowler in the Arkansas hills, wife of a pastor, mother of two daughters, two son-in-laws and MeMaw to 8 GRANDS. Married to my beloved buddy/love for 42 years (1979) I have life journeys to share, a busy mind of thoughts and meditations in Christ my Lord. I began this blog to log our cross country motorcycle journeys.

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