Saturday, July 30, 2016

Mackinaw City, MI

On the way to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, I stopped at Mackinaw City in the middle of June.  While there I stayed at the KOA, where I have stayed before.  I really am not a fan of the campground, but since it is next to the bike path that leads into town I stay there because it is convenient. 

I ended up going to Mackinac Island 3 times.  Two times, I rode my bike around the island 3 times (24 total miles) and just goofed around a bit.  The other time, I decided to ride up into the interior of the island.  There is a big hill that you must go up and even the locals pushed their bikes.  Once I got up I realized it was quite hilly and wore myself out since I am not good at biking hills. 

Headed up the start of the hill to the interior--


Fort Holmes, which was built by the British is one of 2 forts on the island.  It is the smaller of the 2.


A view of the lake and bike path from above --mackinaw_city_mi_viewfromabove

Heavy traffic on the main street on Mackinac Island --


The road/trail around the island -Mackinaw_city_mackinac_island_path

A sign about the seagulls at a small walkup restaurant on the island--mackinaw_city_mi_sign

It is fun to watch how things operate without vehicles.  Below they are taking a bunch of luggage to the Grand Hotel.  mackinaw_city_mi_trucks

The day I rode up the hill, I was really tired when I finally made it back down and enjoyed a nice break on the lawn of this hotel.  They have provided chairs facing the lake for guest.  But since there were plenty available I used one for a while.  I think I fell asleep for 15 – 20 minutes!!


On days I didn’t go the island I walked to the city and sat in a park for a while.  My view while relaxing in the park was the Mackinaw Bridge that connects lower Michigan to the Upper Peninsula. 


From Mackinaw City I headed to Sault St. Marie, MI. 

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