Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Day 5 - Tuesday June 14 2016

Weather: Cloudy, 62 in Green Bay.  We left hotel this morning at 6:30 and picked up Hwy 41 towards Marinette, WI.  We stopped in Menominee, MI for a picture of the Welcome to Michigan sign.  From there we picked up Hwy 35 towards Escanaba (about 45 miles) to see Sand Point Lighthouse.  The museum did not open until 11:00 so we turned East on Hwy 2 and headed to Manistique, MI to see the Breakwater Lighthouse.  We went through areas with 3G and at times no cellular service.  After leaving Manistique we continued on Hwy 32 until we got Gulliver. At Gulliver we turned southeast on 432 and then turned south on 431. The last 4 miles on 431 was gravel road to get to Seui Choi (pronounced Sis-Shwa - which means Only Choice) Lighthouse. From SeuiChoi we went back to Hwy 2 and continued to St Ignace. Our plans were to turn north to the Soo Locks at St Ignace but, with an 80% chance of rain on Wednesday, we decided to head across the Mackinac Bridge to Mackinac City and catch a ferry to Mackinac Island (is that enough Mackinacs (pronounced Mackinaw)).  We boarded the Shepler's Ferry by 4:00 pm and went to Mackinac Island.  There is the main street with so much shopping, restaurants, hotels and fudge shops.  There are no cars so you either walk, rent a bike or ride a horse drawn cart.  It was so cold however.  Like we did in San Francisco a few years ago, we found a store and bought 4 Mackinac Island jackets to block some of the wind.  We had dinner (ok - main meal) at Horns Bar and then walked main street (jumping into stores to get away from the wind and cold).  We caught a ferry back to Mackinac City and checked into our hotel (Hamilton Inn).  Patsy took a nap - it has been a long day.  There is an 80% chance of rain tomorrow so we will try to get in Soo Locks (50 miles north of the Mackinac Bridge).

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