"It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out of your door" … "You step into the Road, and if you don't keep your feet, there is no knowing where you might be swept off to."
~ Bilbo Baggins from The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkein

Saturday, May 30, 2015

We've Made it to "THE MAC"

The Straights of Mackinaw and the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge that is. 

The Mighty Mackinaw Bridge as seen from the ferry dock in Mackinaw City
Tonight we'll "officially" finish Stage 2 of our ride around The Lake as we roll off the ferry into St. Ignace, first stop in the "UP" Upper Peninsula of Michigan. But when I caught my first sight of the top of this bridge from Wildness State Park, miles to the west, I suddenly realized that by putting one pedal in front of the other for 14 days and almost 600 miles we've arrived at this most important spot in Lake Michigan's history without hardly knowing it. Sort of just crept up on us.

While this is not half way in terms of either miles or days, psychologically it is. We're leaving civilization behind, heading to a wild and almost empty land before dropping back down into Wisconsin and known territory. We don't expect much in the way of services, food, housing or communication, but we do expect to see some gorgeous scenery of The Lake and, as my friend Diana points out, LOTS of trees.

So, its off to Mackinac Island today (by the way, no matter how its spelled, Mackinaw, Mackinac, Millimak … its all pronounced the same "Mac'-in-awe"). See you in da UP!

1 comment:

  1. Congratulations on achieving your milestone. You're right, it creeps up on you. Enjoy the bridge and St. Ignace!