Michigan Trip: Day 3

September 10th, 2008

After getting ready this morning, we tried to figure out what our goals were for the day.
We decided to make good time to Mackinaw City for lunch. As we merged onto I-75 from Rt. 31, the Mackinac Bridge came into view. We exited before reaching it and stopped at the Visitor’s Bureau to re-group.
We decided on lunch at O’Reilly’s Irish Pub before riding to the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse to take pictures of the bridge.
After 3 days of riding, it was finally time to reach our destination. The last obstacle was crossing the 5 mile long Mackinac Bridge.
Crossing the bridge on a motorcycle is something that everyone should do at some point in their life. Being out in the open air over the straits with the towers above you, the cables beside you, and water underneath you is quite an experience. You’re really out in the open, and it’s a great feeling.
We paid our bridge tolls, and arrived at our destination of St. Ignace.
We checked in at the Days Inn where all of our rooms’ balconies looked out over Lake Huron and Mackinac Island.
Brian and I walked over to Bessie’s Original Homemade Pasties and bought a couple of pasties for later because we were trying to save room for one of the highlights of our trip.
After getting settled, we went back downtown to American Iron Motorcycle to look around. The owner was happy to show us what he was working on and came outside to talk about our bikes.
We then rode North of town and past the airport to Castle Rock. The stairs to the top reminded all of us exactly how out of shape we all are.
As the sun went down, we rode to St. Ignace’s Bridge View Park to take some more pictures of the Mackinac Bridge.
When doing research for this trip, we were told that we had to get a Big-“C” burger from Clyde’s Drive-in. We were not disappointed. The Big-“C” is a 3/4 pound double cheeseburger. It was the absolute, hands-down, best burger that I’ve ever had in my entire life.
After dark, we went back to Bridge View Park to take night shots of the bridge.
Unfortunately, we have to head home tomorrow.
Google Earth GPS Track – Charlevoix to St. Ignace
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Mackinaw City & St. Ignace
Michigan on Two Wheels
LCC’s Rides Collection

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