It’s the last day. One last push to get where we are going. My body is sore and tired. I am ready to sleep in for a few days and not have to ride for 10 hours or more. Don’t get me wrong, I love riding but after this many days straight of riding all day, I am ready for a little break. Kirk woke up at sunrise to take a picture from the balcony (then he went back to sleep for a few hours). I slept in and just took regular pictures from the balcony.
Then we got loaded up and ready to head out. We stopped by the front desk to talk to the manager. She graciously refunded our money for the night we didn’t stay. We weren’t really hungry so we decided to stop and eat later. We got on the road and headed over the Mackinaw bridge. It was pretty neat. Everyone kept telling us that it was a good ride over the bridge, but it was very windy so we were bundled up and prepared. We went across and I didn’t find it too windy, it was windy, but not awful. Riding on I-40 in Arizona from Winslow to Flagstaff, now that is windy. After crossing the bridge, we began to look for a place to eat. We followed the coast of Lake Michigan and found this little place, the Levering Cafe, with a big patriotic chicken on the roof. The food was pretty good.
As we traveled down the coast of Lake Michigan, we saw some interesting sites and went through some cute little towns.
We needed some water and a little break so we stopped at a really neat ice cream shop in a little coastal town. House of Flavors in Ludington, MI. The story of this ice cream shop/company is very interesting. They even attempted to break the world record for the longest ice cream sundae. The ice cream was terrific and the servings were huge.
We went through Traverse City, which is known for its cherries. I wanted to stop at a little fruit stand and get some but Kirk was sure there would be more on the other side of the city. He was wrong, so I never got the cherries. It’s a cute little town though. I would like to go back and spend some time there.
We made it to St. Joseph and found our hotel. The Boulevard Inn and Bistro. It is a nice hotel with a very unique vibe. The lobby is very relaxing and the rooms are all suites. We had a full size refrigerator, but only a microwave. Wish we would have had a stove top or something. Anyway, we got settled in our room and went out to find some supplies and dinner. We ended up getting take out from this little Mediterranean restaurant, Beachside Deli. The food was very good. I really liked the hummus. Once we picked up the food, we headed back to the hotel to settle in for the week. Kirk, took a picture of the sunset over the lake before we went to bed. We started the day with a sunrise over Lake Huron and ended the day with a sunset over Lake Michigan. Not a bad day.