We left the hotel and before heading out of Mackinaw City, Bob wanted to stop and buy Melanie, his daughter, some fudge. So, here is Bob packin' some fudge.... This is actually some outstanding fudge. When we finally got home, Melanie let me try a piece of it. For more on Murdick's Fudge, visit their site at: http://www.franmurdicksfudge.com/ You can order online...
We came up to Cross Village Michigan, which is home to the Leg's Inn, so we stopped and looked around. This is the Inn
A view from out back of the Inn. That is either Lake Michigan or Sturgeon Bay. They both come together pretty close to here. A great view though..
Another view from the back of the Leg's Inn. That is one big birch tree
Bob & Rick out front in the parking lot
Bob & I out front
Rick & me in the parking lot
One side of the sign telling about the Leg's Inn
The other side of the same sign....Did we take a wrong turn somewhere? I think it's Polish...
me at Cross Village Michigan. For more info on Leg's Inn, see this link: http://www.legsinn.com/
Fixin' to enter the Tunnel of Trees. This is a highly recommended place for a motorcycle tour..see this link: http://www.motorcycleroads.com/routes/MidWest/MI/MI_3.shtml
Bob & Rick in the Tunnel of Trees
Coming up to one of the many 90 degree turns
Rick bringing up the rear in the Tunnel Of Trees
We stop and look at the view of Lake Michigan
Rick points out that these flowers that are blanketing the area, are trillium's..
Bob looks out at the lake as Rick and I get ready to depart the area
If you have ever seen the movie " It's A Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World", you know that I am pondering if these trees have any relationship to the palm trees that formed the 'Big W" in the movie..
Bob's curiosity gets stoked too...Should we start digging Bob?
While riding in the Tunnel of Trees, an unknown type of large flying bug hit the top of my windshield and exploded. Half of it went up my nose. That's some of its blood & guts in my left nostril. Yuck!!
Bob coming up on an opening in the trees
Rick still cruising along. The ride was going pretty smooth
Rick now in front of me
We get to Petosky Michigan and pull over at the Subway for lunch. Bob has a friend and fellow co-worker that lives here and we gave him a call. Here is Bob & Rick while we wait for Ron to arrive..
Bob & Ron in Petosky Michigan
After lunch, we get ready to leave. Ron looks over Bob's bike as Bob gears up to go
Next stop was a gas stop. Here are Bob & Rick at the gas station. Ya know, I was complaining about our prices of gas here in Texas being high when I left. They were like $2.29 a gallon. I crossed the Mississippi River and they shot up to $2:59 and in Michigan we were paying anywhere from 2.79-2.89 a gallon. I won't complain again about our gas prices in Texas. They are getting raped up North
We continue along the coast towards Traverse City
Birch trees are in abundance here and add to the scenic view
This is Little Traverse Bay
We pass three biker's wearing rain suits going the other way and figure that can't be good. A very short time later, we get a clue as to what we're in for...
As we stop and put on our rain gear, I discover I should've tried it on it Texas before I left on the ride. I find that it has shrunk & won't go over my butt... You do believe it shrank don't ya?
I can foresee wetness & an unhappy biker in the very near future.. With the rain ahead, this can't be a good thing...
Rick with his rain gear on
Bob with his rain gear on
I did get the top half of my rain gear on so maybe I would luck out and it wouldn't rain that much. As we get back on the road, the rain picks up
Starts coming down a little harder...
Rick is doing okay behind me
Then it got real wet out.
Rick was having no problems with the wet roads
Bob in the lead as we ride in the down pour around East Grand Traverse Bay
We get to our hotel & go to our room. This is the view from our balcony of East Grand Traverse Bay with the rain falling..
The rooms were large . They had 32" T.V., DVD players, refridgerator, two queen size beds & more, all for $72 a night. For more on this great place to stay, see this link: http://www.tcresorts.com/grand_beach/
Bob on the balcony
The view from the balcony
The view from the balcony
Since it was raining and forecasted to keep raining, the hotel folks let us park the bikes under the overhang out front.
The rain let up and we walked to eat down the road. This is a pic of the front of the hotel and our bikes
for those of you unfamiliar with Michigan, Bob points out our location (Traverse City) on the back of the menu..
Bob poses with a G's Pizzeria & Deli menu. For more info on G's, see this link:
Rick & Bob in G's
here is a night time shot of the hotel as we walk back from G's
the last pic of today is of the bikes out front as we go inside to our room. Today was a good day even with the rain. We are hoping it quits and we can do the West coast of Michigan and Lake Michigan tomorrow...
So, scroll down for more rides, events & posts and don't forget to click on the "older posts" link at the bottom of EACH page for more rides and posts. Check out North Texas Bikers (1) at http://www.jjskewlstuff.blogspot.com/ for rides, events & posts from January 08-November 08. Until next post, ya'll be careful out there, ride safe, keep the rubber on the road & pray for our Troops................JOHN