Trip Route

We will be following the Northern Tier route. To follow our day by day progress click on the trip progress link to the right. On that page is also a link to our cell phone tracking data so you can see exactly where we are.

Friday, July 11, 2014


Hey all,
Today is our second night in. Michigan! We are finally back in Eastern time and can't believe how far we have journeyed. 
Yesterday we woke up early to make sure we had plenty of time to catch the ferry. As we were leaving Cliff Heights park, we startled a doe and her two tiny fawns- a perfect start to the day. We then had a really pretty ride in back roads through rolling farm land to Manitowac. We had plenty of time to get our bikes checked out at a shop and grab lunch before boarding the SS Badger. The ferry was actually set up with a "cruise" intention. Private rooms with beds were available for extra money but we were content to sprawl on the chaise lounge chairs on the ship deck. We also did not play bingo or watch the movie been shown on in the cinema room or pay to get our faces painted. Call us lame but dosing off while reading was good enough for us. We did enjoy some beer and popcorn though.
After the four hour ride and with the hour time shift it was 7:30 by the time we docked in Ludington, Michigan. We only had to go less than a mile, however, to warm showers hostess Claudia's house. She fed us a delicious dinner and directed us to the very popular (with a twenty minute line at 9 pm on a Thurs to prove it) House of Flavors ice cream shop for dessert. Today we got a late start due to still adjusting to the time change. It was hot and humid once we got out of the cool lake breeze. We took our time with the ride stopping for food often and at a library so I could do some financial aid stuff for school (boo)! We arrived in the small town of Le Roy about 6 miles from our campground tonight around dinner time. The town was having a little street carnival/fair/beauty pageant. We obviously had to check it out for a bit. Long story short we had a long day and didn't arrive to the Sunrise Lake state campground until a little later than normal. Still, we had plenty of daylight and are in no rush. Now we are tired and ready to sleep. Hopefully the dude across the campground will realize soon that not everyone at the campground is as into the classic hits he is blasting as he is and we can get some rest.


  1. You've gone far, accomplished so much, you have my admiration!

  2. I've actually been through Ludington on two family vacations. The first ended a block from the ferry with a car crash. The second year, my father took exactly the same route and we made it to the ferry. Welcome back to Eastern time, and so happy for all your news and adventures.