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Michigan Vacation – Day 3 of 6: Part 2

We went for a 130-mile motorcycle ride on the third day of our Michigan vacation.  Our convoy was comprised of nine motorcycles and 12 riders.  We departed the Cycle-Moore Campground in Interlochen at 10:30 AM and made a circle tour of the the northwest portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  Here is a map of  where we rode (Thank you for the map, Jim R.!):

We rode alongside several bodies of waters: Platte River, Platte Lake, Little Platte Lake, Glen Lake, Lake Michigan, Crystal River, Narada Lake, Bass Lake, Little Traverse Lake, Lake Leelanau and Long Lake.  That is quite a few bodies of water, and I am not certain that I mentioned them all!

Our first stop was at the Philip A. Hart Visitor Center, which provided a good introduction to the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.  Upon leaving the visitor center we went for a ride on the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive.  The following seven photographs were taken at various stops along the scenic drive.

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P8092008 4x6Bob and I

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P8092015 4x6Bob on Sleeping Bear Dune

P8092018 4x6Lake Michigan Overlook

P8092020 4x6Sleeping Bear Dune rises 450 feet above Lake Michigan.

P8092021 4x6People go down the dune and climb back up on their hands and knees.

After riding the Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive we rode to Northport, where we ate lunch at the Garage Bar & Grill.

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P8092026 4x6Can you tell why this restaurant is named Garage Bar & Grill?

After lunch we rode farther north in Northport to the Grand Traverse Lighthouse.

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P8092037 4x6There is a beautiful view of Lake Michigan from the lighthouse.

P8092050 4x6Linda and Chris C. relax on the shores of Lake Michigan

We returned to the campground around 5:00 PM.  I want to thank Jim R.   He drove the lead bike on our tour of the northwestern part of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.  He did a great job leading, as well as stopping at the important sights along the way.

We rode the motorcycle back to our cabin and picked up the car, as we planned to stay longer at the campground than the previous night and wanted a warm ride back to the cabin.  When we returned in the car to the campground, we went to dinner at The Hagen Room, located at the Interlochen Golf Course, with Jim and Sandy R. and David and Marlene S.  Bob and I shared a steak and shrimp dinner, which was excellent.

Upon our return to the campground we began congregating around the campfire — the subject of my next blog post.

6 Responses to “Michigan Vacation – Day 3 of 6: Part 2”

  1. Betsyfromtennessee

    Looks like a fantastic trip with so many friends. Beautiful photos of Lake Michigan…. How many lighthouses have you seen now? Bet it’s alot.

    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  2. Joe Todd

    Neat drive. I didn’t go down then back up that dune it is really steep. Been to the lighthouse.. You had a really great trip

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  3. Eileen

    Wow, wonderful post and beautiful scenery. The dune is cool and I love the view of the water. Gorgeous photos, Linda!

    Reply
  4. Rose

    I am going to try to catch up with you again.;-) I love seeing all your travels…we like a lot of the same things. My brother and his wife just visited the Sleeping Bear Dunes…haven’t heard from them yet about their thoughts.

    Reply

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