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Michigan Vacation – The End

Since August 13th I have been sharing photographs and details of our Michigan vacation earlier this month.  The purpose of our Michigan vacation was to attend a Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally that was held at Cycle-Moore Campground in Interlochen, which is located in the northwestern portion of Michigan’s Lower Peninsula.

Day 1 of our vacation was a travel day.  We drove approximately 211 miles from Warren, Pennsylvania, to Norwalk, Ohio.  On Day 2 we drove from Norwalk, Ohio, to Interlochen, Michigan where we met up with our VROC friends.  We spent Day 3 with our VROC friends: hanging around at the campground, on a sightseeing motorcycle ride, and around the campfire.  On Day 4 Bob and I rode to Leland and explored historic Fishtown.

Our last two vacation days were travel days.  We departed our cabin in Honor, Michigan, on August 11th at 8:00 AM.  We stopped for breakfast at Da Dawg House Restaurant in Cadillac, Michigan.

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As we pulled into the parking lot we saw our VROC friends Tim R. and Mike K..  The four of us ate breakfast together.

P8112161 4x6I took this photograph of Mike, Tim and Bob after breakfast,
right before continuing on our way home.

I had to laugh when we ran into Mike one more time during our travels.  We were at a rest stop on Route 127 near Lansing, Michigan.  Bob and I were sitting at a table drinking water.  I look up and here comes Mike walking towards us.

We had a mishap while traveling today.  My muffler fell off, while traveling on I-96.   Bob said “it was a lot of fun pulling the muffler the rest of the way off on I-96 with all the high speed traffic whizzing by toward Detroit.”  Fortunately Bob was able to get the muffler off with little effort and throw it in the trunk.  Bob says he doesn’t “have a problem riding the bike down the interstate at 70 or 80 mph with other traffic, but stopped on the roadside yanking a muffler off a car with that same 70 or 80 mph traffic passing by makes me feel like trouble waiting to happen”.  Thankfully trouble didn’t find us!

We made it to Best Western Norwalk in Ohio, where we had spent the first night of our vacation, around 4:00 PM.  We ate dinner at a nearby Bob Evans Restaurant and spent rest of the evening relaxing in our room.

We departed Norwalk, Ohio, after breakfast at our hotel, at 8:00 AM the next day.   We ended up going on I-90 around Cleveland, rather than going south of the city as intended.  It was my mistake.  I made a wrong turn.  Thankfully the traffic wasn’t bad and it wasn’t raining.  It did start to rain in Edinboro, Pennsylvania.  We stopped for lunch at Perkins Restaurant.  When we left Perkins it was raining.  Bob put on his rain gear.

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We made it home by 1:30 PM.

We had a wonderful time at the VROC Interlochen motorcycle rally. We made new friends and became reacquainted with friends whom we made at past rallies.  We need to seriously think about purchasing a toy hauler, though.  I drove 1,228 miles during this trip.   Bob put even more miles on the motorcycle, as we rode the bike primarily once we arrived at the rally headquarters.  I can’t ride long distances and 1,228 miles of driving by myself isn’t fun!

Michigan Vacation – Day 4 of 6

We opted to spend the morning and afternoon of Saturday, August 10th, on our own.  We rode to Leland, Michigan, which was about an hour’s drive from our cabin.

We ate breakfast at the Early Bird, located Downtown alongside Route M-22.  We hadn’t planned on where to eat breakfast.  We decided to play it by ear, choosing a restaurant based on its popularity.  Early Bird is popular.  I didn’t think there was a table available, when we arrived.  Lucky for Bob and me a couple of tables were being vacated, as we arrived.  The family ahead of us was seated first.  Then we got a table.  The service was prompt; breakfast was filling and scrumptious.

After breakfast, we explored Fishtown.  A photographer friend, who grew up in Michigan’s Lower Peninsula, in the area in which we were vacationing, suggested that we visit Fishtown.  He said that there was lots to photograph in Fishtown, which is a historic fishing settlement.  Fishtown is home to a working fishery and a thriving charter fishing business. The riverfront is lined by a boardwalk and quaint shacks that have been converted into tourist shops.

P8102130 4x6Two Fish Gallery is up the hill from Fishtown.  Two Fish Gallery is one of many shopping opportunities in Downtown Leland.  We spent only a couple hours in Leland, including the time we spent eating breakfast.  I was most interested in photographing Fishtown.  We plan to return to this part of Michigan next year.  I hope to spend at least a full day in Leland during that trip!  There is so much to see and do there.

P8102124 4x6Fishtown

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P8102101 4x6Leland River Waterfall

Bob and I walked on the footbridge that is above the waterfall.  I will share photographs from the footbridge later in this post.

P8102105 4x6Janice Sue fish tugboat docked at Leland River

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P8102112 4x6Leland Harbor on Lake Michigan

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P8102119 4x6Fishing Net

P8102125 4x6Footbridge to Falling Waters Lodge

P8102126 4x6Bob and I on the footbridge
Behind us is the Leland River, Fishtown and Lake Michigan.

P8102129 4x6View from Falling Waters Lodge footbridge

P8102142 4x6As I edited the photographs of Fishtown, I thought how nice it would be to stay for a couple nights at Falling Waters Lodge (connected to the left side of the footbridge). The stay would allow for more immersion in the Fishtown scene than an hour’s visit, or even a day’s visit. I checked the room rates. The lowest rate for a standard room is $69/night OFF SEASON. At the time we visited earlier this month, the lowest price was $232/night! I guess I’ll settle for a day stay, unless we can visit right after Labor Day when the price falls to $99/night.

We returned to our cabin via Beulah, where we stopped for cherry pie and ice cream at The Cherry Hut.  Our Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) friends told us to be sure to get a piece of pie at The Cherry Hut.  We were waiting to be seated when in walked nine of our VROC friends.  Our table for 2 became a table for 11!  The cherry pie was worth raving about.  The pie and ice cream were delicious!

Bob and I returned to our cabin, where we relaxed for several hours.  We went back to the Cycle-Moore Campground in time for dinner.  We went to nearby Rico’s Cafe and Pizzeria with Jim and Sandy R., Ray and Lisa R. and John.  Everyone, except for Bob and me ordered pizza.  Bob and I ordered taco salads.  I wish I had taken a picture of the taco salads.  They were HUGE!

After dinner, we returned to the campground.

P8102159 4x6I took only one picture that evening at the campground.  Art B.’s happy, relaxed smile shows how much fun it is for those in VROC to get together.  We are one happy family, and it seems the next get together however close in time is too far in the future!

Bob and I didn’t stay for long that night.  We wanted to have an early night, as we would be leaving for home early the next day.  We said our goodbyes to everyone, and I was in bed by 10:15 PM.

Michigan Vacation – Day 3 of 6: Part 3

The purpose for Bob and me to go to Michigan earlier this month was to attend the Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally at the Cycle-Moore Campground in Interlochen.  We knew very little about the scenic attractions in Northwestern Michigan before departing for the rally.  We discovered that Northwestern Michigan is bountiful in scenic attractions.  The best part of the rally was being able to ride with other VROC’ers on such wonderful scenic roads.   Add camaraderie, friendship, a campfire, food and beverages to the scenic roads, and you have the makings of a good time.

The campfire area is where tall tales are told and riding adventures described.  It’s a kickback time, too, after a day of riding.  Passing a variety of drinks around the campfire circle goes a long way toward kicking back!  Today’s blog post showcases photographs from Friday night’s campfire (August 9th).

P8092089 4x6Our campfire!

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It was a beautiful night for a campfire!

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Stay tuned; more details of our Michigan vacation to come!

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.

Michigan Vacation – Day 3 of 6: Part 1

We spent the third day of our Michigan vacation (August 9) with our Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) friends.

We returned to rally headquarters, Cycle-Moore Campground, around 8:00 AM.

P8091980 4x6Cycle-Moore Campground

P8091981 4x6Jack and Margret ate breakfast at the campground.
The dog’s name is Annie.

Bob, Jim and Sandy R., David and Marlene S. and I ate breakfast at Dilbert’s Cafe, which was within walking distance of the campground.  Bob and I had a filling breakfast.  We each ordered omelets.  Bob ordered toast with his omelet; I ordered a pancake.  The pancake was the size of a dinner plate!  We could have easily split one meal and had enough to eat for breakfast!

After breakfast we relaxed at the campground for an hour or two, chatting mainly with Ray and Lisa R., Jim and Sandy R. and David and Marlene S.

P8091988 4x6Ray and Lisa

P8091990 4x6Sandy and Marlene

P8091991 4x6This photograph of Sandy puts a smile on my face each time I see it.

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Around 10:30 AM twelve of us departed the campground on a 130-mile motorcycle ride–the subject of my next blog post.

Michigan Vacation – Day 2 of 6

On Thursday, August 8, we drove from Norwalk, Ohio, to Honor, Michigan.  We departed Norwalk around 8:15 AM and arrived in Honor at 2:45 PM.  Our accommodation for three nights was at Cedar Ridge Cabins.

P8102147 4x6Cedar Ridge Cabins office

P8091979 4x6Cabins 6, 7 and 8

There are eight cabins available at Cedar Ridge Cabins.  Each cabin offers modern bath facilities, air conditioning, cable television, small fridge, coffee maker and deck with picnic table. These three larger cabins have two full-size beds, as well as a kitchenette.

P8102154 4x6We stayed in Cabin #6.

I forgot to take pictures of the inside of our cabin.  The three photographs that follow were obtained from the Cedar Ridge Cabins web page.

Capture1Our cabin had two full-size beds.

Capture2Our cabin had a small sitting area separate from where we slept.

Capture3Our cabin included a kitchenette.

Located behind the cabins are 3 acres on which you can play volleyball, play horseshoes, build a bonfire or hang out in the 16×16 recreation room.

P8102150 4x6The backyard invites one to build a bonfire or play volleyball.

P8102151 4x6Recreation Room

We traveled approximately 360 miles on Thursday from Norwalk, Ohio, to Cedar Ridge Cabins in Honor, Michigan.  Unlike our first travel day, we encountered no rain on Thursday … only dry roads and sunshine.

The purpose of our Michigan vacation was to attend a Vulcan Riders and Owners Club (VROC) motorcycle rally.  After getting settled in the cabin we rode the motorcycle to Cycle-Moore Campground in Interlochen, Michigan — the location of the rally.  The campground was located about 11 miles from our cabin.  With the exception of Bob and me, everyone else who attended the rally stayed at this campground.

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Bob and I signed this VROC banner sometime during the rally.  We had not yet signed it, though, when I took this picture.  A motorcycle rally has been held at Cycle-Moore Campground each year since 2002.

We chatted with several rally attendees before heading out for dinner with Lisa and Ray R. and Marlene and David S.  We ate dinner at Maddy’s Tavern.   I don’t remember much about our menu selections.  I do remember, though, that pretzels and mustard were brought to our table, while we were waiting for our meals.  We sat on the outdoor patio, which was inviting and quite cozy.   I had never met Lisa and Ray and was only minimally acquainted with Marlene and David from another VROC rally that we attended a few years ago.  I enjoyed getting to know Lisa and Ray and furthering the friendship with Marlene and David during dinner.

We returned to Cycle-Moore Campground after dinner.  We chatted for a while with several  other rally attendees before leaving for our cabin for the night.

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