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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.

Bob and I

Bob on Sleeping Bear Dune

Lake Michigan Overlook

Sleeping Bear Dune rises 450 feet above Lake Michigan.

People go down the dune and climb back up on their hands and knees

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

Can you tell why this restaurant is named Garage Bar & Grill?

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

Grand Traverse Lighthouse

There is a beautiful view of Lake Michigan from the lighthouse.

Linda 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.

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