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Great Lakes Road Trip Day 4 Part 2; Mackinac Island and M-185

As I stated in the previous post I was due for the 8:20 AM boat out of St. Ignace to Mackinac Island.  I'm really finding it to my advantage to get up early since nobody really wants to get moving in Michigan before 9 AM.  I figured that I would get a lap of the island in on a bike along M-185 before the crowds showed up.  The boat rides to Mackinac are only a couple minutes and land on the shore in the city of Mackinac Island.









I grabbed a 7-speed bike near the ferry dock and got started on M-185 traveling island counter-clockwise.  M-185 is a state highway maintained solely for non-motorized traffic and is primarily known as a bike route.  M-185 is approximately eight miles in length and only has two shields; one in each direction next to Marquette Park.  M-185 is known as Main Street in the city of Mackinac Island and Lake Shore Road around the rest of the island.  The road that became M-185 was built from 1900 to 1910 and was assigned a trunkline number in 1933.  M-185 is open …
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Great Lakes Roadtrip Day 4 Part 1; Crossing the Mackinac Bridge

The morning started out early in Kalkaska since I wanted to make the 8:20 AM boat to Mackinac Island out of St. Ignace.  That being the case I headed northbound on US 131 and cut-off east on County Route C42 on the Alba Highway.  Alba had some nice abandoned buildings to check out in the early hours before sunrise.  It seems the community has less than 300 people left according the most recent census statistics I could find.  I always thought it was interesting that Michigan did County Routes in letter grids much like California does.







I took M-32 to get over to I-75 northbound.  In the 58 miles north on I-75 to the Mackinac Bridge I only saw one vehicle traveling the same direction as me, I would say the increase to a 75 MPH speed limit is highly justified.  US 31 was routed over to I-75 on a detour to bypass the closure that are currently active.




I essentially had the entire Mackinac Bridge to myself given it was early in the morning.  There was some work going on one of the suspens…