Larry & Lee Ann's Journey travel blog

Starting off this morning, pretty socked in I-75 Southbound...

Only one lane, a bit tight for driving...

Our first stop at the "roadside rest area'...

Isn't it pretty here?...

See what I mean about the Christmas trees? LOL

Arriving at the toll booth, $5 for us to cross, we expected...

Starting up the bridge, not much visibility for the Lake...

Not very crowded & very impressive!

Very cool!

Here you can really see the suspension wires...

Does Onyx's chin sort of remind you of Larry's? LOL

One of the beautiful courses we passed...

Beautiful, isn't it...

The cute little town of Gaylord...

Check out this lawn, unbelievable!

Hey, blue skies just before we stopped for the night!

A photo of the bridge on a good day...

And one more, wish it would have been like this today!

Last years Labor Day walkers, wow!


I'm afraid there will be a few disappointed readers this morning! We woke to cloudy, dreary skies & not the sunshine we were hoping for. It sprinkled for awhile, but we went ahead & got ready to go. It was 11:20 before we actually pulled out again. I just don't get it. We try so hard to get an early start.

As we entered the onramp to I-75 Southbound it was pretty socked in all around us. And not many miles down the road construction narrowed the interstate to one lane. The pavement has actually been removed in the right lane. After about 10 miles Larry commented that driving on this skinny piece of pavement is not much fun. Takes full concentration to keep it between the cones. And with the speed limit being 45 MPH we were building quite a line behind us, with nowhere to pull over for them to pass us. Oh well, guess they will just have to be patient!

It sure is a pretty drive. There are large stands of trees everywhere, of every shape & size imaginable. And some of the most beautifully shaped "Christmas trees" we've ever seen. Sure would have enjoyed one of those in my living room for many Christmas's. Actually, I think they are all a bit too big! And the lakes & rivers continue on as well. I must say, Michigan has the most beautiful 'Roadside Rest Areas' we've ever seen! Large, clean, beautiful Pet Runs, lots of picnic tables & beauty all around. Very nice...

There is green everywhere! We have passed at least a half dozen golf courses today that were spectacular. And the front yards are to die for & I don't think they even have to water them. That would have been wonderful in the old stick house. We used to pay a summertime rate of about $200 a month for water so we could pay $115 a month to get it cut! (After Larry's allergy's & knees got too bad) We sure don't miss those expenses. Guess that would be a benefit for all you folks who live where there is plenty of moisture. That, and all the large, beautiful gardens we have also seen. I sure envy those who are growing their own fruits & veggies!

We crossed the 5 mile Mackinac Toll Bridge located on Interstate 75 in northern Michigan which connects Michigan's upper and lower peninsulas. Unfortunately, the gray clouds had not cleared & my photos leave much to be desired. So much for our day trip to Mackinac Island. But I have to say this is a beautiful, impressive bridge. Mackinac is currently the third longest suspension bridge in the world! The total length of the bridge is 26,372 feet. Length of main span (between towers) is 3,800 feet. The height of the roadway at mid-span is approximately 200 feet above water level. Larry commented that he sure wouldn't want our home, including all of our possessions to plunge over the side! I would agree with that!

Did you know that all suspension bridges are designed to move to accommodate wind, change in temperature, and weight? It is possible that the deck at center span could move as much as 35 feet (east or west) due to high winds. This would only happen under severe wind conditions. The deck would not swing or "sway" but rather move slowly in one direction based on the force and direction of the wind. After the wind subsides, the weight of the vehicles crossing would slowly move it back into center position.

We also learned that every year on Labor Day (this year it happens to fall on September 3rd, my birthday) thousands of folks are allowed to cross the bridge on foot. The two EAST lanes on the bridge are used by walkers until 9:30am and the two WEST lanes by vehicular traffic. After 9:30am, only one EAST lane is available to walkers. There is NO FEE or registration to participate in the walk. The walk begins in St. Ignace, at the north end of the Mackinac Bridge in the UPPER PENINSULA, and ends in Mackinaw City at the south end in the LOWER PENINSULA. The average length of time to walk the bridge is about two hours. Each walker receives a numbered bridge walk certificate at the completion of their walk. Wow, that would be a neat thing to do!

Well, after 214 miles we decided to call it a day & located a Passport America Park about 13 miles off the interstate, cost $8.00 for the night. It was 6pm by the time we got set up, so I am off to make dinner, watch a bit of TV, make a phone call or 2 & hopefully hit the sack early. Maybe we will actually get an early start in the morning as we make our way to Dearborn & the Henry Ford Museum!



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