I know this is not the time of year to be thinking about this but need a bit of input. My wife has to have all her vacation submitted by April 1st. I was thinking of taking 7 days this summer and see what Michigan and the UP look like in the summer. Seen it many many times in the winter but lets try it in the summer on the spyder instead of the sleds. I have each day planned and routed accept one or two. Basically I am going to do loops in the NLP, One loop in iggy, one loop in Grande, one in Houghton, and so forth. I will have the toy hauler so run the loop, sleep and then move or move then sleep depending on the camping. I have never been out to Mackinaw island.
Here is a route for one day.I will have the toyhauler so park down by Bay View area and run the tunnel of trees up the west side of michigan. Then keep running around the shoreline to Mackinaw city. See the fort, then lighthouse and then to chaboygan on the east shoreline. Cut back and go between Burt and Mullett lake and back west to Bay view. It is only 106 miles. When we do these types of rides I figure 40 miles an hour and add 2 for site seeing and lunch. So that is about 5 hours. I figured start out early on a Monday less traffic in mid July I am guessing. That is one loop. But depending on the answer about Mackinaw island I might want to station at Machinaw city run this same loop then cross the bridge and station in Iggy for 2 days. One for the island and one for a loop towards paradise, newberry down to 2 and back.
Is it worth getting on the ferry and jumping over to Mackinaw island? Is it worth taking the spyder over there and is there places to ride or is it mainly walking? Is their a ferry from Mackinaw city or only from Iggy? Is mackinaw island an entire day by the time you load up on ferry, cross, ride, walk, load ferry, cross back?
Just trying to plan out our camping spots and station (starting) points
Sorry to be asking about summer plans during the prime sledding season!