In and around the Upper Michigan Peninsula

After we left Ashland we drove on Hwy 2 across Wisconsin catching partial views of the Lake. Hard to tell if we were here or in east Texas with all the trees!  Hwy 2 is a slow route due to the small towns and changing speed limits but still the best track for our trip.  We entered Michigan and the landscape changed a little with more deciduous trees mixed with the conifers.  Our destination was Rapid River, MI to stay in the Whispering Valley RV Park.  It was more highly touted than deserved but did have full hookups for the night and a laundry so we could catch up on that task.  The busy highway wraps around it and railroad is just south.  Who said Whispering?  The next morning we set out to enjoy the coast of Lake Michigan and the areas of Upper Peninsula of Michigan.  Apparently this area was a vacation spot for many but some parts have seen better days, and lots of small places for sale.  We were impressed with how pretty the beaches and scenic turnouts were all along the highway.  Water was warm enough to wade in and many people were swimming in the surf. Our destination for the day was to drive across the Mackinac Bridge.  This is the longest suspension bridge in the western hemisphere and was in the planning stages for about 20 years before it was built in the 1950s.  Only cost us $8.00 to drag the big rig across and naturally they were working on part of it so we had to creep at 20 MPH.  Looked like it was getting a new green paint job!  This bridge connects the UP with lower Michigan and saves driving many miles through Canada.

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