2010 On the road to Minnesota travel blog

We crossed the Mackinac Bridge

No traffic on I-75

The International Bridge from Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan into Canada

A tour boat waiting for the lock to fill up

The water level was raised 21 feet so the tour boat is...

The ship entering the lock is 826 long - notice how high...

The water level is going down

The water level has gone down 21 feet

The ship is going out the lock to Lake Huron

Heading out the other side of the lock

He's using a Cushman cart!


We crossed the Mackinac Bridge going north on I-75. We went all the way to the end of I-75 in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, the third oldest city in the United States. (Sault is pronounces "SUE"). The Soo Locks are located there. The locks are part of the series of locks which are used by ships going through the Great Lakes. Ships going from Lake Superior to Lake Huron enter the lock and the water level is lowered 21 feet before they exit to the other side. Ships going from Lake Huron to Lake Superior enter the lock and the water level is raised 21 feet. We watched the ship go through the lock and the entire process took about 30 minutes. Very interesting to see.

When we are traveling we like to try some of the local food when we can. We had lunch across the street from the locks and tried Whitefish, the most popular fish. Very delicious. For dinner we tried a pastie, pronounced "pass-tee". It is a meat pie. We both tried the beef with potatoes and vegetables - delicious.

It was cold today, we're back to long pants and sweatshirts!



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