2016 Travels travel blog

Carpes at Kewadin Casino

Downtown Saginaw Michigan

Downtown Saginaw Michigan
The window washer is street art

Downtown Saginaw Michigan

Crossing the Saginaw River on the Zilwaukee Bridge

Bay City exit from i 75
We lived a few miles from here

I 75 in mid Michigan

We think this cloud is a big puffy Teddy Bear

Approaching the "Big Mac" bridge

Construction always adds to a Big Mac crossing

The signs say "you're in 'da Yuppa' "

Thu, 30 Jun: North to 'da Yuppa'...

We arose a bit after six and got ourselves fed and things ready for the road. Bob backed the coach out of Davila's driveway and we got the car connected and checked. Hugs and good-byes with Carmen and Domingo and we rolled wheels a few minutes before nine.

Our route took us north on M 13 thru Saginaw. The downtown section is in good repair and includes many well maintained buildings. Street art abounds including a window washer statue that has you looking twice (see pix).

North of town we stopped at a Pilot/Flying J to top up Carpe's diesel tank. After that was done we got on I 75 north, and almost immediately crossed the Saginaw River on the Zilwaukee Bridge. This is a beautiful bridge, 175 feet high and longer than a mile and a half.

Then thru Bay City, our home in the '90s. Brought back many memories. Traffic on I 75 was moderate with many RVs, boat & ATV trailers. Tomorrow it'll be a madhouse as folks head north for the long holiday weekend. We stopped for lunch at a rest stop and Sandi took the wheel for the balance of the drive.

We crossed into Michigan's Upper Peninsula via the Mackinac Straits Bridge (the Big Mac). This is an impressive structure longer than five miles and passing over the Strait at an impressive 552'. The toll was also impressive: $14 for coach and car.

North of the toll plaza we moved to US 2 west which runs along the Lake Michigan shoreline. It is a lovely drive on a well maintained two lane road. Eighty-some miles later we pulled into the Kewadin Casino parking lot and found a level grassy site with 30 amp power.

Today's numbers: 281 miles with fuel usage of 8.85 mpg.

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