Day 192 Tuesday 21st October Mackinaw pg 50 F8
Unfortunately all good things eventually come to an end and this morning we sadly said farewell to Gus and Jan. In the past ten days we have thoroughly enjoyed their hospitality, kindness and friendship. It was also a bonus to be able to get together once again with Bob and Karolyn who drove up from Columbus Ohio just to see us, what fun we all had together. Janine, they had a little “Scruffy” dog as well, called Misty she also was part of the reunion.
We have had many wonderful experiences on this trip and the time shared with our new friends in Michigan will be treasured for a lifetime. Gus certainly showed Steve many new experiences such as shooting with a muzzle loading gun, using the bow and arrow, cutting stones with his lapidary equipment, canoeing on the nearby river in his home made wooden strip canoe, and seeing his collections of Indian memorabilia, not to mention trophies from his hunting expeditions in the USA and South Africa. We look forward to be able to reciprocate the hospitality not if, but when they make the journey down under to Australia.
As we headed north from Beaverton along the I75 there were still some patches of warm colours, although it is evident that winter is not far around the corner as many trees have already shed their leaves. Both day and night time temperatures have dropped considerably since our arrival in Michigan some 10 days ago, in fact it’s already 3C (37F) outside and its only 8.30pm.
Michigan is divided into the Lower and Upper Peninsula’s: there is a toll bridge linking these two peninsulas’s called the Mackinac Bridge (toll was $7) the bridge length, including approaches is 5 miles with the suspension part of the bridge being 7,400’ across and approx 200’ above the water below. The bridge construction began in May 1954 and opened to traffic in June 1957. This bridge is built in a similar style to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, although the Mackinac Bridge overall length is longer. We stopped for lunch down by the water in Mackinaw City prior to driving over the bridge; my homemade soup went down well in the cool temperatures. On the way to the bridge we once again crossed the 45th parallel, being half way between the equator and the North Pole.
Tonite we have found a nice place along the shores of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula, not far from the bridge. Steve tried to trick a few fish to hook on his line, but once again he was glad I had prepared something else for dinner. We saw a wonderful sunset over the lake tonite, its sure going to be chilly – just checked out temperature gauge and in the last half hour its gone down to 1.8C (35.2F)