Home Away From Home, Michigan

Travel Day to Traverse City

Today was a travel day but we didn’t have to check out until 12:00 so after breakfast we got the bikes out and rode back into Silver Lake again and all of the way to Mac’s Dune Buggies. The first part was good but the 5th mile going back was so difficult that at one point I just had to stop. That was one steep hill!

We packed up and then pulled up to the entrance parking lot where we put the car on the dolly and then took off for Traverse City which is only a little over 100 miles away. Everything was going well until we were going through some little town and Jerry hit a curb and the pantry, refrigerator and freezer came open and things began to fall out. I hurried back and was trying to gather the falling objects when apparently he went around a curve and I ended up on the floor between the table and the wall. When it was all said and done I felt like I had been in a wreck. If that’s all that happens on this trip we’ll be some blessed people!

We got to the Holiday Park Campground a little after 2:00 and it was one of the easiest set-ups we’ve ever had. First, the campground was located on Hwy 31 which is the one we were on so we drove right to it, no hunting around for it. Set-up was easy and quick. Holiday Campground is a very large park and when you enter you see lots of shaded lots. Unfortunately that is not where they put the travelers. We are on the very last row and as our neighbor said “not a tree in sight”! There is a lake for swimming but it’s pretty far from us. Still we are safe and secure in our little home away from home.

After a quick lunch we decided to go to the grocery store to get some steaks to grill for tonight and that turned into a little explore and discovery. Garmin will take you places you never thought you’d go and for us, we usually end up on a dirt road! We finally found Traverse City and rode down Front Street located on Grand Traverse Bay. Lots of people were out on the beach, in the water and boats were on the move.

We finally found a grocery store, got the necessary things and headed back to the campground. It was a straight shot, only about a 15 minute ride. Go Garmin! Interestingly enough we rode by shopping centers, Best Buy, car dealerships and then amazingly a pasture with about 15-20 buffalo in it! Dang it, I couldn’t get my camera out.

Got back to the campground and Jerry grilled steaks. We sat outside for a while – the weather is so nice and then we rode two more miles on the bikes! With it staying light so late even if we get a late start and we often do, we can still get a lot done.

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