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Thursday, July 8, 2010
The Last Day - June 24
Just five measly miles, and there we were in Mackinaw City! We learned that there is a nice marker at a trail junction. The North Country Trail comes up the west side of the state, but there is another hiking trail that comes up the east side. It is the Midland to Mackinac (say MACK-in-aw anyway) Trail, and was built by Boy Scouts.
From this junction, you need to walk just a couple of blocks farther north until you reach the approach to the Mackinac Bridge. This is a nice walk through a linear park beside Nicolet Street.
You've seen this picture already, but it's going to be one of those iconic images... the end of the last big hike. I've hiked the bridge twice (you can only walk it on Labor Day), so that is done, and it's a great place to finish off this section. But I seem to still be in shock, unable to process this near-conclusion.
July tasks are piling up, and I've got some big ones to pull off before the big August 3 celebration shindig. The humidity and I are not friends. I've been writing some articles to bring in some income, and that whole issue will need to be seriously addressed this fall.
Tomorrow, we'll all be back home. I'm already here, of course, but I'll bring you with me and show you a couple of things I've been doing. It's completely bizarre to wait a month to hike the final three miles, but it will allow several people to celebrate with me who would otherwise not get to come.
And I have a few more pictures from the hikes. (Hint- Carol will like them a lot.) Thanks for traveling with me!