Michigan: Timeless Beauty

Wendy McNamara from Eaton Rapids shares her experiences on the open road across Michigan as her “Pure Michigan Moment.”

Three years ago, a group of us from the Gold Wing Road Riders rode from southwest Michigan to the Upper Peninsula in search of adventure.

We rode to the Mackinac Bridge for the "Midnight Ride,” an annual juvenile diabetes fund-raiser. It was 45 degrees at dawn as 600 motorcyclists rode across the bridge. It was exhilarating and awesome.

However, our ride was far from over. We headed north to Whitefish Point to tour the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum. Heading east, we stopped at Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore and hiked to Miners Falls. We stopped at Da Yoopers Tourist Trap in Ishpeming for laughs and Yooper lore. A large gold dome in the distance led us to an impressive monastery near Eagle River.

We ended the day at Copper Harbor on the Keweenaw Peninsula. In this quaint town, the restaurant and the 11-mile ride up Brockway Mountain were the highlights. We spent our evening meeting travelers and sharing discoveries around a campfire on Lake Superior’s beach.

The last leg of the trip was filled with natural beauty. We drove to Porcupine Mountain State Park for its awesome views of the Lake of the Clouds. Heading back south, we traveled on M-119 through Cross Village and the Tunnel of Trees. Legs Inn is beautiful with trees and the lake shore in the background. Following the coast through Petoskey and Charlevoix is a motorcyclist's dream.

Would we ride the trip again? We've not only ridden again, but brought some classmates (class of 1964) from Colorado and Minnesota along. We are proud of our beautiful state where timeless beauty awaits at every bend in the road. It's PURE MICHIGAN!

Wendy McNamara wrote about her “Pure Michigan Moment” for Michigan Travel Ideas.