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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 11:13

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:in all honesty, the idea of going to Mackinac Island sounds like pure, unadulterated torture to me.

I know some people dig it, so I'm happy for them.. but, yikes.
A guy who loves biking doesn't love a place where the only mode of transportation is pretty much a bike? scratch
though I'm all for people riding bikes, I'm a bit more into this kind of cycling..



than this kind of cycling..

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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:15

Robert J Sakimano wrote:in all honesty, the idea of going to Mackinac Island sounds like pure, unadulterated torture to me.

I know some people dig it, so I'm happy for them.. but, yikes.

Only if you do not know where to go. Once you get away from all the people, plenty of places to hang out in solitude. Although it is not my first choice, or even top 5, for islands to visit in the Great Lakes.
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Post by kingstonlake on 2015-07-10, 11:18

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How long is the boat ride? I haven't been to the island since visiting a friend in college.

Pretty sure the island hasn't moved much. About the same time as last........

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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:22

kingstonlake wrote:
WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:

How long is the boat ride? I haven't been to the island since visiting a friend in college.

Pretty sure the island hasn't moved much. About the same time as last........


Actually, it switched places with Bois Blanc/Bablo Island.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 11:22

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:in all honesty, the idea of going to Mackinac Island sounds like pure, unadulterated torture to me.

I know some people dig it, so I'm happy for them.. but, yikes.

Only if you do not know where to go. Once you get away from all the people, plenty of places to hang out in solitude. Although it is not my first choice, or even top 5, for islands to visit in the Great Lakes.
I could be wrong, but I'm just not sure I'd fit in at Mackinac Island.

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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-10, 11:25



I meant I don't remember how long it was. That was like 17 years ago or something. 

Pretty sure the island is off the table given the time frame. I'm not sure I understand the appeal, either to be honest with you. Last time I was there a seagull pooped on me.

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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:26

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
Turtleneck wrote:

Only if you do not know where to go. Once you get away from all the people, plenty of places to hang out in solitude. Although it is not my first choice, or even top 5, for islands to visit in the Great Lakes.
I could be wrong, but I'm just not sure I'd fit in at Mackinac Island.


It is mostly suburbanites spending money on fudge and plastic tomahawks, but also lots of secluded places to have sex and smoke pot. I mean, if you have loose morals and do stuff like that.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:27

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:

I meant I don't remember how long it was. That was like 17 years ago or something. 

Pretty sure the island is off the table given the time frame. I'm not sure I understand the appeal, either to be honest with you. Last time I was there a seagull pooped on me.

Just get drunk at The Keyhole and call it a day.
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Post by steveschneider on 2015-07-10, 11:29

Are you going to drive through Clare?
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 11:29

Turtleneck wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:I could be wrong, but I'm just not sure I'd fit in at Mackinac Island.


It is mostly suburbanites spending money on fudge and plastic tomahawks, but also lots of secluded places to have sex and smoke pot. I mean, if you have loose morals and do stuff like that.
so why did I spend all that money on khakis, Sperry topsiders and golf shirts? I could do that in East Lansing from the comfort of my own home.
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:30

steveschneider wrote:Are you going to drive through Clare?

If he is going up north he will need to stop at Jay's.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 11:34

actually, I haven't smoked weed in 30+ years....
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Post by LooseGoose on 2015-07-10, 11:40

Robert J Sakimano wrote:actually, I haven't smoked weed in 30+ years....
My condolences.

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Post by LooseGoose on 2015-07-10, 11:41

Turtleneck wrote:
steveschneider wrote:Are you going to drive through Clare?

If he is going up north he will need to stop at Jay's.
Forget Jay's, if he's in Clare a stop at the Whitehouse is required.


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Post by LooseGoose on 2015-07-10, 11:45

WhiteBoyHatcher wrote:

I meant I don't remember how long it was. That was like 17 years ago or something. 

Pretty sure the island is off the table given the time frame. I'm not sure I understand the appeal, either to be honest with you. Last time I was there a seagull pooped on me.
15-20 minutes depending on the chop.

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Post by steveschneider on 2015-07-10, 11:47

LooseGoose wrote:
Turtleneck wrote:

If he is going up north he will need to stop at Jay's.
Forget Jay's, if he's in Clare a stop at the Whitehouse is required.


Wow, that place looks great. Last time I drove through Clare we stopped to gas up which was away from the main down town area. It was so depressing and po dunk I couldn't stand it. Feel like I missed out by not at least going through the down town area.
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Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:50

LooseGoose wrote:
Turtleneck wrote:

If he is going up north he will need to stop at Jay's.
Forget Jay's, if he's in Clare a stop at the Whitehouse is required.


Is WBH into murder?
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 11:50

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
Giant Moose wrote:
A guy who loves biking doesn't love a place where the only mode of transportation is pretty much a bike? scratch
though I'm all for people riding bikes, I'm a bit more into this kind of cycling..
Bob, you can take PEDs like Lance Armstrong no matter where you cycle.

Plus you do know that only a small part of the island is touristy, right? Your kind of cycling is somewhere on that island.


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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by Turtleneck on 2015-07-10, 11:50

steveschneider wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:
Forget Jay's, if he's in Clare a stop at the Whitehouse is required.


Wow, that place looks great. Last time I drove through Clare we stopped to gas up which was away from the main down town area. It was so depressing and po dunk I couldn't stand it. Feel like I missed out by not at least going through the down town area.

You should have cruised over to Farwell. It's pretty happening.
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 11:51

LooseGoose wrote:
Turtleneck wrote:

If he is going up north he will need to stop at Jay's.
Forget Jay's, if he's in Clare a stop at the Whitehouse is required.

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Post by steveschneider on 2015-07-10, 11:55

Turtleneck wrote:
steveschneider wrote:

Wow, that place looks great. Last time I drove through Clare we stopped to gas up which was away from the main down town area. It was so depressing and po dunk I couldn't stand it. Feel like I missed out by not at least going through the down town area.

You should have cruised over to Farwell. It's pretty happening.

I had to google it, looks like the only thing they have going for themselves is a city water tower.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by kingstonlake on 2015-07-10, 12:47

I think there's a wild game ranch that went under a few years ago just south of town. Might let you get some shooting in on the cheap. No better way to educate your child on real life deep woods, man vs beast struggle for survival than dropping a caped buffalo inside a cage.

Keep an eye out for LWS.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by AMwood on 2015-07-10, 12:52

why don't you just give me $80 and skip the mystery spot.
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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 12:54

Giant Moose wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:
though I'm all for people riding bikes, I'm a bit more into this kind of cycling..
Bob, you can take PEDs like Lance Armstrong no matter where you cycle.

Plus you do know that only a small part of the island is touristy, right? Your kind of cycling is somewhere on that island.
so tomorrow morning, I'm going out for about a 45 mile ride.. probably gonna average about 18.5 mph or so - you're saying I can do that on "the island"?

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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 12:55

AMwood wrote:why don't you just give me $80 and skip the mystery spot.
Castle Rock is kind of cool. MSU is Bunyan and the dopey blue ox with its tongue sticking out is scUM. We own that dopey blue ox.



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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 12:55

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Robert J Sakimano wrote:actually, I haven't smoked weed in 30+ years....
My condolences.
thanks, dude - yeah, started taking care of myself years ago.. creating the aerobic machine that I have become.
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 12:58

Plus you can supposedly see the entire U.P. from the top of Castle Rock.



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Post by AMwood on 2015-07-10, 13:01

Giant Moose wrote:Plus you can supposedly see the entire U.P. from the top of Castle Rock.

huh. i always thought it was bigger than that.
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 13:01

Whiteboy, also tell your kids that the reason the Mighty Mac is green and white is for MSU.
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Post by tTy on 2015-07-10, 13:02

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
LooseGoose wrote:
My condolences.
thanks, dude - yeah, started taking care of myself years ago.. creating the aerobic machine that I have become.

I thought hippies frowned upon turning 02 into CO2???? confused

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 13:04

tTy wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:thanks, dude - yeah, started taking care of myself years ago.. creating the aerobic machine that I have become.

I thought hippies frowned upon turning 02 into CO2???? confused
I've never been real sure where this "hippie" persona came from..
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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 13:04

AMwood wrote:huh. i always thought it was bigger than that.
You can fit the entire U.P. in your ex-wife's vagina.
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Re: 4 hours in the Big Mac bridge area with little kids

Post by Nordic on 2015-07-10, 13:06

Been a while since I've been to da U.P., but here is what I know...

Hang a louie on route 2 off the bridge and hit the beach. The little tikes will be freezing their nards off, but they're kids and won't know the difference.

In Grand Marias there is a pier you can walk out on... and then walk back in.

Along the way on route 77 there is a crazy lady that will yell at her dog as it chases your car as you drive by.

Sweet good pickerel fishing in Lake Nawakwa. Brookie fishing in the east branch of the fox river.

Hit da Soo and watch da boats go up and down.

I think there is a bar up dare somewheres nears Newberry called the crazy loon salon. I might be misremembering, but I do remember good times.

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Post by WhiteBoyHatcher on 2015-07-10, 13:08

AMwood wrote:why don't you just give me $80 and skip the mystery spot.


Yeah my wife is talking about some deer acres shit and putt putt. I'm thinking the Fort and the beach/light house might be a little better.

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Post by Nordic on 2015-07-10, 13:09

Turtleneck wrote:

Also, don't get caught on the bridge when it swings over to the Island, WBH. You will be on it for hours. Check the schedule.

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Post by Giant Moose on 2015-07-10, 13:09

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
Giant Moose wrote:
Bob, you can take PEDs like Lance Armstrong no matter where you cycle.

Plus you do know that only a small part of the island is touristy, right? Your kind of cycling is somewhere on that island.
so tomorrow morning, I'm going out for about a 45 mile ride.. probably gonna average about 18.5 mph or so - you're saying I can do that on "the island"?

Sure. You might have to do a several laps around it, but you're from North Carolina -- just think of it like NASCAR and you'll be fine.

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Post by tTy on 2015-07-10, 13:11

I've never been real sure where this "hippie" persona came from..

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Post by Robert J Sakimano on 2015-07-10, 13:13

Giant Moose wrote:
Robert J Sakimano wrote:
so tomorrow morning, I'm going out for about a 45 mile ride.. probably gonna average about 18.5 mph or so - you're saying I can do that on "the island"?

Sure. You might have to do a several laps around it, but you're from North Carolina -- just think of it like NASCAR and you'll be fine.

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Post by kingstonlake on 2015-07-10, 13:15

Nordic wrote:Been a while since I've been to da U.P., but here is what I know...

Hang a louie on route 2 off the bridge and hit the beach. The little tikes will be freezing their nards off, but they're kids and won't know the difference.

In Grand Marias there is a pier you can walk out on... and then walk back in.

Along the way on route 77 there is a crazy lady that will yell at her dog as it chases your car as you drive by.

Sweet good pickerel fishing in Lake Nawakwa. Brookie fishing in the east branch of the fox river.

Hit da Soo and watch da boats go up and down.

I think there is a bar up dare somewheres nears Newberry called the crazy loon salon. I might be misremembering, but I do remember good times.

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Post by Herbie Green on 2015-07-10, 13:15

Robert J Sakimano wrote:
Giant Moose wrote:
A guy who loves biking doesn't love a place where the only mode of transportation is pretty much a bike? scratch
though I'm all for people riding bikes, I'm a bit more into this kind of cycling..



than this kind of cycling..


It might not compare to Lake Lansing, but yes you can Mountain bike on Mackinac Island

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