Day 5 was basically me singing “Back in the USA…” about a thousand times because it meant I was back on my US data plan and I cannot express how happy this made me. Free google mapping!!! Except for that construction going through some town about 10 minutes before the campsite, where Map Lady and I got confused and I ended up seeing a very, ah, unused set of roads to get to my destination. Before that, though, all smooth sailing. I decided to challenge myself to slow down and savor the journey, so I went 55 mph or less 95% of the day. Amazing how I felt like my great-grandma jaunting along while people sped by me but I did get used to it, and it bumped up the gas mileage nicely as well. I even stopped at a few scenic vistas along the lakeshore.
McLain State Park on the Keweenaw (pronounced like “kiwi-na”) peninsula is fantastic! Just 4 campers here (2 Altos, 1 tiny t@b, and a tenter) so we mostly have the park to ourselves. And starry skies so beautiful last night, I would have watched them forever except for that cold lake wind.
Day 6 was another day off from driving, and this time I went for it, acting like a tourist in a place that won’t open for tourism for another month. I went for a drive up to the northern end of the peninsula, up one road and back down the other. Yep, only two roads, and about as many cars, which suited me just fine because I could pull over whenever I saw a good shot. I decided to create a new section on my website for places and so I’ll put most of my Keweenaw photos there later. For now, here are my favorite three.
Trip stats (Sault Ste. Marie to McLain State Park)
- Miles Driven: 288 (1148 overall)
- MPG: 17.7 (16.0 overall – To contrast, today’s 95 miles without a trailer = 28.3 mpg)
- Side trips: Scenic vistas (2)
- States/Provinces: Ontario, Michigan