Coming up the western coast of Michigan is Nikki & Jason of Gone with the Wynns.. and up the east coast, Chris & Cherie of Technomadia.
Which dynamic RV blogging duo would cross the Mackinac Bridge first, leaving the trolls (what lower Michiganders are called) behind in the rear view camera and being welcomed by Yoopers (what Upper Peninsula Michiganders are called)?
Place your bets folks!
We awoke to a rainy morning at Cheboygan State Park but opted to make the crossing over the big bridge anyway.
We had been invited to stop at Castle Rock Campark (our review) in St. Ignace by our bus nut friends Dave & Amy and John & Lois. Both couples were workamping at the park, and we hadn’t seen them in a couple years since attending previous bus conversion rallies together.
The Wynn’s met us there for a re-uniting after having spent a week together in Goshen, IN almost a month ago. We arrived first, and were given our choice of a couple of sites next to each other. Site 44 just had our name written all over it – completely treed in and private.
A perfect writing retreat to finish off the manuscript of The Mobile Internet Handbook.
We were immediately impressed by the park – definitely not your standard commercial park. Most of the sites were private feeling with trees surrounding them, and the entire park very well maintained with beautiful views at every turn.
And many site were right on Lake Huron with views of Mackinac Island.
We were of course amused that the advertised WiFi was being served by a cheap Linksys router, hanging haphazardly underneath an outdoor roof and only serving one very small area of the campground. It wasn’t even reachable by our new NanoStation from our spot.
We ended up staying five nights at the park. Two nights with the Wynn’s before they departed to go explore more of the UP while we finished our book manuscript. We also enjoy getting to know our bus nut friends better.
The park is family and locally owned, and apparently the father had previously raised ducklings every year to become eventual hunting game. After his passing, the family wanted the duckling tradition continued – so one of John’s workamping tasks is being a duckling wrangler.
He ordered ducklings to be delivered by mail and tends to them throughout the day. Word is, in a few weeks they’ll be set free into the campground’s duck pond… but no hunting will occur.
We greatly appreciated the distraction between writing chapters to play with and feed the adorable ducklings.
We had aimed to complete the book manuscript by Friday the 18th. And were on track to do so, after several days in a row of 18 hour days of shift rotations.
We were settling in for our last overnight writing session, when we got a text message from our friends at Master Tech RV – the RV service center in Elkhart that invited us in to complete some overdue bus projects.
They were passing through the area after having attended a rally in the UP, and wanted to stop in to see us!
It was awesome to hang out with Tim & Austin for the evening, even if it did put us behind schedule on our self-imposed deadline.
So, instead – we extended for another day, and spent all of Saturday finishing up the manuscript and delivering it to our editor on Sunday morning. Unfortunately, that mean missing an opportunity to meet up with the Mali Mish family as they were passing through St. Igance as well.
Whew.. after a few weeks of no social interaction, it was tough to balance our need for seclusion to finish the book, with lots of opportunities to hang out with friends.
We caught up on some sleep, fired up our Detroit Diesel 8V71, dumped the tanks and headed off for a long 120 mile trip to Munising, MI to catch back up with Nikki & Jason.
And tales of our adventures together will continue in the next chapter..
Up Next: Our time in Michigan is unfortunately soon coming to a close – we’re a bit reluctant about that. We’ve really and truly loved our time here. But it’s time to get our butts westward for lighthouse duties starting September 1 at Cape Blanco. Our next major stop over point will be Billings, MT for an annual inspection of our engine rebuild and we want to be there by the end of July. So a much quicker pace than our meandering slow roll of the past couple months.
Here’s our Google suggested route…
We’d absolutely love any recommendations nearby the route – for things to see or places to stay. This is a totally new area of the country for us to explore, even if we’ll attempt to cover it in less than a week.
And definitely, if you’re along the route and would like to meet up or have bus parking for us…. please do let us know!