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We took 5 days to circle Lake Michigan travelling between 200- 280 miles per day as we did a lot of sightseeing – the entire route being around 1300 miles.

We did this one clockwise, spending some time at the Village at Grand Traverse where we visited a former state run asylum. You could spend an entire day here with all the history. The asylum’s construction consists of 8 million bricks that took less than 3 years to build…..what a remarkable feat for 1883!

Glen Arbor was one of the prettiest most serene places I think I have ever been, such a quaint town with a lot going on and so beautiful, being on the shores of Lake Michigan. Glen Arbor is home to an olympic size cherry spitting pit and lots of restaurants and shopping can be found within walking distance if you stay over night in town.
Homestead Dam
in Benzonia was a nice rest stop where we saw some fishermen and a lot of fish trying to jump the dam to head upstream.
Muskegon was a place we stayed overnight and it is the birthplace of snowboarding
. You can also find a Buster Keaton statue close by if that is of interest to you.

The Michigan Maritime Museum was an interesting place and an inexpensive at a cost of $8 an adult. Home to 5 on-water fleets, the tall ship was just spectacular.

Unfortunately after visiting the location for the Ferris Bueller movie’s garage scene in Highland Park my bike wouldn’t start. After pleading with Randy’s Cycle to send someone out with a regulator he did. I was certain that was the problem as I had left Ontario with a brand new battery.  3 hours or so later and we were back on the road, new regulator and another new battery…….good to go!

We visited Mary Nohls historic house in Milwaukee, Wisconsin which features numerous cement sculptures outside but they have since been dismantled and possibly shipped to Sheboygan to be displayed at the Michael Kohler Art Center as was discussed years prior (this would need confirming).

Kewaunee County Jail museum is a great place to spend an hour or so. While you are in the area nearby I’d recommend taking a look at the worlds tallest grandfather clock – standing 35’11” tall, chimes can be heard on 1/4, 1/2 and full hours. .

Us Coast Guard Canal Station in Sturgeon Bay was a nice place to stretch your legs, with history of the area throughout.

Wequiock Falls is a small waterfall you don’t have to hike to and is within a small park, great picnic spot with washrooms.
The 45th parallel marker can be found continuing north on US 41 just before Marinette.

Another fabulous trip full of exciting adventures.




Lake Michigan Circle for the VMC.gpx

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