Caught up at the office after a few days off, will take the time to post some pics...
Like many motorcycle trips, we didn't take the time to stop very often for photos. Most of our rest breaks were at gas stations, not exactly photogenic spots for the most part.
Here we are Wednesday morning, all fresh and rested, ready to start our adventure
Stopped for lunch in Holland, MI, ate appropriately enough at the Wooden Shoe
Gin caught me tresspassing as I set up for the shot I posted above in Traverse City
Cleaning the bugs off the bike at my brother's lake house
My brother setting up the bocce court, many beers happily consumed while tossing bocce balls!
Gin enjoyed kayaking on beautiful Walloon Lake...
While I played with my brother's dog Wally, a year old Lab who loves to jump into the lake and retrieve tennis balls
I did a lot of this too
We took Jim's suggestion and headed up M119 through Harbor City to Cross Village. Known as the "Tunnel of Trees", it was an impossibly scenic route along the lake shore. Didn't lend itself to photo ops unfortunately as it was a winding one lane blacktop with sand shoulders and no center line, not the kind of place to pull off and take a pic. Beautiful ride though, high dollar homes hiding in the trees overlooking the lake, truly God's Country.
We stopped in Cross Village at the Legs Inn for lunch, a charming old Polish restaurant situated on a bluff overlooking Lake Michigan
It was an interesting mix of old world European mixed with local flavor
Patio where we dined had a breathtaking view, pics don't do it justice
Beautiful gardens as well
This one's for my Mom, she loves flowers!
After a tasty lunch of pierogi, golabki (cabbage rolls) and kielbasa soup we headed on up the coast to Mackinaw City.
Crossing the Mackinac Bridge was an experience, especially since it was a bit windy! Gin clicked a few shots over my shoulder as we crossed the bridge
We pulled into a park on the U.P. side of the bridge and met Greg, a fellow FJR rider. He had an '09 FJR1300AE and was on a day trip from Traverse City, enjoyed our conversation with him.
The bridge from the U.P. side looking towards the mainland
The next day we went to Harbor Springs for an afternoon of shopping and lunch by the harbor. Beautiful town!
The view across Little Traverse Bay from Harbor Springs
Only took one shot on the way home, scenic overlook at a rest stop. I swear everything is scenic up there!
Took us 8.5 hours coming home, skipped the lake shore route and powered down through the middle of the state. 435 miles vs 475 going up, were able to run 80-85mph safely in sync with traffic much of the way home. Bike averaged between 42 and 46mpg, pretty good for two up fully loaded I thought. No mechanical issues at all, I was impressed with its performance.
I'm considering a different windscreen, have read great things about California Scientific's screens. The stock screen is all right, but it buffets quite a bit at its top adjustment and is too windy to keep it down at speed. May also send the seat off to Spencer's Seat Mods for some gel foam, it's far more comfortable than the 919 but does get a bit tiring after a few hundred miles. The Thottlemeister really helped my right hand and wrist from getting cramped, nice to be able to lock it on for a few miles of straight road and move my hand around. The Helibar risers made a huge difference in my comfort level, didn't have a sore back or shoulders at all.
Good times, a fantastic mini vacation that we look forward to doing again next year!