Hope decided to sleep-in this morning while I went to the Rise and Shine in St. Ignace to get our pins and drop off our two bags of laundry. Incredible, right? Not only does MINI put together this fantastic tour across America with so many details but they even do laundry for the people whom are going all the way. We’ll get our clean clothes back in Minneapolis and hopefully it will be our clothes. At least if we don’t get our clothes we can count on getting MINI clothes, because that’s the only thing anyone wears on this trip!
After my quick dash to the R&S I went back to camp to hitch-up the hive. We took our time this morning and left camp around 10:30 AM then made a beeline to Bessie’s Pasties. I stopped eating meat nearly a year ago, so I chose Bessie’s because they had veggie pasties. I picked up two that came right of the oven and we were on the road.
After the frantic pace of the last few days, today’s relaxed trek across Yooperland was much-needed and welcome. We basically took U.S. 2 along the top of Lake Michigan, all the way across the Upper Peninsula and into Wisconsin. It was a relaxing drive with beautiful scenery and scattered, open views of the lake. When you make that drive you go for like three hours across the top of Lake Michigan and that’s when you realize how huge it is. Put a bunch of salt in that water and that baby would be an inland ocean. Incredible.
I have really enjoyed seeing the involvement of the small towns on this trip, with welcome signs and marquees appearing along our routes and several local newspapers publishing stories and photos about our journey. MINIs just make people smile, and when the MINI parade comes to town it’s fun for everyone.
We skipped the “Surprise and Delight” and kept moving, with hopes of an early arrival with some time to relax. I flirted with a trip to the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore in Munising, but the power of our slow-paced day kept me on task and we kept going. After gaining an hour because of the timezone change, we arrived at the North Bay Shore Campground in Oconto around 3 PM with several hours of free time, which was a first! The park itself is beautiful, right on the north shore of Green Bay, about 35 miles north of the city.
After we set up, Hope took a nap and I just hung out and relaxed. Later I motored to Green Bay and to the event at the Titletown Brewing Company, where we were treated to some excellent local beer and fine food plus each person received a beautiful pint glass as a souvenir. Nice!
I returned back to camp around 9 PM and helped Hope cook her dinner, then lit a camp fire so she could roast some of the vegan marshmallows we bought at Trader Joe’s. They were great! And the temperature? High 50s! The day just kept getting better and better.
Tomorrow we have decided to make a mad dash to Minneapolis and will be skipping the planned event to go instead to the Mall of America. We’re halfway through our journey now, and in some ways it seems like the days are passing quickly. As I realize, however, that we have seven more cities to go and 11 more days until we’re back home, the road ahead feels long and packed with adventure. To the west we go!