Biking nearly 300 miles, surviving heat and rain, and finally crossing the finish line, the 2013 Michigander is now complete. On Wednesday and Thursday, bikers stayed in Mackinaw City where they were able to go on a trail ride around Mackinaw City or venture to the beautiful and timeless Mackinac Island. Thursday morning dawned wet and cloudy, showering riders with a few thunderstorms before clearing up until nightfall when clouds rolled in again. Friday morning, cyclists packed up and prepared to ride back to Harbor Springs where they began their journey six days prior, some getting caught in the rain. The rain stopped around noon, clearing to reveal blue-skies and sunshine. Can you believe it’s already over?
I have had one of the most unique experiences anyone could ask for as an intern. All week I ran around juggling multiple tasks—and literally things in my hand— in order to set up at each stop and help out with other various tasks. I have seen a handful of Michigan’s beautiful northern cities that I remember traveling to with my family when I was younger and played the role of a tourist when I could. It was a fantastic experience, and I met so many interesting people and could not have asked for anything more.
In the next few weeks, look for an e-mail from us asking for your feedback on what you thought of this year’s Michigander. Also, we will be setting up a Flickr will all the photos taken throughout the week for you to peruse at your leisure and download any that you would like so you can enjoy and remember how much fun you had traveling Michigan’s northern trails.
The Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance would again like to thank all of our sponsors, including Meijer and Clif Bar, as well as anyone who helped make the Michigander possible including staff, volunteers, and our bikers! We hope you had a wonderful time and we hope to see you next year!