We are planning to start our loop journey on the Great Lakes at Mackinaw City MI. We will leave Lake Huron and head under the Mackinaw Bridge and towards the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan.
The traditional completion of America’s Great Loop is to “cross your wake” and close the loop when you return to your starting point. We look forward to returning to the Mackinaw Bridge in about a year to cross our wake!
The first leg of our journey will be to get our boat a little closer to home (Minneapolis) so we can complete the provisioning and have a test run behind us. Our route will require about 40 to 50 miles per day. We average 8 to 10 miles per hour, so it should be a nice run with sunny forecast and light winds.
The marinas we will stop at include Beaver Island, MI; Manistique, MI,; Escanaba, MI then Menominee, MI.
Our membership in the Great Lakes Cruising Club will come in handy for the first few months of our trip. We joined in 2012 for access to the harbor reports when we purchased a sailboat in Racine and brought it back to Port Superior in the Apostle Islands. Who knew that just 4 years later we would sell the sailboat and buy a trawler to do America’s Great Loop? The harbor reports will help guide us in and out of marinas from Lake Huron to the west shore of Lake Michigan and through Chicago as we head south on the Illinois River System. We will be flying our GLCC Burgee so say if you see us on the water!
Once we reach Menominee, WI. by boat, our plan is to catch a ride on the Greyhound back to Mackinaw City to get our car! Logistics, Logistics. A one way ticket is $49; the bus leaves at 2Am and arrives at 8:15 AM. More on that later.
We have allowed 5 leisurely days to move the boat across northern Lake Michigan and then 7 hours to take a bus back to pick up our car. Its all about the journey.