Riding the Great Lakes (USA)
August '09

This has been one of the greatest trip of my life. On the road with Regine.
Michigan! We drove through Michigan, two unexpected turists from Europe...
Lakes, dunes, burgers, beers, driving, swimming, fast foods, Tarantino, sun, rain, blueberries!, motels, beaches, hotels, seagulls, people, 'you come from Europe???', wolverines, mighty Mac, windy city, white fish, Christmas time, dollars, Shepler's!, downtowns, big sized stuff...
How we have chosen that place I can't remember anymore, it happened accidentally I'd say. But I guess this was another demonstration of the existence of the destiny which, at the same time, has placed us in Michigan and has placed Michigan in our hearts.
The same destiny that made us meet years ago.

Tiny Picture Book - The Chronicles - The Video - The Route

Tiny Picture Book

The Chronicles

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

  • Breakfast on the beach @ Sanpiper Motel
  • Shoppingh at Big K Mart in Oscoda
  • Drive north along Huron Lake coast
  • Stop along the road for a quick swimm nearby Roger City
  • Mackinaw City - Lunch at KFC and walk downtown
  • Trip to Mackinac Island (with Shepler's!)
  • Americana Motel @ Mackinaw City
  • Mackinac Bridge by night (the mighty Mac)
  • Evening downtown Mackinaw City and dinner at Dixie Saloon

Day 4

  • Drive north to the Upper Peninsula
  • Crossing the Mackinac Bridge
  • Breackfast in St. Ignace
  • The Blueberry Festival @ Paradise
  • Tahquamenon Falls (lower and upper)
  • Munising (dinner)
  • Boat trip to the Pictured Rocks National Lake Shore on Lake Superior
  • Evening Star Motel at Newberry

Day 5

  • Breakfast at the Motel and strange conversation with a man from the northern upper peninsula
  • Drive south, through the Mackinac Bridge and quick stop at Mackinaw City
  • Petoskey downtown and lunch at Park City Grill
  • Stop in Charleroi and relax on the beach
  • Gold Coast Inn Motel @ Traverse City
  • Dinner @ Taco Bell
  • Tarantino's Inglorious Bestards at the Horizon Cinema

Day 6

  • Traverse City downtown and breakfast at The Dish Cafè
  • Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes (Grand Haven, Dune Climb, Scenic Drive)
  • Swimm and relax on the beack on Lake Michigan
  • Manistee. Lake Shore Motel
  • Dinner at the River Street Station downtown Manistee

Day 7

  • Breakfast at the motel, by the sea
  • Drive south. Stop in Loudington for a coffee at 'By the way'
  • Muskegon. Visitors bureau and lunch on the beach
  • Holland downtown
  • Comfort Inn Hotel. Swimm at the hptel's pool
  • Dinner at Hooland Brewery pub

Day 8

  • Drive south
  • Stop at the Indiana visitors bureau
  • Chicago, Illinois. Driving downtown
  • Midway Inn Motel
  • CTA Chicago Transportation Authority train to downtown
  • Beer and dinner at the Elephant and Castle pub
  • Tea at Argos tea
  • Walk in the loop, Millennium park and Magnificent Mile
  • Beer and postcards writing at the Rock Bottom Brewery

Day 9

  • Breackfast at MacDonald close to the motel
  • Drive east, back to Michigan!
  • St Joseph, Michigan
  • Baymont Inn & Suites Hotel
  • Downtown St Jopseph
  • Dinner at Shu's grill & bar

Day 10

  • Breakfast at Baymont hotel
  • Drive west to Ann Arbor
  • Microtel Inn and Suites, Ann Arbor
  • Quick lunch at KFC
  • Downtown shopping
  • Coffee time at Starbucks
  • Dinner at Arbor Brewing Company

Day 11

  • Drive through Ypsilanti
  • Breakfast at Starbucks
  • Detroit Airport. Shopping and eating at National Coney Island
  • @ 19.45 our plane departs to Rome

The Video. Running on the Sleeping Bear Dunes in Michigan

The Route


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