Last weekend, we had the Nighthawk-Forums.com Michigan Coast To Coast Rally, only with no Nighthawks. But hey, there was at least a Honda. Participation was low, consisting of only 2 forum members traveling from out of state. It was to be expected though. Michigan isn't known for challenging motorcycle twisties. But the state does offer some spectacular scenery. And during the planning phases, I was without a job so I wanted to selfishly plan something close to home. Job situation has been fixed and this weekend was a blast. The count was 2 Yamaha FJR1300, a Honda ST1100, a Kawasaki Ninja 650, and a Triumph Sprint ST 1050.
We started the journey in Muskegon on Thursday night where the "planning" began. Dan, Gary, and Nick arrived at my house around 5 PM. The plan took the shape of a few bottles of beer and a half gallon of Captain Morgan. Actually the only plan was to keep the water on the left. Ride until we get tired and find a place to sleep. Sounds easy right?
I printed off some kickstand pads for the guys as little souvenirs and a reason to play with my 3D printer.
Jim called and said he wasn’t going to make it until the morning. He showed up just a little after 8 AM and we had breakfast. Service was surprisingly a little slow and we didn’t really hit it until 9:30. I started with a cruise around my old stomping grounds and a photo stop in front of one of World War II’s most decorated submarines, the USS Silversides.
This is where I started playing with photoshopping the pictures some. Here is in front of Pere Marquette Beach. This is the channel that connects Lake Michigan with Muskegon Lake.
We cruised along scenic drive, through North Muskegon, Whitehall, Mears, Pentwater, and Ludington. Here’s a shot in Stearns Park, downtown Ludington.
We traveled up US 31 a bit until Manistee, stopping at House Of Flavors for lunch. Sorry, no food porn pictures from me. Always turn west at the Burger King in Manistee. I believe it is 110, a hidden gem that will take you to M22. As you go up M22, you will come to a scenic overlook just outside of Arcadia called Inspiration Point. We stopped for some pictures there.
Dan, with sexy face.
Jim, who is amused by something.
Gary, with serious face.
Nick, with a rare smile.