Used to live in Harbor Springs, so we are very familiar with the trip. Even though we now live over an hour away, it is still a once a year ride for us. Especially during the 'color' time of October. The other great time to enjoy this ride, is mid summer and here are the reasons why. Start your ride in Harbor Springs, not Cross Village. After arriving and enjoying some refreshment in Cross Village, continue north to Sturgeon Bay. This is just another 5-10 minutes north where you can park on the side of the road, strip down to your swimming trunks and enjoy about a mile stretch of Lake Michigan Beach in a very secluded area. Then if you are up to it, you can continue north for another 20-30 minute ride into Mackinaw City and take in the sites there! Regardless of the extended trips I mentioned, this is quite simply the best ride in Michigan!
As Rick stated, the only thing you want to be careful of is sand on the road at times. Did a little fish tail a couple of years back that nearly made the trip too memorable!
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