John and Janet 2017 Lake Michigan travel blog

Ludington, MI

Ludington, MI

S.S. Badger

S.S. Badger

Ready For Loading

History

Highway 10

Car Deck

Leaving Michigan

Leaving Michigan

Lighthouse

Leaving Michigan

Lounging

John Meets the Captain

History

History

Lake Michigan

We're In Wiconsin

Just In Case

Coal Powered

Coal Powered

Manitowoc, Wisconsin

We Back In

Cars Unloading

Our RV Disembarks


Like many of our travel days, there are two tales to tell.

1. We cross Lake Michigan:

We are up early. We prepare ourselves and the RV to cross Lake Michigan on the S.S. Badger. It is exciting to arrive and check-in. It is exciting to watch the vehicles being backed on the ship. It is exciting as we leave Ludington. It is exciting as we arrive in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

In the middle of the departure and arrival, there is a lot of lake. It is a great experience. It is hard to imagine how big the great lakes are. But, the trip takes four hours. There is nothing to see except a lot of water.

Most people sleep, read or play with their phones. There are many lounges. There is a movie lounge, a TV lounge, a kid lounge, a gift shop, a museum, a café, a bar and many open deck areas. It is important to entertain people.

After breakfast, John opts for sleeping. I tour the ship and settle in for Badger BINGO. I do not win any of the prizes.

I am glad we make the crossing. Will we do it again? Maybe. I like BINGO.

2. We head north:

We have gained an hour. Although both of us are tired, we decide to drive to a campground that is one and a half hours away. We do not make it. The RV starts to run a little hot. I find us a campground in De Pere, Wisconsin. We make some calls but it is late in the afternoon. There is a mobile RV mechanic close by. Hopefully, we can handle the problem tomorrow and hopefully it is minor. In any case, we will figure things out.

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