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    TR: Trekchicks Trek on the Mighty Mac!

    To begin this story, let me say, it was my baby sister Brandi who first said, "lets walk the Mackinaw Bridge on Labor day". It seemed impossible because Labor Day Weekend (Known to our family as Harvest Festival Weekend) has traditionally been a huge family time for us. My dad always has a trophy winning parade entry, for which he relies on us girls to inject some character. ( I have the pics of me in a burlap dress to prove it)

    This year was THE year to ditch the traditions and walk the Mighty Mack.
    When we began the trip we had to decide..........who's turn is it to be the evil one?

    They decided that I'm the evil one!

    The Mackinaw Bridge holds a lot of good vibe for me as I recall family vacations from my childhood. More than anything, the Bridge is a treasure.



    For those of you who don't know:
    The Mackinaw Bridge connects the Upper Peninsula to the Lower Peninsula of Michigan.
    Construction began May 1954.
    It was opened to traffic Nov 1, 1957.
    Cost $99,880,000.00
    There are two main cables which are 24.5 inches in diameter.:
    I have many other facts in my shabby little brain that I'd love to share, but I'll spare you unless you really want to know.

    There are many things that make me feel very small, one is the East Wall at Abasin, another is the Mackinaw Bridge.

    When we arrived to make the walk(5 miles on the bridge, then another 3 to the busses that bring you back to your car) the vibe was sort of amazing. The southbound lanes of the bridge were turned into north and south bound for the duration of the walk time.
    The Northbound lanes were filled with walkers!





    Part 2 following.............
    Building a quiver is just foreplay for snowgasms

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    Part 2

    This is the point where you can see both towers in the view!


    I was surprised to see so many small children on the walk, thinking that the trek may be a bit much, but they were doing it and having fun.
    This little girl was fascinated with the expansion joint.



    The Bridge has metal grating for the center lanes, as well as the shoulders, which was put in place to save weight and allow for drainage. You can see this in one of the pictures above.
    If you're afraid of heights, it is a good idea to NOT look into the grate




    Something that stands out about walking the Mac is that I had an opportunity to see stuff that you can't see when you are in a car, and I was able to embrace its majesty, and show it, its due respect.

    Majestic, eh?


    It was truly an experience I embraced and am happy to share.


    It took us 1 1/2 hrs to finish the 5 mile walk, much of which was spent taking pics
    But as always, all good things must come to an end..........


    Thanks for readin!

    Building a quiver is just foreplay for snowgasms

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    Very cool! I'm terrified of heights and bridges make me nervous, so I give you a TON of credit for doing that! I don't think I ever could. But it sounds like an awesome experience! Thanks for sharing it with us!
    "Everyone seems to have a clear idea of how other people should lead their lives, but none about his or her own." ~ Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist

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    Congrats on a great walk! And unlike golf, it wasn't spoiled. I saw a show on the History channel a while back, that showed the entire construction of that bridge, and all the things they ran into along the way.

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    Awesome!

    I suspect a winter traverse might be a little sketchy?
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    Beetlnut, I saw that History channel program too. Its an amazing bridge, that I'm sure the engineers of today would screw up, eh?

    It is beautiful.
    Michael, I've driven the bridge many times during many seasons. The only time they shut it down is when the winds are too high.
    They only allow walking on the Bridge on Labor Day, and they have a bike tour day early in the summer where bicycles have a similar event.

    Here is a comment from this web site about high winds and safe travel.

    Severine, please don't read this comment!!!!!
    Don't worry about safety. If you stay within the speed limit 45 mph in good weather) and obey special weather-related instructions on the lighted display board, you'll be fine. In the few cases of cars going over the guard rail and plunging into the lake, drivers were speeding. One was ruled a suicide; the other involved a tiny Yugo automobile going too fast in very bad weather.
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    nice serious bridge stoke!!!!

    TrekChick is kewl..

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    If you haven't seen it, there's an excellent episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe paints the *inside* of the towers, all the way down at the bottom, then replaces a light bulb up at the very top.

    Dirty Jobs on the Mackinac Bridge

    Mackinac? Mackinaw? I'm just a copy-and-paste'r.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MichaelJ View Post
    If you haven't seen it, there's an excellent episode of Dirty Jobs where Mike Rowe paints the *inside* of the towers, all the way down at the bottom, then replaces a light bulb up at the very top.

    Dirty Jobs on the Mackinac Bridge

    Mackinac? Mackinaw? I'm just a copy-and-paste'r.
    I just saw the rerun of that episode Monday. I would never walk the cable like they were

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    The French Indian spelling is Mackinac, while the sloppy English spelling is Mackinaw.
    The Bridge is most always spelled with the w, while the city is ALWAYS spelled with a c.

    Anything else class?
    I'm here for you.

    Unless or until you stand at the base of a tower, its tough to get a grasp of the awesome thing it is.

    One more pic for perspective.
    If you look at this pic, you can see the size of people walking. Now look at the top of the tower. Those dots on the top of the tower are camera crew filming the walk.
    Those suspension cables are 24.5 inches in diameter!!!
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