6000 miles in a 35 year old Trojan – Is it possible?

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At this point we have been underway for 6 weeks and we are now through Canada and back into the US. We arrived in Mackinac Island after having traveled 1115 miles and burning 883 gallons of fuel. Our time in Canada was great, we even set a record for the furthest Northern Latitude that we traveled to (46⁰15.26’). I cannot say enough good things about traveling through Georgian Bay and the North Channel. We spent time on the hook in some of the most pristine and secluded locations. Being that it was late in the season there were hardly any boats on the water. The only reason we were anxious to continue on was the fact that we knew it was going to get cold soon and that Lake Michigan weather was going to be challenging… which it definitely was.

It was technically still summer when we arrived in Mackinac Island but the switch to Fall happened while we were docked. We could not have asked for better weather for this awesome spot. For those that are not familiar with this location, Mackinac Island is tiny with only about 4 square miles of land. There are no cars or motorized vehicles permitted there, which means the only way to get around is either by bicycle or horse. We spent several days here exploring the historic landmarks including the Grand Hotel and Fort Mackinac.

The Grand Hotel was built in 1887 and boasts about having the world’s largest porch. We treated ourselves to their Sunday Bruch and toured the grounds. They actually charge a $10 fee just to walk inside, but it honestly was worth it to see the craftsmanship from this place that is over 130 years old. In addition to the beauty of the immaculate grounds the Sunday Brunch was a feast to write home about. Everything from jumbo shrimp and crab to carved meats were on the menu. The dessert menu was also just as plentiful. As I am writing this I think I want to return to that island just to go back to the hotel for their brunch.
Grand Hotel
Grand Hotel
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Grand Hotel Porch
Grand Hotel Porch
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Following brunch we planned to walk off some of the calories but since it was raining we got a taxi. The taxis on the island are beautiful horse drawn carriages. It was a relaxing ride through the gorgeous island on our way back to the boat. Eventually the rain let up and we took another bike ride around the island. While biking there are many spots to explore with great lookout points and other items of interest. Actually over 80 percent of the island is preserved as a State Park.
Hotel Taxi
Hotel Taxi
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The marina where we docked was in a superb location. It was right on the main street. It was a treat to wake up each morning to the click-clack, click-clack of the horseshoes making contact with the pavement as they made their way down the road. This as opposed to the sound of loud motorcycles, mopeds and obnoxious car stereos was a serene experience.
The Island UPS truck. Notice all the Amazon boxes
The Island UPS truck. Notice all the Amazon boxes
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Prior to leaving the Island we also explored Fort Mackinac. This was another amazing place to visit. It was built in the 18th century and saw action in the American Revolutionary War, the War of 1812 and the Battle of Mackinac Island (1814). Each morning they play Revile and Taps at night. Also several times throughout the day they fire off the cannon from the hilltop. The latter made it a little challenging to nap during the afternoon.
View from the top of the Fort
View from the top of the Fort
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We originally planned to only spend a 3 days at the Island, but due to Lake Michigan weather we had to wait an extra 2 before we made the trek over to the West Coast of Michigan.
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Again thank you I really am enjoying this thread , as I am sure many others are .
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prowlersfish wrote:
Sun May 10, 2020 5:29 pm
Again thank you I really am enjoying this thread , as I am sure many others are .
You are most welcome. Stay tuned as there is a lot more to come. It has been fun writing this as it gives an opportunity to reminisce about all the great adventures that we've had thus far. Now if I could only find the time to catch up to where we currently are on our trip. We just arrived back in Florida after having spent 103 days in the Bahamas.

If you or any other Trojan Forum member want to follow our progress then please use this link:

https://trackme.nebo.global/?link=2ECM1 ... LA81JJ39KF

This phone based app, NEBO, is great. It's like AIS but for recreational boats. It follows our boat progress in real time.
Please check it out and if you or any other Trojan owners out there want to meet up as we make our way up the East Coast, then please reach out to me.
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Link puts you down under LOL

edit Its my PC link is fine
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I agree with Prowlerfish, this a very enjoyable thread; and inspirational. My wife and first learned of the Great Loop several years ago. We talked about it for a bit but I didn't think our F36 would have the range with gassers that we needed for a certain stretch (on the Mississippi I believe). Maybe it is the perfect boat as we already have it, LOL. The trip is very much back on our radar now after following this. Thank you for posting!

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Absolutely amazing. No crew. I can't even get to Georgian Bay from Lake Simcoe due to the locks. E N V I O U S !!!!
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My family and I are loving your blog. Please keep the pics and stories coming.
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I am so glad Duane is putting this on here. We met when he stopped into my hometown on Lake Michigan last fall. I have been following their journey since, texting when we can. Really great jouney with a great couple!
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Thank you, for this.
And all the nice things you had to say about Parks Canada, and Canada in general.
I wish I knew you were coming last year. I liveaboard at Lock 27 all summer and it would have been great to meet up. You cruised right past our tricabin and we probably waved to each other, as boaters do.
Looking forward to more!
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Agree with everyone else. A very enjoyable thread that is exciting to read. The pictures really make this look like an amazing experience for the two of you.
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