|Perry's Peace Monument|
Harry intends on getting lots of use out of the spiffy new electric fold up bikes that replaced the little fold up bikes he sold down in Florida. We folded them and packed them into the cavernous back area of the minivan and headed east to the shores of Lake Erie and the passenger ferry that hauls people and cars from the mainland out to the popular tourist island of South Bass Island where the Perry’s Victory and International Peace Monument anchors the center of the 3 mile long island.
The 325 ft tall monument honors the battle of 1812 in Lake Erie. It has just been refurbished and is now back open to visitors on the
bustling weekend tourist town of Put In
Bay! We left our bikes at the base of
the towering granite column and climbed the allowed portion and then safely
finished the trip to the observation deck at the top via the air-conditioned
elevator! The views in each direction
were stunning in the calm noonday sun!
Since it was still early in the season the harbor was almost void of
pleasure boats that would soon be moored off of each other in their quest to
reach the land and local eateries and bars.
Put In Bay is known for it’s partying crowds on the weekend! The streets will be full of bikes and rental
golf carts! Now, from high atop the monument
– the quiet scene below looked almost serene.
|View from the TOP!|
Up and around the rolling hills and back roads, our trusty steeds carried us along – sometimes under our own power and sometimes not! A stop to check out the island’s state park campground and launch area gave us a cool spot to soak in the rocky cliffs that
encircle this historic island. Our last
stop was to visit the South Bass Island Lighthouse that was built in 1893 and
is on the southern tip of the island.
It is the only lighthouse owned by a university! Yes – the Ohio State University. Our return ferry ride was shared with a
group of zealous and tired school kids but our new bikes
passed them up as we
cranked the throttle and sped quickly up the steep drive and headed for the van
once the ferry was back to the mainland!
|View from South Bass State Park|
|1893 South Bass Lighthouse|
The gardens are well and the grass is mowed. The boat has been in several lakes and several fish are now in the freezer. H’s doctor appointments are behind him and our next trip is in front!
As our usual summer trip planning goes, the direction dial is ALWAYS set to due north! The “train” has 4 new, AMERICAN made, 10 ply tires (instead of 8 ply), new brakes and new equalizer bars on both axles. My beloved 12 yr old Chrysler Town & Country minivan has been replaced with a 2019 Jeep Cherokee Latitude PLUS! This cute little granite colored vehicle will do most everything except the dishes! It has a huge front to back sunroof (for me!) and the 4x4 tow package (obviously for him!). The back-up camera and braking system is taking a bit to get used to. Ask H how much fun it was to try and back the Jeep up to hook up the boat trailer! It wouldn’t let him! And how fun it was trying to back that trailer into the garage - - with the parking assist turned on! This frustrated little car didn’t want H to back into the trailer - that was attached to its own back bumper!! Thankfully H found the button on the dash that turns that off! So now we are ready to go north!
SPMB - See Previous Michigan Blogs! Our trip to the North Country is normally up Rt 52, breakfast in Chelsea or Owosso and a jaunt over to Rt 127. Breakfast was in Chelsea but this time we headed straight north out of Owosso –staying on Rt 52. H is pulling the “train” and me ‘n the little Jeep, pulling the Tracker fishing boat - are following behind. Our own little parade! About 4 miles north of town, smoke begins to billow out from the rightrear corner of the train. Grabbing the walkie-talkie, I yell into it to pull over NOW – there’s smoke! Scenes of a similar incident with the Rockwood Trailer, on top of a mountain in North Carolina, filled my mind! The blowout on the new tire was caught in time to avoid further damage to the heavy trailer that it was supporting! I’ll now give a plug to the emergency road service of Safeco Insurance Company since they quickly found a serviceman who came to our rescue. He got us back on the road soon after the spare tire was secured in place of the damaged tire - that had a