HOME                        ABOUT                        ADVENTURES                        VANLIFE                        STYLE                        HEALTH                        PARTNER          

June 21, 2015

Bike the Beav

Happy Summer Solstice! Summer is officially here. Ken and I welcomed the beginning of the new season the best way we know how… a Pure Michigan van adventure. It was a weekend of firsts for us as we loaded up the van and made our way over to Beaver Island for the first time. Prior to meeting our dear friends Marc and Marcie, I had never heard of Beaver Island, so when they invited us to join them on a Beaver Island Bike Tour, how could we say no? So, where is Beaver Island exactly? It’s right here (see map below), just 32 miles northwest of Charlevoix. We took a short 2 hour boat ride so we packed our van with our bikes and gear and took the van on the boat with us.
I didn’t know what to expect of Beaver Island before arriving on shore but when we landed it had a very familiar feeling. The island reminded me a lot of towns in Alaska we had visited in the past. There's dense forestry, a small downtown that is remote yet quaint and rich in history. The 40 mile bike tour blew us away with all the beauty this island has to offer. There are 8 gorgeous island lakes, 2 lighthouses, 2 airports and so much to see and do on this 13 mile long island.

I wish I had more photos, but the bikers took this ride serious so I had to keep up. See below for images from the ride.