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WarehouseGuy posted 6/19/2014 12:14 PM

I wish I was one of the lucky people crossing the bridge into the Upper Peninsula today.

I haven't been there since 2005-- but spent 30 years going there before my D.

I will cross it this year if it's the last thing I do

www.Mackinacbridge.org/bridge-cam-20/


whg

Eta: f5 to reload the camera

[This message edited by WarehouseGuy at 12:21 PM, June 19th (Thursday)]

nowiknow23 posted 6/19/2014 14:44 PM

Pentup posted 6/20/2014 09:16 AM

I would need Xanax just to ride across that bridge, blindfolded, with an angel driving. Wayyyyy to scary!

Jeaniegirl posted 6/21/2014 15:13 PM

WarehouseGuy, have you ever crossed this bridge in winter time? Thanks for sharing, I love it! I want to go there!

wifehad5 posted 6/21/2014 20:19 PM

We've crossed it in winter, but never in bad weather. My brother went to school in the UP, and when it was bad they used to send the cars across next to semi trucks

Pentup, every Labor Day there is a bridge walk. You can walk across it with a few thousand of your closest friends

Kajem posted 6/22/2014 09:51 AM

Looks cool

WarehouseGuy posted 6/22/2014 10:39 AM

Jeaniegirl,

I have crossed it in the winter--and was sent over next to semi-trucks just like WH5 mentioned. It's a spectacular view any time of the year.

Pentup posted 6/22/2014 11:52 AM

Are you trying to kill me?
My hands are sweating just posting about it...

foxglove posted 6/22/2014 21:30 PM

I live about 50 miles south of the bridge and have been over it many times. As Warehouse Guy and WH5 said, it's an amazing view.

I attended grad school in the UP and did some consulting last winter in which I had to travel over the bridge several times. Crossing in bad weather is not good, but the rest of time time it really is not that bad. For one thing, no one ever, ever exceeds the 45 mph speed limit and most are driving well under it. I find I'm more comfortable if I'm doing the driving.

WarehouseGuy posted 7/23/2014 15:21 PM

Had to bump this cause I might be heading up that way sometime around the first week of the month.

Can't wait

whg

norabird posted 7/24/2014 10:22 AM

Outrage! The website for this bridge falsely asserts that it is the longest suspension bridge in the Western Hemisphere--ha I say--and point you here for the actual reigning US champion suspension bridge:

https://www.google.com/search?q=verrazano+narrows&espv=2&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=eSPRU4PFJs2u7AaghICoBg&ved=0CEIQsAQ&biw=1510&bih=733

(Measurements apparently go by the central/main span between the towers, not the total length)

Rant aside, have fun whg

jo2love posted 7/24/2014 12:19 PM

You are a brave person. The view looks amazing!!

Jeaniegirl posted 7/24/2014 15:17 PM

WarehouseGuy, do they use the ice breaker boats there at the end of winter? I had the privilege of watching the ice being broken up under the Blue Water Bridge at Port Huron ... and loved it!

I hope to get up to 'your bridge' after a trip to Ontario in October. If you go in a few weeks, post pictures!

Want2babettrme posted 7/27/2014 18:35 PM

My cousin and my uncle do the bridge crossing every year. I'd love to sometime, just was never there at the right time.

My grandparents had a small cottage on the beach west of St. Ignace on US 2 W. The property later passed to my mom and dad, aunt and uncle. Spent a lot of time up there in the summers.

WarehouseGuy posted 7/27/2014 18:59 PM

Jeannie,

They have to use the icebreakers to get it open in the straights. The boats they use are stationed about 20 miles S of there. I've seen them up close in the summer. Very cool.

Nora,

I think the website needs to be updated. I know it's not the longest--and hasn't been for quite a while.

Want2

I've done the Labor day bridge walk 4 times. It sure gives you a whole new perspective when you aren't going 45mph and watching the road.
When I had my place in the UP--once I crossed--I still had 145 miles to go.


whg

[This message edited by WarehouseGuy at 6:59 PM, July 27th (Sunday)]

ISPIFFD posted 7/29/2014 07:34 AM

Been across and back one time decades ago for a camping trip. Love the UP!!!!

WarehouseGuy posted 8/3/2014 06:53 AM

Now I'm not going until the end of the month. I guess I'll just have to look at that bridge on the website until then.

whg

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