Jackson, Michigan to Nordhouse Dunes:

Statistics for today
Distance 381 kms 237 miles
Statistics for trip to date
Distance 2,155 kms 1,339 miles
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Thursday, July 6th, 2017

Morning rise, pack up, breakfast at Denny's. Not terribly original but it's good. The waitress calls me honey. Reminds me of New Orleans. Hot again, more highway today so I can just get through this flat section of Michigan and hopefully on to somewhere more interesting.

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Gas for 2 bucks/gallon! So cheap I treated Greta to a tank of 93 octane. She was weezing a little bit today, might have gotten some bad gas yesterday.

So I'm at a highway rest stop, just coming out of the bathroom, when I see in the huge, empty parking lot that another BMW, a big R bike, has parked right next to me. I wander back to my motorcycle. Figuring the guy wants to chat given his cosy parking job, I say "how are you doing". He snarls at me: "Good!" Yikes. Curious beings, those humans.

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My campsite at the Lake Michigan Recreation Area, Manistee National Forest.

I'm shooting for a campground on the coast in the Manistee National Forest. When I get close Google Maps sends me down a dirt road. Oh shit. Greta (my motorcycle) breaks out in hives when she sees dirt. We hold our own for a mile or so but then the road conditions go downhill: washboard and soft sand. Not happening on this bike. I gingerly make a U-turn -- with my feet down -- and head back to the pavement. I hope there's another way in. As it turns out: yes; and paved to boot. I roll into the campground, get a spot, set up, collect wood, make a fire, make dinner, then collapse. Phew. Lot's of work this camping business.

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Dinner on the fire. Still haven't fixed my stove.

The camper in the next site over stops by for a visit. His name is Scott, from the Grand Rapids area, here with his girlfriend for the weekend to do some kayaking on the lake. We chat for a while about Michigan. He says he'll swing by tomorrow with a map to point some places out to me. I've resolved to stay here for a few days to check out the dunes and the lake.