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Friday, July 16, 2010

Bring on the Bridge

Mackinac Bridge walkers
Bring on the Bridge 2009 (photo from HSS)

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a news release of Hiawatha Shore to Shore Chapter

The Mackinac Bridge is one of the two longest suspension bridges in the world. The Golden Gate is longer between the towers, and the white and green Big Mac is longer between the anchor points. The bridge that connects Mackinaw City and St. Ignace, Michigan is an official part of the North Country Trail, but it can only be walked one day a year. That day is Labor Day morning, when two lanes of the bridge are closed to allow thousands of walkers to hike the five miles.

The Hiawatha Shore to Shore Chapter of the NCTA has begun hosting a camping event called Bring on the Bridge to provide a common rallying point for those who want to include the Bridge in their NCT hike.

In 2009, the first annual Bring on the Bridge had 45 participants from two states, and six chapters. The hikers stayed up to five nights, some hiking other trail sections, not just the bridge.

This year’s event will be September 3-7, 2010. Cost for the camping will be $28, and an event T-shirt can be ordered. Registration is limited to the first 75 people. The deadline is early, August 2, so register now!

This segment is on NCTA maps MI-07, MI-08 Hiawatha Shore to Shore Chapter

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