Traverse City, MI

1200NACRAraceHave you reached 578,700 steps since starting this challenge on June 1?  If so, you’ve made it to Traverse City, MI.  The Traverse City area is the largest producer of tart cherries in the United States. The city holds an annual week-long Cherry Festival in the first full week in July, attracting approximately 500,000 visitors annually. The surrounding countryside also produces grapes, and is one of the centers of wine production in the Midwest.

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Manistee, MI

751183504,767 steps gets you to Manistee. The name “Manistee” is from an Ojibwe word first applied to the principal river of the county. The city is located at the mouth of the Manistee River on Lake Michigan.

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Ludington, MI

mediumIf you’re at 443,519 steps, you’ve reached Ludington, Michigan. Ludington is a harbor town located on Lake Michigan at the mouth of the Pere Marquette River. Many people come to Ludington year round for recreation, including boating and swimming on Lake Michigan, Hamlin Lake, and other smaller inland lakes, as well as hunting, fishing, and camping.

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Muskegon, MI

CVBSlides_HeritageLanding318,911 steps up the coast is Muskegon, Michigan. Muskegon, Michigan, built on the fur and lumber trade, is now a calm vacation spot on Lake Michigan, calling itself “The Riviera of the Midwest.” Sunbathe on several beautiful beaches along Lake Michigan, including Pere Marquette Beach, a certified Great Lakes “clean beach.” Muskegon State Park provides hiking and camping opportunities in the summer, and ice skating, cross-country skiing and even a luge track in the winter. The city is also home to Michigan’s Adventure Amusement Park.

Saugatuck, Michigan

lakeshoreresortWhen you reach 219,647 total steps, you are in Saugatuck, Michigan.  Originally a lumber town and port, Saugatuck became a noted art colony and tourist destination in the Arts and Crafts movement of the late 19th century. Today, tourists are drawn to the art galleries, harbor, marinas, scenery, and the view from atop Mount Baldhead.

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El Camino De Santiago

Well Walk ND we have made it 250 km (I am too tired to convert that to miles at this time. It has been going well but it seems like once you get over one ailment another emerges. The blisters are no longer a problem but l knee pain kicks in. The joke is that you do not focus on what hurts but what hurts the most!

On the Camino we follow markers along trails, paths and even highways. The markers of the Camino are yellow arrows and shells. The markers are pretty easy to follow but there are times in big cities or if you you are not paying attention that you can get off track. Only a few times have we  gone astray but luckily a local will let us know we are going the wrong direction before we get to far off the path. How kind because I really do not feel the need to add any distance to our journey!

 

South Haven

1003100326251south_havWhen you hit a total of 176,985 steps, you have reached South Haven, Michigan. Because of its position on Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the Black River, South Haven has always been a port city. South Haven offers an interesting array of cultural attractions.

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Camino de Santiago

We just finished day 5 of walking. At this point we are averaging 12-14 miles a day. We will set off walking at 7 in the morning, take a few breaks and arrive at the next town at 2 or 3 in the afternoon. I not going to lie Walk ND, it has been rough!  My feet hurt and I am so tired but it is getting better. The sore legs and blisters have been the worst. There are many pilgrims we meet along the way and we all try to eat together. I began to complain to a Dutch man who just graduated from medical school and was celebrating by bicycling from Amsterdam to Santiago. His response was “how do you expect your body to heal properly if you do not feed it or hydrate it properly?”  How true. These are words we can all live by. I am trying to be better at drinking plenty of water and stretching more. If I want my body to keep up, I need to give it what it needs.

Well, enough complaining!  The views while we are walking are amazing and they help to keep you from thinking about your aching feet.

St. Joseph

lake_michigan_st_joseph_mi_sunset_cruise_romantic_boat_ride63,359 steps north of New Buffalo is St. Joseph, which lies on the shore of Lake Michigan, at the mouth of the St. Joseph River, about 60 miles (97 km) east-northeast of Chicago. The first lighthouse in St. Joseph battles Chicago’s original lighthouse as the first to be built on Lake Michigan.

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Camino De Santiago

Walk ND! The adventure has begun but I am yet to walk any part of the Camino. The plan was to fly to Dublin then fly to France, take a bus to Spain then start walking. Well all was well until French air traffic controllers went on strike and there were no flights in or out of France for two days. It was a mess so we spent an extra day in Dublin then flew to Madrid and now take a bus to Pamplona and start the Camino there. It worked out in the end because on the Camino you need a Pilgrim’s Passport that we need to get housing and meals. We were planning on getting this passport when we got to France but it turns out that you can get this passport in Dublin! The things you learn while standing in a two hour airport line since your flight was cancelled!

Walking in airports for three days and walking through Dublin maybe great training for what lies a head!  Sadly, I did not have my pedometer with me through all of this because it would have been really interesting to see how far I walked through this whole ordeal. Anyway, hopefully, we will have a full day of walking tomorrow!

 In the meantime, no matter where you are, keep walking ND!

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