|View from the center of the bridge.|
There's not a lot to focus on while driving this route. This was one of the largest highways we had been on in quite some time and it took a little while to get used to three and four lanes when you've been traveling two lane back-roads; but like riding a bike you once again get the hang of passing tractor trailers while traveling at 65mph. This is an area of small undulating hills with larger farms set off in the distance, but for the most part you can see little if anything from the highway. Just kind of boring, getting from point (A) to point (B). But I guess you can't always have the Grand Canyon or the Alps outside your window as you travel, but it would sure be nice.
As we neared Bay City we caught a glimpse of some of the industries that have failed and been abandoned which are so common closer to Detroit. Coming from the west coast where everything is all pretty new and prosperous its weird to see huge building complexes that are just boarded up and rotting away. Spooky and kinda sad.
Arriving in Bay City we were happily surprised to find it so nice. We don't mean to sound snobby, but when you think about the outlying areas surrounding Detroit it's hard to imagine this bustling little town with it's nice restaurants, shops, and boardwalk along the Saginaw River.
We started heading south trying to find a way out of Bay City but frustratingly kept running into road construction and detours. After three or four aborted attempts we found ourselves back tracking out the same way we had come entering the city. We had thought we'd make it down towards Saginaw or Bridgeport but we were heading in the wrong direction. We had remembered seeing a State Recreation sign when we first arrived in Bay City so Jerani looked it up on our GPS and we were only a mile away. The decision had been made for us, we would be staying at the "Bay City State Recreation Area" for the evening.
Later a family with about 6 kids pulled in right next to us and spent the next 2 hours setting up their "campsite". Built a fire and proceeded to fill our surrounding area with choking smoke. Ah the joys of camping...