Bay to Bridge trail – Not a favorite

Bay to Bridge trail is a walk/bike/hike trail along the eastern coast of Michigan.  The northern most point is in Port Huron and the trail runs along Lake Huron south to Algonac, though some maps show it picking up again south of Algonac and continuing on to New Baltimore.  I headed out to Algonac State Park to begin.  I knew the trail was broken up in spots, but I didn’t realize how much I guess.  Most of the trail is considered “shared use” and runs in longer than I like distances along the side of the road.  I am still a new bike rider and riding on the shoulder of the road, especially in busy areas makes me nervous.  This southern part of the trail is pretty but not very long until it gets to the road.  I rode for a while until I felt like I’d been on the busy road too long.  Then I packed up my bike and tried picking the trail up further North after getting a map of the trail from the ranger station.  I ended up in Marysville, a beautiful little town that I had not been too before.  I stopped off in the city park which is large and very pretty with lots of things going on.

One thing about this trail that I could not get past, besides it’s incompleteness, was that it’s like an industrial factory tour :(  The river that flows south from Lake Huron is a working river so you get fun barges but also smoke stacks, power lines and factories.  Once in a while you got a nice clean stretch.  At one point I rode through a cute park but shortly after that the trail crosses the highway and runs between the highway lanes for a while and there were some noxious fumes from nearby businesses.  I got fed up and went back to the park and packed things up.  I hope when the weekend comes and the businesses are closed, it gets better.  I don’t think I would go back anytime soon.

Next up is a Kayaking day trip on the AuSable

http://www.cityofmarysvillemi.com/

http://www.michigan.org/property/bridge-to-bay-trail/

http://www.eyeonmichigan.com/trails/bridgetobay/

http://www.michigandnr.com/parksandtrails/Details.aspx?id=433&type=SPRK