Have you ever heard of the Mackinac Bridge Walk?
Thousands of people, traditionally led by the Governor of Michigan, cross the five-mile (8 km) span on foot from St. Ignace to Mackinaw City. The annual trek across the Mackinac Bridge (which is the longest suspension bridge in the Western hemisphere and third longest in the world) occurs on Labor Day, the only day of the year pedestrians are allowed on the bridge. The walk is one-way, and bus transportation is available to return you to St. Ignace.
Mackinac Bridge Walk:
It is a long walk across and some of the walkers aren't in top physical condition,
so before they open the bridge they try to encourage people
to stretch and warm-up their muscles a little.
And it is usually pretty warm outside on Labor Day,
so half way across, there are water stations so the walkers
do not get dehydrated.
Why am I telling you all this?
Because our small town jumped on the Bridge Walk band wagon
and has been holding its own Walk for the last four years.
Our Small Town Bridge:
It takes an average person about 100 steps to get across.
Our bridge may be a bit smaller than Big Mac,
but the town still takes The Walk very seriously.
They offer a stretching station complete with a brick
so even those tricky calf muscles get warmed up.
Sufficiently stretched, the limbered-up townspeople
(including us) bravely set out to cross the bridge:
Husband was sure glad to see
this watering station at the half way point:
But I fear the watering stop may have prevented us from receiving an
Official Certificate of Crossing
because as we neared the finish line
we heard our local Congressman call out:
"Only three more Certificates left."
We were about 8 people away.
We were somewhat pacified by this last sign:
Refueled and refreshed,
we hoofed it back across the bridge
as there was no return bus service being offered.
It was all good though as
we brought our own transportation home:
Happy Labor Day everyone!