This is a weekend event with a Friday night party, 51 mile bike ride on Saturday and parties on Mackinac Island Saturday night. Drive up on Friday, do the ride Saturday, and explore Mackinac Island on Sunday. Please make sure your bike is ready- tires aired up, brakes working, etc.
Here is my tentative schedule for the weekend:
Friday- Arrive in Petoskey early in the evening and have dinner. Possibly arrange to leave a vehicle in Mackinaw City and then go to Friday night party.
Saturday- Several people have mentioned starting at 9 am so I'm adjusting the event time. If you want to meet others in the group show up then at the start line.
I will start the ride around 9 am @ 10-15 mph and then hang out at the finish line party. Probably retrieve vehicle @ Boyne, ferry to the island, staying @ Murray Hotel. Probably attending 1 or more Saturday island parties.
Sunday- Exploring island, checking out and driving back late afternoon.
It seems that most of you will be doing your own thing and we may not meet as a group. However, some of us may meet during the weekend (like at the Friday party) by coordinating via cell phone or the comments below. I have exchanged my number with a few of you and it will be in the email I send today.
Event Website: http://www.zoo-de-mack.com/events.php?EventID=1
Here is the ferry schedule for Saturday: http://zoo-de-mack.com/events.php?EventID=16
Paid shuttle options: http://zoo-de-mack.com/events.php?EventID=15
EVENT DESCRIPTION: The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a weekend of huge parties with great bands, one of the most scenic bicycle rides in the country, a lot of sunshine, views of the mighty Mackinac Bridge, and one magical island.
THIS IS NOT A RACE!!! The Zoo-de-Mackinac is a collection of outdoor enthusiasts (4,000 in 2012) who want to enjoy a little physical exercise together in one of the most beautiful areas in the state of Michigan. The bike ride starts Saturday morning at Boyne Highlands Resort and spans 51 miles along Lake Michigan on a paved road with very little automobile traffic. Riders pedal through rolling countryside and trillium covered forests, along sandy beaches, and are surrounded by breathtaking views of Lake Michigan from 400' high bluffs. We stop approximately half way, at a unique place called the Legs Inn for a leisurely lunch and to swap stories. The ride continues on to Mackinaw City, where Arnold Ferry boats have been chartered for the ride over to Mackinac Island. Once on the magical island, check into your hotel and stroll into town to forget the aches and pains from the day’s ride. As the evening wears on, the island comes alive with The Gatehouse, Pink Pony, and Horns hosting post ride parties with incredible live bands!
$55.00 through May 5, 2013. $70 from May 6, 2013 through May 17, 2013. Entry fee includes the pre-ride party Friday night at the Zoo Bar at Boyne Highlands, luggage transportation to Mackinaw City on Saturday, lunch at the Legs Inn on Saturday, finish line party in Mackinaw City, round trip ferry transportation to and from Mackinac Island on Arnold Ferry and post-ride parties on Saturday afternoon at The Crossing and evening parties on the island.