The tour is planned for October 10, 11, 12. FAY’S MOTEL, 78 North I-75 Business Loop Grayling, Michigan 49738, 1-989-348-7031, www.faysmotel.com, for reservations. Remember that this year if you can’t make it on Thursday the 10th we are staying at the same motel all weekend.
Departure time and place is 9am from the Pilot gas station in Ionia, this is near the freeway on M-66. From there we are going to zigzag our way through the state to get to Grayling around 5:30-6:00 in the evening. As the years go on it is getting harder to find roads that we haven’t used on Color Tour, but I think for the most part we have a rout that we haven’t used yet.
From Ionia on Thursday we are going to take M-21 west to Lowell, Lincoln Lake rd. north up to 18 mile rd., jog around a couple of lakes, Through Trufant on Stanton rd. heading west again. Zigzag through the back roads up through the Croton-Hardy dam area, east on Jefferson rd. through Morley. Make our way to Blanchard MI. where we will find Loafers Glory at 431 main St., this is an old Hardware store built in the 1800′s and renovated into a handful on small shops and “tee room” were we plan on eating lunch. We should be their around 1pm.
From Blanchard we are going to do more zigzagging up to Farewell and jump onto M-115 and head west again. Take a spin around Lake Cadillac; they have a couple of nice parks near the water if the weather is good they will make a great picture spot. then up to Manton and across to M-66, just yesterday we found a short section of road that loops off M-66 then back to it, about 5 miles that was way better than we expected. Once we get onto M-66 again we will just head up to M-72 and take that to Grayling. Arriving at Fay’s in time to settle in and find a place for supper.
Friday we don’t have it fully planed but I think we will be going to Wolverine and take M-58 over to Petoskey, time permitting I would like to do a little tour around Lake Charlevoix and then back to Grayling.
Saturday we are planning the big loop up through Atlanta, Black Lake, Cheboygan, west over to Levering, up to Wilderness state park, down to Cross Village, Good Hart. Into Harbor springs and back to Grayling.
I think every day will be a great cruse with neat things to see and GREAT Camaro friends to enjoy them with. As always sunny days and fair temps are good things, but the important things are the friendships that we all enjoy. The Motel might just be the best thing this year with the option to hang around a campfire or gather in the living room of the trailer house room we have rented.
So if you have never done a Color Tour with the West Michigan Camaro Club this might just be the best year yet. I can’t think of anybody ever saying they didn’t have a good time.
We finished the Friday rout for the tour. We will be going up old US 127 to Wolverine then taking H-58 over to Petoskey, coming in to DOWN TOWN from the east turned out to be a great road which think will have lots of color. Since we will be going right through Down Town I thought it might be a good place to stop for a little exploring/shopping. We will be heading west out of Petoskey and going to Charlevoix going down the East side of the lake to Boyne City. Over to East Jordan, stopping at Murphy’s for a snack then working our way back to the Grayling area, depending on the time we have some options for the evening.
ANY Body still wanting to go the BACK-UP motel is River Country Motor Lodge #989-348-8619 it is just down the street and looked like a nice motel also.
Once again we will be Meeting up at the Pilot gas station on M-66 on Thursday morning at 9am, Oct. 10th. Looking forward to another great weekend with the Club.