Looks like I will be in Mackinaw City. MI for the annual Labor Day bridge walk (September 2nd). Since I have the entire week off of work, I'm looking at taking the long way home to Detroit through Ontario. I'll probably be solo as all of my friends have to go back to work, nor do they believe in my drive 700 miles when you could do it in 300 routes.
Looks like Manitoulin Island is a must explore area. Is it a better to take the ferry south, or will I find more interesting things if I divert back north and east to Sudbury and/or North Bay? I've done Toronto and Niagara Falls, so I'm not interested in diverting that far southeast.
I figure since tourist season will be winding down so I won't have to worry much about reservations or crowds. I like to travel at the spur of the moment and just find a motel when I get tired of driving or find somewhere I want to spend a day or two. I'm not picky about accommodations - clean is really my only criteria. I'm actually thinking about throwing a tent in the back of the truck in case I want to just crash at a campground at some point.
I'm always looking for a good scenic drive. I just got a new 4x4 truck, so if there is some interesting nature spot that requires a trip into the woods down a two track I would be interested. I'm always looking for a good casino, brewpub or tavern. Otherwise, poking a bonfire with a stick is always a relaxing time.
Thanks for any advice on a route or stops.