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Looking for the best routes from Cleveland Ohio to Munising, Michigan.

I know straight shot is I-75. Looking for alternatives but do not want to go through Chicago. Willing to go around chicago.

How rough is it crossing Mackinaw Bridge with Fifth wheel. Do not like heights. I can do it but anxiety builds up.


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No problem with the Mighty Mac, relax and enjoy the view.


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Toolguy5 wrote:


How rough is it crossing Mackinaw Bridge with Fifth wheel. Do not like heights. I can do it but anxiety builds up.

Contact the bridge authority. They will drive your rig across for you.

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Never had an issue with the Mac. Keep your eye on the roadway, where it should be anyway. You'll be across before you know it.

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Drive in the left lane going across.


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mfinnerty wrote:

Drive in the left lane going across.

Yep ! The wife hates the heights and this helps.

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Meds can help if it's a passenger issue. Have you considered a ferry or Canada route as an alternate?


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The bridge is a problem for me also, but doable. Speed limit is 45mph. If the weather is bad, they won't let you cross it. No cars bring driven correctly have ever fallen off it.

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Going up directly I stayed at Houghton Lake, the drive up 127 wasn't bad at all. Coming down we did I75 and stayed at Pontiac Lake, one of my favorite campgrounds ever.


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Unless you are purposely doing the west side of Lake Michigan, Chicago is out of the way by a good amount. Plus, if you consider the metro area, it's probably an extra couple hours to actually bypass Chicago.

You could go thru Canada but again, it's a good distance out of the way when you go around Georgian Bay.

If you are worried about Detroit, take US-23 north out of Toledo. It reconnects with I-75 at Flint. Still want to avoid rush hour on weekdays around Ann Arbor.

You could take either I-94 or I-96 west to US-127. Only ads a few miles but not a ton to see.

If you really want to avoid doing I-75 and you have a few days, you could take I-96 to Muskegon and then take US-31 up stopping 2-3 places along the way. Adds some miles but easy driving and some great stops (Ludington, Grand Haven, Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes, etc....)

As far as the bridge, they will shut it down to RVs if the winds are kicking up too much and it's only 45mph. Just did it last week and it was a toddle. If you are worried about heights, just focus on the road ahead. $8 with trailer to cross (motorhomes are more depending on axle configuration). They do take cash unlike the Illinois tollway where they take a picture and you have to go online to pay the toll (a real pain in the...).


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