RV Adventures with Bug Smacker

Bay City State Park

The rail trail in Bay City is what brings us to this state park. The trail here is paved and goes from a little bit past the park on the north side, to downtown Bay City on the south side. We found it to be a nice ride. The part of the trail we enjoyed most was the dirt trail through the wooded area by the marsh. It was really scenic and we once again saw several deer.

Bay City State Park Bay City State Park

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Algonac State Park

We are at Algonac State Park to watch the ships again. This time we have new bikes to bring along. Now that we can travel by bike, we discovered a cool paved bike trail that goes into town from the state park. It was a nice ride.

Algonac State Park Algonac State Park Family

Looks like they have made some improvements to the shooting range since we were here last. It was not open yet but it will be a great addition to the place.

Shooting Range

We have never looked forward to any places in this area to eat. Not that the restaurants in this area are bad, it’s just that they are not anything special. That was until this trip.

A new place opened right down the road from the state park just 3 months ago. It is the Foxfire Fixins restaurant. The sign says they serve Redneck Fusion Cuisine. We discovered that what was on the menu was simply Good Food. We ate there several times and were never disappointed.

Foxfire Fixins Foxfire Fixins


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Showboat Park Campground

Showboat Park was getting ready for a concert the day we arrived. It is good to see it trying to make a comeback. The smaller towns in Michigan have been hit hard by the economy and I am glad to see them making an effort to survive.

5k run Showboat Campground

Sunday was the River Run 5k. Our kids along with our grandkids were in the race. It was nice to see them as they ran past our campsite.

We enjoy this park. It is a nice quiet and relaxing place to visit.

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We bought new bicycles today

Specialized BicycleHave wheels and will travel. We purchased a couple of new bicycles today. Yesterday we went into another bike shop just to browse at their bikes. Something we have done many times in the past. We then ended up taking a test ride. Today we returned to purchase these bikes. Something we have never done.

The bikes we bought were Specialized Crossroads. These are a hybrid type bicycle. We have taken test rides and even rented bikes when we go to Mackinac Island but none have ever given us that WOW factor. That is until now.

I don’t know if one brand of bike is really that much better than another. In fact, much of today’s positive buying experience may actually be attributed to the time the sales person spent fitting us with the right bike and setting it up for us. Our salesperson’s name was Taylor and she definitely went the extra mile with us.

Rays Bike ShopIf you are ever in Clare, stop into Ray’s Bike Shop and say hello to our friend Taylor.

UPDATE: (7/13/2017) After much thought and a lot of guidance from Taylor at Ray’s Bike Shop, today we decided to upgrade our Specialized Crossroads for a couple of Specialized Roll Elite Bicycles. These new bikes have bigger tires and are a bit more stable to ride. Plus they are a whole lot of fun.

Specialized Bicycle Specialized Bicycle

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Pettit Park

Little did we know that our brief stay at Pettit Park in Clare would provide such great entertainment. Best of all it is absolutely FREE.

Magic Bus Band

During our stay here, we found out that the Clare Music Festival and Car Show was going on downtown. We went down to check it out. Performing was a group called the Magic Bus Band. They played Psychedelic Music from the late Sixties. You know “Peace and Love Songs”. We found them to be quite entertaining. The crowd the band attracted really got into the scene. They all seemed to be patients straight out of a Medical Marijuana Shop. They thought they were “Groovy”, I thought they were “Goofy”.

I also want to give a shout out to Mary Ellen Yost and the ladies from Alma that we met at Cops and Donuts. It was a pleasure meeting you all and reminiscing about the old Kodak days.

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