Since we had brought the motorcycle, a ride seemed in order. Flattop was going to lead another micro-brewery tour, but we weren't interested. Furhead said he'd go where we did. Before we left, Roger said he was going to pull up stakes so we said our goodbyes.
The two bikes were it for our group. I started with the delightful winding road around Long Lake and then we took Secor and Silver Lake Roads. Rather than go to the Traverse City waterfront, I took us right on Airport Road and then North on Garfield, which turned into Peninsula Drive. This was the very road we were looking for.
Old Mission Peninsula divides Grand Traverse Bay into its East and West Arms. It is an American Viticultural Area (AVA), defined by the US government as a wine grape growing area, and had a number of cherry orchards as well. As we rode out to the tip on Michigan 37 (aka Center Road), we saw wineries dotting the landscape. Apparently, there are ten withing a five mile radius and some of them looked like they had taken their styling tips from the Napa Valley in California. The peninsula is a pleasant place in the summer but I would imagine it is harsher come winter.