N Board Forum - Expanded Thread Page

Subject: Mighty Mac crossing

[Back] [Return to Top of Forum]

Mike Stanaway north mi    Posted 05-15-2018 at 15:38:18 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Mighty Mac crossing
  • Anyone planning to take their tractor across the Mackinac bridge on September 7th should register early they will be limiting the number of tractors this year.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-15-2018 at 16:05:41 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • HiYa Mike-
    Isn't this sponsored by a particular tractor club? If so, can you post the information to their web site or contact info? I also heard that they are going to start limiting the Labor Day walk to only half way now. I don't get that -seems like it'll be s clusterpuck...what, walk half way across the 5 mile long bridge, stop, then turn around?

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-17-2018 at 07:46:52 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Here's the LINK TO the Annual Labor Day Mackinac Bridge Walk. I stand corrected. I know when they first proposed to change the walk, it was going to be walk half way then turn around. Now I guess walkers will have the option to go all the way or turn around half way and walk back. I still don't get it. Either way you are still walking 5 miles. The way it has been is that buses would return walkers back to the start side.

    Tom Hall    Posted 05-17-2018 at 06:59:53 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Maybe you fellas can bring me up to speed on the crossing, I've seen a video a few years back. Are tractors assembled at in Mackinaw City then head to St. Ignace ? is there a show involved at either end ? Thinking if I want to invest the time trailering down to the Straits.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-17-2018 at 07:38:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Here's the LINK with the info on the 2018 Mackinac Bridge Crossing ...

    Mike Stanaway north mi    Posted 05-16-2018 at 22:06:21 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Yes Tim,
    It's sponsored by the Owasso Antique Tractor Club. I was looking at the rules and you have to be a member of a registered club. I was invited to drive a friends tractor ( an old farmall W ) but thought it would be nice to use my own. May have to rethink this opportunity, last fall I was crossing the lake on the Badger and there were 50 or so tractors boarding on there way to the crossing. Got a free parade on and off. Lots of beautiful old iron. If nothing else I'll get to the show.

    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-17-2018 at 05:14:59 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • With the Bridge Committee now making the decision to only have the walkers go half way, then turn around and go back, I have to ask who came up with this lame-brain idea and why? I don't even like driving across the bridge in my car or truck, let alone walking or driving my tractor. There isn't much between the edge and road -only a short guardrail. Do you remember years ago when that lady drove her Yugo over the side? My lawyer cousin handled that case. The family tried to blame poor a bridge design and bad weather but truth was she was on a suicide mission.

    Tim 'white knuckled' Daley(MI)

    Tony C    Posted 05-17-2018 at 08:14:40 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Holy cats! You guys are giving me flash backs to the days of waiting in a mile long line of cars on the St Ignace side in a snowstorm and fifteen below waiting to board the "Vacationland" or the "City of Petosky."on our way to Detroit.

    I'm ex pat-Yooper living in Northern California by way of Detroit and Northern Wisconsin. Still consider Michigan my true home.

    .....and it's true when you see two people conversing, holding up their palms and pointing to various spots on one representing the Upper or the Lower, you can bet its two Michiganders discussing Michigan geography.

    I never could figure out why an 8900' bridge, out here, painted with red oxide primer is called a wonder of the world and The Big Mac at 26,000'+ (IIRC) able to withstand hundred plus mile an hour winds, ice floes and eighty degree temperature swings is under appreciated. A salmon lays a million eggs and no one notices, a hen lays one wakes up the neighborhood. The power of advertizing I guess..

    It's early but I think I'll root through the freezer and see if I can find pasty for lunch.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-17-2018 at 17:59:15 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • I’m a troll now, but my late father was born and raised in Calumet so we’d go visit grandma every summer. One year, ’72 or ’73 we got up to go to the 4th of July parade in town and it was cold and raining. Then it turned to snow! Really. It didn’t accumulate anything but sure was a novelty. I have no more relatives there since my aunt died last winter but we go up there every other summer and heading up this June. I also met my wife at McClain State Park. Proposed on top of Brockway Mountain. Awesome view of Lake Superior. The sun doesn’t set until after 11 PM. One of the best pasty shops in the UP is in the neighboring town of Laurium at TONY’S. Also, Laurium is the birthplace of George Gipp. They have a memorial to him on a street corner there. IN 1990 me and my B-I-L were coming back from a deer hunting trip to the Porcupine Mountains in late November. We were in a horrible rain/sleet/ice/ and snow storm. They were getting ready to close the bridge as high winds were also prevalent. I was in my Chevy Truck and we were the last ones allowed to cross that day only because there was a semi truck in front of us and they said he would block a lot of the wind. Uh-huh, sure.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    TonyC    Posted 05-17-2018 at 19:08:38 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Hi Tim,

    Small world. I went to grade school and high school in Laurium. I was going to mention trolls but the term has a different connotation now.

    The Straits are a real barrier between the Peninsulas. The Upper is more closely tied culturally and economically to Wisconsin than to the Lower. For me the there was a palpable difference when I crossed the bridge into the UP. Going there from Wisconsin I didn't get the same feeling.

    Best pasties are homemade IMO. Flank steak or chuck diced not ground. Potatoes diced OK but turnips or 'begas better. Carrots optional. Crust made using lard. Salt and pepper. I've been with a California girl for 35 plus years. Danska heritage. I showed her how to make them. I watched her the first time she made them. She asked if she could jazz them up a little with some weeds, rosemary, thyme etc. Near outbreak of
    WW III.

    Only condiment for a pasty is Heinz ketchup. Hunts' is OK, as is the IGA or Shopkos' house brand.

    Should be served hot with cold Miller Lite or Budweiser.

    Check your email.


    Tim Daley(MI)    Posted 05-18-2018 at 07:08:25 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Tony-
    There is a lot of US history in the UP, Calumet/Laurium/ Houghton area specifically with the copper, iron, and lumber boom supplying most of the USA with those. There's been some recent new copper mining opened up and some iron mines still operate. Henry Ford spent a lot of time in the UP as he owned thousands of acres of forests, had lumber mills and iron mines too. In L'Anse you can tour one of them located right off 28/41 now owned and operated by Michigan Tech (Go Huskies!)in Houghton. One big sawmill also is in Kingsford, so named for Ford. Ford used timber cut from Michigan northern forests for all of his wood-products manufacturing requirements. Everything from the Woody side panels, to dashes, wheels, shipping crates, and spokes. One big product invented at Kingsford was the charcoal briquette. Sold still today under the KINGSFORD brand name but no longer a Ford owned company. Se LINK below.

    Nothing beats homemade pastys. My grandma would make them when she came to visit us in Detroit and as a kid I watched. She would use stew meat as we couldn't always afford steak, but on occasion she'd use good sirloin. It is also worthy too that mining families were never rich either. Grandma Daley once told me that most families couldn't afford beef much so they'd use natural resources like rabbit, squirrel, and sometimes chicken. It is also a Yooper fact that the correct term is CATSUP, not ketchup. My dad would always correct us if we said it wrong. Mom always bought Del Monte Catsup. We never had gravy. I never heard of using gravy til I bought from local city (Barbs Pasty's in Clawson) when I lived there. Anyone who uses gravy is just plain wrong. You can even get pastys now in grocery store delis but everyone uses ground beef, often undercooked, -yuck! As my Dad use to say, it isn't an authentic pasty unless it has rutabagas in it.

    Tim Daley(MI)

    Tony C    Posted 05-18-2018 at 09:49:10 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • My parents were split on it. My mom pronounced it "Catsup". My dad "Ketchup. If I recall some brands, Del Monte IIRC. labelled their product Catsup". Heinz has always labelled theirs Ketchup. I didn't take time to research the etymology of the word, so I have no idea of its origins.

    Or how about this? Sauna. Is it sawna with a soft a or SOW na long o, two syllables? Most of the Scandinavians I knew used the latter pronunciation. At some point it became anglicized. I use the second pronunciation

    SevenUp and Vernors' are pops.

    Henry Ford was known for production shortcuts to save money. One strategy was spec weird patterns and hole centers for the shipping crates used in transporting components between plants and divisions. The crates were dismantled at their destination and became cowls, dashboards and floorboards, for the Ts. Waste not want not, but his penury hurt the company later in his life.

    Discussion has gone pretty far afield. It's been fun. BUt.......Time to go out and check how effective muriatic acid has been in dissolving the rust in the fuel tank. I'm waiting on a fuel shut off. The bronze shut off I have leaks. I took it apart, polished the surfaces and shimmed the spring so there would be more tension. No luck. No, it does not have a packing gland, packing, O rings etc. Then install tank. Respray a bad spot on one of the hood sides. Flop the hood on and it's done. Decals and data plate next week.


    Tim daley(MI)    Posted 05-18-2018 at 12:58:48 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • Do you mean the original brass fuel sediment bulb assembly used on early 9Ns? If so, I'd be interested in it if you want to part with it. There's a Facebook page dedicated to Yoopers. I mean the people not the famous band from Ishpeming...though they are great as well. Yes indeed, they are all Packers fans too -no Lions here.



    Tony C    Posted 05-18-2018 at 13:49:29 [URL] [DELETE]        [Reply] [No Email]  
  • Re: Mighty Mac crossing
  • That's the one. You have my email address. Let me know where to send it. Mine is 1944 production and isn't correct for my machine. It's mostly correct but my OCD restoration days are long gone. If you can use it for one of your restorations you can have it. You

    Yep Packer fan since day one. I can see my cheese head from where I am sitting. When I lived in Detroit I would travel to Chicago, eat deep dish pizza and The Pack play Da Bears. Scalped tickets were a little expensive but I managed to see at least one game in person every year. A time it was. A time it was.

    [Back] [Return to Top of Forum]