Sunday, August 10 to Tuesday, August 12
We took our time getting ready this morning and left Presque Isle for Alpena at 9:30 a.m.
By the time we reached the turn for Alpena Bay, we were enjoying the motor-sailing ride so much that we decided to keep moving on to the little town of Harrisville. Overall, we travelled 45 nm and were docked at Harrisville at 5:15 p.m.
The decision to come to Harrisville was a big one for us because we expected rain and thunderstorms to start on Monday and continue on until at least Tuesday night so wherever we ended up on Sunday night was where we were going to stay for at least 2 and a half days.
The marina is exceptionally clean with friendly staff. They provide single speed Schwinn bicycles, a book exchange, laundry facilities on site, great showers, and a new building with a lounge for reading or using their computer. In other words, very nice!
The town is very small, with one short, quiet main street. The neighbourhoods are very tidy with well-kept small and moderate sized houses on sleepy streets. There are a couple of nice small cooperative art and craft galleries that I visited for inspiration. The State camping park with a beach and a bicycle trail is only about a mile from the marina. Rick and I took bikes to the park and around town before the rain really hit on Monday.
It didn’t start raining until about 3:30 p.m. on Monday, and boy, did it ever come down, but we were very cosy in our sailboat cocoon.
It continued to rain on Tuesday and we did some small town walks, read, did laundry, etc. All in all, we are very relaxed. The rain is supposed to stop tonight so we are making plans to move on.