This July we're planning to ride from Milwaukee, WI to Mackinac Island. Due to time constraints we need to head home to California from there (our friends will continue on for many weeks - lucky them!). I'm hoping to get home in 2 days from Mackinac Island - 1 day to get to an airport, and 1 day to fly home.
So far the easiest looks like:
Ride St. Ignace to Sault St. Maire, MI (looks like about 52 miles) and fly home. Haven't been able to find out if the small plane out of there will take bikes yet, but the flight cost is very reasonable. Any ideas on shipping a bike from Sault St. Maire, as well as local transportation to airport etc once we are bike-less?? Are taxis readily available?
I've looked at taking a bus back to Milwaukee and flying home from there, but doesn't seem to simplify things, and adds all new problems, like bikes on bus, arrival at bus station at night, etc.
Any information on Sault St. Maire, MI or other ideas on a good way home from Mackinac Island would be much appreciated! We're experienced tourists and have packed bikes in airports in quite a few countries, but have never shipped our bikes home via UPS or other carrier.