Up Six Hills

By the time the biker reaches the bottom of the first hill, he is already at some elevation above the water.  He has biked uphill from Arnold Dock, and up from Main Street to Market Street, and Market Street itself is a hill.  These aren’t count in the six hills of Mackinac Island – they barely require effort. 

The first three come in rapid succession, a low incline leads up to the first, ruining any chance to build up speed.  Between the Lower and Upper Grand Hills there is a brief space to catch a breath, but the “breather” isn’t level. 

Four Corners Hill is the third.  It is a long incline that wouldn’t be much of anything if the biker weren’t huffing from the two Grand Hills.  At the Four Corners, which is what people on the Island call the intersection at the top of the third hill, the road to the Annex and Stonecliffe turn west and another road turns off to the Fort, East Bluff, Arch rock and all points east.  The majority of people, however, are headed straight.  That is the road that leads to Harrisonville, the village at the Island’s interior. 

Now comes the first downward slope in the ride.  It’s not much of a slope, but here the biker is able to speed up before he hits Stable Hill, or Barn Hill as it could be called.  Quickly after this one is Surrey Hill, about the same size.  If the biker is tired, he could tell himself there’s only one more. 

The final hill in the Island has the best preparation.  The biker can speed down a small hill before he tackles Sixth Street Hill.  This hill has Sixth Street at its very top and is also the sixth hill in the Island.  Unless one wants to climb to Fort Holmes, this is the top.  From here, it is all down hill, to either British Landing or Scott’s Shore Road.