Fall Color, road closure – Fall color is really running behind this year – usually there is peak color for Harvestfest, held the first Saturday in October, but there was minimal color change last weekend for it. I drove out past Hartwick Pines State Park yesterday to check out one of my favorite drives, and there was only about 30 percent change. Weird. My best guesstimate is that peak color will be weekend after next. Hopefully we won’t get much rain to wash the leaves out of the trees before we hit peak.
If you’re driving through Grayling, trying to head west on M72 next week, be forewarned that the railroad tracks just west on M72 will be closed. That’s right, completely closed. The railroad is removing the tracks (which I’m sure have to be done in one piece), replacing them and repaving the area. The project begins Monday, Oct.12 and has to be totally finished on Oct.20, according to MDOT. So there will be a one or two lane road there for about five days, with the closure running from Monday through Wednesday, Thursday or Friday. I’m not sure of the exact date because I keep hearing different stories depending on who I talk to. So, as much as I hate to say this, you’ll have to bypass Grayling on Four Mile Road, to Military Road, to M93, back to M72 West.