SOUTH HAVEN — A decade ago retired inventor and philanthropist Mike Levine of Lakeland, Mich., envisioned a bicycle trail stretching from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.

“My son said, ‘Dad, you’re trying to do the impossible,’” Levine recalled.

A trail runs through it

Mike Levine, inventor and philanthropist from Lakeland, Mich., stands next to the cast iron buoy that serves as the marker for the entrance to the Great Lake-to-Lake Trail No. 1 in South Haven. Levin pledged $5 million in 2016 to help make the 270-mile-long trail from South Haven to Port Huron a reality. An identical red-colored buoy will be placed at the Bridge to Bay Trailhead in Port Huron.