They weren't trying to set a world record, the two friends wanted to share "one final memorable experience" before college as they crossed Lake Michigan on water skis.

Bobby Guy
Bobby Guy

Google Maps puts the trip from Oostburg, Wisconsin at over 9 hours if you go North through the Upper Peninsula and take the Mackinac Bridge. A route around the southern part of the lake will cost you nearly 6 1/2 hours, probably more depending on Chicago traffic. You can make it in under 5 hours taking the Badger from Manitowoc to Ludington, and the Milwaukee to Muskegon ferry is even quicker.

Two Wisconsin teenagers found the quickest, most direct and unique way to get across Lake Michigan: on water skis. WISN 12 News shared footage of Madelyn Hendrikse and Braden Dirkse, two lifelong friends about to be separated as Madelyn leaves for college in Arizona. The pair have been water skiing together since they were toddlers and wanted to do something epic. They succeeded. The 62 mile trip (without stopping!) took them about 2 1/2 hours.

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