The entire ride encompassed both lower and upper peninsulas of Michigan, Ontario and Wisconsin. This link should give a fairly decent overview: https://goo.gl/maps/r7Mp4QSsMzk
Anyway, after a family vacation last year, looking a twisty roads and great scenery, I fantasized riding it by scooter.....and so this winter started planning and invited a few friends to get a small group of riders to tackle it. JKJ, gitder and Madison Sully bit on my invitation (Bill Leuthold and son Sam were coming, but Bill got sidelined with some health issues and had to pull out at the last minute). Planned for 4 days, including the ferry.
Kraig/JKJ, Madison Sully and I met at my house, rode an hour or so up to the SS Badger ferry, actually on the National Register- a 70ish year old coal=burner that once transported railroad cars...with tracks still intact in the hold.
Despite being told we'd be first on, we had to wait in line with the cars- and even though we arrived at the designated time, there was already a huge line of cars that I was doubting would fit. They managed to, we got our scooters tied down and took off on the 4 hour lake crossing.
After disembarking late in the day, we rode to our overnight stop to spend the night.
Day two was a ride up Michigan's M-22, a great road that wove up the western coast adjacent to Lake Michigan. It was generally wooded and shady, with the big lake off to our left and frequent inland lakes to our right.
After a few stops, crossed the huge Mackinac bridge to the Upper Peninsula, for night two, with our room facing Lake Huron.
Next morning, we did a straight run up to Sault St. Marie, and their famous boat locks, with freighters over 1000 feet passing regularly. We decided to cross over into Ontario to see the smaller Canadian locks there up close and personal, and make the obligatory stop at Tim Hortons for breakfast. It was going to be a double header with poutine as well, but apparently the launch last year didn't go well. No expert here, but the guy at the locks told us that supposedly the best poutine is made with Quebecois cheese...or at least they say so... Back over the bridge....when things got a bit interesting. Gitder and I passed customs, and immediately after they put cones down and stopped all the lanes....leaving two of our group stranded for maybe 5 minutes. No idea why.
Off to ride along the southern shore of Lake Superior in light rain. Got a bit wet, but barely worth gearing up for, as the sun eventually came out and riding dried us off. Stopped at an old lighthouse, and worked our way westward, having to head south to avoid a long stretch of sandy gravel.
After returning to the shoreline, got onto a stretch of new asphalt, forested, curves one after another for miles. Heavenly....except for the setting sun in our eyes intermittently. Eventually made it to our last overnight.
The last day was a run home, about 250 miles. Long ride, but time to go home, and out of scenery and twisties.
All in all, odometer read 880 miles. I was informed it would be be less if it wasn't for all the U-turns.
Ferry line. Slow enough to duck walk scooters. Good workout, especially with an MP3
A small breakfast to start the day.....
Gotta mess around....
Outside of an antique shop...
Canadian locks....now pretty much outdated except for tours.
Ferry passenger. Built to look like the off road racers of a century ago.
Gitder starting on a long twisty stretch.
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