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Old 02-11-19, 03:43 PM
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Michigan Early June

Me and a buddy are going to do a self supported tour in Michigan. We haven't looked too specifically at a route yet and would like to incorporate a ferry maybe. I'd like to find people to go with us, Anyone interested?

Anywhere else I could post this invitation?

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Upper Peninsula? Lower Peninsula? Ferry to or from where?
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What lyrical title to a thread! Almost convinces me to spend more time in the US, perhaps in 2 years time...
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Originally Posted by avole View Post
..perhaps in 2 years time...
That would be my recommendation.
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I’m a native of Detroit, and my adult cycling lifestyle started there, mainly touring Southeastern Michigan and Ontario. Here are links to few threads I have posted to:

Touring in Michigan

Best time for visiting/biking Michigan's LP/UP?

Suggestions for Fourth of July trip in Midwest

Riding through Detroit

There are several long-standing, annual days-long tours, such as Dalmac, Pedal Across Lower Michigan PALM), and one along the Lake Michigan coastline, which I don’t recall, among others.
Google Bike Touring in Michigan.

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West coast (of michigan)

I'm from Michigan myself. Riding up the west coast is supposed to be amazing (on my bucket list). Lots of Vinyards and wineries. As for the ferry, there has to be something as you get to northern michigan to the upper peninsula.
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Links to consider..


https://www.lmb.org/ride-calendar/shoreline-west-2019/

https://www.lmb.org/bike-mi/michigan-bike-routes-maps/

You can download these maps of all areas..shows roads and traffic volume(I picked up one of these recently..nice maps)
https://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,4616...6053--,00.html


The Michigander Tour happens every year too..on many of the northern trails
https://www.bikesignup.com/Race/Even...r#event-181141
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Originally Posted by avole View Post
What lyrical title to a thread! Almost convinces me to spend more time in the US, perhaps in 2 years time...
Well since politics was dragged into it already, we're still going to have a Democrat governor in 2 years time, might as well wait til 2022....
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Snide disapproval at politics encroaching touring aside, where specifically are you going? AFAIK, the ferries are as follows:

Ludington to Manitowac
Muskegon to Milwaukee
Blue Water Ferry between Michigan and Ontario near Sarnia/Port Huron
Mackinac Island (probably your best choice, especially if you have to cross the bridge)
Drummond Island
Beaver Island
Bois Blanc Island
I think there is one around the Les Chaneux Area, not positive tho
Sugar Island near Sault Ste Marie, but that is all of three minutes across
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Originally Posted by jefvnk
Well since politics was dragged into it already, we're still going to have a Democrat governor in 2 years time, might as well wait til 2022....
Don't confuse politics with simple economics. As any of my friends will tell you, I'm a penniless Greenpeace/médecins sans frontières supporter whose investments, if the newspapers are to be believed, are about to tumble big time. Again.
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Originally Posted by bobwysiwyg View Post
That would be my recommendation.
I’d just stay put. France has plenty of nice places to see. The Ludington-Manitowoc ferry could be incorporated into a trip.

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Originally Posted by avole View Post
Don't confuse politics with simple economics. As any of my friends will tell you, I'm a penniless Greenpeace/médecins sans frontières supporter whose investments, if the newspapers are to be believed, are about to tumble big time. Again.
My apologies if your comment and the subsequent response to it was purely in reference to your financial situation, not politics.
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You've got to do the eastern shore of Lake Michigan (western side of lower Michigan) Frankfort, Traverse City, Petoskey, Mackinaw etc. If you go a touch later or get lucky, you'll catch it when the cherries are ready for the pickin' and can be had in roadside stands everywhere. jefnvk listed several nice ferry rides but it will depend on whether you want a day trip or create a whole new longer route such as the Ludington to WI ferry.


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Michigan

Originally Posted by gattm99 View Post
Me and a buddy are going to do a self supported tour in Michigan. We haven't looked too specifically at a route yet and would like to incorporate a ferry maybe. I'd like to find people to go with us, Anyone interested?

Anywhere else I could post this invitation?

Thanks!
i sent you a private email . Michigan is a great place to ride .
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Old 02-13-19, 06:24 AM
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Thanks for all the feedback. My friend wants to do some kind loop where we cross the lake on a ferry, like North on the East shore and south on the west shore, but I don't think I'm for the distance or the cost of the ferry ride across the lake once I looked into more detail. I'd like to ride up the East shore to mackinaw, but we haven't really planned anything yet. Lots of resources to read here, thanks!
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Old 02-13-19, 07:59 PM
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I have ridden the east cost of the Lake Michigan and it is certainly a fantastic ride, especially as you get past the Muskegon area heading north. Have fun!
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
Well since politics was dragged into it already, we're still going to have a Democrat governor in 2 years time, might as well wait til 2022....
There is always someone who has to light a match.
This is the reason we ride; to cover the noise of such nonsense
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Six times I have covered the distance between Columbus, Ohio and Topinabee, Michigan going in both directions. A beautiful route, incorporating a ferry, is along BR 35 -Lake Michigan shoreline to Ludington. Then across the lake to Manitowac, Wisconsin and up around Green Bay and the north side of the lake to the Mackinaw Bridge and back into the lower peninsula.
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This thread interests me. Question: How are the bugs in early June?
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
This thread interests me. Question: How are the bugs in early June?
Not too bad in early June, but by July if you're in the northwoods, out come the biting black flies, worse than the mosquitoes. As long as you're moving you're fine, but stop in one place for very long and they're on you. Again, if you stay near the cleared populated areas and the lake, you'll be fine.

Random sculpture you'll find on the shoreline


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Not too bad in early June, but by July if you're in the northwoods, out come the biting black flies, worse than the mosquitoes. As long as you're moving you're fine, but stop in one place for very long and they're on you. Again, if you stay near the cleared populated areas and the lake, you'll be fine.

Really? I remember many moons ago, that end of May was usually black fly season and mosquitoes were a little later on.
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Really? I remember many moons ago, that end of May was usually black fly season and mosquitoes were a little later on.
Ditto, May into June in the U.P. Years ago took our Bassett Hound up with us. Poor thing had to be indoors unless walking fairly briskly.
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Originally Posted by gattm99 View Post
Me and a buddy are going to do a self supported tour in Michigan. We haven't looked too specifically at a route yet and would like to incorporate a ferry maybe. I'd like to find people to go with us, Anyone interested?

Anywhere else I could post this invitation?

Thanks!
I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is probably the best place to start. I've toured from Union Station in Chicago and all along the western shore to Petosky. It depends upon how long you want to ride, you can catch ferries at either Muskegon or Ludington and cross the lake to Milwaukee. If something like that sounds good I might be able to help and be willing to ride with for a few days. Coming from Harrisburg, you might consider taking Amtrak from Carbondale to Union Station in Chicago, riding up the east Lake Michigan shore, catching a ferry to Milwaukee and returning to Chicago along the west shore. Here are a couple links to my blog, you can find more trips logged under the "Real Bike Travel" tab. Coincidentally, I plan to be down in the Shawnee Forest riding for a few days at the beginning of April. We might get together and talk then.

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Originally Posted by irwin7638 View Post
I'm in west Michigan and the coastline is probably the best place to start. I've toured from Union Station in Chicago and all along the western shore to Petosky...

If something like that sounds good I might be able to help and be willing to ride with for a few days. ...Here are a couple links to my blog, you can find more trips logged under the "Real Bike Travel" tab.

Coincidentally, I plan to be down in the Shawnee Forest riding for a few days at the beginning of April. We might get together and talk then.

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Hi @irwin7638,

Nice reply about riding in Western Michigan, and nice to see another post by you.

I have thoroughly enjoyed riding with Marc on two separate Fifty-Plus Annual Rides, in Michigan and Boston, and his Simply Cycle Blog linked in his Signature line, is a delight to read.
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Originally Posted by MarcusT View Post
Really? I remember many moons ago, that end of May was usually black fly season and mosquitoes were a little later on.
I apologize if I've thrown you a curve, and I know there a couple different species of biting black flies and/or maybe the past 30 years at our cabin in the UP have been an anomaly. We always spend the last week or two in May up there and the bugs aren't bad at all. Generally the ice has only been off anywhere from 2-5 weeks prior and night time temps are still in the 30's which probably reduces the bug population. As June heats up, that's when things take off and many a 4th of July up there where we're at, the flies come out in force. I can't speak for lower Michigan where I'm sure things heat up more quickly.
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