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Riding in Northern Michigan(11 posts)

Riding in Northern MichiganICEAXE
Aug 13, 2003 1:13 PM
I'm sick of riding down state. Does anyone ride up in northern Michigan? If so can you recomend a good route.


re: Riding in Northern MichiganUPrider
Aug 13, 2003 1:39 PM
Yeah I can probably help if you are writing about the U.P. (specifically Marquette County)and not northern lower michigan! I'll check again to see if this is correct.
re: Riding in Northern MichiganICEAXE
Aug 13, 2003 10:11 PM
My original post refered to northern lower, but if you can recomend some good routes, I would love to go all the way up there and try them. I live all the way down in Ann Arbor. I've unfortunately only been to marquette in the winter- I had one of the best skiing days of my life in Marquete mountain.

How about this road....sidley
Aug 13, 2003 2:47 PM

I can't find it now, but there is a club out of Traverse (Cherry Capital Cycle Club - I think) that publishes road routes. As I recall, those routes are basically loops of Leelanau County on M22.
Define "Northern Michigan"Kerry Irons
Aug 13, 2003 4:27 PM
Are you talking "above below" or just "north of Bay City? There's fantastic riding all over the place with pretty good roads and low traffic, but you have to "know the territory." The Michigan State Transportation Commission put out a series of county maps with every good cycling road marked. Don't know if they're still in print, but they (and an earlier set put out by the old DNR) serve as my bible for setting up routes. In most cases, if you stay off the state and federal highways, you can just use county maps for paved road location. Many of those roads are on the regular Michigan State highway map. Plus, there are several books in print with Michigan cycling routes. Your local library has them, I'm sure, or you could Google the topic and get loads of resources. If you have some specific areas you want to ride, post again.
Define "Northern Michigan"ICEAXE
Aug 13, 2003 10:07 PM
I guess I was thinking more close to or on the lake michigan coast, but to be totally honset, I was just thinking anywhere north of bay city. Thanks for your input.

re: Riding in Northern Michiganlatinist
Aug 14, 2003 4:58 AM
Finally got sick of the traffic on Huron River Drive? nm
see league of mich. bicyclists,, for books [nm]latinist
Aug 14, 2003 5:08 AM
You got itICEAXE
Aug 14, 2003 10:36 AM
Poor road conditions and too much traffic
re: Riding in Northern Michigankjr39
Aug 14, 2003 6:15 AM
There's some really nice riding up by Traverse City/Frankfurt/etc. It is really pretty up there this time of year and not too hot from the wind off of Lake Michigan. However, if you plan on going, I'd wait until the kids are back in school and the colors start to come out...

Aren't you the guy that built his own bike? (I remember a post awhile back and that name sound familiar.)

FWIW, I'm in Brighton and feel your pain...
re: Riding in Northern MichiganICEAXE
Aug 14, 2003 10:38 AM
No, I actually kust bought a Cannondale r800 this spring. I want to get away for the weekend and do some mileage, but I definitelty plan to go during the fall.