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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 06-15-2017, 05:07 PM Thread Starter
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Info on Lake Michigan rides

Looking for info as to best time of year for temperatures, crossing the Mackinac Bridge, places off-normal as B&B or Mom and Pop hotels off the beaten path, better locally know sites to see and so on. Plan is for a two week ride next season(this one is shot to hell) and run up first from MO into IL into MI following the lake shore route. Run up and over the Mackinac Bridge, stay at Sault Ste. Marie maybe daytrip into Canananada (and yes I spelled that) then thru the UP down into WI dropping back into Chicago for a two night downtown before coming home to MO almost entirely BACKROADS.

Any and all help is appreciated! Want this to be a good ride.
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I had to buy a sweatshirt when I was in the UP the beginning of July. Of course the locals were in shorts and T-shirts.

Ate a nice Whitefish Sandwich and a rootbeer float at the Rapid River Grill in Rapid River, Michigan

They even have covered parking.
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I was using my Choice Hotel points so no recommendations for Mom and Pop hotels.

Here is my view from the EconoLodge in Menominee, WI
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There are a few good views of the bridge but you have to work at it for some views.

You just have to wander around the roads on the North and South side to find a vantage point.
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I guess some people might also be interested in Lighthouses and Waterfalls.
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You do have to watch out for sugar sand at some of the roads that get you close. This is on the east shore.
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An of course you have to visit the sand dunes and maybe even try and walk to the top of one.

I only made it half way up. That soft sand sure makes it a challenge.
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Some might find riding on the grated part of the bridge a challenge. Wind shouldn't be an issue on the road glide.
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Crossing the locks going into Sault Ste. Marie. Then a walk along the River looking back into the US.
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Be sure to get on m22 north of manistee and follow to the end at northport some of the best riding and scenery michigan has to offer. From northport go along grand traverse bay to traverse city take 31 north to petosky to m119 at harbor springs. That will lead you to tunnel of trees and stop at leg inn at north end. Hug the lake shore and you will come up right underneath mackinaw bridge. Black flies are bad in u.p. in spring I would recommend late summer early fall. When on bridge if you are on grate and look down the bridge dissappears and all you see is water ...good for picking up the old blood pressure lol.
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