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    Lake Michigan tour

    I'm planning my first trip & hoping to do a short tour of Lake Michigan in the next week or so. My thought was to head north thru Wisconsin and then back down thru Michigan. Any thoughts on the best/most scenic routes or any to avoid?

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    Check out HWY55 starting at Keshena Wisconsin and north to Crandon. On your way there also 187 from Shiocton (northwest of Appleton) which turns into Co K north right into Shawano. Both follow the Wolf river.


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    This link was posted today on the IBMWR mail list. It seems timely for your inquiry. The author opines, "there are no bad motorcycle roads in the U.P." I agree.

    http://www.freep.com/features/travel...e_20051016.htm

    John

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    Yes take the road through the UP...
    Sometimes,nothing is a real cool hand.

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    "This link was posted today on the IBMWR mail list. It seems timely for your inquiry. The author opines, "there are no bad motorcycle roads in the U.P." I agree."


    Hey, good article John....thanks for passing that on!

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    It's also a good trip to do a Saddle Sore 1000 on,
    and to get in the Iron Butt Association.

    Where about are you located in SW Chicago?? I'm in the Tinley area...

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    Quote Originally Posted by mcclimans84rt
    I'm planning my first trip & hoping to do a short tour of Lake Michigan in the next week or so. My thought was to head north thru Wisconsin and then back down thru Michigan. Any thoughts on the best/most scenic routes or any to avoid?
    When you are South of the Big Mac Bridge make absolutely sure you get on Michigan State Road 119 from Cross Village to Harbor Springs (or from Harbor Springs to Cross Village depending on which way you circle the Lake). Great twisty road with amazing vistas over the big lake. Satisfaction guaranteed.
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    Don't be afraid to take the road less travelled

    Cause if you do that, you can also get a Marshmallow Butt Ride in.

    The biggest warning I have is to bring warm clothes. Also enjoy the ride. It is a nice ride. I have done half of it so far. I didn't come back down on the Michigan side...

    Also how far are you planning on going each day?
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    Quote Originally Posted by BMWRich58
    It's also a good trip to do a Saddle Sore 1000 on,
    and to get in the Iron Butt Association.

    Where about are you located in SW Chicago?? I'm in the Tinley area...

    Hey..I dont know if I'm ready to bite off that much of a ride since its my first one! I live in sheridan...near Ottawa.

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    HOw about the road LES traveled!

    Quote Originally Posted by BradfordBenn
    Cause if you do that, you can also get a Marshmallow Butt Ride in.

    The biggest warning I have is to bring warm clothes. Also enjoy the ride. It is a nice ride. I have done half of it so far. I didn't come back down on the Michigan side...

    Also how far are you planning on going each day?

    LoL...Marshmallow Butt... whats that one??
    Ok...I'm planning on a 4 day weekend so it should be a nice leisurely ride with side trips & whatever. I havent really planned much else...just ride til dark, find a place to stay....repeat! I have been looking for a heated vest or liner.
    You all are pretty awesome on here...this is the best forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cliffy777
    When you are South of the Big Mac Bridge make absolutely sure you get on Michigan State Road 119 from Cross Village to Harbor Springs (or from Harbor Springs to Cross Village depending on which way you circle the Lake). Great twisty road with amazing vistas over the big lake. Satisfaction guaranteed.
    Yes, that looks like a great ride...Ive been camping there this summer in Charlevoix (by car) & knew I wanted to ride there! 119 looks straight on the map but if its anything like the other roads up there it should be great!
    I have a friend in Holland and have made that trip once on the bike. My RT actually came from Grand Haven!

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    The marshmallow butt is an official unofficial ride. You can find more about it http://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread.php?t=970 or http://www.yearroundriders.com/rides.html
    -=Brad

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    Speaking of bridges in that area, I have heard horror stories about the Mackinac Bridge, even in a car.

    Legends or truth?

    JP K1100

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    It's true there are horror stories, but I've been across Big Mac a few times on two and four wheels, with nothing bad happening.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JPK1100
    Speaking of bridges in that area, I have heard horror stories about the Mackinac Bridge, even in a car.

    Legends or truth?

    JP K1100
    Probably some of each. The worst true story I've heard is about the Yugo that was swept off the bridge by high winds. The truth is that the bridge can be a bit scary, mostly due to its height. If it is really windy they slow down the traffic. If you cross by motorcycle, it's probably easiest to stay in the right-most lane. That's the paved lane. The left lane is metal grate. It makes the bike feel like it wants to wander a little bit, but if you relax it's really not too bad.

    I've crossed the bridge dozens of times, on bicycle, car and twice by motorcycle. It's a beautiful view from up there. My wife didn't appreciate the motorcycle crossing when I had her taking pictures while we crossed!
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