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Old 03-14-2012, 10:03 PM   #1
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Big Rapids to the Lk MI shoreline

Got out of class early after killing a test today and decided that I was finally going to ride to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

Had a ride from Big Rapids out to Lake Michigan trying to avoid tarmac as much as possible.

130 miles round and managed about 50/50 dirt and paved searching for as many seasonal roads as I could find.

Came across a guy on a red KLR and waved, in hindsight I should've stopped and said hi. I could use some riding buddies out here

Anyway, was having too much fun piloting the XR4 to stop and get many pics but here are a couple I did stop for.



Little geocache along the way


Stumbled upon an old still? Or is my imagination running



Genetic modification needs to stop, corn should NOT grow on trees...



Finally made it!


Artsy fartsy shot


Victory Snack




Such a great day that I just had to share
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:12 AM   #2
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Love riding those Michigan 2 Tracks. Is there plenty of good riding around Big Rapids? I have spent quite a bit of time in Wexford County/Manistee National Forest riding, but Big Rapids is a heck of a lot closer for me.

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Old 03-15-2012, 12:02 PM   #3
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Great ride, I need to get up that way this summer.
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Old 03-15-2012, 01:20 PM   #4
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Love riding those Michigan 2 Tracks. Is there plenty of good riding around Big Rapids? I have spent quite a bit of time in Wexford County/Manistee National Forest riding, but Big Rapids is a heck of a lot closer for me.

Pete

Some good fire trails around here. Most of this trip was on dirt and seasonal roads, with only a couple fire trails.
If the weathers good I'd be more than happy to meet up and wander around the area.

This was the farthest I've ever ventured away from town and I was a few other opportunities along my route.

Manistee NF is where I generally go just to the west of town here. Thinking about riding up the the Tin Cup trail in the Baldwin area soon.

Also Crossed the MCCCT on my way out.



@ epix1718

Its a gorgeous area with all the forest and even the maintained dirt roads can be great fun.

Sadly I wont be in the big Rapids area after April as I'll be done with school and moving back to the Detroit area.
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Old 03-15-2012, 07:09 PM   #5
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Some good fire trails around here. Most of this trip was on dirt and seasonal roads, with only a couple fire trails.
If the weathers good I'd be more than happy to meet up and wander around the area.

This was the farthest I've ever ventured away from town and I was a few other opportunities along my route.

Manistee NF is where I generally go just to the west of town here. Thinking about riding up the the Tin Cup trail in the Baldwin area soon.

Also Crossed the MCCCT on my way out.



@ epix1718

Its a gorgeous area with all the forest and even the maintained dirt roads can be great fun.

Sadly I wont be in the big Rapids area after April as I'll be done with school and moving back to the Detroit area.
Too bad your moving back to the Detroit area. Not much dirt there...

A buddy of mine and I are riding in the Waterloo area on Saturday (North of Chelsea off of M-52). Pretty much the only dirt roads around here.

Here is a pic from last fall near Waterloo:



Here is my XR250 and my son's TTr125 last Fall in Manistee Ntl. Forest.



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Old 03-15-2012, 07:36 PM   #6
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Pete, grab some pics! Riding the XR250?

I just picked up a '98 XR250R a month back, seems to be a good bike so far, what sprockets you run?

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:43 PM   #7
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thanks for posting, i grew up in leelanau. good memories. my nephew attends Ferris as well..

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Old 03-15-2012, 09:30 PM   #8
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Ah, what program? I'm in the Construction Management group
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Old 03-15-2012, 09:51 PM   #9
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ithink he is in accounting / business..

ha ha you poor fool! I am a commercial contractor. be careful what you wish for!
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Old 03-15-2012, 10:42 PM   #10
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thanks for the vote of confidence

Got a Surveying Engineering degree as well. And the CONM is in the Civil sector
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Old 03-18-2012, 12:05 PM   #11
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So watch the West Michigan thread in Central region. I will be putting on a ride up there in the Lake, Wexford area sometime in June and you are welcome to come. YES there is some SAND but I try like heck to avoid both it and single track whooped stuff.
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Old 03-18-2012, 01:23 PM   #12
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That looks like a great ride. I like the picture of the water. Love the area.
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Old 03-18-2012, 02:24 PM   #13
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Pete, grab some pics! Riding the XR250?

I just picked up a '98 XR250R a month back, seems to be a good bike so far, what sprockets you run?

-Pete C
Hey Pete, I just checked. I have an 11 in the front and a 48 in the rear. The P.O. set the bike up for single track, and she is geared pretty low. Pulls like a freight train in 1st and 2nd!
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Old 03-19-2012, 09:03 AM   #14
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Hey Pete, I just checked. I have an 11 in the front and a 48 in the rear. The P.O. set the bike up for single track, and she is geared pretty low. Pulls like a freight train in 1st and 2nd!
That thing will go through chains and gasoline like there is no tomorrow Pete. That is way too tight for any road work at all. For instance a DRZ400 that is GEARED DOWN runs a 14-47 to 48. Most like the 15-47 about the best. Will that bike exceed 45mph? Sounds really tight to me. Like trials gearing...
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