|05-02-2012, 08:00 PM||#10|
Having a Nice Time
Joined: Jul 2005
Location: SE Wisconsin
You pick up the northbound track at PDC. Follow the west coast of Wisconsin north along the river. A few side roads included to make it more fun.
Once you get to Alma you leave the Mississippi and start running some nice roads that follow rivers as you work up to the northeast. Some nice riding in a national forest but watch for pesky elk.
When you get to Lake Superior to get some shore roads and a federal scenic byway to an old harbor. Check out some old mining stuff around Bessemer/Wakefield as you run some side roads. Head north toward the lake and take note of Copper Peak ski flying hill. Run the Porkies boundary road back out to Lake Superior.
Run along the lake to Ontanagon then cut inland to some old mining towns. Run NE again and cross the lift bridge at Houghton-Hancock. Once on the peninsula I have you routed on a combination of shore and inland roads that are good to ride. Too much to see through here to mention. Check out the thread I sent you on the western UP.
When you head south again you will run toward L'Anse. Again, more things to see in the thread I gave you. From L'Anse you run 2 eastward to make up some time - still a good ride. Take 510 north and work over to Big Bay. Run the shore back south and check out the lakefront in Marquette.
Then run the shore over to Munising. Once in Munising there are side trips to various aspects of Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. The new road going to Grand Marais is fab although it may not be accurate on old maps (just redone). Once in Grand Marais I ran you east along the lakeshore. Some gravel but it will be fine. Then south to 123.
123 past Tahq Falls and then up the shore to Whitefish Point. The fish you want to get in Paradise won't be available yet (season). When you come back south through Paradise you will eventually turn east again along the Curly Lewis. Curly is a good ride. Follow along the shore until you get to the Soo.
Once at the Soo check out the locks (lots of traffic) and run the shore to the east. Work down to Detour. Then take 134 back to St Ignace and take in the quaint shoreline and get a look at the bridge. If it isn't too windy you can pay tolls to go over and back.
Heading out of Ignace you take a shoreline ride along US 2. Lots of cops as it is sometimes a special enforcement zone. Get over to Escanaba and run the shoreline in town. Take STH 35 back to Wisconsin.
Once you are in sconnie we'll run you over to Hwy 55 through the reservation along the Wolf River.
From there we get you down to Tomah via the back way. Once at Tomah you launch on some fab bike roads that will take you along the scenic Kickapoo River. Great ride down to the Wisconsin river. Once you are back out to the Mississippi we run you south on some back roads until you catch the ferry in Cassville to get back to Iowa where you are on your own again.
The reality is that you won't do justice or enjoy much if you try to do all of this. Too many miles for the time available. Recognizing that I offered a cut off at Munising to head south again.
PM me an e-mail address and I'll send you a track.
I'm sure that most people will agree that although there are many options over such a large region, this track will give you a good ride that takes in many of the highlights people seem to enjoy.
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