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Old 05-15-2006, 06:32 PM   #1
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Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail (MCCCT)

The Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail (MCCCT) is billed as "The Longest Continuous Marked Motorcycle Trail on Earth". I don't know if it really is or isn't, but I do know it is a long difficult ride that deals out elation and frustration in heavy doses. I just got home from "riding the arch" and I'm still pretty beat, so if I sometimes don't make much sense or repeat myself that is why.
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:40 PM   #2
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The Trail

The MCCCT is a marked motorcycle trail that loops around the lower peninsula of Michigan. The picture is a sketch map of the GPS track. The trail proper is the arch that runs up one side and down the other. There is a cross state connector that forms the "-" to get the "A" shape. The trail runs through state and federal forests and is mostly single track or off road vehicle trails. In some areas there are highway (paved, dirt/sand roads) connectors to keep continuity of the trail.
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:45 PM   #3
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:50 PM   #4
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Trail Markings

The trail is very well marked. There are small triangular signs (flashes) posted all over. They are very well placed. You could be on a dirt road (connector segment) going through some rural residential area wondering if you were still on the route and sure enough a confidence flash would appear. At forks, turns, and sometimes in the middle of the woods, flashes would be posted to assure you that you were on the path. Sometimes the MCCCT ran on other trails so you would have multiple markings. The people that take care of this thing do a fantastic job keeping it marked! I would say that 99% of the trail was covered. GPS tracks and excellent trail maps complete the package.
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:56 PM   #5
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Keep the pics coming Bryon!!!

Did you go solo? Probably, because the rest of us, still have to work!
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Old 05-15-2006, 06:57 PM   #6
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The Bike

OK, we introduced the trail. Now, the bike . . .

Suzuki DRZ-400S.
No fancy mods - nearly all stock.
D606s front and rear.
Radiator guards (mandatory for this trip).
Better bash plate.
14/47 sprockets instead of 15/44 stock. Could not have ridden this with the 15/44s as would usually have been in the wrong spot between gears and power.
Dirt-Bagz for cargo and a Wolferman tank bag.
Cee-Bailey windshield (knew it was a bad idea but I did it anyway - busted it off).
Handlebar mount GPS.
Tent, sleeping bag tied down tight with a rachet strap and a bungee web.
Stock gas tank (2.4 gal)

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Old 05-15-2006, 06:59 PM   #7
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Hang tight boys, this will take a while

Glad to see you guys tuned in. I had a great ride with a lot of ups and downs. It is going to take me a while to tell the story to check in every now and again.

By the way 2whlrcr, you mentioned I should get back to enduro racing again. Frankly, I'm "rode out" on woods riding for a while . . . more on that later.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:01 PM   #8
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The Rider

Let me introduce the principal rider for this event.

Name: Bryan (Cannonshot)
Age: 50
Occupation: "Recreationalist" (retired military)
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:02 PM   #9
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God damnit dude! I was thinking about calling you tonight, I wasn't sure if you were home yet or not. I haven't looked at the pics yet, I can't wait!

We gotta talk about the South Dakota trip!

I see ya got the Ogio Flight Vest too, Nice! I have only used mine once so far but I like it.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:19 PM   #10
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Why Michigan?

I live in Wisconsin. Michigan has some great motorcycle riding - much better opportunities than we have in Wisconsin. They also have the Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan. The CCC sponsors three "safaris". One is a 1200 mile dual sport safari in the upper peninsula, one is a 1200 mile dual sport safari in the lower peninsula, and the third is the MCCCT safari that can vary in length from 500 to nearly 800 miles depending on how you ride it and whether you double back or do the cross state connector. Even though a great deal of the MCCCT does not require a street legal bike, you must be street legal due to highway connectors and primitive roads that still require registration. To ride you also have to have a Michigan ORV sticker (around $16) that helps pay for marking and maintaining trails.

OK, as long as I am plugging the Cycle Conservation Club of Michigan, let me also mention that they put on an event called "The Six Days of Michigan" each summer that is a very well organized program of dual sport, trail, or road riding that is based three days each in the UP and the LP. Check the CCC web site for details. www.cycleconservationclub.org

I will post some threads from the six days, the LPDSS, and the UPDSS at the end of this thing if you want to know more about their other rides/events.

When you join the CCC, you get a first class map book with your membership. The maps are of the many cycle/ORV trails in the state and the MCCCT. For about $25, they will sell you a first class map CD that you can use to load your GPS. For the safaris, $25 each gets you registered and gives you a CD with the GPS/map info, hospital info, etc. A guy named Jeramey (2TrakR on this forum) has done some great work on mapping and GPS stuff for the CCC. Many thanks for you and your crew Jeramey.

This is my nav setup. The GPS with the maps/trackline and a roll chart I made based on a map recon. The roll chart gives me segment miles and is color coded for tight trail versus two track or highway connections.

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Old 05-15-2006, 07:22 PM   #11
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Taking the Ferry

To get to Michigan I took the high speed ferry. Last year I took the coal fired 18 mph ferry. This year I took the modern high speed ferry that goes about 40 mph. The day I went over it was foggy and calm. This thing rode like an airliner.

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Old 05-15-2006, 07:23 PM   #12
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You have to tie your own bike down. This ferry provides the straps.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:24 PM   #13
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Water jets. Goes like hell.
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Old 05-15-2006, 07:27 PM   #14
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Not always so smooth

Like I said, the ferry rode nice on the way over in the fog. It was smooth like an airliner. Quiet too. On the return trip it rolled a lot (even with stabilizers). Last Thursday it did not run at all due to waves up to 16' and 40 knot winds (I was on the trail thank you). One of the crew told me that it was rolling badly Thursday - even at the dock.

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Always the Coast Guard escort in and out of port (homeland security).
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