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Old 06-24-2014, 11:30 AM   #1
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mileage for the loop around lake Michigan

Anyone who's ridden the loop, whats the mileage and how long did it take you?
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:16 PM   #2
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I just did it Sunday. It was about a 950 mile circle around the lake that took about 16 hours of riding.
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Old 06-24-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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Time around the lake

A friend and I left Waterloo and went to Thunder Bay the first night, Sault Ste Marie the second and back to Waterloo the third. As I recall it was about 1,800 miles. It was pretty easy without pushing it.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:26 PM   #4
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Lake Michigan full loop was aound 990mi for me...Chicago was the low point, Sleeping Bear Dunes SP,was a high point. I won't do the loop again. SS Badger or Lake Express or back around and down. Just not Chicago.
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:44 AM   #5
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. I won't do the loop again. SS Badger or Lake Express or back around and down. Just not Chicago.
What, paying tolls and sitting in traffic isn't your cup of tea?
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Old 06-25-2014, 09:52 AM   #6
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I just did it Sunday. It was about a 950 mile circle around the lake that took about 16 hours of riding.
Jesus, just for fun? That's taking a Sunday drive to a whole new level
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Old 06-25-2014, 04:51 PM   #7
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What, paying tolls and sitting in traffic isn't your cup of tea?
Yatzee!
...and sucking in the lovely odor of urban sprawl.
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Old 06-25-2014, 05:06 PM   #8
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Lake Michigan full loop was aound 990mi for me...Chicago was the low point, Sleeping Bear Dunes SP,was a high point. I won't do the loop again. SS Badger or Lake Express or back around and down. Just not Chicago.

Chicago can be a traffic nightmare, and the roads aren't that great (says the guy who lives in the burbs').

However, stick to Sheridan Road when north of the City, and take Lake Shore Dr through the city for a decent ride. Plan your travel through the city around rush hour and it should be ok.

AM rush is 7-9:30ish. PM rush is 3:30-6:30 ish. On the weekends your best bet is to get through the city before 10am.

Alternatively you could take 294 to 80 to 90 (or vice-versa) to circumvent traffic. Same rush hour rules are applicable. Note that this route typically gets heavy commercial traffic.


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Old 06-25-2014, 06:36 PM   #9
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Went through Chicago at five a.m. on a Sunday, so other than the constant drizzle and dense fog, it wasn't too bad.
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:30 PM   #10
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I did mine in a weekend. Left home (an hr. N of Chicago) at 5 saturday morning and got back around 7 sunday night. Did it counterclockwise. 1041 miles total. Rode the shores of Lake Superior too! Avoided big highways the first day, but had to slab it the last few hundred to make it back home before my kids bedtime. Next time I'd give myself an extra day to explore the UP a little more. It's absolutely magical really early in the morning.
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Old 06-26-2014, 02:17 PM   #11
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I did the ride a couple of years ago. Couldn't get through Chicago fast enough, and wished I had more time to spend up near Traverse City.

Fun loop, have a good ride.
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Old 08-20-2014, 12:06 PM   #12
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I plan to do this the second week of September, prolly leave on the 10th and ride the TWAT up North to Superior then head East up along the lake and back down to Traverse city then take the ferry across. If anyone has any must see or must ride routes please share them as this will be my first lake loop trip. I grew up in Wisconsin and have never been over in Michigan unless you count apple picking with the wife about 20 years ago... I'll be on my Super Tenere with camping gear. TIA
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Old 08-20-2014, 02:00 PM   #13
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I have tracks and waypoints for much of what you are interested on these pages: http://dco43054.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=2

You'll find some good waypoints of interest in the mix.

Hope you have a great trip!
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Old 08-20-2014, 05:08 PM   #14
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Thank you very much!
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:12 PM   #15
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I plan to do this the second week of September, prolly leave on the 10th and ride the TWAT up North to Superior then head East up along the lake and back down to Traverse city then take the ferry across. If anyone has any must see or must ride routes please share them as this will be my first lake loop trip. I grew up in Wisconsin and have never been over in Michigan unless you count apple picking with the wife about 20 years ago... I'll be on my Super Tenere with camping gear. TIA
You can always stop in GR and visit MXRob. Unless he's in Mackinaw which is better yet.
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