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Old 06-16-2014, 08:51 AM   #1
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Day Trippin' Wannabe - Mantoulin Island

It has been too many years since I mapped this trip and haven't done it.

I want to start in Minneapolis, ride through Northern Wisconsin into the UP of Michigan, cross into Canada at Sault Ste Marie, ride onto Mantoulin Island and take the Tobermory Ferry, visit Toronto, St. Thomas, ON, and take the High Speed Ferry across Lake Michigan on the way back. 34 hours of riding time. Motel/Tent hybrid trip.

Any tips, hot spots, or interest in going? I'm looking at August or late July.
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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Go all the way out to the Mississagi Lighthouse campsite - just the right mix of Great Lakes history + Deliverance! Couple of hours out and back.

Do the rail trail from Espanola on to the Island at Little Current. Decent level of epicness depending on your bike.

Providence Bay is a nice beverage stop - don't make eye contact with that German guy, though.

Fun geographic fact: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Treasure_Island_(Ontario)
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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StThomas?

In your proposed itinerary you mention StThomas. Any particular reason for that stop? There are a couple of small museums there and a lifesize statue of Jumbo the elephant who was killed by a train in the late 1800's. Also a very nice craft brewery called Railway City Brewery. I ask because I live only about 10 miles east of StThomas...Dave
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Old 06-24-2014, 07:17 AM   #4
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In your proposed itinerary you mention StThomas. Any particular reason for that stop? There are a couple of small museums there and a lifesize statue of Jumbo the elephant who was killed by a train in the late 1800's. Also a very nice craft brewery called Railway City Brewery. I ask because I live only about 10 miles east of StThomas...Dave
I have family there.
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Old 06-24-2014, 06:11 PM   #5
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The island

Lots of good sites and roads to travel on, been there many times. Depends what you want for your trip? I suggest Carol and Earl's Diner in South Baymouth. Its entertaining and way tooo much food. Willisville is also an interesting detour only 2 minutes off Hwy 6 and app 25 km south of Espanola. Awesome view just as you turn off the Hwy. Red Lodge is a good place to stay. Kagawog is scenic too......
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Old 06-25-2014, 07:18 AM   #6
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Mantoulin Island Trip is coming together

I'm planning to take this trip the first week of August, and will be passing through Eagle River, WI for some reason... Proposed stops at Eagle River, the East UP, Mantoulin Island, Toronto, St. Thomas, Milwaukee. Leaving Minneapolis on the 1st, returning on the 10th. With 35 hours of total driving time, there should be plenty of time for shenanigans along the way. I'm still trying to decide if I want to shell out the ~$125 to take the Lake Express. I'm not convinced I want to ride through the Chicago area.
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Old 07-05-2014, 03:21 AM   #7
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MNMike,
I recommend the Keweenaw, ... the upper peninsula's upper peninsula. At points it has some good elevation above the lake. If you like big water, big trees, big rocks, big views and friendly people, the Keweenaw is fantastic. It is the same piece of old volcanic rock that makes up Isle Royale. However it is a bit of a side trip given that it is really not on the way to anywhere. Photo is of me and my brother above Lake Superior, -- I'm the better looking one!


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