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Old 12-16-2013, 06:39 PM   #1
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Outline the Mitten

My friend Dan and myself did this ride this past June. It's winter now and I have some time since there is 6 inches of snow on the ground. So back to the ride, our goal was to ride the entire boarder of the lower peninsula of Michigan. So the goal was to get up early and ride to the southeast corner of Michigan. We meet up just south of Monroe and head to our first
destination to start the outline.



Southeast corner of Michigan



Also for this ride our plan was to avoid the freeway at all cost. We both like to wander the back roads. So up next we tucked as close to the Michigan and Ohio boarder as close as possible as we headed west. We found the Michigan, Ohio and Indiana tri boarder. I had been there a few times before with both the GS and KLR250. Sort of neat even though its down a dirt road in the middle of no where.

Myself at the monument


Dan at the spot



A random shot of a dirt road, well not really. There used to be a block M in the middle of this road indicating one of the corners of Michigan. Looks like someone stole it. It was there the first time I visited this spot with the KLR250 several years ago. Who would steal the corner of Michigan?!



Here is was the first time I visited.



Continuing west we headed for the Southwest corner of the state. Making good time we now skirted the Michigan and Indiana border leaving Ohio behind.

We found a little bit of this on the trip.



Bonus it was down a dirt road at that!


We reached the Southwest corner before noon, making good time so far.



Lake Michigan



Turning north at this point we made good time heading along the coast. We found several seasonal roads that we didn't know where they went, perfect!

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Old 12-17-2013, 06:56 AM   #2
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Thanks for the report! The photos of this area really take me back. I'm following along with great interest, as I grew up in Temperance, Michigan, about as southeast as you can get in that state. You guys may have passed through Temperance, but probably didn't notice; not much to see there.

As far as the missing 'M':

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There used to be a block M in the middle of this road indicating one of the corners of Michigan. Looks like someone stole it. It was there the first time I visited this spot with the KLR250 several years ago. Who would steal the corner of Michigan?!


It was probably some Ohio jackals still sore about the whole 'Toledo Strip' thing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Toledo_War

Keep the Michigan photos coming!
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Old 12-17-2013, 07:16 AM   #3
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Cool ride !!! I look forward to the rest !!!
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Old 12-17-2013, 04:39 PM   #4
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We made it to Orchard beach state park and camped there for the night. The next morning looks promising as the day before we had a fair amount of clouds. At least some sun is peaking through.



Just north of the campground we jump on M22. I had never been on this section of road before, but it was a blast. A view of M22 looking south.



We saw a sign for this lighthouse and decided to check it out. I'm not sure how many lighthouses Michigan has but there has to be quite a few.





We head a bit further north and go towards sleeping bear dunes. We almost pass one of the entrances which was Pierce Stocking Scenic Drive off of M22. We turn around and head in after paying $5. It's park of the national park system.





We take M22 north and loop around the grand traverse bay back down to traverse city. Up the next peninsula to old mission state park lighthouse.



We talked to one of the locals and she said the water used to go all the way up to the sandy beach. All of these rocks used to be under a foot or so of water.

Looking in towards the beach.


Looking out.



A cool old cabin just behind the beach.





Half way there!



Dan was worried about riding across the mackinac bridge. This was my 6th crossing by motorcycle. Almost everytime I go across the right hand paved lane is closed for maintenance and only the center steel grate is open. I filmed the crossing and told him to go first so I could get his reaction.

Before heading to the UP for the 5 mile crossing.



The bikes on the south side of the bridge, we are still trolls at this point.





Video of the crossing

http://youtu.be/56pntj8_OIk



Victory, Dan made it across in one piece! He said it wasn't as bad as he thought it was going to be. As long as the weather is good its an easy crossing.



Myself after crossing.



We followed the shore down this dirt road for a few miles as I had wanted to explore a bit more of the area. Everytime I have been to the UP I usually don't have time as I am passing through with another destination in mind.



Dan dipped the wheels of the GS in Lake Michigan.



With the sun getting low on the horizon we search for a campground and find straits state park. Our campsite has a great view of the Mac.



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Old 12-18-2013, 04:35 PM   #5
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So we planned for a day or so of wandering around the UP before heading back down to the lower. We head to tahquamenon falls the next morning.





I ask Dan he want's to take a "short cut" to Grand Marais? So down to some forest sevice roads that I had been down before with my KLR250.
I wouldn't want to try these on my GS if I was solo. The sand in the UP can be a tough going if you drop the bike.

We ride through an area that had a forest fire a few years ago.



Only the grass has grown back.



A "road" in the UP. My gps showed it as a road, I had been through here before but not on a loaded F800GS. It was quite a work out.



This is rabbit patch road. For some reason I got to go first?! Dan was having a good time watching me almost fall over and getting to learn from my mistakes!

We now laugh about the 10mph crawl we did to get through this.



Some spots the sand was at least 6 inches deep. I was still running a worn K60 scout front tire with over 12,000 miles on it from my Alaska trip. These tires get amazing amount mileage on them.



The road continued on through a logging area.







Lake Superior offers some view just off the road.



So after making it back to pavement we headed to Grand Marais to ride H58. First a stop for food. Some white fish from Lake Superior.



We ate at this place.

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Old 12-18-2013, 05:32 PM   #6
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Keep it coming

Enjoying the the report keep it coming.

Rabbit patch is a challange on a DRZ
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Old 12-18-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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Old 12-19-2013, 09:55 AM   #8
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Yeah that deep sand can be a real son of a bitch to ride. Most folks don't realize how sandy northern MI really is.

Two things that really help me out in the sand:

1. Michelin S-12's
2. Speed. Speed is your friend in the really soft stuff. Seems unnatural at first, but once you get used to it, really helps. Oh, and never use your front brake in the deep sand... Ask me how I know?
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Old 12-19-2013, 10:29 AM   #9
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You've made some excellent choices on the stopping points. Not your first entry to the rodeo up here?
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #10
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Leave yer money, and go back south, ya' lousy trolls!

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:08 PM   #11
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H58 is a really nice paved road that runs from Grand Marais to Munising. Even though its paved, its a fast, wide sweeping corner road cut right through the forest with very few intersecting roads. I've ridden H58 before, but it was the first time for Dan. We stopped at the log slide just west of Grand Marais. We didn't go down to the water as it can take over an hour to climb the dunes back up to the top.







About 300 feet above Lake Superior



Those two dots are people on the beach







The eastern part of H58 is the best part. The closer you get to Munising it just ends up being straight and starts to flatten out. We head to miners castle.









Pictured rocks national lakeshore. I have heard the best way to see this is from the water on a boat. I'll have to do that one day.

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Old 12-19-2013, 06:13 PM   #12
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Enjoying the the report keep it coming.

Rabbit patch is a challange on a DRZ
Yea I "forgot" how much of a challenge that road was.

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LOVING IT!

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Glad you are enjoying it.

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Yeah that deep sand can be a real son of a bitch to ride. Most folks don't realize how sandy northern MI really is.

Two things that really help me out in the sand:

1. Michelin S-12's
2. Speed. Speed is your friend in the really soft stuff. Seems unnatural at first, but once you get used to it, really helps. Oh, and never use your front brake in the deep sand... Ask me how I know?
I've heard speed is your friend in the sand. I just don't think that our tire choice on the GS's was suited for what we encountered.
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Old 12-19-2013, 06:16 PM   #13
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You've made some excellent choices on the stopping points. Not your first entry to the rodeo up here?
Nope not my first rodeo in the UP. It was the first time for Dan on a motorcycle in the UP. I must say my klr250 is a much better choice for some parts of the UP.

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Old 12-20-2013, 05:42 AM   #14
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I spent 25yrs in MI. Always nice to see pics of it.

Just FYI Michigan has more lighthouses than ANY OTHER STATE in the country. Over 115 of them.

Would be a hell of a trip to ride to each one of them.
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Old 12-20-2013, 07:42 AM   #15
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Hello, I loved the bridge video. The wife and I did the same thing in the UP last August and we are going to go around Lake Superior in 2014. Anyhow I live in Luna Pier close to where you guys started off on your trip and was wondering if you could tell me how to find that first Michigan marker stone that you showed in the begining. Maybe we will see you on some of the great country roads that we have in the southeast corner of the state. Thanks, Bruce
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