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Great Lakes Circle

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  • Distance: 3793 miles / 6104.2 km
  • Ride Time: Longer than a week
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $288.27
  • Countries Visited: Canada, United States
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Most of this trip stuck to the main highways and interstates, except to visit certain sites or venues.I crossed at Cornwall as a more direct route to Lake Placid, which was very scenic with some winding roads. Might be worth spending the afternoon there. Several Olympic venues to see in the area as well as several little shops and restaurants with very nice views.Next main site was Orange County Choppers' new building located on the east side of Stewart International Airport, just east of Hwy #87. Very interesting selection of bikes on display. More of a museum than a store. You can get a fake picture with the Tuttles by getting your picture taken and digitally inserted into variety of pre-made pictures of the family. I detoured over to Scott's corner where the first store was located, but nothing to see there anymore, so you may as well get on I-84 as soon as possible.I left the interstate to take route to the Annual Pocono Chicken Wing-Off located in Bushkill PA. Unfortunately, I encountered substantial rainfall so I did not stop, as the entire town was running for cover and closing up the booths. The date of the affair was August 10, 2008. Weekends may vary from year to year, but assume the second weekend of August.After Harrisburg, I followed I-68 which is longer than following I-76, but this stretch of the interstate was very winding and hilly as you go through the mountains. Very enjoyable highspeed curves and hills. The problem was all the gas stations on this route identified by my GPS (Garmin City Navigator 2008) had been closed for several years. Almost ran out twice.I took a wrong and long detour through Columbus to the Harley Dealership downtown. As you can see I should have stayed on the interstate.The little detour on the north end of Columbus was to visit Iron Pony Motorsports, just north of Hwy#161 (5436 Westerville Road). For those that are not familiar, Iron Pony is a Walmart sized motorcycle store. Mostly clothes, luggage, etc. Most parts have to be ordered at the counter, so it is no good for those passing through needing parts.Cincinnati has an interesting stadium to watch a baseball game. Very high and open providing a great view of the city. Don't bother with the scenic roads around Cincinnatti. I took two routes and saw nothing special.Henry Ford Museum (20900 Oakwood Blvd., Dearborn MI) was worth seeing. Not just cars and they have an IMAX theatre as well. Takes about 3-4 hours to see everything not including the movie.Next stop was Silver Lake State Park to rent dune buggies for the afternoon. Great dunes, but the rental buggies will not make it up the bigger hills. A lot of fun though and a great way to kill a few hours.I crossed Lake Michigan by ferry and then followed the Great Lakes circle routes until Duluth, where I detoured towards the Lake of the Woods. If you are interested in seeing Black Bears, then the Vince Shute Sanctuary is the place to be. Only opens after 5pm as it is run be volunteers. The place is almost an hour off the beaten path around Pelican Lake and you have to return the same way.The Lake of the Woods is a very nice scenic route, but if you go to fast you will miss the scenic lookouts. No gas stations so fill up just before you head north. The return route across the top of Superior was disappointing. Lots of rain and road construction. I had to wait 20-30 minutes at each construction site as they escort people through the site which is several kilometres long. I went from Thunder Bay to Sault Ste. Marie in one day (700 kms) and then directly back to Toronto the next day.Overall the trip took 11 days and was well worth it.

This is a motorcycle ride in the countries Canada, United States. This motorcycle route has 5 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by crazylegs in May. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by crazylegs

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