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Lake Michigan and UP Trip

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 1086.75 miles / 1749.0 km
  • Ride Time: 3 days
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $82.59
  • States Visited: Indiana, Michigan
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In July my friend and I took a long weekend trip to Michigan. We left on a Thursday afternoon from Northern Indiana to Cadillac Michigan. Stayed the night in Cadillac then the next morning we took 115 toward Frankfort. Beautiful ride. Nice to be shed of the flat roads filled with corn fields of northern Indiana.

Headed north on 22 staying close to lake Michigan. Another fun ride with many hills and sweeping curves. Looped around to Travers City to the east side of Traverse bay. We picked up 31 and headed north toward Charlevoix and Petoskey. Lots of great views.

Picked up 119 toward Harbor Springs and the Tunnel of Trees. Nice narrow, twisty tree lined road with good views of the lake. Had a great lunch at Legs Inn at Harbor Springs. Headed north to Cross Village and stopped at a few small shops at Cross Village.

From Cross Village we headed toward Mackinaw City. Crossed the brides ( on the grating, fun ride ). Very nice. Need to be prepared to pay the toll at the end of the bridge on the U.P. side.

We headed west hugging the coast line but did run into some rain. Stopped at a very dated but clean motel. No T.V. but they did loan us a DVD player and some old John Wayne movies. I like John Wayne but the later years i.e. rooster, sons of Katie Elder, True Grit... These movies were from the late 1030's. Better than nothing.

My riding partner and I had just prior to this trip installed SENA Bluetooth headsets so we could talk back and forth between the bikes, I could listen to GPS and music and so on. I am not the most tech savvy but I am light years ahead of my riding partner. I helped him sink his MP3 player with his headset prior to our trip. It's at this point in the trip that he tells me that he has been listening to the same Celine Deon album the entire time. We've been on the road just short of two days. I got a real kick out of this and have not or will not let him forget this for a long time.

The next day we headed north to Newbury then on to Whitefish Point. We took 123 north out of Newbury toward Whitefish Point. Not sure how to correct by mistake on the map ( sorry ). 123 is another great road. Whitefish Point is a good stop on Lake Superior. Nice museum and shipwreck info.

From here we basically retraced some of our path and headed back to Northern Indiana.

This is a very good long weekend (3-4) day trip. Lots of great lake views, tree lined roads, small towns and so on. Would highly recommend.

This is a motorcycle ride in the states Indiana, Michigan. This motorcycle route has 4 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by randyhickman98 in November. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by randyhickman98

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Ride Scenery:

BeachesFall ColorsLakesForest

Best Time to Go

Spring, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadRolling HillsLight TrafficSmoothAdequate Gas StationsAdequate

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