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Old 08-12-2011, 08:10 PM   #1
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(MCCCT) Michigan Cross Country Cycle Trail - Solo

This was my first long distance off road trip and it was a blast. The MCCCT trails are very well maintained and the single track was just the right mix of challenging and physically passable. August proved to be an excellent time to make the trip weather wise.

Thanks to Cannonshot for the inspiration for the trip.


The Rider


30 years old, 5' 11, 180 lbs. I have been riding off road for around 15 years and trained for this trip for a few months prior. I did some 75 mile off road days in the week or so leading up to the trip to make sure I was up to it.

This trip was definitely the limit of my skills and endurance. There is no way I could have completed it any faster while still riding at a speed which was safe for my skill level.


The Bike
1992 KLR-250

Four 3/8" holes drilled in the baffle, 3"x3" hole cut into air box top, re-jetted, and the transfer port of the slide drilled out.

No mechanical problems at all with the bike during the trip although I did spin the front tube, and lost a lot of spokes.

I had no need or desire for any more power. The bike was perfectly matched for the job, at least for my riding style and size.

The front shocks were inflated to 40 psi, and the rear pre-load was set such that upper nut was around 5/8" above the bottom of the main shock body.


The Gear


Basic camping gear, small tent, tools and spare tubes. Two liter CamelPak and a chest protector. Garmin 60cs.

Arai XD Helmet.

Total package was around 50 pounds.


The Route


I followed the MCCCT proper as best I could. I got lost in a few sections and had to reroute over the surface roads.

The final mileage was around 550 for the MCCCT itself. The last day I rode back to silver lake state park where I had setup.

Total moving time was 21 hours.

A word of warning, you should probably be very comfortable in the sand to attempt this trip!

Whoops - You may discover whoops that you didn't even know existed - Sand whoops, whoops with puddles, whoops in corners, uphill sand whoops in corners with wet rocks thrown in for good measure, whoops seemingly calibrated to the exact wheelbase of the bike... A few times I was fairly sure the trail maintainers were just messing with me. I think they snuck into my campsite, took a few measurements, and sabotaged the trail for the next day. Make sure the suspension is setup so you can power through it all or it will make for slow going.

Day 1 - White Cloud to Wolf Lake
4 Hours
























Day 2 - Wolf Lake to Wolverine
10 Hours





































Day 3 - Wolverine to Clear Lake
10 Hours























Day 4 - Clear Lake to Silver Lake State Park
12 Hours
















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Old 08-12-2011, 08:20 PM   #2
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Thanks for the report and pics!
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Old 11-01-2011, 07:50 PM   #3
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Great Michigan Ride report!
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:38 PM   #4
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What gear do you wish you had on this trip?
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Old 01-22-2012, 12:49 PM   #5
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Looks like you had a great time! Everything from exhilirating to agonizing. A real challenge to cover it all in a single run - especially with trip cargo on the bike. Congrats!!!
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:26 PM   #6
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Congrats!

That is a good bike for the Mccct route.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:44 PM   #7
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Looks like fun!
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Old 01-28-2012, 08:58 PM   #8
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Great thread, I plan on doing this trek with a buddy from work this summer, we will be leaving out of Traverse City, looping back to home. Where did you get all your MCCCT maps and info? I found quite a bit online, but maybe you have better resources.

Cheers!
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Old 01-28-2012, 09:07 PM   #9
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Great thread, I plan on doing this trek with a buddy from work this summer, we will be leaving out of Traverse City, looping back to home. Where did you get all your MCCCT maps and info? I found quite a bit online, but maybe you have better resources.

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There are some aftermarket GPS maps that have the MCCCT embedded in the background map. Although the trail is pretty well marked, having the trail on the map itself is very useful.

Free maps and trail information here. Good maps and info.
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Old 01-29-2012, 06:40 AM   #10
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Looks like an awesome trip. Think I'll take my son on this trail this summer. Thanks for posting.
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Old 01-29-2012, 07:27 AM   #11
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Nice, great info.
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:01 AM   #12
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Nice Ride! Have to do this one this summer
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Old 02-01-2012, 08:49 AM   #13
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that looked look a blast! Good job!
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Old 02-01-2012, 09:06 AM   #14
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Very cool! Didn't know this existed. I wish all states had something like this.
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Old 02-01-2012, 05:52 PM   #15
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Nice RR. Our group loves riding in Michigan. The sandy soil is way better than mud, although it can take it's toll on you because it's loose and you think you'll lose your front end, right? We ride the "little o" trail where you were, near Wolf Lake, so it brings back memories. And the woops, no doubt about it, don't come here if you don't like the rollers! I brought my GS up there this past fall to ride on the slab, but my XR250 does really fine on the trail. Thanks for sharing!
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