3 days Ludington MI. to Glens Falls N.Y.

Discussion in 'Day Trippin'' started by tinkerz, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. tinkerz

    tinkerz Sloroad Rambler

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    Taking the Badger ferry to Ludington and then on to Port Huron across the Canadian side to Niagra Falls and then east across the top of the finger lakes to Glens Falls. Any suggestions on route choices, things to see, things to avoid, places to eat/sleep. Only have three days maybe four. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
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  2. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    I took a bike on the crossing about 10 years ago. They put bikes on last. They have straps but think about how you want to strap it ahead of time. I had a Yamaha Venture and had no issues.

    If you have time stop at the Henry Ford Museum near Detroit. It is very interesting. Has more than just Fords.
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  3. joe a

    joe a No Map

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    I just drove home to GF that same basic route last week on my way back from a 7000 mile 18 day trip out west.....

    Hummm input...:evil

    Don't buy gas in Canada.
    Niagara Falls is a tourist trap.
    Don't drive on the NYS Thruway (I-90)
    Stay the hell away from Albany.
    Stop someplace on one of the Finger Lakes and enjoy yourself.
    Drink wine from one of the many wineries on the Finger Lakes.
    Go to Watkins Glen,Lake George,Saratoga.

    4 days ????
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  4. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    Get across Michigan as fast as you can. It is total Flatistan going across on that route from Ludington to P. Huron. A lot of heavy traffic around Toronto so stay North of it as long as you can to NY.
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  5. zaphoid

    zaphoid bored

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    The Badger is an excellent waste of time.

    Much more fun, and just as fast to take the northern route through the UP.

    Show up at the ferry when they tell you. Wait for hours. Ferry ride takes hours and hours. No real food on the boat ... unless you like fake cheese nachos and hot dogs.
    Maybe you could sleep through it, but inside the boat is hot as hell. No AC. Surrounded by other people’s children. The mad scramble to get off the boat. Good times, good times.
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  6. Firemanmike69

    Firemanmike69 Been here awhile

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    It's track season in Saratoga, you could catch a few horse races, and see the ladies in their wacky looking hats, lake George is nice but kind of touristy
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  7. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    You like hot dogs? Dirty John's (New Way Lunch) in Glens Falls and/or Zack's in Hudson Falls. Capri Pizza in Lake George Village. Harvest Restaurant on Quaker Road in GF has good eats as well. Real diner experience? Try the Prospect Diner, Rte9 immediately south of Lake George Village.

    Both hot dog joints are amazing. Will hit both when I'm back far a wedding this fall!



    Edit: GFHS Class of 1976
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  8. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Advice. Read the Adirondacks and Beyond thread in Day Tripping. Look at the photos and see which of the OP's routes you might enjoy.
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  9. Advntr

    Advntr Dilbert

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    Get a state room on the ferry, worth every penny.
    Take the Queenston Lewiston bridge into NY state. Follow the seaway trail till it turns north and then go straight across due east on the 2 lane.

    You will riding close to my house, I am 75 miles from the bridge
    Riding across canada from PH to the bridge...sucks
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  10. Gham

    Gham Long timer

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    Very accurate,If you choose to ride 10 over to Saginaw then south to 69 at Flint it's the fastest route.Watch out for deer,we are unseasonably cool this year and I wouldn't want to ride that stretch (Ludington to Midland) in the dark.
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  11. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    Have you gone? Still going? :ear
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  12. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    god you guys are a wet blanket. WTF? can't you make it 4 hours without food?...it's their fault they don't cater caviar to you? :flip....need AC when you could be outside and enjoy the nature of the Lake?..:csm..we crossed the Lake again on the Badger friday...it was the roughest crossing of the year...fun times...alot of sick people, felt bad for them...it was cold and 40 knot winds and 10 foot seas, I liked it...took a nap on deck....

    and BTW, of the 9 times I rode the badger in the last 10 years, they NEVER put the bikes on last..you ride your bike on, they drive vehicles on.....bring 2 ties downs and take care of your own bike....not a big deal...it is all a perception problem, for some......roll in an hour before the ferry leaves and good to go...it is a cool maritime history type of experience....unless you have a ridiculously needy attitude.

    as far as riding across the mitten, west to east, not much to do there :lol3

    PM Steamers in Ludington has a nice mussels with andouille dish...and Blu Moon is a fun place/good eats (if you can hold out for 4 whole hours and not starve to death :rolleyes) http://theblumoon.net/

    the ride around is about 9 hours, the ferry is 4 + load unload time.....not "just as fast" BTW
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  13. XRangerRides

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    Freeflow - I was on that trip last Friday too. I had the Red Kawasaki Vulcan 500, and was on the return leg eastbound from a trip cross country (Cape Cod, MA to Lake Tahoe, CA and back) with a buddy (grey Suzuki C50). The ferry crossing took a bit longer than the usual 4 hours due to weather but it still beat the ride south around Chicago and was a time saver. Even with the wind and seas I felt the trip was worth doing.

    The Badger is one of the last (or maybe the last?) coal fired car ferries still sailing on the Great Lakes so I was glad to have that experience before it ceases operation.

    The load time was a bit slow but they got the bikes on before the rain set in, and on the unload side at Ludington I was riding off the ferry no more than 15 minutes after docking.

    We were dogged by rain off and on across Canada and New York but had a beautiful morning to ride through the Berkshires on our last day while heading home.
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  14. freeflow

    freeflow get in or go in

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    cheers, I was one with my wife, with my blue Yamahe Super Tenere and her red Vstrom....:freaky...

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    bad rushed photo, but this was sexy on the ferry....license plate read "Had a IRA" :lol3
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  15. old fart bob

    old fart bob Armchair adventurer

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    I am a bit surprised about the bad vibes concerning the food on the Badger that crosses Lake Michigan. My wife and I have been back and forth across Lake M. at least a hundred times. Her family has a summer cottage in Door County, Wis. Anything beats the hell out of going through Chicago. On the top floor of the Badger is a very nice cafeteria that has excellent food. If you got hot dogs you were in the deli on the floor below. Bikes are usually loaded around the middle of the boarding. They usually load all the really big trailers hauling wind turbine bases and parts last. Most turbine bases are built in Manitowoc, Wi. If the weather gets bad I sit on the lee side about half way the length of the ship. I take my Kindle and either read or nap. The Badger is the last coal fired ship on the lakes.
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