Big Rapids to the Lk MI shoreline

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by PCK_4xCustoms, Mar 14, 2012.

  1. PCK_4xCustoms

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    Got out of class early after killing a test today and decided that I was finally going to ride to the Lake Michigan shoreline.

    Had a ride from Big Rapids out to Lake Michigan trying to avoid tarmac as much as possible.

    130 miles round and managed about 50/50 dirt and paved searching for as many seasonal roads as I could find.

    Came across a guy on a red KLR and waved, in hindsight I should've stopped and said hi. I could use some riding buddies out here:freaky

    Anyway, was having too much fun piloting the XR4 to stop and get many pics but here are a couple I did stop for.

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    Little geocache along the way
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    Stumbled upon an old still? Or is my imagination running
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    Genetic modification needs to stop, corn should NOT grow on trees...
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    Finally made it!
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    Artsy fartsy shot
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    Victory Snack
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    Such a great day that I just had to share:freaky
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  2. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    Nice! I

    Love riding those Michigan 2 Tracks. Is there plenty of good riding around Big Rapids? I have spent quite a bit of time in Wexford County/Manistee National Forest riding, but Big Rapids is a heck of a lot closer for me.

    Pete
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  3. epix1718

    epix1718 Been here awhile

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    Great ride, I need to get up that way this summer.
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    Some good fire trails around here. Most of this trip was on dirt and seasonal roads, with only a couple fire trails.
    If the weathers good I'd be more than happy to meet up and wander around the area.

    This was the farthest I've ever ventured away from town and I was a few other opportunities along my route.

    Manistee NF is where I generally go just to the west of town here. Thinking about riding up the the Tin Cup trail in the Baldwin area soon.

    Also Crossed the MCCCT on my way out.



    @ epix1718

    Its a gorgeous area with all the forest and even the maintained dirt roads can be great fun.

    Sadly I wont be in the big Rapids area after April as I'll be done with school and moving back to the Detroit area. :cry
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  5. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    Too bad your moving back to the Detroit area. Not much dirt there...

    A buddy of mine and I are riding in the Waterloo area on Saturday (North of Chelsea off of M-52). Pretty much the only dirt roads around here.

    Here is a pic from last fall near Waterloo:

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    Here is my XR250 and my son's TTr125 last Fall in Manistee Ntl. Forest.

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    Pete
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  6. epix1718

    epix1718 Been here awhile

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    Pete, grab some pics! Riding the XR250?

    I just picked up a '98 XR250R a month back, seems to be a good bike so far, what sprockets you run?

    -Pete C
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    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    thanks for posting, i grew up in leelanau. good memories. my nephew attends Ferris as well..

    take care.
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    Ah, what program? I'm in the Construction Management group
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    N-Id-Jim Been here awhile

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    ithink he is in accounting / business..

    ha ha you poor fool! I am a commercial contractor. be careful what you wish for!
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    thanks for the vote of confidence :rofl

    Got a Surveying Engineering degree as well. And the CONM is in the Civil sector
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  11. buls4evr

    buls4evr No Marks....

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    So watch the West Michigan thread in Central region. I will be putting on a ride up there in the Lake, Wexford area sometime in June and you are welcome to come. YES there is some SAND but I try like heck to avoid both it and single track whooped stuff:D.
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  12. Klay

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    That looks like a great ride. I like the picture of the water. Love the area.
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  13. Ack535

    Ack535 Been here awhile

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    Hey Pete, I just checked. I have an 11 in the front and a 48 in the rear. The P.O. set the bike up for single track, and she is geared pretty low. Pulls like a freight train in 1st and 2nd!
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    buls4evr No Marks....

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    That thing will go through chains and gasoline like there is no tomorrow Pete. That is way too tight for any road work at all. For instance a DRZ400 that is GEARED DOWN runs a 14-47 to 48. Most like the 15-47 about the best. Will that bike exceed 45mph? Sounds really tight to me. Like trials gearing...
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