CannonTracks - Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Central, Texas & Gulf States' started by Cannonshot, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. oldmanron

    oldmanron Skeptical Otimist

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    Just got back from doing the eastern half in a CCW direction. Started in St. Ignace. First day was just over 200 miles to travel from St. Ignace to Munising. Second day was about 190 miles from Munising to Manistique, and the third day was about 130 miles from Manistique back to St. Ignace. It was a great ride. As usual in the UP, the weather was all over the map: on day one we went from 85 degrees to 45 in about 2 hours as a big cold front and some violent storms rolled in off Lake Superior. Lucky we happened to be at Rainbow Lodge when it hit, and were able to take shelter there. After the storm passed we rode on to Grand Maris where we gassed up. While we were getting gas and taking a break it went form sunny and 70 to a cold foggy mist and 45 in about 15 minutes! H58 to Munising is a beautiful ride when you can see it! We were all frozen by the time we got to Munising, and got a room at the Days Inn because they have a sauna and a hot tub to warm up in. The section from Munising to Gwinn the next day was probably the most interesting of the ride. Very diverse terrain, lots of water crossings, and history lessons along the way. Gwinn to Manistique is pretty farm land,a nd a very easy ride once you get past some sandy stuff just outside of Gwinn. Great ride. Thanks for the Tracks! RR over at drriders.com: http://drriders.com/topic1532.html
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  2. tige

    tige Adventurer

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    Graywolf and I leave on Saturday (8/6/11) for this trip. Can't wait to get on the bike and take off for 9 days with nothing to think about but riding.

    Thanks for the route Cannonshot!

    Tige
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  3. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I can't say enough about these routes. Thinking back, some of my most memorable riding has been following Bryan around on and off parts of this upper peninsula adventure trail. If you want a great vacation, get off the beaten track and follow these routes.
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  4. tige

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    Graywolf and did all but track 2 this past week. Everything was great, except I wasn't prepared for how much sand there would be. It was definitely a weak point in my riding skillset.

    Thanks for providing a great route set that was easy to follow and obstacle free.

    Tige
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  5. Cannonshot

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  9. Keithert

    Keithert Been here awhile

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    What is the 4x4 route like? How challenging are the trickier sections? Is a lifted truck needed or would a stock Wrangler with decent offroad (Goodyear Duratracs) tires be okay?
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  10. Cannonshot

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    Stock Wrangler with tires would probably be fine.
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  11. medsurf

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    is there a way to do this route on a non street legal bike
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  12. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    No. Although many paths in the UP are open to unlicensed ORVs, you will not be able to do this ride without a plate.
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  13. Friction275

    Friction275 Been here awhile

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    I figured I would share this incase anyone else is having the same issues as I was when using any of the multitude of fantastic routes that Cannon makes available.

    I was having a few issues where the routes being created had a bunch of anomalies in them that would have been a PITA to deal with on the bike had I not seen them before heading out.

    There were two issues, 1 setup and one "ghost" in the machine.

    The first issue was that my route preferences in Basecamp had highway avoidance enabled which created conflicts when following the track across the occasional larger roads. This is normally a good thing with the way I plan routes but in this case it causes conflicts with the trail and BaseCamp. The software, being literal and not being able to understand the intent, was creating chaotic detours around major roads. Once I turned off all of my avoidances the routes were created almost perfectly wit the exception of the issue below.

    The "ghost" was that for some reason Basecamp with CityNavigator13 couldn't align some points directly so it created loopbacks to touch all the track points. In some cases that resulted in on-ramp/off ramp U-Turn chaos within the route. To fix it I just zoomed the map out and arrowed through the points one by one once they were listed in the route and deleted the ones that seemed to be the trouble makers. Once I did that the final route fell pretty much on top of the track with only a few minor nudges required here and there. The minor nudges were a simple Drag and drop fix (Option key/click on a mac)
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  14. justlookin

    justlookin Been here awhile

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    Cannonshot,
    I want to thank you in advance for these tracks. Three of us are going to ride up from Ohio Aug 9th and take a week to get it done. Been planning this trip for several months and just now realized we needed passes - ordered them yesterday so I hope they are here in time. I rode the 6 days of Michigan back in the 80's and don't remember special passes just lots of turns and sand -" the times they are a changing."
    We will be riding a 500 XCW, 400 DRZ, and a 650 Husky. Thanks again
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  15. britbiker

    britbiker Been here awhile

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    Cannonshot-
    We're leaving today from St Louis to do the big bike route. If you see a green Tiger and a black V-strom, flag us down and we'll buy you a beer.
    Thanks for posting these coordinates!
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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Have a fantastic trip! It is a little cool right now so it should be very comfortable riding. Anxious to hear how it went when you get back.
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