Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT - 1250 miles)

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  1. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    It's really spotty.

    http://www.wireless.att.com/coverag....401298226676204&lon=-87.53108257882798&sci=4
  2. Canuman

    Canuman Crusty & Unobliging

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    The DeLorme Inreach sat tracker/communicator has been getting some very strong reviews. I've heard it is much more accurate than the Spot. It allows texting, which is fairly expensive per text, but could be useful if no other means of communication is available. So far as I understand, DeLorme does not require a full-year commitment, but offers a four month seasonal package.

    It's on my short list for next summer.
  3. Endurochamp

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    7 Days and 2249 miles later I have finished the Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail laid out by Cannonshot. A total of 1497 amazing miles in the U.P. alone and 57 hrs and 35 minutes actual seat time. Even though it seemed like 80 hours thanks to the good old sand. :D
    Started the route at St. Ignace and went CCW ending back at St. Ignace. Kudos to Cannonshots as the route was perfect. The amount of time put into riding and finding the perfect routes, putting into GPS format, and descriptions and photos is highly appreciated. It was great matching up descriptions and photos.
    Thanks again Cannonshot.:clap:clap:clap
  4. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I bet you saw some fall color!
  5. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Sounds like you had a great ride! Glad you got to enjoy the path.

    Any pictures or stories to share?
  6. Planespotting

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    LSPR Woohoo! That would have been a fun one to be at.
  7. Zaboo65

    Zaboo65 Been here awhile

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    I didn't ride the whole thing but made it from Wakefield late on Sunday 9/30, to Sawyer on 9/30 riding clockwise. Great colors some really fun and occasionally, very challenging terrain. Got a little lonely being by myself (I thought I would enjoy this but missed having someone to share with). I lost one Keen sandle (green) between Porcupine Mountain State Park and Eagle River MI if anyone finds one. :ear

    I camped at Presque Isle in the Porkies, Moteled it at Copper Harbor but wish I would have camped (I needed a cooked meal not a room I figured out). Awesome last night of camping at Perkins County Park in Big Bay! :pot

    The bike surprisingly was never on its side but came very close riding up some hill a bit south of Marquette. Loose, deep rutted sand really had me working hard. I wondered how that would be riding down.

    I really enjoyed riding from Copper Harbor to the the Rocket Range and High Rock Bay.

    Thanks for putting this together Cannon :clap:clap I'm looking forward to riding the rest at some point. I'll post some photos soon.
  8. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Sounds like you had an excellent experience! Looking forward to the pix.

    Now you'll have to join us on some of the other Treks! Perhaps the Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail would suit you.
  9. Endurochamp

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    Fall colors were amazing. It was really neat to see the different stages of color as I went from the east to west and back east. Here are a few pics.
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  10. Endurochamp

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    This seems like a pretty popular picture.
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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    Thanks for the great pictures! Amazing!
  12. Simple.

    Simple. I'm Special

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    How did the F800 do?, Did you do the Big bike go-arounds? I'm a pretty experienced rider, and I am planning to run the UPAT in May with my '12 KLR 650. I am wondering what I will be up against with my bike and all the gear for camping strapped to it? I plan to trailer it up to a friends cabin in Mackinaw city, leave my truck, then slab it to the UP to cut down on my vacation time from work....

    Jon
  13. Zaboo65

    Zaboo65 Been here awhile

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    Jon, I rode some of the UPAT this fall with a '09 KLR650. I rode from Wakefield to Copper Harbor and then to Marquette and K..I. Sawyer before heading back towards home. I did the big bike route and found only had a couple places where I thought I might have some problems. Looking back those where the fun stuff. :D I had one section of deep, deep sand that was a struggle but I made it through. I had all my camping gear loaded and the bike did great! :clap

    I hope to return next spring or early summer with some friends to ride more of it again. Post on here (or PM me) when you are going if you are looking for some company.

    I need to remember to post some photos! :shog
  14. Idahosam

    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    WOW there Cannonshot, beautiful! I have always wanted to travel to the UP as an old Army bud of mine use to talk about it. Now...... this is the first visuals I've ever seen so I need to figure out a road trip. BTW my Army Bud lives in Wisconsin been meaning to visit.

    Way to plant the seed.
  15. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Thanks Sam. I'm glad you are enticed by the route. I think you will be very pleased if you ride it.

    As long as you are coming this way, consider knocking off the Northern Wisconsin Adventure Trail as well. Something similar, but no big bike go-arounds.
  16. Simple.

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    Sounds good!. I will know more in Jan. or Feb. when we see how much snow is up there this winter. Im going to shoot for May sometime, but I will keep you posted. Post some of those photos!

    Jon

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    Idahosam Set Adrift

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    Cool, something I will give serious consideration to next summer. My old Army bud lives in New Holstein, I think. So my 06 Tiger doable?
  18. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    No Tiger on the NWAT. No problem on the UPAT if you take the big bike go-arounds (there is a separate big bike version that takes out some stuff that is not Tiger friendly.)
  19. Idahosam

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    Good stuff there. Well I sure am not riding my DRZ 1700 miles over there that's why I asked. :D I think the UPAT is the one I'm interested in. My Army bud use to tell me about a "Lake of the woods" or something like that in the UP so I've always been intrigued. Have a great Holiday.
  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    You'll be very satisfied with the UPAT on your Tiger. I think your pal was referring to Lake of the Clouds. Nice area over there.