Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT - 1250 miles)

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Oct 9, 2010.

  1. kzoo

    kzoo Adventurer

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    Well, there you go again... :clap

    I really enjoyed the pain and suffering of the MCCCT... I would love to try the DS/Adventure stuff (UP DS Safari etc...)... Don't think my 2t Husky is up to the challenge though. Some day I'll have to convince my wife to let me get a second, third, fourth bike... :rofl
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  2. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    This section runs through part of the National Forest. It has two go-arounds. The first is to avoid some soft sand and the second is to go around a narrow and winding ATV trail. By the way, the ATV trail is a fantastic ride but it might be too narrow going through the woods for some big bikes because of the limitation of having two wheel ruts and corners tight against the trees. It is a favorite section on a smaller DS bike though.
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    By the way, I check my tracks against the Motor Vehicle Use Maps in the National Forests to make sure that all is legit. Every now and again we come upon a USFS cop and have found him to be helpful, friendly, and encouraging. By the way, he reminds us that we need to actively police ourselves to keep the heat off of our sport. So true. Knuckleheads that don't know how to behave properly can't be tolerated.
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    On that note, don't come up here and ride this thing if you are going to pull some stunts. It is a very small world around here and the CannonTrekkers are well known and remembered. Even on this run people recognized us and asked where the rest of our group was. We don't need someone to spoil the good will we have developed over the years. :D
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    Sometimes you will come upon "No Tresspassing" signs along some of the paths. Keep in mind that these refer to the land adjacent to the path, not the through road itself.
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    A sporty track.
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  3. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I cut in some true motorcycle single track for those that would like a little woods riding on this segment.

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    When I ride in Michigan or Wisconsin I use the ORV maps available from VVmapping. They are great background maps and have trails embedded into the map itself. For single track, I like using them because I can see where I am at on the trail and it allows me some flexibility in choosing a side road to get off when I want to. This is a shot of the same area using the VVmapping background map. Much better GPS maps to ride with for this adventure trail.
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    Don't be shy about taking this single track segment. This was Klay's first time on true woods riding single track and he had a blast (not implying that it was easy though). :lol3
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    This is a new trail and it is known for being pretty tight. Some of the trees are very close together but Klay managed it even with his saddle bags.
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    Enjoy the trail but tread lightly as we don't want to induce excessive erosion.
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    After I have you ride some of the nice stuff, I pop you out onto a road to head back to the main route.
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    Another nice thing about the VVmaps is that you can continue to ride further along on the trail if you are feeling sporty and find another intersection to get off at. Klay was feeling good when he came off but perhaps he was a little sweated up as he was still dressed warmly. :lol3
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    I led some others on this track earlier in the year. They were on a variety of bikes and not all were woods riders. I think they all had a blast though.
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    The road out.
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    You will need a Michigan ORV sticker to ride this route. Here is the info.

    Each rider will need at MI DNR ORV permit on their bike. In the past they cost $16.25 for the annual sticker. You will want to order the pre-printed sticker rather than get a sticker printed out at hunting license oulets. The pre-printed sticker is more durable.

    The pre-printed sticker for 2011 will be available for purchase on-line in March 2011. Don't get confused about MI sport cards, etc, just plow through to the ORV preprinted license.

    Here is a link for on-line sales.
    http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/welcome.asp

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    The sticker is supposed to be placed so it is visible from the rear of the bike. Not always possible in practice so use your best judgement.

    Careful preparation of the mounting surface will ensure your sticker stays with your conveyance. Best to take care of all of this ahead of time.

    The sticker is required because some of the riding will be done on designated ORV trails.

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  4. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    I put in a short go-around for this section as there is some sand that some may want to avoid.
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    The go-around also avoids this.
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    Big bikes can skip the gas stop at Norden and run to Manistique instead.
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    The run down the railroad grade is good for all bikes.
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    Small bikes take a sandy side trail.
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    Don't trust any of these water holes in this area.
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    A couple of them can put you over the bars.
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    The go-around takes the highway into Manistique. Big bikes won't like the whoops on the section east of the highway.
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    Or the wet stuff on the edge of town.
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    Manistique was the outlet for logs floated down the river. They have a great harbor. It was a lumber and paper mill town. The Chicago Lumber Company ran through about 90 million board feet a year of white pine back in the old days. Now this place has the largest recycling operation for catalogs, magazines, and junk mail. They de-ink it and re-use it. I guess it was first started by the Minneapolis Tribune to control the supply and price of newspaper back in the 1920s.
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  5. adventurecycle

    adventurecycle Been here awhile

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    I'm in.....:tb
    Its on the "to ride" list now
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  6. GasMich

    GasMich Been here awhile

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    Cannon is one of the best on UP rides. He has seen it all and done it all. He'll get you to the good spots and the good sights. The UP is a great place to ride dual sport. I am sure Cannon will throw in a few "nice" sections so beware. You may want to consider the go arounds!:eek1

    Keep up the good work Cannon!
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  7. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    I was continuously in awe. That was a highly enjoyable route.
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  8. smr238

    smr238 Sam

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    what kind of range do I need to do this ride
    Thanks Sam
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  9. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    The longest stretch is about 83 miles (St Ignace to Paradise). There is a stop in-between on that stretch about 7 miles off the track (and another 8 miles off track) if you need to stop enroute. Some CannonTrek riders with smaller tanks have carried an MSR fuel bottle along to relieve their stress.

    The rest of the track has plenty of gas along the way.

    Some of the gas stops are pretty basic and may not offer premium during the summer. In fact, sometimes they don't offer gas except during the snowmobile season.

    I marked gas stations at intervals in the GPS file I will distribute.

    Another nice feature in the vvmapping.com GPS maps is that gas stations are embedded in the background maps as well. This is handy if you have to get off the track from some reason.
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  10. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    One guy rode the Trek on a 300cc two-stroke.

    Taking the big bike? It would be nice to get some feedback from someone who rode this on a GS. :D

    Hi Greg! Greg rides the CannonTrek about every year and has a blast doing it. He seems to enjoy the new little surprises I put into the track as I change things around every year. :evil

    I'm glad you were able to ride along for a couple of days! Now you have to take some time to ride the rest of it. There is a lot of great stuff on this track over that way. Watch out for the wolves over there though as they seem to like the same trails we do. :lol3
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  11. Klay

    Klay dreaming adventurer

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    We're in the planning stages for that route next spring already. :thumb
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  12. TheGreatKahn

    TheGreatKahn Adventurer

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    This is just what I've been lusting after! I'd be in for this ride. :freaky
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  13. smr238

    smr238 Sam

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    Thanks I can usually get 90 miles
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  14. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    The go-around runs through Manistique. The primary route follows the Highwater Truck Trail.
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    There is a lot of sand on this section. If it is wet, it is a much easier ride. If it is dry and sugary, it can be a struggle for some.
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    It is best to just ride it as fast as you can to stay up on top of the sand.
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    It gets a little trickier after the riders ahead of you leave ruts pulling you all over though. :D
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    Sometimes you can be surprised by a water hole or two.
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    As always, keep an eye out for log trucks. Sometimes all you seem to see is a big cloud of dust with a bumper.
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    There can be logs in the water holes that someone put in for traction or stabilization. Something else to watch for.
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  15. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Don't believe any of this....there's no good riding in 'da UP!!! :evil







    BTW....how come I didn't get an invite to tag along on the scouting trips? :bluduh
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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Us retirees often have scheduling conflicts with those still working during the week. :D
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  17. scarysharkface

    scarysharkface 30-125

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    That's some deep sand! :lol3
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  18. John Smallberries

    John Smallberries Long timer

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    I live in SE Michigan and this ride looks fantastic. I have a 1200GS and am still a "noob" - so here is my plan: Do the BMW/Rawhyde Adventure camp in California next summer - they give the UP a try.

    I need to get much more comfortable riding in that deep, sugary sand and on any single-track sections with my big pig. Today - I'd probably snap off a leg!

    I echo several of the other posters - I'd like to hear how a big GS fares on these trails.

    My alternative is my Honda CRF230 - but I'd like to have my son ride that.
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  19. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Hope you get a chance to ride the UP next season.

    I don't think I would try to ride the deep sand or the single track on that big of a bike though. It likely won't clear either of the single track trails I have on the route and it sure wouldn't work well with the rocks on one of the single track trails. The climbs would be a problem too. Some of the go-arounds still provide a rugged experience, but they are much more manageable for a big bike than the primary route. :D

    Hopefully someone will report back with their impressions after they rode it on a big bike.
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  20. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Super Moderator

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    Gas stop at Gulliver. Lunch available.
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    As you roll through this area, you are in limestone country. There are some big quarrying operations here and port to load big ships full of limestone.
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    Why the big ships full of limestone you ask?

    "Calcite and dolomite, when heated and in some cases slurried or combined with salt, are used in making many everyday products such as paper, glass, paint and varnish, soap and detergents, textiles, refractories, baking powder, and pharmaceuticals, including milk of magnesia and bicarbonate of soda. Finely ground, they are used to control coal mine dust, to collect sulfur dioxide from power plant exhaust, to sweeten soils, and as ingredients in fertilizer and stock feeds, to name a few. Limestone is used extensively in Michigan to refine beet sugar. When burned in a kiln to drive off gases, calcite and dolomite form burnt lime. Among the uses for burnt lime, in addition to steel making, are water and sewage treatment, acid waste neutralization, and road base stabilization. Crushed calcite and dolomite are used in concrete, road construction, building materials, and as a filler in asphalt."

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    The corners are sporty . . . but pay attention.
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    Mis one corner . . . :lol3
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    OK, two . . . :lol3
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    A little road work to Rexton.
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    Engadine, an old sawmill town, got its name when a guy from Switzerland painted the name on the railroad depot hoping to attract more immigrants.
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