Some people have been looking for some more loop type dual sport rides so I put one together that covers some great riding in Wisconsin and Michigan. The route runs about 2,050 miles and can be ridden in segments. Different segments are suited for different kinds of bikes. More on that in a bit. There are plenty of fuel and camping spots on the route. I added those as waypoints to make your individual planning a little easier. The segment across southern Wisconsin is derived from some tracks I posted some time ago. Since most of the southern part of the state is paved, I relied on a large section of former railroad grade ORV trail and a string of rustic roads to keep it entertaining. In fact, if you ride the southern segment and take your photo in front of each Rustic Road sign, you can be awarded a patch from the WI DOT. http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/travel/...usticroads.htm http://www.dot.wisconsin.gov/safety/...usticroads.htm http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=228891 You can download a pamphlet that covers the Rustic Roads in Wisconsin. http://www.travelwisconsin.com/PDF/RUSTIC_ROADS.pdf To ride the railroad grade on this segment you will need a Tri-County Trails permit. You will also have to do the usual checking on whether the trail is open or not. http://www.tricountytrails.com/ Part of the southern section runs through the beautiful Kettle Morraine area of southeast Wisconsin. Enjoy the unique topography and lakes on your ride. The southern section can be ridden on a big bike with ease (except for the potential for whoops on the ORV trail). Rather than force a route through northern Illinois and Indiana, and up southern Michigan, I opted for the ferry crossings. This eliminates a lot of less satisfying travel miles to get around Chicago and the southern tip of Lake Michigan. The high speed ferry is much like riding an airliner. You tie down your own bike using their tie-downs. It takes a couple of hours to cross. Ferry information is at http://www.lake-express.com/ . A thread that has more information on taking the high speed ferry is here: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=138402 Personally, I prefer the larger coal-fired ferry. It is a better maritime experience, but takes twice as long to cross. SS Badger information is at http://www.ssbadger.com/newhome.aspx . On this ship, you supply your own tie-downs. You tie down to floor grates in the hold of the ship. More info about riding this ship can be found in this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=95040 . Once you land in the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, you will ride a route from your landing (Muskegon or Ludington) to a point that gets you back to a single trail. Both routes are good to ride. From Muskegon. From Ludington. As a side note, if you are curious about some of what you might see along the way when hooking up with these ferries, check out some sections of this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=164626 . If you have time to spend while waiting for the ferry in Manitowoc, try to visit the Wisconsin Maritime Museum - well worth the visit. http://www.wisconsinmaritime.org/ With the exception of the Tunnel of Trees, the riding in the lower peninsula is best suited for a medium sized dual sport bike. There is a lot of sand, two-track, and a little bit of trail. I can't tell you if some sections are "difficult" or not because that is subjective - it depends on your skill and your bike. I can offer a thread with some other's experiences that you can read and judge for yourself. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=364415 In my opinion the LP segment is the probably the best ride of this whole loop. A good portion of the lower peninsula route is taken from the tracks that the Great Lakes Dual Sporters published at no charge for all to use. You do not have to be a member to benefit from these tracks (although membership to this fine organization is only $10 so why wouldn't someone join just to endorse such great initiatives). http://www.gldsmc.org/ Many thanks to GLDS and 2TrakR on this forum for their contribution to this route! This segment takes on a neat section of pavement called the "Tunnel of Trees". http://www.nwm.org/m119.asp It also crosses the Mackinac Bridge. http://www.mackinacbridge.org/ The Upper Peninsula ride is probably the second best segment on this loop. It is a little easier to ride than the lower peninsula section and could be ridden on a larger dual sport. There is some troublesome sand in a spot or two but that could be avoided if you planned a go-around. Much of this route is based on part of the CannonTrek route in the UP with some adjoining RR ORV trails and some forest and rural roads. The Highwater Truck Trail on this segment can be sandy and troublesome. While near Ashland, you may want to visit the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center. http://www.northerngreatlakescenter.org/ To get a feel for the riding in the eastern UP, take a look at Days 2 and 3 from this ride report: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=352617 . The west section of this loop connects to the Trans-Wisconsin Adventure Trail that rokklym laid out. http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/twat.html This segment is about 550 miles and could be ridden on a larger adventure bike. There are some soft sand roads along the route. The route includes scenic rural and forest roads, a segment of ATV trail, and some scenic roads in the driftless area and along the Mississippi River. Much of the route is gravel based. Here is a thread that gives more information and pictures about riding this segment. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=343821 When I prepared the GPS track files for both the TWT and the rest of the Wisconsin-Michigan Dual Sport Adventure (WMDSA), I added camping and gas spots as waypoints. I also added the Rustic Roads as waypoints to assist you in scoring a patch from the WI DOT. I also added historical markers along the route. If you want to read the markers ahead of time, click on the waypoint and go to "Waypoint Properties". In waypoint properties are specific road directions to the marker and a URL that will take you to a picture of the marker so you can read it ahead of time. When I put together the TWT GPS tracks, I made 10 tracks of less than 250 points each. I revised that file so that it got down to five tracks of no more than 500 points each. The rest of the track segments for the WMDSA are close to (but less than) 500 points each. With the change I made to the TWT, we are down to about 14 track segments and 190 waypoints. Most modern GPS units that accept tracklines as tracks will easily accommodate this. As usual, the tracklines are intended to be used at a scale of .2-.3 miles. Due to the length and off-highway nature of this route, tracks have been drawn somewhat loosely. A reasonably skilled GPS user will have no problem navigating solely by the trackline. Since some of the Michigan segments of this trail use ORV trails, you will need to purchase a Michigan ORV permit for $16.25 to ride the Michigan segments of the WMDSA. These can be purchased on-line (to get a durable decal) or a places where they sell hunting licenses (to get a printed decal). http://www.mdnr-elicense.com/welcome.asp The cost in the past was $16.25, but I'm not sure what it will be when the new year starts in March. <!-- / message --> Here is an interactive map to use to take a sattelite tour of the route. Zoom in as you please to do a map recon. http://maps.innersource.com/GProject.aspx?pid=6043 Ride a significant portion of the WMDSA and you'll qualify for a ride sticker. PM me once your are done and I'll send you one. I added a bunch of "down home" cafes that were along the route. They are waypoints in the file. I picked them out of the book Cafe Wisconsin. I kind of zip through these things (with long days) so my own pace would be about a week. When we group ride in the UP we usually run about 285 miles per day, including tourist stops. Some of the many people that have run that with me can comment on whether that is a reasonable pace for the average guy or not. For part of the lower peninsula track, that pace would be knocked down quite a bit. The segment across the southern part of the state could be done in a single day (but keep in mind that the Tri-County Trail has a radar enforced 30 mph speed limit). It would be safe to plan for 8-9 days for most people. Some sections will be slower and some will be faster. Once attachments are back in business, I will post the track here. Until then, PM me an e-mail address that takes attachments and I will send it to you. The file contains the entire route, including the TWT section that rokklym worked up, so only one contact will get you the entire route.<!-- / message --><!-- edit note --> <!-- / message --><!-- edit note --> More info/comments in this thread: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=417362 <!-- / message --> Download these tracks from another site by clicking here.