Never underestimate the power of persuasion that Tim Allen can have on you. All those years of listening to his "Pure Michigan" advertisements finally got the better of me I guess and I finally just had to see what was "up" in the "UP". Years ago I spent part of a summer riding around the upper part of the mitten of Michigan, slept on the Sleeping Bear Sand Dunes, and explored a bunch of the Lake Huron shore area. At that time I had the opportunity to go to the Upper Peninsula to see the Pictured Rocks shore area, I was not far from the bridge, but I opted out of the trip figuring it would be too much money to spend on my poor college budget so the trip never came about. Then last year I learned about the Upper Peninsula Adventure Trail (UPAT) route that @Cannonshot had put together and the plans for an adventure started forming. Cannonshots ride report is incredibly detailed, and the route very well laid out, so I'll take this opportunity to say Thanks! to Cannonshot and also highly recommend his route to anyone looking for a great ride in that part of the world. The route does a loop around the UP, hitting just a fraction of the myriad of trails that the UP has to offer. I allowed the better part of a week for the trip, going solo, on an F800GS. Cannonshot put in some big bike go-arounds for some of the harrier sections of the route which I did make some use of. My initial plan was to do the whole route but in the end I did not, for reasons of weather, and then making a bit of an error on time estimation on my part. I ended up cutting out most of the south western portion of the route and the whole trip took me 4.5 days door to door.