Upper Michigan ADV Riders

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Yooper_Bob, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Insert witty saying here....

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    Saturday works best for me.

    We can do big bikes, or small bikes depending on interest.
  2. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

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    I would like to meet up with you guys and ride, Saturday AM should work good for me as well. I will be on my BMW 650 Dakar, so pretty much whatever you want to do... Just no single track.
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  3. Yooper_Bob

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    Sounds good!

    Yeah....I'm too old, fat, and slow to tackle any single track.

    Forecast is still holding out....let's keep our fingers crossed.

    I finished replacing all of the bearings on the KTM last night. One of the rear bearings failed on me about a month ago. Left me stranded over south of Munising. I figured I had better replace them all. The front bearings still looked and felt like new. Replaced them anyway. Now I have a couple of "used" spares for an emergency.

    Took it for a short ride last night, and all seems to be good. Should be all set for the next 23K miles!
  4. 1TRAK

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    A few of us are running the east and west loops of the UPAT the second week of June.
    Do you folks have any must see hikes with a view or waterfalls along the way?

    How bad are the black flies/mosquitos so far?
    Thanks for the info!
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    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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  6. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

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    Okay just keep me in the loop, meeting location, time, & route.
    Thanks, Dave
  7. Yooper_Bob

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    Black flies are just getting started. Late this year, due to the cold. They will probably be ramping down and the mosquitoes ramping up about the time of your trip.

    We have had a ton of rain, so be prepared for plenty of water on the trails.

    Hiking? What's that? You mean like WALKING in the woods?!?!?!? :loco

    :lol3

    The hike up Sugarloaf just north of Marquette is always a good one. It can be done in under an hour, and the views from the top are pretty good. There is also Thomas Rock on Co Rd 510 just south of Big Bay. A short 3-5 minute walk to the overlook.

    The hike out to Chapel Beach along the Pictured Rocks shoreline is really nice, but it is 6+ miles round trip.
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  8. 1TRAK

    1TRAK EXPLORER Supporter

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    Thanks for the info Sir, that's a great resource!
    Looking forward to seeing some of those in Keweenaw county.
    I couldn't get the gps file to download though.

    Mosquitos we can deal with ... those black flies are scary up your way!
    MMM ... water lol.
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    Sugarloaf and Thomas Rock are on the list, as well as Silver Mt north of Sturgeon Gorge.
    Old habits die hard ... even at 63 lol.

    Thanks much for the info Bob!
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  9. Cannonshot

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  10. 1TRAK

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  11. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

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    Canyon Falls road side park just before Alberta if you are going toward Houghton, should be good with all of the run off.
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  12. Yooper_Bob

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    @DaveJ_U.P.Rider and @MotoChron how long of a ride do you guys want to do tomorrow?

    I have a 120ish mile loop that runs up towards Silver Lake basin, or a 200+ mile loop that runs up to L'Anse and back. Or, if either of you have a route you would like to propose, I am up for that as well.

    Should we plan on meeting up at the Huron Mountain Bakery around 9:30 am?
  13. MotoChron

    MotoChron Got Dirt?!

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    I'm out, sorry. One of my employees is sick so I have to stay here to cover service calls. Have a good ride.
  14. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

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    One of those will work, Huron Mountain Bakery in Marquette correct?
  15. Yooper_Bob

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    No problem....catch us next time!

    Yep!
  16. 1TRAK

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    Thanks for the info on waterfalls and hikes folks!
    We're going to view a number of those falls and hike Sugarloaf Mt, Thomas Rock, and Silver Mt.

    We're hoping to do a short afternoon ride from Rapid River Monday June 17th before we head out on the West Loop Tuesday.
    If any of you folks would like to do some miles or days on the trail let us know!
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  17. UP Matt

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    Hello everyone! I am from Houghton but am living in Marquette for the summer. I am relatively new to the sport, and I ride a drz400. I have hiked and explored a lot of Ontanogon county, and part of the reason I wanted to get into dual sport riding was to be able to really get into the woods! If anyone wants to do day or weekend rides let me know. At some point, I would like to do the western part of the UPAT.
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  18. dsmonstar

    dsmonstar Been here awhile

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    Hey Yoopers....Is it as soggy up there as in is down here ??? I'm going up in 3 weeks and might be a little concerned about the trails. Hopefully the weather is clear but what's the average temperature difference? I'm loving these 60s and 70s but starting to wonder if that means 40s for my camping!!
  19. Yooper_Bob

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    Rain has finally slowed down, and trails should be good, but you definitely will be seeing low 40's at night when camping.
  20. dsmonstar

    dsmonstar Been here awhile

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    Well....at least I won't have to worry about the mosquitos.