Upper Michigan ADV Riders

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

  1. 1TRAK

    1TRAK EXPLORER Supporter

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    Love that motor on the ULYSSES ... grunt time!
    Used a number of the 705s over the years, worked great on many surfaces.
    I like the Shinko 804/805 combo for more dirt duties, they are most excellent.
  2. djones745

    djones745 Been here awhile

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    Hi there I'm coming and up from Chicago and will be spending a week with my inlaws in the stephenson MI area. Looking to escape the family for some rides. Any suggestions on which way I should point the DR?
  3. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

    DaveJ_U.P.Rider Adventurer

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    I'm not too familiar with that area, have done some street riding through there.
  4. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Head due north....the further the better!

    Try and get up north of Felch and east of Sagola. That area is loaded with forest roads. You will find miles and miles of stuff to ride.
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  5. Askel

    Askel Perma-n00b

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    Another plug for a UP business:

    https://mapleridgeresort.net

    Recently had the privilege of staying there. Bob and Nicole are great hosts. Bob also has probably some of the most detailed knowledge of the all the surrounding backwoods roads and trails in the area. Really nice spot on the lake too.
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  6. dsmonstar

    dsmonstar Been here awhile

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    Sorry I missed ya man, thanks for the contact info! I'll be coming up again maybe this fall on another bigger bike to do more UP. I posted some pictures in the other UPAT thread of my trip, what a great time. I honestly can not wait to go back. 20190708_130530_HDR.jpg 20190708_182928.jpg 20190709_064849_HDR.jpg 20190709_104710_HDR.jpg 20190709_134854_HDR.jpg 20190709_134922_HDR.jpg
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  7. 1TRAK

    1TRAK EXPLORER Supporter

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    Morning folks!
    A few of us are riding the UPAT out of Rapid River July 21st, ride the west loop, return the 25th and ride 3 more days on the west side of the east loop.
    If any of you have some must see spots or would like to ride some miles and show us your neck of the woods along the route let us know!
    Ride Safe.
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  8. Oatmeal Bonewell

    Oatmeal Bonewell Been here awhile

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    Planning to cross the big bridge for our first visit to the UP today, working our way down to Road America for the rockerbox next weekend. Looking at tahquamenon falls, pictured rock, and seul choix lighthouse for exploring. Any other ideas that might interest my 11 year old twins?

    Tumbleweed and Jeff City, see you on the road.

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  9. budsboy

    budsboy I crashed the swing too. Supporter

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    Stop in St. Ignace - take the boat over to Mackinaw Island.
    That island is perfect for 11 year old's.
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  10. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Long timer

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    Oswald's Bear Ranch just north of Newberry. A definite must stop.

    Grand Marais is a unique little town. Take H-58 west to Munising and the pictured rocks area. Hit the "log slide" as you go through that area.

    Best way to experience pictured rocks is to take one of the boat tours out of Munising.

    If you get to Marquette, check out Presque Isle park. Look for the "black rocks" where you can jump off the cliff into Lake Superior.
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  11. motogearhead

    motogearhead Been here awhile

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    Whitefish Point, North of Paradise, is cool. If you get close to Manistique, Big Springs ( Kitch-iti-Kipi) is a good stop. Love the loop Guzzi!
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  12. DaveJ_U.P.Rider

    DaveJ_U.P.Rider Adventurer

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    Try Lakenen Land it's near Sand River on M-28 just before you get to Marquette. It's FREE, you can ride your bikes or walk through it and it a good place to take a break...
    http://www.lakenenland.com/
    Please send me your ride plan and I'll try to ride one day if work permits as I just got off of a week of vacation. The weather looks great for you guys this week also.
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  13. Oatmeal Bonewell

    Oatmeal Bonewell Been here awhile

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    Made it to St Ignace and parked up in the campsite.

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    The weather looks good for Mackinaw Island tomorrow.
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  14. Oatmeal Bonewell

    Oatmeal Bonewell Been here awhile

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    They are going to love the bear ranch, great idea. I was looking at the kayak tours of pictured rocks, put some of that youthful energy to work.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile

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    Young or old kids, you can't go wrong at the bear ranch
  16. budsboy

    budsboy I crashed the swing too. Supporter

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    The next five days weather look to be just about perfect.
    Have fun on the island!
  17. Oatmeal Bonewell

    Oatmeal Bonewell Been here awhile

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    I'd like to check our Lakenen land, hadn't heard of it before.

    The loose plan today is whitefish point and tahquamenon falls on Monday, hit the bear ranch then up to grand Marais Tuesday, take a boat tour of pictured rocks and run out to Lakenen Wednesday. I don't think we'll spend any serious time riding. Might leave camp around Munising and ride out to Lakenen.
  18. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Screenshot_20190721-070247_Samsung Internet.jpg mystery spot is a blast.
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  19. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    Big springs is also a neat place.Kids would like it a lot.Gift shop has some neat stuff in it like dinosaur eggs.Was up there on bike a couple weeks ago and got 4 for grandkids.crystal clear with muscle powered ferry.Kids like cranking the big wheel to move ferry.Full of big fish.
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  20. Junglejeff1

    Junglejeff1 Long timer

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    From my ride over there. 20190626_173717.jpg 20190626_172424.jpg