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post #1 of 18 Old May 13th, 2013, 8:05 am Thread Starter
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Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

On about July 1, I'm taking a highly-modified around-the lake tour that will originate in Dayton, OH.

Stops on the way:
Grand Rapids, MI
Houghton, MI
Bemidji, MN
Davenport, IA
Dayton, OH

My initial thoughts for routing and I'm looking for suggestions to improve.

1. Super slab to Grand Rapids
2. Follow US 31 to M22
3. US31 to M119
4. Cross the bridge
5. US2, M77, M28, US41 to Houghton.
6. M26 to M28 to US2 to Duluth
7. US2 to Bemidji
8. US71 and US10 to Minnealpolis
9. Great River Road (along the Mississippi to Davenport)
10. Super slab across IL, IN, and OH to home.

Any suggestions for improving the route?

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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

Let me start by saying I hate interstate travel, but I do understand the need to make miles,
so my first suggestion will be to stay of the interstate,

assuming you're taking I75 to I94 or I 96 you're actually going out of your way
to go through some of the most congested high traffic area's in the state to get to GR,
the only thing you will see on those roads are the taillights of the next semi you are trying to get past.

consider 127 or 66 as an alternative through Ohio and if you need to 131 in Michigan

After GR, 31 is mostly super slab until you get up around Ludington,
if you don't have the time to do the near coastal roads north of Muskegon (beautiful)

I would suggest 37 then cut over to either Ludington or Manistee to get to 22 (good choice)
Once you get that far north and west just like in the U.P. you can't go wrong

The last thing I'm going to suggest is when you are slabbing it home
is stay as far away from the Chicago area as you can,
it's a horrible nightmare of traffic.


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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

+ 1 on riding thru Chicago traffic was crazy.... but their was a lot of great music on the radio

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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

4.1 Follow I-75 north to M28 near Brimley, west on M28 three miles to 221 north, then west on Lakeshore Drive which changes to Curley Lewis Scenic Byway west to M123 turn north to Paradise and follow M123 back down to Newberry and M28.


5.1 Take M77 all the way north (25 more miles) to Grand Marais. Take H58 west to Munising to get back to M28. H58 is a premiere ride with the best twisties and some of the best views this region has to offer.

5.2 Take US 41 all the way north to its end at Copper Harbor then return due 'south' on M26 along the shore of Lake Superior. This segment will be one of the top highlights of your whole trip.

5.3 Refer to www.upcruising.com for detailed rides in the Upper Peninsula region.

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]Be sure to take lotsa pictures and share them with us,
I'm getting exited just reading and thinking about all those cool roads and beautiful places,
take the time to check out the falls in Paradise and the pictured rocks that water is so clear and clean,
Copper Harbor might be a little out of the way but it's a ride you'll never forget.


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OK everybody says avoid Chicago.
Well how is one expected to get from west to east by lake Michigan. Unless of course you plan to take a wide berth. If you choose leaving WI grab US41 and ride the lake through the northern burbs. Then jump on 14 LSD city shoreline and exit through south/east Chicago and pick up I-94/80 once you hit IN. Or US 6, 20, or 30. you won't have to worry about our fair city anymore.
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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

Thanks for all the great advice....I am going well around Chicago.

When I leave Minneapolis to go south, I'm going to take the Great River Road and parallel the Mississippi river until I get to Davenport, Iowa. I want to visit St Ambrose University there. From Davenport, I'll take the super slab through Indianapolis.

The closest I will be to Chicago is 140 miles when I'm in Bloomington. I certainly hope the traffic isn't all the way out there.

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The closest I will be to Chicago is 140 miles when I'm in Bloomington.
I used to have to drive there once a month (for work)
For me that is still to close, ymmv


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4.1 Follow I-75 north to M28 near Brimley, west on M28 three miles to 221 north, then west on Lakeshore Drive which changes to Curley Lewis Scenic Byway west to M123 turn north to Paradise and follow M123 back down to Newberry and M28.


5.1 Take M77 all the way north (25 more miles) to Grand Marais. Take H58 west to Munising to get back to M28. H58 is a premiere ride with the best twisties and some of the best views this region has to offer.

5.2 Take US 41 all the way north to its end at Copper Harbor then return due 'south' on M26 along the shore of Lake Superior. This segment will be one of the top highlights of your whole trip.

5.3 Refer to www.upcruising.com for detailed rides in the Upper Peninsula region.
On ALL points ... +1 +1 +1 +1. Not to be missed, but will add to the travel time. You may want to do H58 3-times!

Have fun,
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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

I would the ride Scott suggested. He is a Youper and knows his stuff. H58 is a GREAT ride and the ride up to Copper Harbor should not be missed










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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

If you are not trying to make time, you could take US 24 across IL and into IN. In Logansport, jump on US35 and follow it all the way to Dayton. Not particularly scenic, but it is not interstate and good road. Lots of small towns, if you are into that. If you come that way, maybe we could hook up. I live near Kokomo, which 35 goes through, and am also originally from West Carrollton.

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Many years ago I was born and lived in the Dayton area and now live in Bemidji, mn You need to travel past Bemidji to Lake Itasca, the headwaters of the Mississippi. It is only an extra 30 miles. You will be able to walk across the mighty Mississippi there. It is a beautiful state park. Remember the UP, Wisconsin, and Minnesota are home to lots and lots of deer. Be very alert early and late in the day.

You may know that there is a phone in Texas that for 35 dollars you can call God. There is also a phone in California for 45 dollars you can call God. In the UP there is a phone for 10 cents you can call God, In the UP it is a local call.
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In the UP it is a local call.


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...You may know that there is a phone in Texas that for 35 dollars you can call God. There is also a phone in California for 45 dollars you can call God. In the UP there is a phone for 10 cents you can call God, In the UP it is a local call.
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Re: Going around Lake Michigan -- Pointers?

I sort of disagree with the "avoid Chicago at all costs" population. Chicago is part of the loop and shouldn't be missed. Don't blast through or around Chicago on the super-slabs, rather relax, take your time and enjoy this beautiful segment of the circle tour by going right down Lake Shore Drive...it's a fantastic leg of the journey. Just south of Skokie, you'll want to exit the super slab (94), head east, and pick up on Lake Shore drive (US 41). Once south of Chicago...and crossing over into NW Indiana, you should pick up on Route 12 east. Stretches of this are quite industrial as you go through Whiting (ginormous BP refinery there), East Chicago, and Gary (lots of steel mills). Once you're east of Gary, IN though, it gets really nice again as you lean into some gentle twisty through the forested area of the Indiana dunes, then cross over into Michigan.

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2nd that.. get a good steak while in town... or harassed at the buger place SNL made famous.
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OK everybody says avoid Chicago.
Ditto what Toolman said. I am glad I did it. Just wish I had time for the observation deck in the Sears (what I will always call it) tower.

Chicago is not bad if you hit Lakeshore Dr at about 10 am on a Sunday like I did following MOA in West Bend.
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I guess the going around lake Michigan thread has now become a ride through or avoid Chicago debate,
to all of you "homeboys" there maybe it's what you're used to and that's why you like it,
I'm not just "dissing" Chicago I feel the same way about most any major metropolis.

I used to have a riding buddy that grew up in Oklahoma
and whenever we would come up on a cattle truck he would "linger" because it smelled like home,
to each his own,

if given a choice I would rather follow a cattle truck than ride through the stink of all the steel mills in Gary,

if I pick the route it's going to be a quiet back road through the Orange groves or eucalyptus trees,
that's the kind of aroma I prefer.

However if I had to do Chi-town,
Sunday morning or four in the morning would be do-able.
But that's just me.


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