Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Rochester Hills, MI
Bikes: Specialized Sequoia, Specialized Crosstrail, Cannondale Synapse Carbon
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Blue Water Ramble
I just wanted to promote this popular ride in SE Michigan (and I'm not a member of the sponsoring club). It starts and ends in St. Clair, MI and offers routes of 40, 60, 80 or 100 miles that run mostly on lightly-trafficed roads on both sides of the St. Clair River. This is the river that flows between Lake Huron and Lake St. Clair, and separates Michigan from Ontario.
One of the most fun parts of the ride is that you get to use both of the small car ferries that are still operating on the river. The one from Algonac, MI to Walpole Island is particularly interesting since Walpole Island is "First Nations" territory that you ride across to get to mainland Ontario. Then there's the great lunch that's served in a park on the Canadian side where you can sit on the riverbank and watch the big lake freighters go by.
The only bit of a hassle is the recent slowdown of the border crossing back to the U.S. at Marine City, especially when the guy in front of you in line at customs realizes just then that he forgot to bring proper ID along with him (aargh!). In 2008 everyone will need a passport, which I hope they will check before the crossing to Canada.
This is a pretty big event for this area (800 - 1000 riders), and the weather has been really great the last two years that I've ridden it. It's always the first Sunday in October (Oct. 7 this year), so I encourage anyone in this area to sign up for it if you've never done it before.