Originally Posted by hayduke217
Ever come face to face with any big critters on the back roads, bears, moose, etc?
I've never seen any while road riding, but apparently homeowners/farmers see black bears not infrequently. There are a few localized areas of moose and elk habitat - see the state map
- but I've never seen either of those, even when I'm trying!
The U.P. is not Yosemite, but here's plenty of low-key wildlife - whitetail deer, small mammals (raccoons, foxes, muskrats, etc), & big birds (wild turkey, sandhill cranes, hawks, occasionally bald eagles).
Road riding in the U.P. is *nice*, like a comfortable old pair of jeans. The scenery is pretty and in the right pre-dusk and post-dawn light can be beautiful, but not *stunning*. But the roads are lightly traveled and if pretty good repair; off the main highways (US-2 mostly, I think - although as I said earlier, weekends near any destination spot are often crowded with tourist vehicles) you can usually stop to take a leak mid-road if you choose with no potential embarrassment. (But I'm a guy....)