My wife and I are thinking about a 400 mile or so self supported bike tour in late August/early September. We're from California, but for some reason I got a bee in my bonnet to tour a bit in the upper midwest, and this area looks appealing to me because it's near water, and there can be boat trips involved! We'll be both camping and staying in motels. We're in our 60s, so we don't move very fast either (30-50 miles/day). We're giving ourselves 2 weeks so we can enjoy the route and take time to hang out here and there.
So, we're thinking of starting in Milwaukee and going north by something like the following:
1) Start in Milwaukee (we have family there, so it's a good start/end spot for us).
2) Ride north by some route to Door county. We don't know whether staying close to Lake Michigan is best to get up to Door, or whether going inland to Lake Winnebago is better.
3) Ride back to Manitowoc and then take the ferry to Ludington MI.
4) Ride by some route south to Muskegon MI. Again, should we stay nearer the lake or go inland?
5) Ferry back to Milwaukee.
So, for you Wisconsin and Michigan road riders out there, what do you think? Any particular routes we should take to make this as enjoyable as possible? Any specific places we should not miss?