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Old 11-28-09, 10:38 AM   #1
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Michigan Upper Peninsula Tour Experience?

Anybody ridden the Michigan Upper Peninsula (MUP) Tour, hosted by League of Michigan Bicyclists Shoreline Tour? I'm looking for some route and road type intelligence. I'm thinking of doing this with my cousin next year.

I've asked just about the same question if Great Lakes, so as far as double postings, let your conscience be your guide.
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While I have not technically toured in the UP, I did live up their for a few years and I've ridden many of the roads. The roads in the UP are for the most part good and even better than one would expect for a region that gets as much snow as they do. The main highways generally have wider shoulders and are as safe (or not) as riding any major highway. The Up is also loaded with two lane fire access roads with narrow (if any) shoulder. Fortunately, the traffic on these roads is minimal and make for some really beautiful riding. I would think the best time to ride is either early / mid spring or fall due to the least amount of tourist traffic at those times. I highly recommend the Houghton / Hancock area and north Copper Country. Also, Porcupine Mountain area west of Ontonagon is really nice and Presque Isle. The UP in general is really spectacularly remote for the most part where you could spend days just on fire roads alone. I highly recommend it and no matter where you go, it will be worth the trip.
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Here is the journal of my tour of the UP in 2006.

http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/?...c_id=1764&v=9S
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group tours totally depend on the quality of the sag wagon and cook.

i don't know how well the League of michigan bicyclists do it; as for the scenenry of the UP, do it, you'll love it.

The Keewenaw peninsula is nicer in scenery than eastern UP by a long shot. if you were going self supported, id sggest a loop from marquette or l'anse to copper harbor, then the porqupines and return.
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While I have not technically toured in the UP, I did live up their for a few years and I've ridden many of the roads. The roads in the UP are for the most part good and even better than one would expect for a region that gets as much snow as they do. The main highways generally have wider shoulders and are as safe (or not) as riding any major highway. The Up is also loaded with two lane fire access roads with narrow (if any) shoulder. Fortunately, the traffic on these roads is minimal and make for some really beautiful riding. I would think the best time to ride is either early / mid spring or fall due to the least amount of tourist traffic at those times. I highly recommend the Houghton / Hancock area and north Copper Country. Also, Porcupine Mountain area west of Ontonagon is really nice and Presque Isle. The UP in general is really spectacularly remote for the most part where you could spend days just on fire roads alone. I highly recommend it and no matter where you go, it will be worth the trip.
I know people that have done the Copper Country Color Tour and have heard only great things. It is an annual event in mid-September. There is a 200 km, 100 km, and a 50 km route that starts in Houghton, and depending on the route, loops all the way up to Copper Harbor. I am really looking forward to doing it this year. If you are near the Keweenaw, you should join us.

http://cycling.students.mtu.edu/color_tour.html
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Wow that color tour looks like a great ride. May have to try to make it up there for that.
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RE: UP touring ...

We did a five-day tour. Started at St. Ignace and went North and then East to Drummond Island - where we stayed for a couple of days. The scenery was great at the shoreline - although some of the M-Roads along that way don't let you really see the water. Take some good insect repellent. We went in early June and got ate up by the black flies. YMMV.
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