Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Touring Have a dream to ride a bike across your state, across the country, or around the world? Self-contained or fully supported? Trade ideas, adventures, and more in our bicycle touring forum.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 02-27-10, 10:37 AM   #1
RepWI
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
RepWI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 414
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Michigan UP U.S. Hwy 2 conditions

Hi
I live in west central WI and am planning my first tour of the 2010 season. I would like to head up to Ashland, WI then enter the UP and head east to Hwy 45 and reenter WI.

I seek advice on the Hwy 2 and 45 part of the route. What can I expect for traffic volume in May/June? Is there enough shoulder to ride? BTW, is it a very hilly route?

Thanks

Last edited by RepWI; 02-27-10 at 11:17 AM.
RepWI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-10, 11:52 AM   #2
kdiehl
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Cottonwood Heights, Utah (Salt Lake City suburb)
Bikes: Cannondale CAAD9, Co-motion Americano
Posts: 155
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Here's some maps that might be helpful: http://www.michigan.gov/mdot/0,1607,...6053--,00.html and http://www.adventurecycling.org/routes/northlakes.cfm.
kdiehl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-10, 03:40 PM   #3
RepWI
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
RepWI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 414
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I appreciate the links to the maps. I do though seek advice on people that have traveled that route.

..." What can I expect for traffic volume in May/June? Is there enough shoulder to ride? BTW, is it a very hilly route?"
RepWI is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-27-10, 04:18 PM   #4
indyfabz
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2010
Bikes:
Posts: 10,494
Mentioned: 10 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1005 Post(s)
Sign up for this:

http://www.bikely.com/

It allows you to map your route. In the "show" option you can select profile and see the route profile. It will also give you climbing feet.
indyfabz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-28-10, 01:47 PM   #5
Derailed
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: South Bend, IN (U.S.A.)
Bikes: Surly LHT; Surly CC (as fixed-gear commuter); Hunter CX; Dahon Mu Uno
Posts: 444
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I did some biking in the UP in mid-May back in 2007. I rode up the western side of Lake Michigan, spent some time on the UP, took a ferry to Isle Royale, and then headed home down the eastern side of Lake Michigan. Some of my route overlapped with sections of what you're talking about.

On the way up I followed 2 westward from Norway (a little east of Iron Mountain) to Watersmeet. I then took 45 northward from Watersmeet to Rockland, at which point I followed 26 out onto the Keweenah Peninsula. On the way back I did a lot of my west to east travel on 28, but got down to 2 by Naubinway, and then stayed on 2 all the way to 75/ the Mackinac Bridge.

I found the sections of 2 and 45 I rode to be totally fine. There wasn't much traffic, yet there were decent shoulders. I was pleasantly surprised.

The western portion of the UP was hillier than I expected, but the eastern part was pretty flat. The climbs weren't super long, but there was a lot of up and down which I found to be fairly tiring. Also, I couldn't believe the easterly winds I experienced while heading east... I'm not sure how uncommon that is, but it was a killer to face that wind several days in a row.
Derailed is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:16 AM.