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Old 01-03-19, 07:38 PM
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In the Traverse City area, the Old Mission Peninsula is a popular route, too. A bit on the short side, though. For the (proposed) Leelanau Peninsula ride, are you afraid of hills? I ask because I have a few maps from the Northwest Tour, which is based between Glen Arbor and Empire. The ride up the middle of the peninsula is to die for; but you need to be ready for hills. Or you could take the trail up to Sutton's Bay, but you won't see much of the peninsula.
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In the UP, another option is to take the MUP Tour run by League of Michigan Bicyclists. It's a 5 day 300-something mile tour totally in the UP. It starts in St. Ignace, which is a town at the foot of the Mackinac Bridge on the UP side. Views of Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, the Bridge, the locks and bridge at Soo, Lake Superior, Tequamenon Falls, and inland woods of the UP.
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
Tourism traffic has ramped up considerably these past few years. Might be from the Pure Michigan advertising campaign.
Over the last 20-25 years. the Michigan wines have gotten a lot more drinkable and the tasting rooms are a huge improvement.


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The bike ride around Mackinac Island is a pretty easy eight miles or so. Some trails cross over mid-island for some climbing. During the summer, the ride can be crowded with both inexperienced and rude riders. Should be much better for you given the time of year you plan going there.
I recommend time allocation as follows:

Leelanau Peninsula and Traverse City 1.5-2 days.
Add 1-1.5 days for Harbor Springs and Petoskey. Plan to ride the M22 tunnel of trees. More to see and experience than the UP.
Mackinac Island 1 day.
Detroit area stopover on way home. Grosse Pointe's are worth riding around if you like 1920's residential architecture.

If you seek accommodations in Empire or Suttons Bay and like AirBNB, contact me for suggestions.
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Old 01-06-19, 12:45 PM
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Seemed like a good place to insert this.

https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,...3361--,00.html
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Old 01-15-19, 03:25 PM
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Originally Posted by JonathanGennick View Post
I live in he U.P. , and personally I find that August and September are two of my favorite months to be outside. Most of the mosquitoes and flies are gone, and the weather is often still warm enough to be pleasant.
In my experience, late August into early September has a lot of rain, though. My parents used to take all the kids to the UP for the last two weeks before Labor Day and we could count on at least 10 days of rain in that 2-week time frame.
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Old 02-03-19, 02:29 PM
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Near The Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore . . .

I'd recommend September. Weather is moderating and the summer tourists are gone. Can't remember the last time I've gotten a mosquito bite around here. There are nice routes and some trails in Benzie, Leelanau, and Grand Traverse Counties.

New for 2019 is going to be an extension of the paved portion of the Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail through our National Lakeshore. It's always a nice ride N into Glen Arbor for lunch. One 13% grade hill along the way and you can stop for a dune climb or at the old logging and canning village of Glen Haven for a great view of the Manitou Passage and islands. The trail N of Glen Arbor is problematic as loose gravel makes riding my trike there excruciating and I take to the roads.

Another favorite trail is the Leelanau Trail to Sutton's Bay. One may start at several points along the way. Two wineries, Shady Lane and Black Star Farms, on roads close to the trail are worth the stop. The reds up here are not great, but the whites are exceptional.

Backroads are generally safe for cyclists and there are many good routes, especially on the Mission Peninsula above Traverse City.
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Old 02-03-19, 05:20 PM
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Sounds nice but.. "One 13% grade hill along the way..." yipes!
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