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Old 12-25-10, 06:51 AM   #1
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Michigan Shoreline West Tour?

Anyone thinking of doing this one in August? I'm planning the 6-day, New Buffalo to Traverse City.
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I did the tour last year (Montague to Mackinaw) last year and really enjoyed it. I'm planning on riding it again this year, but just as far as Traverse City. One nice thing last year was that we had a scheduled "day off" in Traverse City, camping at the Community Center for two nights. This was a nice break and also a chance to explore routes in the area (Mission Peninsula, etc.). This year, to cover the added distance, they're only in TC for a night and then move on (and the next two days are probably the toughest terrain).

Anyway, last year I drove to Mackinaw beforehand and took the bus to the start. This year my wife might drive up to TC to meet me and bring her bike along so we can spend a couple of days staying in the area. I'll try to hitch a ride to the start so I don't have to drive up to TC myself and end up with both our cars making the trip. But only the 9-day riders will be driving to the start location since they only have the option of the post-event bus.
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Yes, the layover in T-City was very nice. I did it in 2008 too so I'll likely do a different week-long tour for 2011...prolly something in WI. Shoreline West is easily in my top three for being well organized and well supported.
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I would love to do this tour, but I am car-free, and would need to figure out a way back New Buffalo with my bike.
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That is quite different this year...kind of strange [and screwy] since the drive from Mack City to NB is not prohibitively long (~6 hours). Some other week-long tours I've done have had this length of bus ride. It stinks being on a bus that long but I'd take that over the extra distance I'd have to go to get to and from the "bus" start (T-City).
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Does anyone have route maps that they taken on this trip?
I have been looking to do this on my own, but need to find a good balance with shoreline and speed roads to manage my time.
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I have the maps from the '08 SW tour (Spring Lake-Mackinaw City). This year's [anniversary] tour is longer.
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I would love to do this tour, but I am car-free, and would need to figure out a way back New Buffalo with my bike.
The car should be no problem - they're offering a bus ride to get you back to the start.
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Yes, the layover in T-City was very nice. I did it in 2008 too so I'll likely do a different week-long tour for 2011...prolly something in WI. Shoreline West is easily in my top three for being well organized and well supported.
Last year I did the Shoreline MUP, which was fantastic. I'd recommend that to you.
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I have the maps from the '08 SW tour (Spring Lake-Mackinaw City). This year's [anniversary] tour is longer.
Are you familiar with a section of the route around Frankfort, that has a 1/2 mile 12% grade? If it's on your maps can we PM? Wife and I are a bit worried about it, and I'd like to scout it. My cousin is bringing people here to ride it with us, and they are somewhat older and concerned.
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Are you familiar with a section of the route around Frankfort, that has a 1/2 mile 12% grade? If it's on your maps can we PM? Wife and I are a bit worried about it, and I'd like to scout it. My cousin is bringing people here to ride it with us, and they are somewhat older and concerned.
There are not any grades like that around Frankfort. On M22 just south of Frankfort there is a ~1 mile climb that averages 6-7% with a nice soulder. There is a very short (maybe a hundred yards) hill going North from Frankfort that is 15% or so. I'm not sure if the route heads up that hill or goes out to the main road. Don't worry about the hills around Frankfort, they aren't bad at all.

I'm not doing this ride, but the route from Manistee to Charlevoix is some great riding.
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~5 miles north of Arcadia is a long climb..."Arcadia Hill". Like brian416 said though, it is not 12%. There is a section of that climb that is tough, but not 12%. You will want a triple. Trust me. At the top of that climb is "Watermelon Hill" because by the time you get to the top you're ready for a rest and some juicy melon, which they have in abundance The view is well worth the effort.

It really is a wonderfully scenic tour that I'd encourage anyone to do. But the real hills are by Boyne City, not Frankfort. See Michigan Mountain Mayhem
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right now I'm just worried about my dear older relations. Maybe the summer after that I can be ready for MMM.
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Love to do that tour.. Can one find bike maps as to the best bike routing. I'd be curious as to the safest routing. Seems many of the roads aren't too bike friendly.
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Love to do that tour.. Can one find bike maps as to the best bike routing. I'd be curious as to the safest routing. Seems many of the roads aren't too bike friendly.
The League of Michigan Bicyclists sells maps for their tours. $11 for this tour's map (incl S&H). Although I tried clicking on "Order Map" for this tour and got an "Untrusted Connection" message which can be bypassed.
http://www.lmb.org/index.php/Routes-Maps.html
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There are not any grades like that around Frankfort. On M22 just south of Frankfort there is a ~1 mile climb that averages 6-7% with a nice soulder. There is a very short (maybe a hundred yards) hill going North from Frankfort that is 15% or so. I'm not sure if the route heads up that hill or goes out to the main road. Don't worry about the hills around Frankfort, they aren't bad at all.

I'm not doing this ride, but the route from Manistee to Charlevoix is some great riding.

Ok, they must have said it was in the sector that includes Frankfort, or some such thing.
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The League of Michigan Bicyclists sells maps for their tours. $11 for this tour's map (incl S&H). Although I tried clicking on "Order Map" for this tour and got an "Untrusted Connection" message which can be bypassed.
http://www.lmb.org/index.php/Routes-Maps.html
Odd, last year I could not find any advance maps for the Shoreline MUP route. Different this year?

Much of the area the West passes through are covered already by the various collections of Michigan cycling routes in print.
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I walked up Arcadia Hill last year -- no big deal. I think I could do it this year since I'll be more familiar with it (I gave up too soon -- didn't realize it was shorter than I thought).

By the way, here's the lowdown on transportation. The tour usually has a single starting point (e.g., Montague) and ending point (Mackinac City) (not counting the 3-day option that picks up in Traverse City). So they have always given you the option of a pre-ride or post-ride bus. Last year I drove my car to Mackinac, parked it behind the school, and took a bus to the start. So when I finished, my car was there waiting. Others drive to the start, ride to the finish, then take a bus back to the starting location.

But this year they are doing a special extra-long route, so that some people will be doing 6 days from the start to Traverse City while others will do 9 days all the way to Mackinac. This complicated the bus planning, so this year (only) if you are doing the 6-day route and want to use the bus, you'll have to do it pre-ride. The 9-day riders only have the option of a post-ride bus. This is the only practical way they could do it without having too many bus options.
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