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Old 04-27-14, 08:51 AM
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Circling Lake Michigan

I'm preparing for my spring tour :-) So far I have decided to drive to Green Bay, leave car with relatives and take the clock-wise route around the Lake.


I have two options when I get to Luddington. Ferry back to WI, or continue all the way around, which is what I would like to do.

If I stay at, or around Indiana Dunes S. P., looks like it would take about 80 miles to get north enough to clear greater Chicago and find a motel. I'm a 2-3 day camp, 1 day motel, tourer.

What's it like on that trek?

Rather not get lost and end up in some shattered inner city world.
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Old 04-27-14, 09:57 AM
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Originally Posted by lenA View Post
I'm preparing for my spring tour :-) So far I have decided to drive to Green Bay, leave car with relatives and take the clock-wise route around the Lake.


I have two options when I get to Luddington. Ferry back to WI, or continue all the way around, which is what I would like to do.

If I stay at, or around Indiana Dunes S. P., looks like it would take about 80 miles to get north enough to clear greater Chicago and find a motel. I'm a 2-3 day camp, 1 day motel, tourer.

What's it like on that trek?

Rather not get lost and end up in some shattered inner city world.

My wife and I have done bits of your proposed route during 2 different tours.

We did the Michigan shore of Lake Michigan a couple of years ago when we did a loop around the Lower Peninsula. Nice ride.

There is a long bike path along the shore of the Lake in Chicago. We hit it on our ride across the U.S. a few years ago when we rode through Chicago from the west. I'm not sure how far north it goes but it will take you through a major portion of the city from the Indiana/Illinois border. It should show up on Chicago's bike route system. Chicago was easy to navigate. Gary, Indiana was a little more challenging, but there are motels there that would make a good starting point for your passage through Chicago.

Good luck and have fun.

The Lakeside Trail in Chicago is a great place to ride. However, the day we reached it they were having an air show over the lake, and half the city was out to watch it. We were forced to walk our bikes about 4 miles through the worst of the congestion.

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Old 04-28-14, 06:24 AM
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Originally Posted by lenA View Post
I'm preparing for my spring tour :-) So far I have decided to drive to Green Bay, leave car with relatives and take the clock-wise route around the Lake.


I have two options when I get to Luddington. Ferry back to WI, or continue all the way around, which is what I would like to do.

If I stay at, or around Indiana Dunes S. P., looks like it would take about 80 miles to get north enough to clear greater Chicago and find a motel. I'm a 2-3 day camp, 1 day motel, tourer.

What's it like on that trek?

Rather not get lost and end up in some shattered inner city world.
Not sure if this link will help or not but you can check it out.
crazyguyonabike.com: Bicycle Touring: Ride 'round Lake Michigan, by Martha & Sheldon Hall
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Sorry I'm not going to be able to help with your question, but I got a wave of nostalgia reading your post. That was my first bike tour back in 1975 after I graduated from high school in Chicago. It was a different world then and I borrowed a Schwinn Continental, the best bike in my neighborhood, for the ride. No panniers, just a duffle on a book rack, wearing cutoff jeans and a T shirt and those funny-looking high gym socks with colored bands, with $40 in my pocket and I got home with change. I was hooked! Good luck on your tour.
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I did look at CGOAB but the reports were kinda old

Just going by google maps

https://www.google.com/maps/@41.5992.../data=!5m1!1e3

I'd have to swing away from the lake to use any bike trails, lanes or bike friendly thoroughfares...

The weather is crappy right now here...good day for planning :-)
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Have you seen this website: Great Lakes Circle Tour: Lake Michigan ?
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