Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Grand Forks, ND to Sault Saint Marie, MI/ON

Planned route from Grand Forks, ND to Sault Saint Marie, MI/ON. There are alot of lakes and alot of forest to camp in along this route. This route mostly follows the northern tier of the upper peninsula of michigan, and the last couple days are shorter rides, so there is definitely room for exploring in here.

Day 1 .....Grand Forks, ND to Lake Bemidjii State Park. This is a long stretch, 120 miles, but I'd like to try it if we're all feeling good this day, as there aren't many good places to set up camp along this stretch. The route is completely flat, so it shouldn't be too bad. Route 2 is a 4 lane here, but the shoulder looks plenty big enough for bikes.

Day 2 ....Scenic, winding road with lots of lakes to Grand Rapids, MN. There are a bunch of options for camping, but Itasaca County Fairground looks like the best bet because its just outside of town. Easy flat 70 miles.

Day 3 ....Mostly Route 2 from Grand Rapids, MN to Amnicon Falls State Park, MI. Just under 100 miles.

Day 4 ....Route 2 turns back into a 2 lane. Take this to state route 122 to the shore of Lake Superior at Little Girl's Point. Route is just under 90 miles.

Day 5 ....Head east on State Route 28. Stay anywhere in Ottawa National Forest, plenty of places to set up camp. 75 -100 miles.

Day 6 ....Stay on Route 28. Ride east to Marquette. There are a bunch of small parks we can stay at around Marquette. Presque Isle State Park looks cool, and has dense woods on the interior where we can camp.

Day 7 .....Follow the shoreline up to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. 12 Mile Beach State Campground has sites right on the lake. 83 miles.

Day 8 ....Short 61 mile ride east to Tahquamenon Falls State Park. There is a campground, or we could just set up anywhere in the woods. There is a microbrewery located in the park.

Day 9 .......70 mile ride to Sault Saint Marie/Canadian Border. We can find a place to stay in the US, or cross the border where we'd probably have more camping options.

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