Super Yooper Dirt Tour

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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby cjsbike » September 10th, 2013, 8:16 pm

Askel wrote:
Found the story of your Huron crossing pretty entertaining. I think I know exactly what route you took, it's much better by fatbike when it's mostly frozen.

There are far better routes to take through the area.

For those planning their own cross-UP dirt trips, a motorcycle buddy of mine publishes some excellent GPS tracks for the area. http://dco43054.com/phpbb/viewforum.php?f=2 Very well done with lots of other extra info that would be helpful to those on tour.


The story is a bit entertaining, but the swamp section was not!

I am looking forward to tackling the same route next year on my fatbike along with other fatbikers. You are invited to join us next year. Shooting for the first part of July.

I would say there are some better routes, but I was intent on the Triple A route because I wanted to see the nickel mine. No dice there but I got to exprience a Yooper trail swamp with deer flies and all!

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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby cjsbike » March 6th, 2014, 9:14 pm

It has been a while since my last post. However, as promised, some photos from the ride. Better late than ever!

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Three brothers at 6"5' + feet tall packed into a Subaru for 7 hours with one bike and camping gear!

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Copper Harbor from Brockway Mountain Drive.

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Sunday morning 9am after a night of heavy rain. Outside Fort Wilkins State Park, mile 0.

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Fort Wilkins State Park

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Heading north, really to the end of US41 where the dirt starts!

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The end of US41, the start of the adventure.

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Climbing high to the end of the peninsula.

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One of many little bridges.

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A little swamp at the tip of the peninsula.

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The steel stead after 40 miles of riding.

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North of Calumet. Looks like Yooper gangland!

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ORV trail from Calumet to Houghton/Hancock.

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Portage Lake Lift Bridge. Halfway to Baraga.

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Abandon rail bridge over Pike River south of Chassell.

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All dirt trails lead to Baraga.

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Camp set up in Baraga State Park.

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Starting to climb into the Huron Mountain range.

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Nice rivers in the mountains.

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The summit of Mt. Arvon.

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At the top with the RV.

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Geological survey marker.

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Looking to the south at Mt. Cottonwood atop Mt. Arvon.

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Later in the day, the swamp section. 1.5 mile hike with bike.

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CR 580 to the south into Marquette. This road is not downhill to Marquette!

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The only "Cyclist" I came across on the ride. Dillon on his way to Marquette. We are 25 miles north.

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East of Marquette hitting the flat ORV trail. Rocky and sandy at times.

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U.P. scenery.

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Autrain Lake.

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National Forest Service dirt road south of Autrain.

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Cranse east of Munising.

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Sandy rail trail heading up to Adams Truck Trail.

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ORV trail to Adams Truck Trail.

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Adams Truck Trail.

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Scrub forest. Kingston Plains.

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Broken computer sensor repair outside Grand Marias.

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Coming into Grand Marias having to take the pave. Not a happy moment.

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Morning look at Lake Superior at Muskallonge Lake State Park.

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Logged land 40 miles west of Paradise.

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Two Hearted River.

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Dirt roading to Paradise.

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The sign says it all! Feeling better and looking for food. Here I come, Little Falls Inn.

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Mouth of the Tahquamenon River.

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Looking south on 123 to the Hiawatha Forest.

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Time trialing along the grade!

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National Forest Service Roading! Halfway between Paradise and St. Ignace.

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Mackinac Bridge crossing. Love it. Good bye U.P.

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Back in lower Michigan.

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Last day in the saddle. The North Central Rail Trail to Gaylord.

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One of two tunnels on the rail trail to Gaylord.

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The dirt road maze south a Gaylord. 66 miles to home.

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Looked at this for 5 days.

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Constant companion.

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Kolka Creek Road before the turn at Cameron Bridge Road.

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Island Lake Road, we are in Iceman Country!

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Glad to be home!

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Minutes after the ride is complete. The Five Day Steel Steed!

This was a great trip!

Enjoy!

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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby Zoo1424 » March 6th, 2014, 10:24 pm

Nice write up and pictures. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby SteveF » March 7th, 2014, 8:21 am

Very inspiring pics-thanks for taking the time...
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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby Sortaslow » March 7th, 2014, 4:05 pm

Very cool read and pics
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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby MattB » July 26th, 2014, 9:11 pm

Hey Chad (and anyone else), we're holding a ride through some remote areas west of Marquette later this August (posted it under Racing) if you wanted a tour of some alternate routes through the area.

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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby cjsbike » July 26th, 2014, 11:20 pm

I looked at the event flyer and it sounds awesome!

My August is busy, but I will try to make it.

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Re: Super Yooper Dirt Tour

Postby MattB » July 30th, 2014, 6:51 pm

In case you missed it, we had to move the ride to Sun Aug 24th.

Hope you can make it, although I understand it's a bit of a drive for a 4-5hr ride!
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