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Question: Go North, young man.  Or maybe South.
Wisconsin - 9 (14.8%)
UP of Michigan - 14 (23%)
Missouri - 7 (11.5%)
Arkansas - 10 (16.4%)
Tennessee - 8 (13.1%)
Around Lake Superior - 13 (21.3%)
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« on: July 06, 2007, 09:32:12 pm »

Hey Region Four!

I've got 4 (make that 5) days to go on a little moto tour from July 25th to July 29th.  I could go to the Gap or some other point as far away, but then I wouldn't be able to meander about and take my time.  So I think I'll stay closer to home.

I don't want to plan this very much.  I've got a start time and an end time.  Beyond that, I just want to wander, stopping when and where I feel like it.  But I would like a general direction of travel, even if I don't end up sticking to it.  For example, I may plan to head south, but end up going north on the day of to avoid a large storm system.

So where should Hickey go?  You get two votes since if I'm in one state I might as well see another nearby.  Please feel free to write in a vote or give me some "must see" areas.
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« Reply #1 on: July 06, 2007, 10:21:12 pm »

As the saying goes, "Two wrongs don't make a right but three lefts do."

Turn left out of your driveway and go with the flow. With a little luck the final left on your trip will be into your driveway.


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« Reply #2 on: July 06, 2007, 11:11:00 pm »

Go ride the Driftless area of Wisconsin in Iowa and Grant counties.  Can't go wrong on those alphabet road out there. Bigok
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« Reply #3 on: July 06, 2007, 11:25:38 pm »


Go ride the Driftless area of Wisconsin in Iowa and Grant counties.  Can't go wrong on those alphabet road out there. Bigok


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And the area of northern Illinois near Galena.  The SW corner of WI up to LaCrosse and NW corner of IL have a lot of great scenery and roads.  
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« Reply #4 on: July 07, 2007, 05:37:08 pm »

yes, Tha alphabets of WI are great but go somewhere you never been.

I went to Marquette and saw Lake Superior,

ate at the Up North Lodge in Gwinn,
and talked my way onto the flight Line at Sawyer for a few pics about 2 weeks ago.

Gorgeous weather and scenery.















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« Reply #5 on: July 07, 2007, 05:44:47 pm »

Now I have 5 days to tour.  

I might be able to go a little further without hurrying.

I've done some riding in SW Wisconsin over the past few years, but I've never been to the north of the state, so much would be new to me.  I've never ridden in Missouri, Arkansas, Tennessee, or Michigan.
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« Reply #6 on: July 07, 2007, 05:56:58 pm »

South's too hot &  humid in July. Go north. It'll be cooler. Seen International Falls? Loop by Duluth, and get that 'stitch on the way.   Embarassment
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« Reply #7 on: July 07, 2007, 07:19:58 pm »

I agree on the AR & MO being too hot. Do WI-MN-MI if you want scenery. If it was my choice, go WV-PA.
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« Reply #8 on: July 07, 2007, 07:40:08 pm »

Northern Michigan and Wisconsin should offer a reasonable climate for motorcycle gear and absolutely stunning scenery.  You'll see lots of water, hill and dale and meet friendly folks.  There are plenty of national forests and state parks for camping.  Great mom and pop restaurants for food too.

Hell, I talked myself into it.  I'm going up first full weekend in August.  
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« Reply #9 on: July 07, 2007, 08:59:21 pm »

As you know, I did Southeast Missouri today... and while it was a great ride... it was freaking hot!  In fact, I was a bad boy and rode part of the afternoon without my jacket!

So with that said, go north young man!
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« Reply #10 on: July 07, 2007, 09:10:39 pm »

You already live close to Wisconsin and the truth is that you could do that in 1-2 days.   Why not just head southeast into mid or lower Indiana and then see where you end up.  Perhaps after riding those SW Indiana roads you might find inspiration to head north into Michigan or maybe even south.
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« Reply #11 on: July 08, 2007, 02:59:38 pm »

It has been suggested that I follow the Mississippi river north, go through Minnesota, into Canada, around Lake Superior, through the UP of Michigan, and home again via central Wisconsin.

I'm thinking that is a lot of miles per day, but if the roads are good, then I wouldn't feel the need to explore much -- most all of this will be new to me anyway.
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« Reply #12 on: July 09, 2007, 12:06:31 pm »

 Inlove North side of Lake Superior  Bigok
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2916.jpg

Over rises that offer only sky
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2869.jpg

Right along the shore you see alot of water.....
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2864.jpg

And the creatures are larger
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/Myron02.jpg

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« Reply #13 on: July 09, 2007, 12:12:07 pm »

You are close to SW Wisconsin but I suggest Northern Wisconsin or around Lake Superior.  I've heard Superior is a beautiful ride and should be cooler in late July.  You can always wheel your way through some of the SW Wisconsin roads along the way.  I would also hit the UP and northern Michigan.
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« Reply #14 on: July 09, 2007, 12:25:35 pm »

I just got back from going around Lake Michigan. It was a blast. I want to hit  Superior next. I posted up in the ride report...
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« Reply #15 on: July 09, 2007, 01:19:17 pm »


 Inlove North side of Lake Superior  Bigok
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2916.jpg

Over rises that offer only sky
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2869.jpg

Right along the shore you see alot of water.....
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/100_2864.jpg

And the creatures are larger
http://i60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/ATL%202007/Myron02.jpg




bill, Dave and i did the same trip the momreal day weekend.

 it was a 5 day trip with around 400 to 500 miles a day. depends how many POI's you do.

one note, if you do go in to Canada make shire you have a motel reservation. they are few and far between.  wawa has a lot of motels. the wawa Inn is good and clean.


here's a link.  www.aroundthelakes.net
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« Reply #16 on: July 16, 2007, 11:48:01 am »

This time of year the temps make the Nothern routes the ones to pick.  I just returned from the North shore of Superior.  Lows in the 50s highs in the 70s.  However the routes are more scenic than twisty.  If you want twisty then head South to Arkansaw but prepare to be parboiled.  

I am happy I went North.  

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« Reply #17 on: July 16, 2007, 12:15:36 pm »

I think I am going to head north.  Twisty roads are good and I'll get some of those in Wisconsin.  But so are scenic roads in places I've never been along with some cooler temperatures.

Of course I may end up going in a different direction if the weather forecast is foul to the north during those days.

I'm going to try to take a lot of pics and write up the trip.  I will probably bring my laptop and try to post as I go.
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« Reply #18 on: July 16, 2007, 12:22:09 pm »

I wouldn't go to any of thase places.

Takes you 14 hours to get to Denver. Head for the mountains it is cool at 12,000 ft. You can cover the entire state in 3 days.
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« Reply #19 on: July 16, 2007, 01:47:45 pm »

There is no way I can cross the Great Plains in one day of riding.  If I had a full week or more to travel, then I would definitely head West.  I'd love to ride the Rockies sometime.
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