Lake Michigan Circle Tour - 9/9-9/12 - GL1800Riders
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Lake Michigan Circle Tour - 9/9-9/12

Time
09 September at 07:00 - 12 September at 14:00
Location
Around Lake Michigan (and part of Lake Superior)

More Info:

You can see highlights from last year here: http://robak.net/lmct10.html

NOTE: A room deposit is required this year. Details in the full trip description which will be sent to interested parties.

Embark by MOTORCYCLE on an amazingly scenic, 1200 mile, 3.5 day lap around the Lake Michigan Shoreline, including a portion of Lake Superior and put a notch in your belt for this epic, landmark ride. The ride will be 95% daylight riding (14 hours of daylight available daily) with numerous stops for photo ops, smoke breaks, food, stretch and fuel. This is the same ride I do every year without incident on some amazing roads with stellar views through tranquil harbor towns, and little to no traffic once north of Milwaukee.


Some highlight spots on the trip include (do keyword searches): Milwaukee, Green Bay/Lambeau Field, KI Sawyer Air Force Base, Marquette MI/Northern Michigan University, Munising MI/Pictured Rocks/Miner's Castle, Hiawatha National Forest, Sault Ste. Marie National Forest, Mackinac Bridge/Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island Fudge Ice Cream, The Tunnel Of Trees/Highway 119, Lake Charlevoix, Grand Traverse Bay, Traverse City, Northport/Highway 22, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Manistee National Forest, Logan's Roadhouse/Holland MI, Blue Star Highway, Red Arrow Highway, 5-star Highway, Warren Dunes State Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore


<specifics deleted, as this is a private event>


There is plenty of buffer time built into each day if we run late and to make plenty of stops to keep everyone "fresh". In all honesty - no more time will be spent on the bikes daily than on a typical weekend riding day.


Daily route maps:

Day 1: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...84ee41d354&z=7
Day 1 option: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...46daaa32e&z=11
Day 2: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...f0e0f80e76&z=8
Day 3: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...fedb9cbb14&z=8
Day 4: http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...76d9ae0eaf&z=9

If you have a Garmin GPS I will be able to supply you with route files you can upload.


$ Details:

If you average 35mpg the trip will take approximately 34 gallons. At $4.00/gal that is $135, and at $4.50/gal that is $153 for the whole trip.

All 3 nights hotels are pending - 2nd night on the beach in Traverse City - and total per-person price will be approx 115-140 to include all 3 nights, depending on attendance.


Eat frugally as well (aside from the Sunday night steak! Best you will ever have - and it is only $15!) and you should be able to do the whole trip for $325-350, plus incidentals and extra spending money (casino etc).






***Please remember that this is a scenic tour around the lake and not a race or a stunt show. Anyone acting a fool WILL BE DISMISSED IMMEDIATELY***. There will also be several areas of spirited and technical riding along the way however, so everyone should be satisfied***


I have preliminary hotel reservations pending, and room deposits ($50) are due from everyone no later than 9pm July 17th, so try to lean one way or another by then. You always have the option to cancel up to August 26th without losing your deposit - so if you are on the fence say "yes" and pay until then.

More information will be posted in here as the date draws near. Please post questions to the thread or the FB event. Contact me on FB if you need an invite as this is a PRIVATE EVENT.


Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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That weekend looks good for me, so for right now I am going to pencil it in. I'd also like to invite one of my riding buddies if that's OK...

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Sure thing, so long as they are not squidilicious I'll PM you more of the detailed info tonight or tomorrow - unless you find me on FB, then I can add you to the event page.

Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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Not a squid at all...mature enough to know that stupid is expensive. He does more LD-ish trips on an FZ than seems to be humanly possible a good guy to ride with. I'll put the feelers out on the trip and let you know...

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Reminder - RSVP's and the $50 room deposit is due by July 17. Refunds are given until August 26th - so any "maybe's" need to be "yes" by the 17th, or you will not have a place to sleep.

Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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Please PM me the details...I'm 99% positive I'm in for this year. Thanks

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Will do - I am working during the day today, and traveling this evening for the holiday weekend, but will try to get it to you tomorrow if not Friday.

Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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Reminder - RSVP's and the $50 room deposit is due by July 17. Refunds are given until August 26th - so any "maybe's" need to be "yes" by the 17th, or you will not have a place to sleep.

Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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5 DAY NOTICE: Lake Michigan Ride room deposits due SUNDAY

Greetings all,

IF YOU ARE A MAYBE: Change your RSVP to YES. Deposits ARE REFUNDABLE until August 26th.

There are 5 days remaining for people to submit deposits ($50/person) for their lodging during the Lake Michigan Ride. These deposits are 100% refundable until August 26th, and I will provide receipts to that effect. If you cancel after Aug 26 you will lose your deposit so those attending do not get financially shafted by last-minute drops like they did last year.

If you do not make a deposit for the room then I will not hold accommodations for you, you will not be staying in the suites with the group, enjoy the reduced costs we receive for the block of rooms and high-occupancy suites, nor have beach-front lodging on Saturday. So if you are on the fence, better to reserve a spot and cancel later if need be, than to lose out entirely.

Deposits can be in cash or via paypal and receipts will be provided.

If anyone has any questions, please let me know.

Things you say when it is time to trade your Wing for a cage:
1> It's too windy. I need a 24x36 screen and a bunch of deflectors so I am standing in an isochamber.
2> Too bumpy. This pillow-ride Cadillac of bikes is far too rough.
3> Balancing is too difficult. Better to trike or quad it.
4> Folding down the quick-release antennas is such a PITA.
5> I need tunnel fillers

Really, guys? It is a motorcycle!


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Just made that same (almost) trip last last month. We also went to L'Anse, MI for a Cinnimon Roll the size of a loaf of bread for only $3.95!

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