A short 2-1/2 day excursion. I will give full details when we return. 4 years ago
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My Husband and I thought a 4 day motorcycle trip would be a “great way” to celebrate our 15th anniversary. So we packed up our bags, and took off down the road. We chose a route around the “MIT” (mitten) of “Northern” Michigan. Riding the coasts of the Great lakes. “I highly recommend this route”. We rode 23 North, up the Lake Huron coast, on the east side of the state. Stopping in Alpena the first night. We continued up the east side of the state until we crossed through Cheboygan, then rode the coast of Lake Michigan down the west side of the state. A truly awesome, and beautiful ride! Once we crossed through Cheboygan, we stopped at the wonderful “Legs Inn”. A authentic polish restaurant that sits at the mouth of the tunnel of trees, in Cross village. The Tunnel of Trees is located on Route 119, about 35 miles from a very popular tourist stop of Mackinac Island, which is located at the juncture of Michigan and Upper Peninsula Michigan. This is at the top of Michigan where Lake Michigan and Lake Huron meet and divide the state. This road hugs the eastern shoreline of Lake Michigan through a dense forest. Route 119 is a long, narrow, curvy road, with trees tight up to the edge of the road. “A fun and scenic ride”. Starting from Cross Village all the way down to Harbor Springs. (A bit of caution) The native people seem to be past enjoying the “scenic beauty” of the tunnel of trees, and just want to get through the miles of trees as quickly as possibly, so I recommend riding it early in the morning, on a week day, to cut down on meeting wide cars going too fast, on tight curves.
We continued on and picked up Route 31 South through Petoskey, (very nice) then on to Traverse City. We got a hotel on the water of Lake Michigan, with a private beach, and a gorgeous indoor pool and hot tub. Each hotel had to have a pool and hot tub, which we looked forward to lounging in each night. While we stayed in Traverse City, we rode all the scenic area roads. (Be sure to look at the maps). We rode up Route 37, to Old Mission, and saw the light house. Route 37 is a 20 mile finger, cutting through the waters of Lake Michigan, where they have miles, and miles of beautiful fruit vineyards. Beyond the vineyards you can see the water in the back round. Leaving Traverse City, we rode the “absolutely fabulous” – Route 22. in Leelanau County. The most fun ride of the entire route. We plan to go back with the camper to this area. The entire route is worth visiting. There are many nice towns, and lots of places to visit. I give this trip a 10 +.
It was a little early for the trees to change colors, but the temperature’s were crisp, the roads were curvy & very scenic, and we had a “great time”! Michigan really is a beautiful state, once you get away from the big city’s. I took the picture above this entry On Route 22.
Michigan Motorcycle roads
US Route 23 – Michigan
State Route 119 – Michigan
Legs Inn, Cross Village, Michigan
This is an old rustic cabin-style restaurant made of field stone, drift wood and old large logs and lit with warm amber lighting inside that just makes you feel good the moment you walk through the front door. Legs Inn serves a variety of items but they specialize in Polish ethnic foods and I will tell you that they are absolutely fantastic. We stopped for supper at about 6:00pm and when we finished we walked through their garden backyard overlooking Lake Michigan and watched the beautiful sunset over the lake.
State route 22 – Michigan
Peninsula Drive – Michigan
Route 37 – Michigan
Here are some “really great pictures! (I did not take)
My husband and I decided to take the motorcycles on a trip from Ann Arbor, to New Buffalo July 10 and 11. New Buffalo is a marina town on Lake Michigan. We took Michigan Ave, west 190 miles until we hit lake Michigan. New Buffalo is about an hour and a half from Chicago, and 5 miles from the Michigan/Indiana boarder. We rode about 10 hour’s each day. When we reached New Buffalow, we ate dinner, spent the night, had breakfast, then rode “US 12” home. (We crossed the Michigan/Indiana boarder just to say we did)
Taking the back roads, and skipping the freeways.
We really enjoyed the ride, and I found out first hand, the good and the bad choices I made on some of my gear”! “TIP”...
Be sure” you can get your rain pants on “over your boots”!
Side Bar – A little History:
Old U.S. 12 in Michigan runs from downtown Detroit to Chicago. It was replaced by Interstate 94 in 1962, and the state of Michigan re-routed the U.S. 12 designation to the former route of U.S. Highway 112.
It was an old highway that ran through the middle of the major towns and cities of Michigan between Detroit and Chicago. In most cases the road is still there, and is named either Michigan Avenue, Old U.S. 12 or the Red Arrow Highway, named after the 32nd Infantry Division2. It is still possible to drive the highway from downtown Detroit all the way to The Magnificent Mile in Chicago, with only a few places in which one is required to navigate around the interstate highway. The major break in Old U.S. 12 is in the middle of Michigan half way between the village of Parma and the city of Albion. It is at this point that I-94 cuts south to some degree and bisects the old highway, forcing a motorist to navigate north on smaller roads.
Prior to 1956, the Detroit-Ann Arbor segment of U.S. 12 was routed directly through Ann Arbor, through Plymouth Township, Livonia, and Redford Township, into Detroit, along the Plymouth-Ann Arbor Road corridor to Plymouth Road’s eastern terminus at U.S. 16, Grand River Avenue. U.S. 12 continued on Grand River Avenue, co-signed with U.S. 16, into downtown Detroit. Except for the co-signed Grand River Avenue segment, this route was designated as M-14 when U.S. 12 was rerouted to the Detroit Industrial and Willow Run Expressways, which became I-94 in 1962.
The highway is considered an important historic road like Route 66. Some of it had been the original Territorial Road of Michigan laid out in the early 1800s.
Michigan Avenue is one of the major pre-interstate roads of the state of Michigan. Running through the state east to west, it follows the former course of old US 12 which itself followed the earlier military territorial highway, the Chicago Road. Today the Michigan Avenue name follows a discontinuous route: from downtown Detroit to Hayes State Park in Lenawee County it follows the current route of US 12. West of this on the current US 12, the Michigan Avenue name is dropped and the road is known as simply “US 12” (west of the junction with US 127 the road is also known as “Chicago Road”).
From the eastern Jackson County boundary west to Battle Creek, it mostly follows the route of old US 12, although it has been routed over newer roads in places where I-94 was built over the former US 12. The Michigan Avenue designation ends on the west side of Kalamazoo, near US 131, and reappears only within the village of Paw Paw. 5 years ago