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MUP (Michigan Upper Peninsula) Bicycle Tour

Open Registration for the 2018 MUP tour begins January 1st, 2018!
 
Michigan's Upper Peninsula, there's no place quite like it! See majestic waterfalls, dip your toes in three of America's Great Lakes, and enjoy off-the-grid delights as you pedal through old-growth forests. You'll be mesmerized by the UP's rugged natural beauty and unique wildlife. Camp at the foot of the International Bridge to Canada and watch massive freighters pass through the world-famous Soo Locks. And go back in time as you experience the charms of Mackinaw Island during our week-long bicycle adventure.
 

Dates

July 7-14, 2018

Riders

170

Mileage

334

Fees*


$405, Adult - LMB Member
$425, Adult - Non-LMB Member
$285, 17 and under
$210 Non-Riders/Private SAGs (Check Rider Information PDF for more information and guidelines for Private SAGs)

*Listed prices increase $30 on June 1

Mackinac Island 
Ferry Tickets
(group discount pricing)

$22 for a ticket for you to go to the Island.
$8 for a ticket for your bike to go with you. Note: Tandems must purchase 2 tickets.

Soo Locks Boat Tour
(group discount pricing)

Experience the Soo Locks with a guided boat tour during our visit to Sault Ste Marie (either 7/13 or 7/14).
$24

Kayaking

We have a special opportunity for our riders who want to experience the Great Lakes by kayak. We will be offering a kayaking experience to riders on the MUP Tour. Our friends at Woods & Water Ecotour will be handling all the arrangements.


Jersey

The 2018 MUP jersey is Coming Soon!!

Tent Services

Comfy Campers Tent Service is available on this tour! You can choose full service or a la carte and have their friendly staff set up and take down your camp. They supply you with a tent, air mattress, bath towel, and/ or camp chair. Please visit the Comfy Campers website for more information and to sign up.

NOTE: New in 2017

Our new shopping cart requires that you must add all items separately. Before checking out, be sure to add any desired tour options such as busing, ferry tickets, jersey, donations, etc. using the "You May Also Like" feature or by clicking on the Tour Category.

If you are not a member, be sure to add a membership to join/renew in order to take advantage of discounted pricing.

You may also now register multiple people with a single payment. After adding the 1st registration to the shopping cart, revisit the form to submit new contact details. Use "Add to Cart Again" button to add the next person. Make sure all registrations are itemized at check out to ensure that you didn't just add a second registration under your name (i.e quantity 2).

 

Day

Date

Description

Mileage

Saturday

7/7/18

St. Ignace

Check-in

Sunday

7/8/18

St. Ignace/Mackinac Island
Optional 30 mile Pre Ride         

Check-in / visit Island

Monday

7/9/18

St. Ignace to Newberry

68

Tuesday

7/10/18

Newberry to Paradise

61

Wednesday

7/11/18

Paradise to Sault Ste Marie

58

Thursday

7/12/18

Layover day in Sault Ste Marie

30 (optional ride)

Friday

7/13/18

Sault Ste Marie to De Tour Village

61

Saturday

7/14/18

De Tour Village to St. Ignace

56

 


The rider information guide contains detailed information regarding this and all LMB tours, including locations, terrain, requirements, cancellation policy, and more! Please review carefully before registering.


Route Overview

The Upper Peninsula (UP) contains 29% of the land area of Michigan but just 3% of its total population. Residents are frequently called Yoopers (derived from "U.P.-ers"). Locals are proud of their heritage, the region's rugged natural beauty and disdainful of the "trolls" below the Mackinac Bridge. The area's culture revolves around food like Cornish pasties (meat pies favored by miners), the sauna and all things Finnish, and a dialect celebrated with call to "say YA to da UP, eh!" More people visit the UP to see the many waterfalls than anything else.

MUP explores the eastern tip of the UP. The Tour begins and ends in St. Ignace. A mid-tour layover day in Sault Ste. Marie will give you plenty of time to discover its treasures. From St. Ignace, you (and your bike) can also ferry over to experience the magic of Mackinac Island.


2014MackBridgeSaturday, July 7 and Sunday, July 8 - Check-in

After checking in at the Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace on Saturday or Sunday you may enjoy the many attractions in the straits area before riding begins on Monday. Discounted round-trip ferry tickets to Mackinac Island for you and your bicycle may be purchased in advance with your registration.

Among the many sites is the majestic Mackinac Bridge, "The Mighty Mac" as its known; www.mackinacbridge.org. You can also visit everyone's favorite summer retreat from motor vehicle traffic, Mackinac Island, where bicycles, horses, and pedestrians are the only permitted modes of transport. Learn and experience the history and culture of the Mackinac Straits and the northern great lakes area; including the Native Americans, the early French explorers, the British conquerors and finally American independence.

There will be an optional 30-mile ride on Sunday afternoon leaving from the Arena. 


2014MooseMonday, July 9 - St. Ignace to Newberry

The first day on the MUP will be a nearly flat route from St. Ignace to Newberry. Although this is the longest mileage day, it is also will give you a true appreciation of the UP as you travel quiet back roads on your way to Newberry. As you approach Newberry you will enter prime moose lands. Newberry is known as the Moose Capital of Michigan. Riders have in the past seen moose along Borgstrom Rd as we head towards Newberry.

Since there are almost no options for lunch on your own we will provide a lunch stop for you this day as part of your registration fee.


2014FallsTuesday, July 10 - Newberry to Paradise

After leaving Newberry you won't want to miss stopping at the North Star Bakery, where you will feel like you have truly stepped back in time. The journey through the wilderness country of the U.P. continues on M-123 to Paradise. This area is home to many moose. If you are lucky you might see one in the cedar swamps along the way.

Tahquamenon Falls State Park is a must-see stop. Both the Lower Falls and the Upper Falls are easily accessible, be sure you have your camera. The Upper Falls is one of the largest east of the Mississippi in the US. The Upper Tahquamenon Falls State Park is one of the few, if not the only, state park in the country with a microbrewery.

Whitefish Point, home of the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum and the Whitefish Point Light Station, is an easy 11-mile ride (one way) from Paradise. The total mileage for the day includes the trip out to the Whitefish Point.

The Edmund Fitzgerald went down off Whitefish Point and the museum is a must stop and see.


2014PtIroqWednesday, July 11 - Paradise to Sault Ste Marie

The route to Sault Ste. Marie will take you along Whitefish Bay. This area is very remote but has some wonderful rest areas that you can enjoy the Bay from.

Point Iroquois Lighthouse Station is a welcome site for bicyclists after traveling many miles through forested areas. The Lighthouse affords some spectacular views of the Bay and if you are lucky there will be berries to pick.

A short ride from the Lighthouse is a must stop at the Dancing Crane Coffee House. You will not only be able to indulge in your favorite flavored coffees, but you will enjoy the experience of the Dancing Crane.

 Bay Mills Casino and the town of Brimley are excellent options for lunch.

2014DanCraneAs you approach our hosts in the Soo and Lake Superior State University, you will cross over the entrance to the International Bridge. Our camping area will afford you spectacular views of the bridge. The International Bridge is the only bridge crossing in Michigan that you can ride your bike over. 

You may cross the International Bridge into Canada by presenting a passport, passport card, Enhanced Driver's License, NEXUS, FAST, or SENTRI card, U.S. Merchant Mariner Documentation or U.S. Military Identification. Bicycles can cross anytime in a regular traffic lane.


 Thursday, July 13 - Layover Day in Sault Ste Marie

2014Locks

The layover day in Sault Ste. Marie offers the opportunity to visit the many historical, maritime and cultural attractions in the area. The Soo Locks are a must visit. Great Lakes freighters up to a 1000' in length can be observed close-up making the 25' lift or 25' drop through the locks connecting the St. Mary's River with Lake Superior. The River of History Museum located at the old post office in Sault Ste. Marie offers visitors a trip through history beginning with the geological formation of the Great Lakes, the earliest Native Americans, the French explorers, trappers, traders and missionaries and eventually American independence and statehood.

An optional tour on Sugar Island of 30 miles will be offered for those who wish to continue the pedaling during the late morning of the layover day. The tour includes a short ferry crossing to Sugar Island.


2014StopFriday, July 14 - Sault Ste Marie to De Tour Village

As you leave the Soo, our route will take us along the St. Mary's River which is the primary shipping lane for Great Lakes freighters. Keep an eye out for them.

The route to De Tour Village will be on rural paved roads, primarily with low traffic volume. Wildlife is plentiful along this route. In past years we have seen both deer and black bear along the way.

Since there are almost no options for lunch on your own we will provide a lunch stop for you this day as part of your registration fee.

A suggested option once you reach De Tour Village would be an afternoon foray to nearby Drummond Island. It is accessible via one quarter mile ferry crossing of the St. Mary's River.


2014LKHuronSaturday, July 15 - De Tour Village to St. Ignace

Always on your left, the Lake Huron shoreline is skirted by the route in many locations.

The villages of Cedarville and Hessel are approximately midway on the way to St. Ignace and is a recommended stop for lunch. Take time to explore the harbor areas of Cedarville and Hessel, and view the nearshore islands of Les Cheneaux, La Salle, and Marquette.

The Les Cheneaux Islands are home to many beautiful wooden boats. You will often see them at the harbors tied up.

The Little Bear East Arena showers will be open for that final shower upon completing the tour.


Amenities:

  • The Mighty Mac www.mightymac.org
  • Mackinac Island www.mackinac.com
  • Soo Locks Boat Tours www.soolocks.com
  • Shipwreck Museum www.shipwreckmuseum.com
  • Lakes Huron & Lake Superior shorelines
  • Rural and forest roads
  • Layover days in St. Ignace and Sault Ste. Marie
  • Drummond Island www.drummondislandchamber.com
  • Country settings, small hamlets & parks
  • Marked route with maps
  • SAG & mechanic support
  • Gear & luggage transport
  • T-shirt
  • Rider gifts
  • Breakfast, 2 lunches, and most dinners
  • Free vehicle parking at Little Bear East Arena in St. Ignace during the tour 


 

 

 

 








    

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