June 18-21, 2015
$135, Adult - LMB Member
Riders must secure their own lodging! Check out www.alpenacvb.com for great local options, including camping.
Alpena Community College is used for meals and rider meet ups only and Does NOT permit camping on their grounds.
Daily Route Overview Maps
(Note: Final routes may vary!)
- Helmets are required!
- Riders must carry spare tubes and be able to change a flat.
- Riders must have at least one water bottle on their bicycle.
- Riders must have a positive attitude at all times!
If you're looking for another great 3-day tour to ride (and float!) in SW Michigan's beautiful River Country, register for LMB's Pedal and Paddle (Sept 18th - 20th) at www.lmb.org/pedalandpaddle! For a wonderful 7-day tour, register for LMB's Shoreline West (August 1st - 8th) at www.lmb.org/west.
The Rider Information Booklet contains answers to most of your questions, please review carefully.
Itinerary (Click on Rider Information button above for more information.)
Hubbard Lake Area
|Saturday||Presque Isle Wooden Boat Show
Thunder Bay River and Posen Area
Our host city, Alpena, is a bustling, small city filled with friendly people and offering lots to see and do. In addition to 3 glorious days of bicycling inthe Alpena area, there is much to do in your non riding time.
Situated on Lake Huron's Thunder Bay, Alpena is a premier location for Great Lakes maritime heritage and recreation. Start your visit along the sunrise coast with a walk or bicycle along a 16-mile path winding through Alpena's plentiful public parks and beaches. Taste locally made wine at our country winery, enjoy hot coffee and conversation at a downtown cafe or dinner at a local saloon that catered to rough and ready lumberjacks. Explore historic lighthouses by day or spend the night for a true taste of the life of a lighthouse keeper. Some of the best of Alpena lies off shore, so get out on the water for a Great Lakes fishing charter, take an afternoon sail aboard a tall ship, or grab some scuba gear and dive into history on one of the area's 200 shipwrecks. To explore a shipwreck without getting wet, head to the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary's Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center where you will find interactive exhibits that explore the exciting maritime history, shipwrecks, and archaeology of the Great Lakes. Fishing, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, or snorkeling.
The bicycling and the many things to see and do in Alpena will provide memorable experiences for the whole family.
Thursday, June 18th
The Wine and Cheese reception will be held at the Maritime Heritage Center, which starts at 6:30 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. Please plan to be at the "Pre-Ride Riders Meeting" starting at 7:30 pm, where we orient everyone about the next three days.
Friday, June 19th
The Sunrise weekend will begin with spectacular views of the Sunrise for those getting up early enough. After a hearty breakfast at Alpena Community College we will be on the road to the Hubbard Lake area. The college will be our home base for the next three days.
Hubbard Lake is the 12th largest inland lake in Michigan. The area boasts many places to fuel up and to have lunch. You will enjoy the beautiful scenery as you circle the lake. At the top of Mt. Mariah you will have a spectacular view of Hubbard Lake and the surrounding area. To celebrate reaching the top we will have a watermelon stop.
After leaving Hubbard Lake you will pass through Amish country as you head for Ossineke, a quaint village with family fun for all seasons. Ossineke has sandy beaches along Lake Huron which are excellent for swimming.
From Ossineke you will ride on the wide shoulders of US 23 as you hug the coast of Lake Huron back into Alpena. You will cross the 45th Parallel (half way between the Equator and the North Pole), which is always a good picture taking opportunity. The route through Alpena will take you through downtown before ending back at Alpena Community College.
Saturday, June 20th
All three routes today will take you to Presque Isle Harbor on Lake Huron. At the Harbor you can stop and see the 21st Annual Antique Wooden Boat Show with dozens of authentic vintage wooden boats on display along with an arts and crafts show.
Just a short ride from the Harbor you will find the Old Presque Isle Lighthouse and have an opportunity to tour the light keeper's cabin and climb the old light tower. It has a reputation of being haunted...so they say.
Down the road is the New Presque Isle Lighthouse, keeper's house and gift shop. There is plenty of maritime history to keep those aficionados interested. The picnic area is an ideal setting to stop and have a snack.
The real attraction for the day may be the Maplewood Tavern? This is part tavern and part museum. It is the home of the Guinness World Record's longest serving bartender, 95 year old Clarice Grenkowicz. She has been the primary bartender at the tavern for 74 years. This will be the site of a SAG stop for the long route and the starting point for the medium route, so you can experience it either on the way out or the way back. But don't miss it!
Sunday, June 21st
We will start off Sunday with a group start to celebrate a great weekend of bicycling as we parade out of Alpena along the Thunder Bay River.
Our route will allow us to enjoy the beauty of the Thunder Bay River as we head westward. We will then head north to Posen, before heading back to Alpena. Posen is the "Potato Capital of Michigan" and its rich farm lands and rolling woods provides an excellent backdrop for a bike ride.
As we conclude our ride it will be time to say good-bye to old friends and new ones we made this weekend.
As you pack up your gear and head home you will understand why the Sunrise Coast is a wonderful place to visit and experience year after year.
- Wine and Cheese Reception
- Three loop tours
- Marked routes w/ maps
- Rider gift
- Breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday included
- Dinner on Friday and Saturday included
Things to Do and Places to Explore while you're here...
Beautiful Alpena Welcomes YOU!!!
- Thunder Bay NOAA National Maritime Heritage Center
- Alpena Shipwreck Tours - Glass Bottom Boat Tour
- Alpena Bi-Path: Bike Alpena
- Stoney Acres Winery
- Thunder Bay Winery
- Fletcher Street Brewing Company
- Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat show
- Besser Museum
- Concert in the Park
- Kayak Rentals
- Charter Fishing
- Arzo Sports & Fun Park
- Civic Theater
- Dinosaur Gardens
- Elk Viewing
- JJ's Awesome Acres: mini-golf, go-karts, bumper boats, FUN!
- Laser Tag
- Alpena Farmers Market
- Middle Island Lake Station Tours
- Thunder Bay Boat Cruise
- Up North Charter Tours
- Snorkeling Tours
- Sinkhole Geology
- Adventureland Sports--Kayak, Canoe and Surrey Rental at the Duck Park
- Eagle Country Disc Golf Course
- Lumberjack Meadows Disc Golf Course
- Fishing Charters
- Alpena Golf Club
- Jet Ski Rental
- Rock Climbing Wall at Alpena Health and Racquet Club
- Scuba Charters
- Hiking and Birding at Island Park
- Art in the Loft
- Thunder Bay Theater - Year round professional theater
- Laurie's Massage Therapy