A Weekend Adventure!
Join the League of Michigan Bicyclists for a Sunrise Adventure in Alpena, Sanctuary of the Great Lakes. Cycle your choice of routes, either short, medium or long, down forested roads and past historic lighthouses. Enjoy a glass-bottom boat cruise to see some of the 200 shipwrecks lying just off the Lake Huron coast, learn their history at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, kayak the beautiful inland waters of Thunder Bay River, and leave your worries behind as you relax in Alpena’s peaceful downtown. The whole family will enjoy cycling and sightseeing during the League of Michigan Bicyclists’ Sunrise Adventure.
Thank you for riding with League of Michigan Bicyclists in 2020. Tour proceeds fund LMB’s mission to make bicycling safe and convenient for everyone in Michigan. It also supports LMB’s Micro-Grant Program to help fund on-the-ground advocacy work that promotes safe bicycling, especially among youth and underserved populations.
Sunrise Adventure registration fees are based on membership status and registration date. Members enjoy exclusive members-only access and early-bird discounts from December 2 through December 31. We welcome all to join the League of Michigan Bicyclists to make Michigan bicycling better.
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- LMB Member: $165
- Non-LMB Member: $185
- Minor (17 & Under): $40
- Non-Rider: $40
Meal Voucher Options
- Breakfast & Dinner Vouchers (1 each): $30
- Breakfast Voucher (each): $12
- Dinner Voucher (each): $20
Routes are subject to change. Click each day below for daily details.
Thurs. 6/18/2020 - Check-In
- Packet Pick Up (2:00 to 5:00 PM)
- Pre-Ride Orientation (5:30 to 6:00 PM)
- Wine and Cheese Reception (6:00 to 8:00 PM)
Packet Pick Up for the Sunrise Adventure will be at the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center between 2:00 and 5:00 pm. Make sure to check out all the discounts and swag to help you plan the weekend. Afterward, take some time to explore downtown Alpena and the surrounding area. If you need some bike work, check out Harborside Cycle & Sport located in downtown Alpena and a great supporter of LMB.
At 5:30 pm, we’ll hold our mandatory Pre-Ride Orientation in the auditorium of the Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center. At this short meeting, we will review the rules of LMB’s tours and go over the next day’s route.
At 6:00 PM, back in the museum, we’ll enjoy a private reception with complimentary beer, wine, and cheese. The beer is from Alpena’s Austin Brothers Beer Company, the wine is from Alpena’s Thunder Bay Winery and Stoney Acres Winery, and the cheese is from all across Michigan. We’re sure you’ll enjoy this time to meet your fellow riders and enjoy the offerings of Michigan vintners, brewers and farmers!
Fri. 6/19/2020 - Lake Huron and Hubbard Lake Area (35-48-62 miles)
Sunrise Adventure begins, of course, with spectacular views of the sunrise over Lake Huron! Get up early, grab the camera and head over to the spot that speaks to you and capture the first sunrise of the tour. After a hearty breakfast at a local restaurant of your choosing, head downtown where we’ll have a shotgun start at 8:30 AM. Of course, feel free to start earlier or later, SAG support begins at 8:30 AM.
Today, we’ll cycle out to the Hubbard Lake area. Hubbard Lake is the 12th largest inland lake in Michigan. The area boasts many places to fuel up and have lunch (check the rider packet for discounts). Enjoy the beautiful scenery while circling Hubbard Lake. At the top of Mt. Mariah, take the time to soak in the spectacular views of the lake and the surrounding area. This is Sunrise Adventure’s Watermelon Hill. Celebrate reaching the top with some delicious watermelon and local Great Lakes water!!
The route between Lake Hubbard and Ossineke meanders through Amish country. Ossineke, home of Thunder Bay Vineyards, is a quaint village with family fun for all ages and sandy beaches along Lake Huron that are excellent for swimming. After getting your fill of sun and fun in Ossineke, ride on the wide shoulders of US 23 hugging the coast of Lake Huron back into Alpena.
Make sure to stop and get a photo crossing the 45th Parallel (halfway between the Equator and the North Pole – home of Santa). Fun fact, just 322 miles due west in Poniatowski, Wisconsin the 45th Parallel marks the exact center of the northern half of the western hemisphere. Here in Alpena, we’re just a little off-center! The route will take you through downtown Alpena before ending back at the shores of the Thunder Bay River. After freshening up at your lodging choice, come on downtown and enjoy the many restaurants and activities!
Sat. 6/20/2020 - Presque Isle's Wooden Boats and Lighthouses (21-39-59 miles)
All the routes for today are out and back so the miles you ride depend on your starting and turn around point. This is a great way to choose a comfortable distance and be supported by the outstanding LMB Volunteers along the entire route! There is a lot going on in Alpena today so you may want to adjust your miles accordingly. The Alpena Farmers Market is open 8 AM to 1 PM and just a few blocks from the start/finish so you may want to stop by on the way out or back to pick up a few locally fresh items. All three routes today will take you to Presque Isle Harbor on Lake Huron. The Presque Isle Harbor Wooden Boat Show is open today from 10 AM until 4 PM. Stop by and support these local festivities!
Down the road from the Harbor are the Old and New Presque Isle Lighthouses, keeper’s house, and gift shop. There is plenty of maritime history here to keep those aficionados interested, and the picnic area is an ideal setting to stop and have a snack or eat your lunch.
Along the way to Presque Isle is the Maplewood Tavern. This must-visit, tavern/museum is the home of the Guinness World Record’s longest-serving bartender, 101-year-old Clarice Grenkowicz. She has been the primary bartender at the tavern for eighty years! This will be the site for lunch, a SAG stop for the long route, and the starting/finish point for the medium route, so you can experience it either on the way out or the way back. But don’t miss it! 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 for being haunted…so they say.
If you’ve purchased VIP Shipwreck Cruise tickets, come enjoy an afternoon on the water with our 4 PM cruise. You’ll spend a little over 2 hours viewing Lake Huron shipwrecks in Thunder Bay, capturing their images through the glass-bottomed boat and enjoy a lovely onshore reception afterward with beer, wine, non-alcoholic beverages and hors d’oeuvres. Afterward, spend another evening enjoying the night air and establishments of Alpena!
Sun. 6/21/2020 - Thunder Bay River and Posen Area (23-27-34-42 miles)
The last sunrise is upon us, for the tour that is! We began the weekend with a sunrise and we finish by giving you the choice on how to end your weekend. You can go short along the North Eastern State Trail (NEST) which is a 23 mile flat ride on crushed limestone. Take a break at the halfway point in Bolton, before heading back either the way you came along the trail or making another stop at the Maplewood Tavern. Or, if you’d rather, chose the short road option of 27 miles riding west along Thunder Bay River and Lake Winyah. The long road option is just over 34 miles as you continue out to Long Lake before turning south past the Maplewood Inn and back to Alpena. For those who want a few more miles, and not afraid of crushed limestone and limited SAG stops, you can ride 42 miles by continuing on the NEST to Posen, before heading back to Alpena. Posen is a sleepy little village and the “Potato Capital of Michigan”, its rich farmlands and rolling woods provide an excellent backdrop for a bike ride.
With our last Sunrise Adventure ride behind us, it will be time to say goodbye to both old friends and the new ones made along the way. As you pack up your gear and head home you’ll understand why Alpena, Lake Huron, and Sunrise Adventure is a wonderful place to visit and experience year after year!
Riders must secure their own lodging for this tour.
Visit the Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau for great local options, including camping. We recommend staying close, so you can enjoy the many downtown events and enjoy all that Alpena has to offer. Alpena Community College is our host for Saturday and Rider Meetings but does not permit camping on their grounds.
Sunrise Adventure Jersey
We’re still designing the 2020 Jersey so stay tuned to your email for the big reveal of our 2020 Jersey. For 2020 we’ll be offering different styles along with women’s and men’s sizes!
But you can still order the 2019 Jersey along with our other LMB Gear (note sizes limited on some styles):
A standard cotton T-shirt is included with all registrations. Upgrade to a moisture management performance fabric T-shirt for $20. We’re still designing the 2020 t-shirt so stay tuned to your email for the big reveal!
- Helmets are required every time a rider is on a bicycle
- Riders must be able to full mileage for route each day.
- Riders must carry spare tubes and be able to change a flat
- Riders must have at least one and preferably two water bottles on their bicycle
- Riders must have a positive attitude at all times
Registration for the 2019 Sunrise Adventure has closed! Please join us in 2020!
665 Johnson St
Alpena, MI 49707