It’s time to experience one of Michigan’s great outdoor adventures, The 2010 Michigander Bicycle Tour.
Are you ready to indulge your passion for recreational biking? Spend two days, six days or seven days peddling through some of Michigan’s most breath taking scenery and charming small towns on the 19th annual Michigander Bicycle Tour. The adventure begins July 17, visiting Mackinaw City, Harbor Springs, Indian River, Gaylord and Bellaire. Riders spend 25 to 50 miles per day on some of Michigan’s 1,700 miles of trails – away from traffic and in the midst of Northern Michigan wonder. Breakfast and dinner are provided, together with camping facilities each night. The Michigander is a perfect adventure for friends or families looking for a memorable Michigan experience.
The Michigander is a circle tour – beginning and ending in the picturesque town of Indian River, with the two and seven day riders doing an out-and-back on Saturday, July 17, traveling northeast along the North Central State Trail to Cheboygan and returning that evening to Indian River.
Riders continue on Sunday, July 18 with two, six, and seven-day riders starting in Indian River and heading south along the North Central State Trail to the town of Vanderbilt. At Vanderbilt two-day riders will turn back for Indian River while all other riders will continue on to Gaylord. Riders stay Sunday night in Gaylord with time to visit local attractions. Monday’s 40-mile ride sets out for the beautiful village of Bellaire. On Tuesday, riders head north for Harbor Springs. The ride from Bellaire to Harbor Springs is the longest with approximately 53 miles.
Wednesday takes riders 45 miles to Mackinaw City where they spend two nights. Thursday offers free time to explore Mackinaw City, take a day trip to Mackinac Island, or an optional 25-mile out-and-back ride.
Hybrid bikes, mountain bikes and road bikes are all suitable for the trail surfaces that range from paved to crushed limestone to gravel. There’s even a paved route option for road riders. It’s all a wonderful opportunity to explore new trails, experience new towns, and make new friends. Discover more about the Michigander and sign up for this year’s adventure by visiting the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.