Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan

Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan

Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan
@ When you look at a map of North America the Great Lakes shout out to you, “Come and explore me!” With Lake Michigan being the only one of the lakes located entirely within the United States it makes for an inviting bicycle tour. Your ride around the lake will include panoramic bluff views across the expansive clear waters of the lake, endless numbers of clean pristine sandy beaches with gentle lapping waves to swim in, quaint small villages that have been catering to the needs of travelers for over a hundred years, and the best part of all, it is a loop tour. No shuttles required! And if you don’t have time for the 1,200 plus mile tour around the entire lake, you have the option to hop one of two ferries across the lake to cut your tour in half, or ever thirds. It is a tour that has it all, and this guidebook routes you on separated bike paths and bike friendly roads that lead you from one adventure to the next. So grab your bike and begin your own Lake Michigan Trail Adventu

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The Practical Guide to Bicycle Touring: 2nd Edition

The Practical Guide to Bicycle Touring: 2nd Edition
@ New and enhanced 2nd edition with hundreds of photos added! Completely reformatted to work with the latest e-book readers.

The Practical Guide to Bicycle Touring is a comprehensive guide on how to get started in the wonderful sport of long distance bike touring. The authors have spent countless hours touring by bike throughout the United States, Australia and across Europe and want to share their experience with you.

Designed for both beginners and experienced cyclists, this guide is your complete source of practical information on how to plan and do a multi-day or multi-week bike tour.

This book includes information on bicycle safety, selecting a touring bike, touring equipment, how to pack for an extended bicycle tour, how to plan your route, where to stay, and much more.

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4 thoughts on “Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan

  1. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    so I was able to find the way easily. You can ride any part of a section, July 2, 2015
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    This review is from: Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan (Paperback)
    I rode the entire Lake Michigan Trail using this book for five weeks from May 22 to June 26, 2015.

    The author consulted with local bicycle organizations to combine bike paths, quiet back country roads, and connections into a bicycle ride of around 1,300 miles/ 2,100 kms, around Lake Michigan. The terrain varies from urban, to rural, wilderness, and vacation country.

    The route is probably around 50% bike paths, and the rest is back roads with little traffic. It is generally flat, with smooth pavement. I found the route to be as bicycle friendly as anything I’ve ridden, and I was enjoying myself immensely, riding through interesting country, away from cars day after day. The route will appeal to riders of various strengths and interests. To see pictures and text describing the ride, search my name rolfstengl on the net.

    The book divides the route into 21 sections, each with text, a table with turn by turn directions, and a map from the author’s GPS. The text is cheerful and provides a general introduction to the highlights of each section, as well as clarification of the route where required. The route tables give distance, directions, and information such as availability of food and accommodation. The tables can be used riding in either direction.

    The author has collected and organized a huge amount of information. It is accurate and clear, so I was able to find the way easily. You can ride any part of a section, or a portion of the route, as time allows. A few minor errors were obvious and easily avoided while riding.

    The maps show the route, towns, campgrounds and some adjoining roads, so that each segment is put into perspective. I supplemented with paper maps for the large cities, although this is not necessary if you’re just riding through. In small towns, the locally available maps were adequate when I chose to explore off route.

    The author includes camping and hotel information, as well as whether food and groceries are available. This is crucial for long distance touring, and I found the information helpful.

    Hotels are a personal matter, and I often found the “motel strip” in a town for less expensive or more conveniently located accommodation. For example, in St. Joseph the listed hotel was charging $250 per night, and I found two strip motels with plenty of fast food restaurants and a grocery store nearby, just 3 miles down the road and only one mile from the route out of town. The author correctly states that in most places you have lots of choice for accommodation.

    I camped when the weather was good and the campground was conveniently located. The author sometimes notes whether the campground is on the route, or the extra distance required, but this is not consistent, so you have to make local inquiries.

    The location of grocery stores was important to me as a self supported rider, however the guide only tells you whether there is a store, with no location. For example, coming from the north into Muskegon State Park campground, I passed a fast food concession and then headed down a substantial hill into the campground, with no food until some five miles further on. In Petoskey I stopped right as I came into town, to ask about a grocery store. It turned out I was directly behind the store, and would have been inconvenienced had I rode the extra 4 miles to the campground without stocking up. So the book gives the basics, and I became proactive to supplement with the information I needed.

    There are hills, some are steep, and some form rolling hills in a series of maybe six to nine miles. The author is not good at identifying these places, in case you are tired, or face bad weather. Happily, hilly stretches are rare and I recall only four of them.

    I flew into Chicago. Cycling through the city, and in and out at either end, was almost entirely on bike paths. I enjoyed my time in Chicago, and ended up sightseeing a total of six days, both with and without the bike.

    The Guidebook details a connected series of trails and roads, is clearly organized, and is easy to follow. I enjoyed the route, and had several days in a row thinking that each day was the best so far, only to find the next day just as good. Buy this book and you will have the foundation for an excellent cycling holiday.

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  2. 2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    the Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail is just as good. I agree with what the author says about …, July 21, 2014
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    This review is from: Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan (Paperback)
    When I read that Bob Robinson, author of Bicycling Guide to the Mississippi River Trail, had written another guidebook I didn’t hesitate to order it. I found the first guidebook had everything I needed to make it an enjoyable ride. And from what I’ve ridden so far, the Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail is just as good. I agree with what the author says about the route reminding you of cycling on the coast, what with the bluff views and sandy beaches. I look forward to completing the trip around the Great Lake.
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  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    It made my tour so easy that all I had to do was pedal my …, November 3, 2014
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    This review is from: Bicycling Guide to the Lake Michigan Trail: A Complete Route Guide Around Lake Michigan (Paperback)
    I have wanted to bicycle along the Lake Michigan shoreline for several years but I didn’t know where to start on planning a route. But once I bought this guidebook it provided everything I needed, from lodging, camping, bike shops, and points of interest, that I didn’t have to mess with all that research. It made my tour so easy that all I had to do was pedal my bike. I loved the roads and bike trails the book uses. I saw some really beautiful country and the lake just continued to amaze me. I didn’t ride the entire route around the lake this year but I am looking forward to possibly finishing it next year. I highly recommend the route and this guidebook.
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  4. 5.0 out of 5 stars
    One Word. I love it!, January 8, 2016
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    Philip

    This review is from: The Practical Guide to Bicycle Touring: 2nd Edition (Kindle Edition)
    I really love how this book has made me start doing exercise again. I used to only sit on the couch and play pokemon for hours and hours. Now with this newfound inspiration I have been able to lose weight and be happy with my life again.

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