You got it!I live in Freedom (Between Green Bay and Appleton) which isn't' to far from you. If you ever get over this way let me know. It would be cool to get a chance to talk Jeeps maybe over lunch or something.
I run this fall ride every October so if you are interested in joining let me know. Hell, if you want to pound it out some weekday I can get the time off and you and I can run it. As long as we leave early enough we could run this in one day if we want.
If you're going to Mackinaw, Drummond is the best choice! Lots of trails that as long as you have 30s or bigger you can do the majority. The maps are horrible. Shell Beach (I think it's called) is the only thing to see on the north side and is well worth the drive. The Turtle Ridge offroad park would probably be a bit much for you and is more fun with a friend imo.We would love to get together for a ride! Our plans changed a bit and we won't be bringing camping gear, but we are going to be in Wausau, Wisconsin on Thursday, July 5 and then planned to go over to Mackinaw in Michigan Friday, July 6. If anyone knows of good rides in those spots or in between and wants to join we would love to meet up! We don't have recovery gear and are fairly new, so I am nervous to ride alone. But we haven't seen much of Michigan and would love to ride and meet people! Let me know if you guys want to put something together!
Yup. Everything on the east side of the island is legal unless marked as private. There is one road/trail that goes to the north up to fossil beach that is worth going to. You MUST have both of those stickers mentioned earlier to do anything other than the north road.I was curious about this. Are there good (legal) trails on the island besides Turtle Ridge park?
I was planning on going, but at this point I decided to pause work on my Jeep to get my garage insulated and heated for winter. If we don't have a chance to meet up over the winter or next summer we NEED to plan on doing this trip again next Fall.Fall Color Ride - October 6th & 7th. Upper Michigan
Here is an invite for those following this thread. I am heading up a small group for a fall color ride and I have had a few spots open up for this. If you think you can make it please let me know as soon as you can as this will be limited.
We will be leaving from Appleton on October 6th and heading to the U.P. where we will spend two days in the woods. Saturday we will spend the night in a motel located in Christmas, MI which is just outside of Munising. Casino next door and a nice bar/restaurant across the street which we will be eating at when we arrive. The next day we head back to Rapid River and home. This is the coolest stretch for fall colors and for the driver. In the past we have had from 6 Jeeps to as high as 25 Jeeps. We will travel approximately 200 miles (mostly in the woods) and never hit the same trail twice. These trails are not difficult and just meant to be a laid back ride in the woods. They range from gravel (especially day one), sand, two track, very little blacktop, hard pack to very tight and technical. We do have to negotiate an occasional mud hole (depending on the weather) so please have solid tow points both front and rear.
You can also expect to receive some tree branch scratches as some sections can get pretty narrow especially for a JK.
If you can make this happen please let me know.
I was really hoping to make it too. Count me in on a mid-summer run for sure.That's a bummer. I was hoping you could make it. I want to see your Jeep. I do this every year so you're in. I would do a mid summer run next year on these trails as well.
Unless I can't keep the new Jeep running and/or finish up the other, my wife and I are in (1 Jeep).Heads up for all following this...….
I will be doing another U.P. Fall Color Ride this year. It will be the first weekend of October. (October 5th and 6th) I know it's a bit early but no sense waiting until the last minute. If you are interested in this please post up and I will get more info to you when the time gets closer. This is limited due to the logistics of this ride so please let me know when you can.
I sure hope so! There's going to be some large delays that I can't help such as sending the coilovers off to be tuned but thankfully it's not race season so the delays shouldn't be too bad. It looks like I'll be down your way later this month getting the tires balanced in Greenbay.It would be great if you can make it this year. Plus that would mean that awesome Jeep of yours is done. Well, I'm hoping for that anyway. It still makes me want to take the day off to come and see it. You as well of course.
How back road are you talking? Once you get past somewhere between Escanaba and Green Bay the driving is relaxed and remote even on the main roads/highways and pass through small towns with small diners and stuff.I would also like to take the back roads across the top (coming up the Wisconsin side). What's the best route or source for maps?
The most difficult thing about even using Google maps is that if you're actually trying to get someplace and not just exploring, the entire area has lots of dead ends, gates, incorrectly mapped roads and trails, etc. You can be 30 minutes down even a paved road and find that it doesn't connect how you thought it would or a berm has been placed so you can see the road but you don't drive over the berm to get to the road. Most of the mapping was done in the 80s and some future road plans somehow got into the maps. Those plans fell through and new roads have been added so the maps aren't great. Also, don't use snowmobile trails (sometimes also listed as forest roads on some maps) as any indication of being able to pass through. Many go through wet areas that freeze in the winter and are either too deep to cross or protected wetlands.Forest service roads in the UP are awesome! I'd recommend planning your trip on on google maps and seeing if there are any fun detours you might be able to work in along the way. Tons of amazing wilderness to experience up there, and light duty trails are certainly one of the best ways to take it all in. Like Toximus posted, all the main roads are prime for crusing. Even on the busiest weekends of the year, traffic in the UP is a joke and the roads are wonderfully smooth.
Depending on how deep I am into my build, I might be interested in joining you for a day if you're still looking for people. My replacement locker pump is still on back order so I'm probably more interested in taking in the sights and relaxing than bombing across the island. If that fits your wheeling style, let me know and we can keep in touch as things get closer.I plan on being at Drummond Island the weekend of July 6th. If anyone's free that weekend, I would love to have someone to show me around. Looking for lodging too. Probably wont have camping gear yet. Hope the water goes down, I'll still be on 33s.