8 Riders started and 7 finished this ride. Rain and cold weather was a big factor for about 500 miles.
Rich Henrion from Norway, MI was the "Tour Guide" and he and three other Riders finished just after 2:00 am.
All Yooperland SS1K
Saturday, June 24th , 2017
An IBA Pre-Approved Ride. We do the paperwork, and you concentrate on the ride.
All Riders and passengers and makes of bikes and trikes are welcome !
This is not a mandatory big group ride. Ride in your own small group or do your own thing individually, or ride with the balance of the riders.
There is a thread on the ADV Riders Forum for this ride : ADV Riders Thread
Yes, it is possible to do over 1,000 miles in less than 24 hours, all in the beautiful U.P. of Michigan
( Otherwise known as Yooperland or the future "State of Superior" ).
This Ride is approximately 1,016 Miles , done almost on all two-lane roads. This ride is definitely not a flower-sniffer. To complete this ride in < 24 hour you must keep the wheels rolling by keeping your stop time to a minimum. But the ride is definitely doable if you are disciplined in keeping this in mind.
This is the third Yooper Ride I have organized, but it is the first Yooper Ride that will be done completely in the U.P. and it may be the first ever SS1K done entirely in the U.P.
Because this ride will be done on all 2 lane roads, except for 57 miles done on I-75, it will be more demanding time-wise, than most SS1K's. And more than just a handful of receipts and pics will be required to document the many "corners" on this ride to prove at least 1,000 miles are covered. In addition to more than the usual number of receipts, several photos will also be required to document that the route was completed. There won't be much extra time available for flower sniffing or for time consuming sit down meals.
For those Riders without their IBA number yet, this may not be the ideal first SS1K to attempt unless you are disciplined and up for a challenge.
Any Rider, first-timer or not, should terminate your ride and get some rest if you become fatigued, as with any IBA ride. Sometimes even a one hour snooze can make a big difference.
So, this ride will be much more challenging than the average SS1K Ride that includes a lot of interstate miles and less "corners".
This ride is essentially about endurance riding and time management.
You will need to plan your ride before departure and then ride your plan to successfully complete your ride. See a suggested plan at the bottom of this webpage.
There are two plans at the end of this webpage ; one for Rider's with a bike with a 160 mile gas range, and another for a bike with a 225 mile gas range.
Of course, you will also experience the enjoyment of riding over the Big Mac Bridge twice, unless you enter the U.P. from Wisconsin or Ontario.
Starting from the Soo, you will first ride to DeTour Village in the eastern part of the U.P. Then onto Tahquamenon Lower Falls State Park. Then onto the Superior Dome in Marquette, the largest wooden-domed structure in the world.
Then to Hoppy's Bar in Kenton, Michigan's Friendliest Neighborhood Bar, according to the Grand Rapids Press.
Then onto Gay on the east side of the Keweenaw Penninsula for a picture of the sign in front of the Gay Bar. The Gay Bar was a bonus location in the 2009 IBR. Then onto the northern terminus of US-41 just outside Copper Harbor. You will then ride a short distance to enjoy a short but magnificent view from the top of Brockway Mountain Drive outside Copper Harbor. Then onto Eagle River for a pic and a ride along the west side of the Keweenaw Peninsula.
Then head south and west to Ontonagon, at the door-step of the Porcupine Mountains, and then further west to Wakefield at the intersection of M-28 & US-2.
The return ride to St. Ignace will be along US-2 , except for a jog to Sagola and then onto M-69 to US-2 just west of Escanaba to save time and avoid riding through Wisconsin to make this an all Yooper Ride. Stay the heck out of Wisconsin !!
Depart from and end at the Admiral station ( 24 / 7 ) on the I-75 Business loop in the Soo, just east of I-75 at 6:30 am.
Meet and Greet Friday between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the Studebaker Restaurant and Lounge on the I-75 business loop for dinner and to compare notes with the other riders. This will be a good opportunity to form small riding groups, if desired.
Saturday morning , meet at the Admiral station ( 24 / 7 ) on the business loop, close to the I-75 exit and next to Wendy's between 5:45 am and 6:10 am, and form small groups if desired, and then depart at 6:30 am. We will have a short pre-departure meeting at 6:15 am.
If not pre-registered, submit a signed Application & Release Form the morning of the ride and pay registration fee ( cash, check or money order, see below ) before the ride.
Download Application & Release form here. Please have form completed and signed before arriving in the Soo.
Have your odometer reading recorded before departure.
Note : A full refund will be given if you cancel ( if pre-registered ) or do not successfully complete the ride.
Your application for certification by the IBA will be submitted as a group and will be expedited by the IBA. No logs or copies of receipts, and other forms to be submitted to the IBA by you. Just register, do the ride, and turn in the mandatory receipts and memory card that contain your pics or email reduced size pics to me ASAP ( see below ) at the end of the ride. We do the paperwork, you do the ride.
A digital camera with an empty memory card is required to start this ride to document certain locations. Download your pics into my laptop after the ride, or include your memory card with your ADTL receipts that you turn in at the end of the ride. I will mail your memory card back to you with your certificate.
Please start the ride with an empty memory card in your camera.
There are 7 or 8 Mandatory pictures.
Alternately, you may use a smartphone to take the pics and email them to me, IF you can reduce the file size of the pic by using an app to reduce the pic file size. One such free app that can do this is called "Send Reduced". "Send Reduced" can typically reduce the file size to around 150K vs. an original size on the order of several Mbytes . Other apps to reduce the file size may be available. It would be impractical for me to download ( 20-32) Mbytes of pics from many Riders, so the file size must be reduced if a smartphone is used to take the pics.
NOTE : These receipts and pictures are required to confirm you did at least 1,000 miles on this ride.
Here is a list of the above ride requirements ( required in this order ) There are 13 receipts or pictures required :
If you use a digital camera ( preferred ) , either download the pics to my laptop after the ride, or include your memory card with your ADTL receipts. Please start the ride with an empty memory card in your camera. I will return the memory card with your certificate.
Note : ADTL = Accurate Date, Time, and Location.
1.) Any ADTL receipt in De Tour Village, or take a picture of the Drummond Island Ferry sign with you or your motorcycle in the foreground. The De Tour gas station opens @ 7:00 am on Saturday.
2.) A picture of the sign at the entrance of the Tahquamenon Lower Falls State Park ( located 10 miles west of Paradise; not the Tahquamenon River Mouth State Park !! ) with you or your motorcycle in the foreground , OR an ADTL receipt from Gene's Tahquamenon General Store , just 1/4 mile before the park entrance.
3.) A picture of the Superior Dome in Marquette near the corner of Presque Isle Ave. and E. Fair Ave. on the north side of town. If you have time, take a quick look inside the Superior Dome.
4.) At Hoppy's Bar in Kenton on M-28 ( Michigan's Best Neighborhood Bar, according to the Grand Rapids Press) obtain a special ADTL receipt from Hoppy's , just say "Hello Der, I need a dated receipt, Eh ?".
5.) A picture of the sign in front of the Gay Bar with you or your motorcycle in the foreground, located in Gay, MI on the east shore of the Keweenaw Peninsula. BTW, the Gay Bar was a bonus location in the 2009 IBR.
6.) A picture of the sign at the northern terminus of US-41 outside Copper Harbor, and past the Ft. Wilkins State Park entrance with you or your motorcycle in the foreground.
7.) A picture of the big sign ( can't miss it ) at the summit of Brockway Mountain Drive in the parking area, outside Copper Harbor with you or your motorcycle in the foreground. ( To save time, depart the summit at the opposite end of the parking lot from the end you came up from).
8.) A picture of the Jampot Bakery ( across the road from the Monastery ), just north of Eagle River ( not Eagle Harbor ) with you or your motorcycle in the foreground OR a picture of the Eagle River Inn with you or your motorcycle in the foreground, in Eagle River (not Eagle Harbor).
9.) Any ADTL receipt in Ontonagon.
10.) Any ADTL receipt in Wakefield ( central time zone ).
11.) Any ADTL receipt in Escanaba.
12.) Any ADTL receipt in St. Ignace.
13.) An ending ADTL receipt in the Soo. Hand in all required ADTL receipts and download your pics and have your odometer reading recorded at the Admiral station where the ride started.
A digital camera is required for this ride to document certain locations. Either download the pics to my laptop after the ride, or include your memory card with your ADTL receipts. Please start the ride with an empty memory card in your camera. I will return the memory card with your certificate if you include it with your receipts. Alternatively, you may email reduced size pics to me ASAP after the ride.
Cost for a full package is $45 ( Full Package that includes an IBA certificate, SS1K license plate backer, and Michigan SS1K pin ), otherwise $40 ( Certificate and Pin only ). If more than one style pin is desired, extra pins are $7 each.
$5 additional for Canadian postage.
$8 additional for a passenger - includes extra passenger certificate & pin. If more than one style pin is desired, extra pins are $7 each.
Your application for certification by the IBA will be submitted as a group and will be expedited by the IBA . No logs or copies of receipts, and other forms to be submitted to the IBA by you. We do the paperwork, you do the ride.
You may Pre-Register : Application & Release Form
Contact Jim VanDenBerghe by phone ( 231-224-6970 ) or email ( preferred ) if you have any questions, etc.
It should go without saying , if you become fatigued at any time during this ride, you should stop and get some sleep. Sometimes even a 1 hour nap may make a big difference; don't take any chances with your life !! See the article below about Fatigue and Motorcycle Touring by a medical doctor and LD Rider.
Some possibly useful links :
Turn by Turn Directions for a bike with a gas range of at least 160 miles
Turn by Turn Directions for a bike with a gas range of at least 225 miles
A possible Schedule for the Ride for a bike with a gas range of at least 160 miles
A possible Schedule for the Ride for a bike with a gas range of at least 225 miles
GPX File for the 160 mile range bike ( .gpx )
Garmin POI File for the 160 mile range bike ( .gpi )
Comma Delimited File for the 160 mile range bike ( .csv )
GPX File for the 225 mile range bike ( .gpx )
Garmin POI File for the 225 mile range bike ( .gpi )
Comma Delimited File for the 225 mile range bike ( .csv )
Motels in the Soo area - The 2017 International Bridge Walk is also on June 24th. So it is highly recommended to make reservations as early as possible.
NOTE : The Longship's Motel is located downtown across the street from the Soo Locks and they will allow a noon check-out time on Sunday. It is located about 3.5 miles from the Admiral gas station.
The Budget Host Crestview Inn will allow a check-out time of noon on Sunday and is located about 2.2 miles from the Admiral station.
The Plaza Motel rates are comparable to the above two motels and is rated by TripAdvisor as the #1 rated motel in the Soo. Their check-out time is 11:00 am on Sunday. It is located near the Admiral station.
Email me if you would like a GPX file for the possible game plan
if you have a problem downloading the above GPX File
Archive of Wisdom : 26 Tips and Techniques from IBR Veterans
Fatigue and Motorcycle Touring by Don Arthur, MD
LD Riding in Hot Weather & Hydration by Tom Austin