28 Riders and 1 Pillion Started this ride and 27 Riders and 1 Pillion Finished.  Rain and cold was a big factor for about 500 miles.  11 New IBA numbers will be issued !!

Lake Superior SS1K

Saturday  June 24, 2017

An IBA Pre-Approved Ride.  We do the paperwork, and you concentrate on the ride.

All Riders, 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



This ride is approximately 1,052 miles


        Lake Superior SS1K Pin



Start & End in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan

Have your Passport, Michigan Enhanced Driver's License, Nexus Card, or use the Two Document Option - a Driver's License and Birth Certificate  for crossing into Canada .

See :  U.S. and Canadian Citizens—-Two Document Option   ; Scroll down to the "Passport" section that describes the Two Document Option )


From the Canada Border Services Agency ( CBSA ) webpage :

   " If you are a citizen of the United States, you do not need a passport to enter Canada. However, you should carry proof of your citizenship, such as a birth certificate, certificate of citizenship or naturalization, as well as photo identification. " 

And a US Border and Custom's Supervisor I talked to at the  Grand Portage, MN entry point told me a U.S. Citizen will never be refused entry to the USA without a passport,  passport card, Nexus card, or Enhanced Driver's license if that person can prove their US Citizenship with a birth certificate and picture ID ( driver's license).

  Also, you should carry proof of insurance coverage in Canada ( obtain from your insurance company or agent ).  This is not a rider to your policy or extra coverage, only a card that your insurance company will provide to you.  Called a " Canada Non-Resident inter-Province Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance Card".

Also check to find out if your medical coverage is good in Canada.


Ever been conficted of a DUI or DWI ? 

If so, then read the following :

Entering Canada with a DUI or DWI

Ditto  ( The short version )

If you are concerned about not being allowed to enter Canada to do this ride, you can always do the Yooperland SS1K .  It also starts & ends in the Soo , same as this ride.



Meet & Greet other Riders on Friday between 6:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the Studebaker Restaurant and Lounge near the Admiral station.  We will have a private room for dinner.

On Saturay, meet at the Admiral ( 24 / 7 ) gas station on the south end of the I-75 Business loop, next to the Wendy's between 5:45 am and 6:10 am and form small groups if desired. The Wendy's drive in opens at 6:00 am , BTW.  We will have a short pre-ride meeting at 6:15 am.

If not pre-registered, submit signed Application & Release Form either Friday at dinner or Saturday morning before departure and pay registration fee ( cash, check or money order , see below ) before the ride.

Download form here .  Please have form completed and signed before arriving at dinner Friday or Saturday before the start.

Have your odometer reading recorded before departure.


Note : A full refund will be given if you cancel or do not successfully complete the ride.



Bikes and Riders will depart between 6:30 am and 6:45 am ( so all bikes don't arrive at Canadian Customs at the same time ) and do a CCW Route.  Ride the north shore during the daylight hours and avoid riding into the rising sun in the morning.



Obtain only FOUR Mandatory receipts at : 

1.)  Wawa , ON

2.)  Thunder Bay, ON

3.)  Ironwood or Wakefield , MI

4.)  And an Ending receipt at the Soo ,  NLT 24 hours after your departure time .

Any receipt with an accurate date, time and location is acceptable.   Receipts do not need to be gas receipts.  

Note /  FYI  :  A Mandatory receipt is not required at Newberry, but there is a gas station located downtown, north of M-28 that is open 24/7 . The other gas stations located in the Newberry area on M-28 aren't open 24/7 .



After returning to the Soo and obtaining your ending receipt, get your odometer reading recorded , and hand in your four Mandatory gas receipts at the Admiral gas station, between 3:30 am and 6:30 am .



Cost for a full package is $45 ( Full Package includes an IBA Certificate, SS1K license plate backer, and LK. Superior SS1K  pin ),

otherwise  $40 ( Certificate and Pin  only ). 

$8 additional for a passenger - includes extra passenger certificate and pin.

$5 Additional for postage to Canada

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 four Mandatory receipts at the end of the ride.  We do the paperwork, you do the ride.



Contact  Jim VanDenBerghe  by phone ( 231-224-6970 ) or  email  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.



You may Pre-Register :  Application & Release Form

Some possibly useful links :

Turn by Turn Directions for the Ride

One possible Game Plan for the ride

GPX file for the route ( .gpx )

Garmin POI file for the route  ( .gpi )

Comma Delimitd file for the route  ( .csv )

Email me   if you are having problems downloading the GPX file and would like the GPX file emailed to you.


US Soo Customs 1-906-632-2631.  Grand Portage, MN US Customs 1-218-475-2244

Motels in the Soo Michigan Area  - The 2017 International Bridge Walk is also on June 24th.   So, it is hghly recommended to make reservation 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.


West Pier Drive-In in the Soo, has one of the Best Burger's in Michigan

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

Pics from our 2014 Lake Superior Ride :