11 Riders started & finished this Ride.   5 earned their IBA number on this Ride !!`


Lake Superior 1K

Friday June 20, 2014

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


All makes of bikes and passengers 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.



Start & End at the Rest Area in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan,

I-75 exit 394 ( last exit before the bridge to Canada) , west side of I-75 near the Admiral, Citgo, and Holiday gas stations.

Have your Passport, Michigan Enhanced Driver's License, Nexus Card, or Driver's License and Birth Certificate (  See :  http://www.saultstemarie.com/border-passports-91/ )  for crossing into Canada as well as Canadian proof of insurance ( obtain from your insurance company or agent )



Meet & Greet at the Rest Area between 4:45 am and 5:15 am and form small groups if desired. 

If not pre-registered, submit signed Application & Release Form at Rest Area 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 Rest Area.

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 5:30 am and 6:00 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 sunrise the next morning



Obtain only FOUR Mandatory gas receipts at : 

Wawa , ON (#1) ,

Thunder Bay, ON (#2)

Ishpeming, MI (#3) ,

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

Note /  FYI  :  A Mandatory gas 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 .



Return to the Soo Rest Area, get your odometer reading recorded , and hand in your four Mandatory gas receipts , between 3:00 am and 6:00 am .



Cost for a full package is $45 ( Full Package that includes an IBA Certificate, SS1K license plate backer, and Lk. Superior 1K  pin ), otherwise  $40 ( Certificate and Pin  only ). 

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

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.



If you would like,  Meet at the Clare, MI Rest Area ( Just a few miles north of Clare on US-10 / 127 .  One of the few left lane exits into a Rest Area, BTW ) on Thursday at 2:00 pm for a group ride up to the Soo .  See the below link for motels in the Soo area.


Contact  Jim VanDenBerghe  by phone ( 231-224-6970 ) or  email  if you have any questions, etc.



You may Pre-Register :  Application & Release Form


Some possibly useful links :

One possible Game Plan for the ride

Excel File of GPS Coordinates for the Game Plan

Email me   if you would like a .GPX file for the possible game plan

US Soo Customs 1-906-632-2631

US Weather Maps & Forecasts for Locations around the Big Lake

Motels in the Soo Michigan Area

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

Archive of Wisdom : 28 Tips and Techniques from IBR Veterans

Fatigue and Motorcycle Touring  by Don Arthur, MD

LD Riding in Hot Weather & Hydration  by Tom Austin