With the completion of the North Western State Trail in 2016, the possibility of traveling from one Great Lake to another on a series of rail trails became a reality. This bicycle tour gives participants the opportunity to dip their back wheel in Lake Huron and two days later to dip their front wheel in Lake Michigan.
The tour will begin on Friday morning, September 22 at the headquarters of Top of Michigan Trails Council, 1687 M 119 in Petoskey. From there, you, your gear and your bike will be transported to Alpena where you will dip your back tire in Lake Huron. Then the group will ride on the Alpena Bi-Path for 1 1/2 miles to the new trailhead on Woodard near Alpena’s Event Complex (APlex). From there you will begin riding on the North Eastern State Trail (NEST) for 37 miles at your own speed. you will have the opportunity to stop at Metz for lunch (lunch is on your own). The trailhead at Metz has a wonderful display of historic markers commemorating the fire of 1908 that claimed 37 lives. A local historian will give further details regarding the fire.
Included in the tour cost is transportation to Alpena, day-to-day transport of any gear you don’t carry on your bike, SAG support, and volunteer riders to assure you a safe and enjoyable ride. Lodging will also be included. Meals included in the registration price will be dinner on Friday and breakfast and dinner on Saturday. The total number of riders, exclusive of volunteers, will not exceed 25. The cost for the tour is $425.