Our Route

Northern Tier Route with Changes

We are planning to roughly follow the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier route, with some modifications – some of which are yet to be determined.  You’ll notice that we have a blue line through southern Ontario and lower Michigan – this is one of the major variations from the Adventure Cycling Northern Tier.  Being from Michigan, we’re going to take advantage of our own local knowledge, family and friends to make our way thru lower Michigan and neighboring southern Ontario and Wisconsin.  We will not be following the Adventure Cycling route through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois and Iowa.

We’re always interested in suggestions from local cyclists, so if you live roughly along this route, feel free to contact us with suggestions for lightly traveled roads or nice paths for cycling.

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9 thoughts on “Our Route

    Diane Kladder said:
    May 20, 2014 at 8:57 pm

    Love reading about your adventure every day. Thanks for taking the time to write about your daily activities.

    Sheila said:
    May 29, 2014 at 9:30 am

    Are you coming into Michigan through Sarnia/Port Huron or through Windsor/Detroit? Just curious. You know you’re welcome to stay here.

      Bill Pierce said:
      June 3, 2014 at 11:18 pm

      Just so you know, you can’t ride a bike or walk across the Ambassador or Blue Water Bridges (or the Detroit-Windsor tunnel). You can drive or take the bus, but there are no specific arrangements for bicycles. Pedestrians/cyclists were allowed on the Blue Water Bridges until 9/11/2001, and you could also make special arrangements for the Detroit-Windsor truck ferry (for oversize or hazardous cargo) prior to that time, but no longer. There is also supposedly someone who lives in Windsor who will take a bicyclist and rider across in his pickup truck for $20 by special arrangement, but I could no longer find anything about him online. This has caused some cyclists who want to circumnavigate Lake Erie to cut the trip short by taking the ferry from Leamington/Kingsville, Ontario, to Sandusky, Ohio, with a stop at Pelee Island.

      However, there are two ferries across the St. Clair River. The more commonly used one is from Sombra, Ontario, to Marine City, Michigan, but it is also possible to cross the short bridge from the Ontario mainland to Walpole Island, and then take the Walpole Island-Algonac, Michigan, ferry.

        rathbike responded:
        June 4, 2014 at 7:19 am

        Bill, we’ve used the Sombra ferry many times & that is our plan. Thanks for the info anyhow – it may prove useful for some of our readers.

        Ammilio said:
        September 13, 2014 at 6:57 am

        Hi guys and thanks for the info! I’m planning to cycle from Detroit, MI to upstate NY via Ontario, CA, and reading about the Sombra ferry has been comforting as it seems that there almost ZERO accomadations made for cyclists for traveling long distances. This opens the door of many possibilities in traveling for me.

    Isauro Gomez said:
    July 2, 2014 at 9:32 am

    Wow, you guys are making incredible headway! Love the pictures and the stories, God bless and Godspeed on the rest of your journey!

    Melissa said:
    July 6, 2014 at 9:07 pm

    I worked with your cousin Kim and she sent me your blog because Gackle is my hometown! Small world. Good luck on the rest of your trip!

      rathbike responded:
      July 6, 2014 at 9:37 pm

      Hi Melissa, we enjoyed Gackle! There is a home with sleeping for bike riders (Honey Hut, Bikers respite) Pretty nice, because there is not much else available! We also liked the fact that the bar served real food (not just pizza) on Wednesday because the tasty freeze is closed! :-D. Sleepy little town! Go Orioles!! (I think that’s right!)

    Helene said:
    August 6, 2014 at 5:02 pm

    Shawn / Jim, I love reading about your adventure! What a way to say carpe diem; you guys are amazing!!

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