We’re goin’ for the record!

BadgerMan

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Am I crazy……..or is this no big deal?

A little history first. I grew up in Twin Lake but moved to the Grand Rapids area seventeen years ago. My mother and step-dad still live there but also have a place near Kalkaska. As a result, we (my wife and kids) spend a fair amount of time riding the trails in and around Kalkaska.

During one long drive to Kalkaska last fall, my son Ian (a.k.a. RedGreen) suggested that we just ride our bikes up to the cabin instead of hauling them. I replied that it would be impossible to ride from Grand Rapids…….but it could be done starting from Twin Lake! Well obviously you could do it by connecting the various trail systems, provided you have a street legal bike. However, could it be done in one day?

Well, this coming Saturday starting at 7:00am we are intending to find out. Originally, we intended to do the ride unsupported but now we have enlisted the support of a crew (Sweeprider and Hurricane) in a silver F150. My planned route is Holton Horseshoe to Whitecloud to Big O to Little O to Little M to Lincoln Hills to North Missaukee to Grand Traverse to Valley Road! I want to use as few roads as possible but plan to shortcut the trail depending on need as the day progresses.

So……………

Has anyone done a similar ride before?

How far do you think we will get before we have to throw in the towel?

Will we go the distance before running out of daylight?

Anyone have any advice on areas to avoid or routes to take?

Anyone wanna ride along………….? :laugh:
 
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Depends on what kind of riding shape your in. Remember every loop that you listed is going to be whooped out so thats going to wear on ya as well. Can it be done in a day?...Yup! 90mi enduros are completed in 4 to 5 hrs...
 
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I think you can do it. Its going to be a loooooong day in the saddle though. When we did the Mccct we made it up to 55 from White Cloud b4 calling it and that was with several delays that we had to deal with. With just the 2 of ya and no luggage...yea why not. Sounds like a heck of a lot of fun. If I didn't have the kid sat I would tag along with yas for a ways at least.

The Mccct around Big O takes forever toget thru. But if you go up around the east side of the Big O instead of following the Mccct that will save you a lot of time.
 

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Wolverine423 said:
Depends on what kind of riding shape your in. Remember every loop that you listed is going to be whooped out so thats going to wear on ya as well.
We have been training pretty hard.......should be in decent shape by Saturday! Ya know, I kinda like whoops anyhow. ;)

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The Mccct around Big O takes forever toget thru. But if you go up around the east side of the Big O instead of following the Mccct that will save you a lot of time.
Yeah, I plan to take the most direct route so we will go up the east side of the Big and Little O loops. Running around the west side of those systems would make it a two day trip for sure. I will probably use the quad route up to and around Lincoln Hills too. The only real unknown for me is the trail from 55 up to the south end of the Grand Traverse system near 113. The cabin is about an hour ride from 113 via MCCCT.

I guess the unknown factor is what makes a ride like this so appealing.
 

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The only real unknown for me is the trail from 55 up to the south end of the Grand Traverse system near 113
It's OK trail/2T mix up through Boon, then 2T to 115, then newish (nice!) 1T for a few miles north of 115. After that it's all road and 2T (one section of trail for about 100') to the GT system.
 
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BadgerMan said:
The only real unknown for me is the trail from 55 up to the south end of the Grand Traverse system near 113. The cabin is about an hour ride from 113 via MCCCT.

I guess the unknown factor is what makes a ride like this so appealing.
North of 55 is the Caberfae trail. About 20 miles North is Boon. The MCCT North of Boon is nearly all two track until you hit Grand Traverse South (Fife Lake trail), sounds like you know your way from there. Never ridden Boon to Fife Lake but I'd guess 55 to 113 would be about 2 1/2 hours. Sounds like a long day but fun.
 
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I've ridden from the White Cloud staging area to Baldwin via t he MCCCT an east side of Big "O" in three hours at a steady pace with a few breaks. From the Caberfae staging area to Fife Lake took about four an half to five hours following the MCCCT. I ride out of Cedar Creek alot an #19 snowmoble trail that runs right by the parking lot will take you up near the southwest side of Hesperia.My daughter is coming home sat or I'd ride part way. Should be a good ride. :ride:
 

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Have fun! Ride safe!!
 

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Tim You are not crazy,If anyone tandem could do it it would be you and Ian. I would love to try a ride like that with my son. And ditto what Tracie said
 

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Tim - You are crazy and it is a big deal. This is what makes you a better person because you are living life, not just going through it. To pass up the possibility of doing such a ride would be missing out. It will be a long day but not impossible. As I see it, taking a comfortable steady pace will give you a higher MPH average than riding enduro speed and stopping to rest. I believe you and Ian will do just fine and have a good time. My only question is how did North Missaukee get involved?

Young Ted
 

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Never ridden Boon to Fife Lake but I'd guess 55 to 113 would be about 2 1/2 hours. Sounds like a long day but fun.
That’s good to hear. Fife Lake to the cabin is less than an hour via snowmobile width trail mostly.

I've ridden from the White Cloud staging area to Baldwin via t he MCCCT an east side of Big "O" in three hours at a steady pace with a few breaks.
Yeah, I have done that before too. That sounds about right as I was hoping to have lunch somewhere north of Baldwin.

I ride out of Cedar Creek alot an #19 snowmoble trail that runs right by the parking lot will take you up near the southwest side of Hesperia.
I can pick up the HH system off Blue Lake road just north of Twin Lake. I plan to ride pieces of the HH trail system up to near Podunk and then ride roads over to the Whitecloud trail head (probably 8th to Baldwin and then up to 20).

Get a BIG can of monkey butt powder.
I have one in my gear bag but should not need it as I generally stand up. ;)

My only question is how did North Missaukee get involved?
Sir,

I am not sure. Maybe I was thinking we would stop by the club grounds and say hey? Or, maybe I misread the map?

BTW, I do have the very nice CCC maps and a GPS AND a compass AND a cell phone.

If all else fails, we’ll just follow those little orange thingies on the trees! LOL!
 

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Wish I could join you, but it is time to work on Jack Pine. I have no doubt that Badgerman and RedGreenOrange will have their bikes and bodies prepped for this event.
Enjoy the ride and the experience!!!

P.S. Maybe I will join you on the second leg of the journey..Kalkaska to East Jordan. ;)
 
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Hey Badgerdude!

Here is some info from the man, the legand....Iron man Ted. he gave me these milages and times from when he ran the trail safari several years back.

The way it reads is how many miles to the crossing and how long it took to get there from the last crossing. Will probably help with your estimate. It starts at the White cloud trailhead on 20.


Miles - TIMES - CROSINGS

23.2 - 2hr 04min - 11 Mile & Warner Rds.

20.7 - 1hr 19min - MCCCT & Big ‘O’ Jct.

30.5 - 1hr 54min - Crossing Masten Rd.

9.2 - 31min - MCCCT & Little ‘O’ Jct.

22.1 - 1hr 31min - M-37 Crossing

23.1 - 1hr 38min - Lincoln Bridge

13.1 - 1hr 30min - M-55 Crossing

17.9 - 1hr 34min - M-115 Crossing

8.8 - 56min - M-42 & 19 ½ Mile

21.8 - 56min - Cross Connector Jct.

5.9 - 25min - M-186 Crossing

30.5 - 1hr 33min - Beebe Rd. Crossing

17.6 - 58min - West Side Of Kalkaska Loop Jct.

Looks to be about 12.5 hours of ride time. A bit less if you eliminate the west side of the Big O and hit some of the ORV route thru Lincoln Hills.

Make sure not to skip out on even a little bit of single track from Lincoln Bridge on up past Boon. That trail is a lot of fun. Also some nice stuff north of 115.

Good luck
 
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Oh and by the way.....The record has already been set a few years back by Alan Randt and a handfull of his Enduro Buddies. 6 of them (in groups of 2) rode the entire Mccct trail (minus the cross connector) in 2 days flat :coocoo:

That deserves an Iron Butt award or something :yikes: