By tdmorlan on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 11:37 am: Edit Post
This may be a dumb question, but I live in South Bend In. and normally get to the Munising area by way of the Mac Bridge traveling through MI.
By 1000 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 12:10 pm: Edit Post
I live in the Western burbs of Chicago which makes a difference. I go up through Rockford, Madison, Portage and up I39 / Rt51. But I stop at the Cisco Chain or Watersmeet. Going through Chicago and Milwaukee you better pich your time right or it can add over an hour to the drive due to traffic. North of Milwaukee to Green Bay is great. Watch speed Illinois border to Milwaukee. Tickets fly in that area. North of Green Bay someone else will haVE TO COMMENT.
By jtm_67 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 03:31 pm: Edit Post
94-43-41-8-n-u or u-n (don't remember which way going north/south) 2-141-28-41-houghton
By ilinisnwchasr on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 08:14 pm: Edit Post
I would avoid going through chicago and milwaukee. people i ride with from Joliet take 55-355-290-90-39-51-8-17-70-45-26. This is the the fastest way to Houghton. taking the eastern route 94-43-41 will add more than 30 minutes to your drive time. Just watch your speed around Wausau and Marathon County. If the 355 meets 80 now take that. also depending on the time of day it may be quicker to take 88 to 39.
By todds on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 08:59 pm: Edit Post
There is no single, best way to get there from South Bend. Some of the route is highly dependent on when you're making the trip. I have a bit of experience here as I used to live in Porter County, IN and made the trip northward many times.
By xcr800 on Thursday, January 10, 2008 - 09:04 pm: Edit Post
I would go I90 west to I94 west I43 north to 141 north to US2 west to 45 north to MI 26 about 9.5 hours depending on traffic and weather conditions. I would plan on leaving late at night or early morning before rush hour traffic.
By admin on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 10:15 am: Edit Post
By 1000 on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 10:27 am: Edit Post
One other note to keep in mind. I355 is now open all the way to I80. If you decide to do the Rockford route and up I39, keep that in mind.
By tdmorlan on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 11:23 am: Edit Post
Thanks for all the friendly advise!!!
By xcr800 on Friday, January 11, 2008 - 03:32 pm: Edit Post
If you enjoy trail and alot of off trail and lots of powder Houghton area you can't beat it all the way from Rockland, Mass City, Twin lakes on up you can't beat it. I rode the Munising area but prefer the Keweenaw area best. And if you want a really good day of riding book a trip with Keweenaw snow expeditions here's the link http://www.johndee.com/kse/Default.htm They offer all kinds of different riding truly a great time
By mjkaliszak on Sunday, January 13, 2008 - 09:20 am: Edit Post
I just came down from Gogebic area thru the big cities in Wisconsin. We traveled home on a saturday/ and went up on X-mas day. They way up I went my usual over the MAC bridge route 11.5 hrs. When I returned we came down thru Wis's big cities and to Mattawan/Kalamazoo Mi, it was 9.5 hrs.with a stop in the hood of Chic @ White Castle ( 25 min ). This was quite a savings in road time. Rember to travel at OFF rush hr times and you will blow right thru.I have been a Central/Eastern UP lover for years BUT the Western UP was phenomenal and we plan as making it a main-stop. I agree you can't beat the Houghton/Porcupine-mtn/Bergland-Gogebic / Mass city area was some of the best riding we have ever done. That entire side of the UP seems to produce the best snow.Your about 1 hr from Kalamazoo, your travel time to Houghton during OFF rush hour travel should be approx 9 hrs. Including fuel stops.
By cuzzinolaf on Monday, January 14, 2008 - 01:20 pm: Edit Post
Fastest way from Northeastern, IL, where I live, is 94, to 894, to 45, to 41, and then straight up 45. I've tried every other route and this is the ONLY way I go as of now. Once you get to M-26, just head north.