Hit the Trails During the 2014 Michigander

Hit the Trails During the 2014 Michigander
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Courtesy of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

It’s no secret that Michigan boasts the crème de la crème of summers. “America’s High Five” is spoiled with an abundance of beautiful sunsets, sparkling waters, sandy beaches, and 2,444 miles of walking and biking trails. If you’re longing to explore magnificent Michigan summers, the 23rd Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour is your ticket to the perfect summer getaway.

This July 12-18, bicyclists will tour pure Michigan from two wheels, choosing between 2-, 6- and 7-day ride options. The family-friendly 2-day ride and 7-day tour takes off in Farwell on the paved Pere Marquette Trail, while the 6-day ride continues to the Fred Meijer White Pine Trail State Park, the Betsie Valley Trail, Sleeping Bear Heritage Trail, Leelanau Trail, and TART Trail. The ride includes baggage transport, snack and water stops, two meals a day and evening entertainment at campsites.

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Courtesy of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

Additionally, riders will pedal through award-winning scenery, including Leland, voted second “Best Place to Watch a Sunset” by USA Today and Sleeping Bear Dunes, winner of Good Morning America’s “The Most Beautiful Place in America”.

This year’s “True North” bicycle tour will showcase some of the most popular towns in Michigan. Thousands flock to Traverse City and Leland during all four seasons—they are both well-known for their incredible eateries, wineries, breweries, and boutiques, as well as beautiful beaches. Cadillac is home to nearly 500,000 acres of state and national forests, whose residents take pride in the natural wonders that their home offers. Point Betsie Lighthouse in Frankfort is one of the most photographed lighthouses in Michigan and is as rich in history as it is in breathtaking views.

For many, the bicycle tour is a summer tradition, as riders have an opportunity to reconnect with old friends as well as meet new people during the ride.

“From beginners to experienced riders, the Michigander gives friends, families and the biking community an opportunity to reconnect, ride and experience the best of a Michigan summer up north,” said Nancy Krupiarz, executive director of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance.

As for the atmosphere, former Free Press outdoors writer Eric Sharp describes the enthusiasm of Michigander riders as infectious.

“What was most notable was the incredible enthusiasm of the people who had ridden it before,” said Sharp. “This was the highlight of the year for many, better than Christmas, and their enthusiasm was infectious.”

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Courtesy of the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance

Michiganders and Michiganians aren’t the only ones taking notice of the endless beauty that Michigan offers—some riders venture from as far as Vermont to experience the Michigander.

Whether your favorite childhood memory was climbing up the Dunes, watching the sunset in Leland or taking a stroll through Traverse City, this year’s Michigander highlights the best of Michigan summers.

Join in on the fun and register for the Michigander here!

Alyssa Sturm, Guest Writer

As a Michigan enthusiast and native Michigander, I love the great adventures that Michigan offers.  I am a senior year at Michigan State University, earning my degree in advertising and public relations, and interning at the Michigan Fitness Foundation. In my free time, I love exploring Michigan’s trails, beaches, and cities!  Go State!