1). Departed Copper Harbor at 6:00am. The weather was excellent with temps in the high 40’s and slight variable winds. The route began on about three miles of blacktop road then faded to a two-track logging gravel road. The gravel road surface is firm with spotty mud puddles and potholes. At about 15 miles in, the route goes to blacktop for 3 miles then back to gravel. The gravel may be a little soft in places but is overall good.
At about mile 34, the route is goes back to blacktop with a long grinding uphill (550’ vertical) to mile 36. This climb accounts for 4% total vertical of the entire ride.
Miles 38 to 44 are on a snowmobile trail which is a little bumpy. US 41 is crossed at Cliffs Drive. The route continues south to Seneca lake and then takes a right onto a rough single track for 1 mile. From here, the route is on snowmobile trails (abandon RR grades) and crosses US 41 two more times. The trail surface is mostly firm with a few soft sandy spots.
When arriving in Hancock, please heed the stop signs as high traffic roads are crossed. Riders can resupply at Hancock Holiday gas station (you must buy water it is not available at the soda fountain) and at Houghton Roy’s Pasty (free water at soda fountain).
When departing Houghton, ride through the camp ground near Chutes and Ladders then then cross Canal road to a snowmobile trail for 1 mile. The trail connects back to Canal road, onto Coles Creek road, to Covered Road, and then into Freda. The route surface between Houghton and Freda is about 8.5 miles of blacktop with 5.5 miles hard gravel.