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Rollin' 15 Dec 2009 15:38

To Hell (Michigan) and back.
 
To HELL and back!!!

I wanted to plan an Iron Butt ride that would be fun and more scenic. So I deciced to go to Hell and back.
We would be doing a SS1000, 1000 miles in less than 24 hours.
There would be a total of six bikes and seven riders on this trip. I was hoping to complete this ride in about
21 hours.
Because this would be group ride and there would also be a lot more two-lane roads I really wasn't sure we would make it in that time.
The forcast also showed a 40% chance of rain over 50% of the route.
Some of the group started from other locations and joined us along the route. I started just south of Milwaukee
and at 3:30 am Saturday morning headed south to Chicago. At the first Oasis on I-94 the whole group was together.

The route. The letters are the gas stops.
B is the Oasis. Letter D is Hell!

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Riding through Chicago. At about 4:30 am. Not much traffic. Temperature was 60 degrees. Nice.

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One rider was stuck in a toll booth for a while. He paid three times before he was able to get through!
We're still waiting, you can see the one headlight at at the toll booth. Russ (left) "patiently" waits.

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After the gas stop at the Oasis it was a 141 miles to our next stop in Watervliet, MI.
We would only stop for gas on this trip.

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My Kingpin.

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After Watervliet the next stop was Hell. Hell is under new ownership!
There were a lot of twisting two lane roads on the way to Hell. Things are going well.

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A good place to mail your taxes!

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The owner of the store in Hell gave all of us a free GO TO HELL license plate frame. Nice guy
Another thing to do in Hell is go to the ice cream store (Screams) and get a Grave Digger Sundae at the Creamatory!

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The Grave Digger Sundae also comes with a Death Certificate.

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The Hell Riders. I'm on the far left.

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After Hell we headed north on Hwy.127.

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Taking pictures at 80 mph is hard!! Sorry Brad.

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Getting a little better. I take a lot of pictures and hope that some turn out.

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Bert on the Victory Vision.

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386 miles and it's starting to warm up.

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Gas stop and time for a little break. The breaks were short but there was still time to talk about the ride.

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They're (Rick) starting to get a little crazy! Time to go.

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We needed to add a few more miles to the route so we took a side trip to Petoskey, MI.
More great two lane roads and a nice view of Lake Michigan but there was a lot of traffic getting
in and out of the city.
The road to Petoskey.

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After Petoskey it was north to the bridge.
The Mackinaw Bridge is 5 miles long and it's windy.

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The Mackinaw Bridge.

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Crossing the Bridge.

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Upper Michigan. Upper Michigan is so nice, they charge a toll to get in! http://s3.amazonaws.com/advrider/lol8.gif

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We took Hwy. 2 across Upper Michigan. Hwy. 2 follows the top of Lake Michigan.
More two lane. Nice scenic ride. Half-way across Hwy. 2 the rain started and the pictures stopped.

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We stopped to eat in Menominee, MI and then headed to Fond du Lac, Wisconsin. We needed to go around the
west side of Lake Winnebago to add a few more miles to the trip.

We missed a lot of rain. The roads were wet in Wisconsin but the rain had ended.

I finished my ride just south of Milwaukee, WI.
My numbers for the ride. 1040 miles in 20 hours and 38 minutes.

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It sure was!

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A few items from Hell.

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This was fun, scenic and challenging. A very successful ride, done with a great group of riders.



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