Are we doing Thursday thru Sunday or Friday thru Monday? I prefer Friday night in St. Ignace, Saturday night in Grand Marais, and Sunday back in St. Ignace. Some will just boogie on back home Sunday night.
There will be a road ride as well as the usual sand hell, so if you want to bring a touring bike i” put together some routes. Whitefish Point light house, the Falls, whatever you want to see. let me know because I won’t do it if no one is coming.
I would attempt this on my 1090R provided there aren’t too many deep sand + ascents/descents. Our novice group in Barrie spent a good hour getting up that one steep sandy section. Once I figured out the speed, I made it up in 2 mins. But that section was 100 yards, not miles long, and I had paid helpers to assist in getting my unladen bike off its side.
There was definitely a soul crushing sand section last year. By section, I’d guess a few miles. Maybe it just seemed longer than it was because I was hallucinating, but regardless – tough (for me anyway).
But, I can’t remember any ascents/descents of any magnitude, so that is something. All that said, it’s a great ride.