Explore the dirt backroads of Washtenaw, Lapeer, and Jackson Counties. Great gravel road routes. Details will be posted here as they are developed, and (as always) check the forum for more details as we get closer to the event date.
Related upcoming events
07/10/2022 3:00 PM - 07/10/2022 8:00 PM
The first of hopefully an annual event - a TCD Potluck Picnic. We'll gather at the Willow Pavillion overlooking Halfmoon Lake in the Pinckney State Recreation area. Plans are currently for the TCD to provide a meat and TCD members bring other picnic fixins' and we all have a good time. Watch for further details as they develop.
To enter from the north side, take Patterson Lake Road (D32) and turn south on Glenbrook Road, which becomes Hankerd Road after the road turns sharply to the right.
To enter from the south side, take N. Territorial and turn north onto Hankerd Road.
Either way, watch for and turn onto Halfmoon Lake Access Road. Follow the access road to a big parking lot. The Willow Shelter will be to your right as you face the lake.
A Michigan State Recreational Passport is required to enter the park. Most members have it on their license plate tabs, others can purchase at the park entrance.
07/17/2022 9:30 AM - 07/17/2022 3:00 PM
Meet up in Pinckney about 9:30 for B.O.B. ride at 10:00 am. Ride scenic Michigan roads to The Parlor in Jackson for delectable calories. This is usually a well-attended ride, with 15 to 20 members willing to ignore their diet for the day.
07/22/2022 - 07/24/2022 All day
Kissel Motorsports' 6th annual Soggy Bottom Motofest will be a 3-day adventure/dual sport motorcycle rally held at the Fowler Grove Community Center just outside of Port Matilda, PA. Attendees will enjoy 5 meals, 4 Adventure/Dual Sport motorcycle rides with gps files, live music, free event t-shirt, hot water showers and much more!
From Kissel Motorsports website:
Soggy Bottom Motofest is a 3-day Adventure and Dual Sport motorcycle rally located near Port Matilda, PA. The rally consists of a total of 4 rides with GPS tracks. In addition to the 4 rides, attendees will enjoy five catered meals, hot water showers, live music, guest presenters, access to an onsite supercross track, an event t-shirt and more! As in years past, we will offer both an "A" and "B" route option for each ride. The "A" routes are designed to be challenging for average riders on "big" bikes, not Enduros. "B" routes for 2022 will be scaled back in terms of technical requirements and will be predominantly maintained forest roads with scenic overlooks and rest areas. All bikes must be street legal! Limited to 300 riders!
08/12/2022 - 08/15/2022 All day
08/21/2022 All day
Oakland County ADV Ride to explore the dirt backroads of northern Oakland and Lapeer Counties. Well maintained dirt & gravel roads, with about one (1) mile of light ADV adventure on Fox Lake Road in the Ortonville Recreation Area (see photo). The route is 83 miles of 95% dirt roads, starting at the Brioni Cafe in Clarkston and ending at the Paint Creek Cider Mill in Rochester.
Meet Up in the parking lot behind the Brioni Cafe & Deli at 9:45 pm for 10:00 B.O.B. departure.
GPS files are posted in the GPS forum.
09/09/2022 - 09/11/2022 All day
Join your fellow TCDers in the annual TCD run up to Michigan’s thumb for camping out at Sleeper State Park near Caseville. Enjoy some early autumn camping and a campfire overlooking the Saginaw Bay shore. Make it a 2- or 3-day event, whichever you please. There is a planned street ride on Saturday in the northern thumb area, which may include an ice cream stop. Most meet at the campground and there have typically been 8-24 attendees, with a good time had by all. Recommended that you secure your campsite at Sleeper as soon as possible as the sites go quickly, phone and website for Sleeper State Park are listed above.
Check back on the TCD message forum for additional information as we get closer to the event dates.
09/23/2022 - 09/26/2022 All day
This is an easy to medium gravel and back road ride. There will be deep gravel through rolling and scenic forest roads, and some twisty pavement. There are a few creek crossings (with work arounds if you don’t want to try them or if the weather is bad). We will throw in a few sightseeing opportunities, possibly including the fire tower, the Knightsridge Space Observatory ruins, and the Empire State Quarry. Newbies are required to climb the fire tower, in full gear.
There will be a ride down, on Friday for those that can make it. We will stay in Shelbyville Indiana on Friday night. The real ride starts Saturday morning from Shelbyville to Tell City, IN. the route will be about 250 miles. We will stay Saturday night in Tell City departing Sunday morning for the return to Shelbyville. We will again cover about 250 miles. Those who don’t want to ride home Sunday night can stay over again in Shelbyville and ride home Monday. I will have routes to and from the Detroit area for Friday and Monday that follow state and county roads with little or no freeway. There could be stretches of gravel, but these will not be “adventure” routes.
For Friday and Sunday nights make your reservation at:
Econo Lodge – 68 E Rampart Rd, Shelbyville, IN
For Saturday night make your reservation at:
Ramada Limited – 235 Orchard hill Dr, Tell City, IN
There are other motel options nearby if these are full or do not meet your lofty standards.
09/24/2022 - 09/28/2022 All day
Club Member Dave DeCook is organizing a road ride along the Blue Ridge Mountains to get to the BMW RA National Rally in Waynesville, NC. Dave welcomes all who are going to the RA to join in what is sure to be a great scenic ride.
Dave will provide more information as the ride dates near.
10/14/2022 - 10/16/2022 All day
This is a TCD favorite, and we're heading back to Interlochen to view some magnificent fall foliage. The official camp location is the Interlochen State Park (tent camping, RV hook-ups and cottages are available) just south of town. For those who aren't fond of camping there's nearby lodging at the Interlochen Motel, about a mile north of the Interlochen State Park on M-137. They also have a fire pit right on the property. Typically, if the weather forecast if favorable, we often have 30 riders attend this event. If the weather sucks, then only three or four. We hope for beautiful fall weather.
Please read and follow the Fall Color Tour postings under the Rides Forum
11/04/2022 - 11/06/2022 All day
Tawas Point State Park, East Tawas, MI. TCD members pay memorial tribute to those brave sailors who were lost when the Edmund Fitzgerald sank into the icy waters of Lake Superior. We have dinner in East Tawas Saturday evening and then build a campfire you can see from the moon! Some are riding up Friday and others on Saturday, with some are camping at the Tawas Point State Park campground and others staying at either the Tawas Bay Beach Resort or the Bambi Motel. A road ride on Saturday that starts and ends at the Tawas Bay Beach Resort will be planned, as will a Saturday dinner at the hotel's Bayside Grille & Lounge. Dinner will be followed by a bonfire at the either the Tawas Point State Park or the Bambi Motel and a reading of the names of the crew of the Edmund Fitzgerald.
Link to the Tawas Bay Beach Resort
Link to the Bambi Motel
Link to Tawas Point State Park
Routes, meet up times and locations for Friday ride up, Saturday ride and Saturday dinner will be posted in the TCD message forum.