DISCLAIMER: This route potentially passes through an ATV only trail north of Calumet. Please ensure you are paying attention to posted signs when driving this route. Do not drive on any trails that are posted for ATV only. The Seven Hour Plane Crash trail is easily one of the best overlanding trails in the midwest. If you haven’t heard of
I left Freeland around 11 am Sunday, and after turning around two times because I forgot some essentials, I finally made my way up to Gaylord for a quick overnight. It was rainy when I left and cloudy when I got into Gaylord, but Weather Underground was telling me I was in for a good 18 hours of beautiful weather.
What follows is a long-overdue rundown of our June trip. After the shakedown that went awry in May, this trip went off with next to no problems. My buddy Marc wanted to tag along, so I picked him up from his house. We left out of metro Detroit Friday afternoon with a 3.5 to 4-hour trek up to Indian River.
The plan was to map something useable. Something we could use as a training route for people new to overlanding. Training and experience type events are down the road still, but I like planning ahead. The plan for our shake off the dust trip did not go according to plan. Our Friday meetup in Cadillac went without out a hitch.
After a rough night’s sleep, we woke up to a sunny but foggy morning. After a quick breakfast, we packed up and headed out. One of our members was heading West to check out Lake of the clouds and another member was headed home directly home, leaving just two vehicles and three people, including “Grizz”, my wife, and myself. We
I didn’t realize I could sleep like a baby with so much noise outside. After the long night of loud sound from the waves and wind, I awoke to find a gorgeous sunrise. Honestly, it may go in the books as one of my favorites. It had warmed up quite a bit an the sun felt great after not seeing
After a night of decent sleep from the sound of the waves of Lake Superior and the increasing rain, we awoke to gray skies and steady rain. We decided against cooking breakfast and focused on packing up camp and getting on the road. Packing in the rain has to be the worst part of camping. Knowing we still had two
A trip five years in my mind, eight months of planning, spanning six days, including 4 Jeeps, two trailers, six people, and 1390 miles across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula has finally come to fruition. Technically day 1 started with the trek from Grand Blanc, Michigan, across the Mackinaw Bridge to my families cabin in Garden Corners, Michigan, but it was pretty
Continued from part 1. The saying here in Michigan is to wait 5 minutes and the weather is guaranteed to change. I’m taking some liberties with this but it certainly proved true for Saturday. We couldn’t have asked for a better day to run trails. Sunny, high 70s, with a slight breeze in places. It wasn’t nearly hot enough to
A few weeks back in early July we had our Southwest Michigan meetup at Founders Brewing. I got to meet some new folks and some old folks who I’ve interacted with on the page for a while now. After a number of beers Kyle, Marc, and I started talking about the next meetup and how we should make a weekend
The title is slightly misleading but it’s what I remember the most from a recent trip to Manistee National Forest to run trails with some of the guys from our Facebook group and the Overland Bound forums. This trip had been planned earlier in the year to coincide with the Memorial Day long weekend but it ended up happening almost