Brimley State Park and Gypsy tours from there
I'm supposed to hear back from the CG manager later today or tomorrow.
We are good to go.
[URL="http://www.michigan.org/property/brimley-state-park/"]Brimley State Park[/URL] will be the starting point for a number of GS Giant Gypsy Tours:
[LIST][*][URL="dco43054.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=56"]The adventurous way across the UP[/URL] - hosted by Claude Gagne, the 2013 GS Giant[*][URL="dco43054.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=56&p=136#p136"]The paved Way across the UP[/URL][*][URL="dco43054.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=38"]The paved way across Superior's north shore[/URL] (part of a Lake Superior Circle Tour)[*][/LIST]
First and foremost, we need to give it up for Bryan Much, Cannonshot on ADV. The links above will take you to his route pages, where he describes each route and provides .GPX files for you to download. Scroll down to find the GPX file download links.
IMPORTANT NOTE: these routes do not go exactly to the ending point at St. Croix Haven Campground, so be sure you know how to get there (there'll be a waypoint in your scorebook).
Let me tell you, these are **world class** routes, Bryan has put a whole ton of time in laying out options, showing where there's gas and food... we are lucky to have something this good. :nod
Here are some pics of the routes from Bryan's site:
[B]Adventurous way across the UP[/B]
[B]Paved way across the UP[/B]
[B]Paved way across Lake Superior's north shore[/B]
Riding the T-word... the GS Giant's Gypsy Tour from the south.
[SIZE=1]Photo by Chad Berger[/SIZE]
Oh hell... it's called the TWAT. Get over it! :ha
Thanks to the generosity of fellow GS Giant Chad Berger of [URL="http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/main.html"]Lone Wolf Expeditions[/URL], we have access to the route info of the [URL="http://www.lonewolfexpeditions.com/twat.html"]Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail[/URL].
To suit the needs of the Gypsy Tour, Chad helped make a few modifications to the route so that it started at an affordable/accessible campground (Pikes Peak Park in Iowa) and ended with the rest of the Gypsy Tours at the St. Croix Campground in MN.
This is a 2-day ride like the rest of them... meet up on Sunday evening and ride Monday and Tuesday. The Monday night stopover is [URL="http://www.blackriverlodgeresort.com/"]The Black River Lodge and Resort[/URL], on Lake Arbutus near Black River, Wi. Contact them for reservations.
There are two GPS files attached to this post, one in Garmin format and the other in GPX. These have been prepared using the latest version of Garmin City Navigator, so if you don't have that, please do not recalculate the route.
Here's a map (rough), and please do not use the routes available via this service, as there are some incompatibilities due to the Google base map. If you zoom in far enough, you'll see the problem. :doh
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There's a lot of chatter in the [URL="https://www.facebook.com/groups/gsgiants/"]GS Giants Facebook[/URL] group about this.... [B]but we still need a volunteer leader/kitten-herder to help show the way.[/B]