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    Riding Chicago to Ontario, Canada

    My friend and I are planning to ride from Chicago to Temagami, Ontario, Northeast of Sudbury and North of North Bay in July 2012. He will be on his 1150GSA and I on my F800ST. If you know the area, do you have any special recommendations for us along the way?
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    Which route are you taking? North crossing into Canada at Sault St. Marie or east across Michigan and into Canada via Port Huron/Sarnia?
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    One ride I've always wanted to take is the north shore of Lake Superior, past the Soo, to Manatoulin Island and then the ferry to the Tobermory Peninsula. For your destination you'll skip the ferry ride.

    I helped a couple of our members write an article about this 10 years ago to promote our rally in Trenton, Ontario.

    http://web.archive.org/web/200206041...periortour.htm

    Another article provides some good info about riding throught the UP, the Soo Locks...

    http://web.archive.org/web/200206041...2/upbymoto.htm

    Some of this info is still valid. I wish we did a better job of preserving all the web content we've produced over the years.

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    So far we are planning the Soo route out. For the return much depends on our time freedom. Great idea to try the Sarnia route! If we are pressed for time we will probably take the Mac Bridge.
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    How about a loop??

    Cross at the Soo one way, and Sarnia the other.

    And you have to take the ferry to-or-from Tobermory on the Sarnia leg.

    My main riding posse lives in that part of Ontario and for lack of more time
    or thought, we have gone around Georgian Bay several times. Riding
    on the Cheech is always a highlight. If you are a native midWester, you'll find
    the big boat on the big water quite a treat. And the port towns themselves
    are a great (if a bit pricey tourist) place to gas up/stop and eat/spend the night kinda places.

    That ferry inspired us to always try and work a ferry into our rides. We have now
    taken quite a few others, all much smaller than the Cheech.

    Road from the Soo to Sudbury is not one of my favourites....mostly two lane
    and far too many trucks and RVs for my taste.
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    Thanks Gerald. The loop idea looks like what we'll do. Any decent alternatives to the highway Soo-Sudbury?
    PEPE

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepeps View Post
    Thanks Gerald. The loop idea looks like what we'll do. Any decent alternatives to the highway Soo-Sudbury?
    PEPE
    17 from Sault Ste Marie to Sudbury is a nice route. It really is not a big slab like you might think. If you have never been to Canada everything is pretty rural and 2 lane highway. We rode 17 all the way from Sault Ste Marie to Ottawa last year. It was a great trip and you can take side routes but they will always run you back into 17 as nobody lives in northern Ontario so travel across the province requires the highway. Only thing to avoid in Canada is Toronto. Stay 100 miles away. It is a cluster. Other than that Canada has wonderful roads and beautiful sights even from 17.

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    BTW we crossed the last two times coming back from Canada using the Algonac-Walpole ferry http://www.walpolealgonacferry.com/. It is quick and easy and holds about 10 cars. It keeps you away from major traffic.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepeps View Post
    Thanks Gerald. The loop idea looks like what we'll do. Any decent alternatives to the highway Soo-Sudbury?
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    Nope.....Like the next poster says, not a lot of options in the northern half of Ontario. It isn't that bad....just not my favourite.

    Coming home from work the other day on 17 (closer to Ottawa) and traffic was choked up at a bridge repair, down to one lane for the summer. As I sat waiting, I mused on just how far the detour was. I stopped counting at about 250 km

    I'll make a note about the Walpole ferry, thats just my style!!

    BTW....for future reference. I think 17 from the Soo to Thunder Bay is one of the world's best rides, I'd dare even list it on the same page as #1 from SF to LA. Perhaps half way down that page, but its one for the list...
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    Man oh man it's gonna be an epic tryp!

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