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    Suggestions for Brantford, ON to Ludington MI?

    OldNuke gave me some local's tips for Mantowoc WI to the Rally, but would love feedback on Ontario (Brantford) to Ludington to catch the ferry. Starting in Northern NY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hlebowi2 View Post
    OldNuke gave me some local's tips for Mantowoc WI to the Rally, but would love feedback on Ontario (Brantford) to Ludington to catch the ferry. Starting in Northern NY.
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    FWIW - I recall US 10 from Midland MI (sister lives there) to Ludington was a nice ride. You would have to bushwack it from Sarnia to Midland tho. The Badger ferry had an overnite cabin-breakfast-ferry to Manitowoc package that was reasonable - though it was late October.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nrpetersen View Post
    FWIW - I recall US 10 from Midland MI (sister lives there) to Ludington was a nice ride. You would have to bushwack it from Sarnia to Midland tho. The Badger ferry had an overnite cabin-breakfast-ferry to Manitowoc package that was reasonable - though it was late October.
    Thanks for the post.
    I decided to get to Ludington in the evening, stay overnight there at a B&B (already reserved) and take the AM ferry to Manitowoc so I could go across the Lake during the day (having never seen it).

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlebowi2 View Post
    Thanks for the post.
    I decided to get to Ludington in the evening, stay overnight there at a B&B (already reserved) and take the AM ferry to Manitowoc so I could go across the Lake during the day (having never seen it).
    It's a great ride.....They have chaise lounges on deck or you can hang onto the rail, and enjoy!!
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    Brantford to Lundington

    You could take the ferry that crosses over at Marine City Michigan and state roads to US 23 north to catch US 10 for Ludington.
    I take the ferry crossing going to the ABC rally all the time.


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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    You could take the ferry that crosses over at Marine City Michigan and state roads to US 23 north to catch US 10 for Ludington.
    I take the ferry crossing going to the ABC rally all the time.
    Hey Max; hope to see you again this May at the ABC Rally! Bring a couple of ABC newbies with you this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    You could take the ferry that crosses over at Marine City Michigan and state roads to US 23 north to catch US 10 for Ludington.
    I take the ferry crossing going to the ABC rally all the time.

    Thanks for the reply!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadMax View Post
    You could take the ferry that crosses over at Marine City Michigan and state roads to US 23 north to catch US 10 for Ludington.
    I take the ferry crossing going to the ABC rally all the time.

    Max
    Looked at the map, and am wondering why you suggest going south to Sombra ON (I assume that's where the ferry crossing to Marine City MI) rather than heading straight west or northwest towards Ludington (by Sarnia?).
    I know nothing about any of this route....

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlebowi2 View Post
    Max
    Looked at the map, and am wondering why you suggest going south to Sombra ON (I assume that's where the ferry crossing to Marine City MI) rather than heading straight west or northwest towards Ludington (by Sarnia?).
    I know nothing about any of this route....
    I often take this route, to and from the US, just to avoid the long lineups at the Sarnia/Port Huron border (must apply for Nexus pass this week ). There are a series of backroads with only the odd little village to to reduce one's speed from the 402 to Sombra. However, I've never ridden nor looked at maps to get from Marine City to Ludington.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    I often take this route, to and from the US, just to avoid the long lineups at the Sarnia/Port Huron border (must apply for Nexus pass this week ). There are a series of backroads with only the odd little village to to reduce one's speed from the 402 to Sombra. However, I've never ridden nor looked at maps to get from Marine City to Ludington.
    Would Sarnia/Port Huron border be bad on a Tuesday late afternoon?

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    Quote Originally Posted by hlebowi2 View Post
    Would Sarnia/Port Huron border be bad on a Tuesday late afternoon?
    I can never predict what the Sarnia/Port Huron crossing will be like at any time of day. Sometimes it is a ten minute crossing and a week or two later, same day of the week, similar time and lots of cars are being inspected and everything just moves at a snail's pace. For the number of times that I cross, I have been foolish to not have applied for a Nexus card; this week for certain.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    I can never predict what the Sarnia/Port Huron crossing will be like at any time of day. Sometimes it is a ten minute crossing and a week or two later, same day of the week, similar time and lots of cars are being inspected and everything just moves at a snail's pace. For the number of times that I cross, I have been foolish to not have applied for a Nexus card; this week for certain.

    Paul,
    Thanks for the suggestion.
    I applied for a Nexus card. I live about 1 1/2 hours south of the Champlain border, go to Quebec a few times a year, so $50 for 5 years sounds pretty good.

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    The Nexus card is worth every cent. The first time I used it was to cross at Sarnia/Port Huron on an airhead. It was a hot day and the traffic was backed up about 3km in Sarnia. If I had had to sit in that traffic jam then inch up the bridge, the airhead would have overheated and the clutch would be shot. Instead I rode in the dedicated Nexus lane past all the traffic. Paid for itself that first time!
    I take the ferry all the time. I am half an hour from Brantford and usually take the evening ferry so I can be in WI the morning of my second day.
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    Watching the trucks back up the structure in the background to load the ferry is fun.

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    Whenever it works with my trip routing, I try to take the ferry between Marine City, MI and Sombra (?) Ontario. It runs back and forth about every 15 minutes and the customs people seem to move right along. A very small crossing with little traffic.
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    Yes, that's a great alternative to the bridge if traffic is backing up.

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