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Old 01-14-2020, 10:55 AM   #1 (permalink)
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In all the years I've been doing this, I have never made a trip to Gaylord. Started out many many years ago with trips to Grayling but have spent the last 20 years from one end of the UP to the other.
Taking a trip with my wife this Sunday the 19th for 4 days and she wants to go someplace closer, so Gaylord it is. (I do have a backup plan with reservations at White Pine in Christmas as well).
My dilemma is, I don't have a flippin' clue as to where to go there. I have reservations at the Baymont because I don't like trailering to trailheads with her and I see the trail is right there. I've been to Starvation Lake and Settings when coming from Grayling but beyond that....nuttin'.
I need to keep her daily miles in the 100-120 range so I can't venture too far. Can anyone recommend places to go, places to avoid and best way out of town. Looks like if I head north on 7 I have to cross the highway?
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The trail goes under the highway. You can go north to Indian River and all the way up to Mackinaw city and get the stock photo in front of the Mackinac Bridge. From Cheboygan you can go East through Black Mountain which is a really nice trail, and there is a decent restaurant called the Bluffs right on the trail. From Indian River you can go west to Alanson, through the hills circling around and coming back down through Pellston. On Trail 7 in Wolverine there is a nice restaurant called the Thirsty Sturgeon which is really good.

That all being said we don't have much snow up here, but they are calling for some more on Saturday, but they called for a bunch this last Saturday that we did not get either.
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They have been grooming a lot this year. Trails r ok but we could use more snow. Stay west and north and you will be fine. Getting to indian river will be rough. Stay wolverine south and west and you will be fine.
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Although Sunday through Thursday may be the ticket to traffic and mogul free riding.
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West to the Jordan Valley trail is a nice ride. Stop by the fish hatchery. The Settings in Lakes of the North is a good stop on the way.
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Also the Blue Bear down to Grayling is nice if their is enough snow.
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Be prepared. Sunday and Monday in that area will be a MADHOUSE. Holiday weekend and snow in the forecast
There is some great riding in that area but I avoid it like the Black Plague unless it’s mid week.
I’ll second the thirsty sturgeon in wolverine, Setting in LON. In mackinaw city I prefer the Keyhole.

In Gaylord big buck brewery is pretty good.
Vivios in Indian River has really good pizza
If snow is better south Frederic has a few places to eat but The Dead Bear and Spikes Keg of Nails in Grayling are better and can be reach by sled
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Be prepared. Sunday and Monday in that area will be a MADHOUSE. Holiday weekend and snow in the forecast
There is some great riding in that area but I avoid it like the Black Plague unless itís mid week.
Iíll second the thirsty sturgeon in wolverine, Setting in LON. In mackinaw city I prefer the Keyhole.

In Gaylord big buck brewery is pretty good.
Vivios in Indian River has really good pizza
If snow is better south Frederic has a few places to eat but The Dead Bear and Spikes Keg of Nails in Grayling are better and can be reach by sled
He will be in walking distance of the Big Buck.
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I know , I know. Wife does one trip a year and wants to not drive as far and snow is all relative to her. And from my perspective the following is a bonus:

Half the money for gas-Cha Ching.
Half the money for hotel-Cha Ching.
One less day to take off work-Cha Ching.

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