I don't want to sound like some kind of a tourist operater, but a lot of fellas who ride in Michigan should perhap consider riding the other side of the border. The trail permit is expensive , but with your dollar exchange $1cdn. = $ 1.65 U.S. even that permit price isn't bad . The trails here are groomed well and if you stay out of the "tourist areas" they aren't too busy. I've never ridden in Michigan but some friends have and still do (Cadillac and Gaylord) but they still prefer the trails here.