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I'm planning a 3000 mile trip around some of the Great Lakes

My route will be similar to this.
http://mapq.st/1PYh6v7
I live just east of Pittsburgh, PA, and my furthest point will be the "Northwest Angle"
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northwest_Angle
Which is a stub of Minnesota that you have to drive through Canada to get to. I was wondering if anybody lives along that route, or if anybody has suggested stops. I will be passing through Harrison, MI at some point to visit my Sister, other than that it is pretty open. I was thinking of stopping here in Barrie, ON.
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I will probably be taking the trip in 2-5 weeks, not sure when yet. And it will probably be a 6 night, maybe 7 night trip.
I didn't know where to post this thread, since I live in Northeast region, but will be in Canada and Midwest regions as well.
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All scheduled and booked. I am leaving this coming Saturday the 16th. If I side trip to Winnipeg, it might be close to 3300 miles.
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I realize that you are already mapped out, but you are missing one of the prettiest drives on highway 61 between the Canadian border and Duluth.
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It's worth getting off I-75 through the northern Lower Peninsula of MI to see Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Charlevoix and Petoskey. Some of the best roads in Michigan are along the western lake shore.


Enjoy the ride over "Big Mac" (the Mackinac Bridge), and consider some time on Mackinac Island.


Eat some pasties! After you cross Big Mac, it's a short detour west on US 2 to Suzy's Pasties. (and it's a short "a"). You will find them all over the U.P, but Suzy's is a sure thing.


Google for information on Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum, all near Sault Ste Marie in the Michgan UP. All worth the detour.


Also, if you detour through Detroit, you can visit the Henry Ford Museum, which has a really great selection of cars.


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I realize that you are already mapped out, but you are missing one of the prettiest drives on highway 61 between the Canadian border and Duluth.
My hotels are set, but not the exact route, I'll check that out. I am not certain on how I will approach Thunder Bay.
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It's worth getting off I-75 through the northern Lower Peninsula of MI to see Traverse City, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, Charlevoix and Petoskey. Some of the best roads in Michigan are along the western lake shore.
I may, my sister lives in Harrison, and I was there briefly last August when I went to the Woodward Dream Cruise

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Enjoy the ride over "Big Mac" (the Mackinac Bridge), and consider some time on Mackinac Island.


Eat some pasties! After you cross Big Mac, it's a short detour west on US 2 to Suzy's Pasties. (and it's a short "a"). You will find them all over the U.P, but Suzy's is a sure thing.
Hmm, food, I just looked, I didn't realize that bridge was so long!

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Google for information on Tahquamenon Falls, Whitefish Point and the Shipwreck Museum, all near Sault Ste Marie in the Michgan UP. All worth the detour.
Already in my plans, thanks.


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Also, if you detour through Detroit, you can visit the Henry Ford Museum, which has a really great selection of cars.


Have fun!
I went there last September with my Brother in Law (He's a huge Ford guy) mainly for the Model T Birthday event at the old factory (I rode in 2 of them, 1 a 2 seater roadster!) and we toured the F150 plant, and the Museum. Might go back this year again with him, if not Woodward.
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Also, I have a full day in the Northwest Angle (2 nights) and I may run to Winnipeg. I can honestly say I will never be anywhere near there again unless I take a train ride some year. (Plus they have a Lego Store, there aren't any close to my house, sounds like a good reason for 5 hours in a SLK)
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Looking forward to seeing your trip log.

Funny how those that don't own SLKs just don't get the sort of trips they can do.
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Safe travels and enjoy the drive. I'm feeling a little jealous. I would love to take a long drive at some point, but off my radar right now. Post photos if you get a chance.


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I'm open to suggestions on a good way to post about it. (without saying to the world, hey, look at me all alone, come steal my car)
I am NOT on facebook, and have no intention. I will take a crap load of pictures, and video. Maybe some in-car video, but I doubt it. I will have enough technology with me to do it, and I typically remote to my home PC anyway.
Day 1 - Saturday is my longest drive, then the last day is my 2nd longest getting home again. I have no idea how long border crossings will take (6 of them, 2 are trivial, 2 of them at the same place in the same direction(Sault Sainte Marie)) and how much I will stop for kicks. I will have to waste some time at Niagara Falls, but I have been there many times and have seen and done all I care to.
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Also this is more like my route
http://mapq.st/29t3o0h
I will be taking the Tobormory Ferry
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I'm open to suggestions on a good way to post about it. (without saying to the world, hey, look at me all alone, come steal my car)
I am NOT on facebook, and have no intention. I will take a crap load of pictures, and video. Maybe some in-car video, but I doubt it. I will have enough technology with me to do it, and I typically remote to my home PC anyway.
Day 1 - Saturday is my longest drive, then the last day is my 2nd longest getting home again. I have no idea how long border crossings will take (6 of them, 2 are trivial, 2 of them at the same place in the same direction(Sault Sainte Marie)) and how much I will stop for kicks. I will have to waste some time at Niagara Falls, but I have been there many times and have seen and done all I care to.

It's Catch 22.

You've already posted your route.

Total safety means waiting until you return.

All depends on how 'at risk' you feel.

We've got a uk Lakes tour coming up.
Nearly a dozen cars, so avoiding posting will be pointless in our case.

Nowhere near that distance though.

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It's Catch 22.

You've already posted your route.

Total safety means waiting until you return.

All depends on how 'at risk' you feel.

We've got a uk Lakes tour coming up.
Nearly a dozen cars, so avoiding posting will be pointless in our case.

Nowhere near that distance though.
Yeah, it is a shame you have to think of the creeps out there. I would LOVE to take a UK road trip. I was there in 1996 and took a bus trip and loved it. I am starting to get excited and really looking forward to the trip. I get a discount/cheap rate on the ferry. Cheapest rate is under 14'!
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Yeah, it is a shame you have to think of the creeps out there. I would LOVE to take a UK road trip. I was there in 1996 and took a bus trip and loved it. I am starting to get excited and really looking forward to the trip. I get a discount/cheap rate on the ferry. Cheapest rate is under 14'!
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Shame you would have been passing through the GTA on the 16th as I am planning meeting up some Eastern Ontario members on that day so will be heading Eastward.

You've certainly chosen a very nice route once you get out of the GTA. Hwy 17 is generally open wide and a great road surface; it's very tempting to put your foot down but be aware of the OPP, just pick your spots if you want to open her up. I drove that route from TO to Thunder Bay last year...non stop 14 hours(shared the driving), watch out for the Moose now and then. Check with some Ontario websites re road closures and construction delays because they are always doing something on that Highway as part of the Northern Highways Program.

I am sure you'll take your camera for some great views. Also be careful because there can be quite a distance between gas stations even though they may not seem far apart on the map; several hundreds of kilometres in some cases, many are no name brand and some of the remote stations are run by First Nations so you may not exactly get the octane rating you want....but you'll get a lots of smokes

Best of luck on your trip, looks like you have sunshine in the forecast for most days and temperatures in the high 20's.
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I understand if you listened to everyone's suggestions you would have a 5,000 mile trip and 3 months spent, but if you (on this trip or some other time) have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and visit the 1000 Island region. It starts east of Lake Ontario and empties the Great Lake system. I grew up here and it is some of the best boating in the World, with 1800+ islands plunked into the middle of the beautiful St. Lawrence river. Just take a look at some of the photos on the home page here.

Homepage | Visit the 1000 Islands

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Shame you would have been passing through the GTA on the 16th as I am planning meeting up some Eastern Ontario members on that day so will be heading Eastward.

You've certainly chosen a very nice route once you get out of the GTA. Hwy 17 is generally open wide and a great road surface; it's very tempting to put your foot down but be aware of the OPP, just pick your spots if you want to open her up. I drove that route from TO to Thunder Bay last year...non stop 14 hours(shared the driving), watch out for the Moose now and then. Check with some Ontario websites re road closures and construction delays because they are always doing something on that Highway as part of the Northern Highways Program.

I am sure you'll take your camera for some great views. Also be careful because there can be quite a distance between gas stations even though they may not seem far apart on the map; several hundreds of kilometres in some cases, many are no name brand and some of the remote stations are run by First Nations so you may not exactly get the octane rating you want....but you'll get a lots of smokes

Best of luck on your trip, looks like you have sunshine in the forecast for most days and temperatures in the high 20's.
Sorry, you lost me on a couple things "GTA" and "TO" (Toronto?) And high 20's, dang gotta do some math, 25*2*.9=45+32=77
I am a camera guy (hell, a gadget guy) Thanks for the tips on fuel, I will need to fill up about twice each day. The gasbuddy app seems to work for Canada as well as USA, so that might help. Thanks for speed tips as well, I may keep a log of top down time for kicks, and I guess the more time top down, the lower my speed will be. I really tend to slow lane it with top down. Also do I need to run with my headlights on in Canada? I'm looking up driving law differences now. We do things different than a lot of places here in "Piksburgh", hell, we even use our turn signals a lot here. I'm debating pre-reserving a slot on the Tobermory ferry, but you have to be there 1 hour before or lose it, and I may take the 7am, so 6am kind of sucks.
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I understand if you listened to everyone's suggestions you would have a 5,000 mile trip and 3 months spent, but if you (on this trip or some other time) have the opportunity, do yourself a favor and visit the 1000 Island region. It starts east of Lake Ontario and empties the Great Lake system. I grew up here and it is some of the best boating in the World, with 1800+ islands plunked into the middle of the beautiful St. Lawrence river. Just take a look at some of the photos on the home page here.

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Have a great trip!
Exactly, I am doing it in a week with really only 1 down day, and I may burn that on the road as well. Everywhere I look along this route seems like nice relaxing locations, but my wife can't stand long road trips trapped in a car, so I will probably not be back to most of these areas.
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I really tend to slow lane it with top down. Also do I need to run with my headlights on in Canada? I'm looking up driving law differences now. We do things different than a lot of places here in "Piksburgh", hell, we even use our turn signals a lot here.

I think only Nova Scotia is mandatory for DRL's so as a visitor from the US I don't think you need to have them in Ontario, but I would have them on anyway.....and of course you can turn right on red except where signed, not that you will be encountering many traffic signals once you get out of the GTA..Greater Toronto Area, TO = Toronto or 'Torono'...watch you don't get attacked by racoons, avoid skunks and black bears....watch out for Moose, Deer, snakes and the OPP...oh sorry I think they are the same species

As you know every speed limit is in kms so you may want to set your speedo to kms once you cross the border, some signs will just have a number '80' without 'kms' - max speed through towns is generally 50 except where sign posted. If you are travelling up the 400 although the speed limit is 100kms, you will be standing still as others pass you anywhere between 120-140, lane discipline generally doesn't exist braking distance between cars...what's that 50 over any speed limit and be prepared to have the car impounded and you taken away in handcuffs so best you keep your top down deemed as 'stunt driving'...not 'speeding'

Once you get a few miles north of Barrie things tend to die down in terms of traffic volume.

Have a great trip...

One last thing...if you have a beer ..alcohol limits are pretty tough when getting behind a wheel,
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I really tend to slow lane it with top down. Also do I need to run with my headlights on in Canada? I'm looking up driving law differences now. We do things different than a lot of places here in "Piksburgh", hell, we even use our turn signals a lot here.

I think only Nova Scotia is mandatory for DRL's so as a visitor from the US I don't think you need to have them in Ontario, but I would have them on anyway.....and of course you can turn right on red except where signed, not that you will be encountering many traffic signals once you get out of the GTA..Greater Toronto Area, TO = Toronto or 'Torono'...watch you don't get attacked by racoons, avoid skunks and black bears....watch out for Moose, Deer, snakes and the OPP...oh sorry I think they are the same species

As you know every speed limit is in kms so you may want to set your speedo to kms once you cross the border, some signs will just have a number '80' without 'kms' - max speed through towns is generally 50 except where sign posted. If you are travelling up the 400 although the speed limit is 100kms, you will be standing still as others pass you anywhere between 120-140, lane discipline generally doesn't exist braking distance between cars...what's that 50 over any speed limit and be prepared to have the car impounded and you taken away in handcuffs so best you keep your top down deemed as 'stunt driving'...not 'speeding'

Once you get a few miles north of Barrie things tend to die down in terms of traffic volume.

Have a great trip...

One last thing...if you have a beer ..alcohol limits are pretty tough when getting behind a wheel,
Thanks for all of that, good info. I was playing with the dash settings today, and looking at the speedo, I was amazed that there weren't any small Km/H tick marks like every other car I can think of, so I figured, I'll activate the digital display and set it to Km/H, when I switched , I was stunned the speedo dial instantly jumped and the whole car was in Km mode, very cool! I figure it might be like when I drove my El Camino to Area 51 north of Las Vegas, cattle would walk out onto the winding roads, and turtles in other places.
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