As I've already mentioned, I'm not keen to take the Trans-Canada Highway to the north of Lake Superior as there are effectively only two main roads and all the traffic therefore has to use them. For me, it would mean riding 8-10 days (1,400 km) along the #1 / #11 / #17 to Sault Sainte Mairie via Thunder Bay. All the while I'll be riding on a 'dangerous' road which has considerable traffic and reputedly a poor to non-existent shoulder for cycling. Not my idea of fun...
So instead, I'm going to head south into the United States and ride a rural and often forested route through the northern extremities of Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. OK, the purists and pedants would say this then isn't a ride across Canada, but so what? (I'm going to annoy any pedants again a bit later when I ride across the Adirondacks in New York State after visiting Niagara Falls).
My chosen route through the US uses a lot of local 'county roads' that would require a fair amount of map reading and navigating, were it not for the modern wonders of Google Maps, online routing sites like BikeRouteToaster and BikeHike and a GPS!
After crossing into the US near Piney, I'll ride south-east to Duluth, MN via Red Lake and the Chippewa National Forest (which has the highest breeding density of bald eagles in the US, apparently). I'll enter Wisconsin after crossing the Bong Bridge between Duluth and Superior and continue SE through several forested state parks. After crossing into Michigan near Iron River, I'll start heading back NE towards Munising, where the #28 follows the shore of Lake Superior and is meant to have fine views.
The #28 then runs due E straight to Sault Ste. Mairie, MI, but I'll make one further detour NE through the Newberry State Forest Area and Tahquamenon Falls State Park to Paradise. Paradise, MI that is! It's a bit out of my way, but I just fancy going to Paradise! Another ½ day spent hugging Lake Superior's coastline will see me to 'the Soo', the twin cities of Sault Ste. Mairie, Michigan and Sault Ste. Mairie, Ontario. I'll cross back into Canada on the 3 km International Bridge.
|Placename or POI||Dir.||Road||Highway Name||Next POI||Total Km|
|Manitoba / Minnesota (USA) State Border|
|Roseau||S||#89||5th Ave. SW||72||3,079|
|Blackduck||E||C#30||(+ local roads)||52||3,294|
|Jessie Lake||(+ local roads)||70||3,365|
|Calumet||S||C#12||(+ local roads)||64||3,440|
|Floodwood||E||C#8||(+ local roads)||75||3,504|
|Minnesota / Wisconsin State Border|
|S||C#H||(+ local roads)||59||3,645|
|Upson||S||O'Brien Lake Rd||40||3,752|
|Pine Lake||E||C#G||(+ local roads)||64||3,792|
|Northern State Highland Forest||53||3,856|
|Wisconsin / Michigan State Border|
|Iron River||E||#2||W Adams St||28||3,949|
|Crystal Falls||E||#69||Superior Ave.||48||3,977|
|Felch||N||C#581||(+ local roads)||108||4,024|
|E||Lake Superior Shore Rd||75||4,370|
|Sault Ste. Marie, MI||NE||I-75||International Bridge||3||4,444|
|Michigan / Ontario (Canada) Border|
|SAULT STE. MARIE, ON||4,447|