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Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« on: September 04, 2014, 11:13:34 PM »

Here is the initial announcement for the Upper Peninsula, two-day, "National" Roadmeet. I'm announcing the dates early because it will be held on Labor Day Weekend 2015. For those coming from out of state, they may want to make plans for Labor Day to attend the Mackinac Bridge Walk. I suggest looking at rooms in the Straits Area early to secure one because the bridge walk is a popular event.

More details will be forthcoming, but Marquette will be the host city for the two days of the meet. My plan is to depart Marquette on Saturday morning (9/5) to visit stops in western Marquette County before heading up to Houghton for lunch and an afternoon in the Copper Country, culminating at US 41's northern terminus east of Copper Harbor. On Sunday, we'll reconvene for lunch in Marquette and an afternoon tour of historic road-related sites in Marquette County. The tour on Sunday will end around dinner to allow time to drive to the Straits Area for those wishing to do the bridge walk the next morning.

I will set up events on Facebook in the future as more concrete plans are set. My original host restaurant here in Marquette closed this year on two days' notice, so I hesitate to specify too many details this far out, but with the holiday I want to get as much lead time for people to find their hotel accommodations as possible.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #1 on: September 04, 2014, 11:24:58 PM »

Sweet!

This is my top priority for meet attendance next year, outside of my own Denver meet of course. Not too far from Montana, and I really want to check out that area of the country when there's no snow on the ground.

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #2 on: September 04, 2014, 11:31:28 PM »

Definitely keeping an eye on this. I will attend on my way west if I am making my second cross country trip next September (although I may attend Saturday only), however said trip might be happening in May instead, depending on how things shake out.

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #3 on: September 04, 2014, 11:35:40 PM »

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #4 on: September 05, 2014, 08:07:14 AM »

I will definitley keep this one in mind but I don't want to fully commit, lots of things happening next year for me from toy conventions and hopes of making my 4th trip to Albuqurque in July to possible career changes but still within the realm of the Barrel :-) The UP is about 12 to 14 hours due north of middle TN and the only other time I was up that way was May of 1998 and Steph was never in the UP so I know she would LOVE it up there. I am definityly a 50/50 maybe for now.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #5 on: September 05, 2014, 09:25:08 AM »

Marked on my calendar.  I don't think I want to miss this one, and I might just be able to help with some of the Keweenaw planning.

Points of interest I can think of already include, but are not at all limited to,

M-26 Eagle River bridges
Overlook near the Quincy Mine of the Houghton-Hancock area
Old M-111/Old M-6 and Old M-206
Brockway Mountain Drive
Gay and the Gay Bar
Portage Lake Lift Bridge
Downtown Calumet
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #6 on: September 05, 2014, 09:52:42 AM »

This is a definite no-go for me, even if my financial situation is better next year. Sept. 7 is Melissa's birthday, and I'd be on the road most of the day trying to get home.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #7 on: September 05, 2014, 12:39:36 PM »

Definitely on my radar, though I don't want to guarantee anything yet until next year.  I would probably do just Saturday with the drive up being through Ohio, Indiana, and central Michigan and the drive back along ON 17.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #8 on: September 05, 2014, 03:25:07 PM »

Wouldn't miss it for the world! Will be my first Bridge Walk, too.

I do think it would make more sense to simply meet in Houghton for lunch on Saturday, and get the western Marquette County stuff on the way back east. Marquette to Copper Harbor is a nearly 3 hour drive with no stops, and starting in Marquette adds over an hour of driving to those coming from Wisconsin/Illinois (since US 141 is a more direct route to Houghton than US 41). Those who want to stay in Marquette on Friday night can do that, and those who want to stay in Houghton on Friday night (like me :)) can do that.


Marked on my calendar.  I don't think I want to miss this one, and I might just be able to help with some of the Keweenaw planning.

Points of interest I can think of already include, but are not at all limited to,

M-26 Eagle River bridges
Overlook near the Quincy Mine of the Houghton-Hancock area
Old M-111/Old M-6 and Old M-206
Brockway Mountain Drive
Gay and the Gay Bar
Portage Lake Lift Bridge
Downtown Calumet

I've already been working on the Keweenaw day and have a tentative itinerary and route. Everything you've listed is on it, except for Gay - didn't seem like it'd be worth the detour. But I'm willing to consider it or any other suggestions.

I'd also like to cover a few old alignments of US 41, including the section that went straight down the middle of Michigan Tech's campus, some ancient signs, and the section of M-26 in South Range that was bypassed in 2006 (drivable abandoned highway!).
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #9 on: September 05, 2014, 04:59:45 PM »

I'd also like to cover a few old alignments of US 41, including the section that went straight down the middle of Michigan Tech's campus, some ancient signs, and the section of M-26 in South Range that was bypassed in 2006 (drivable abandoned highway!).

That stretch (US-41) had the old street lights as recently as 2006.  There's little left of US-41 outside of that through campus, but one can see where US-41 did go.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #10 on: September 05, 2014, 05:14:43 PM »

Marked on my calendar.  I don't think I want to miss this one, and I might just be able to help with some of the Keweenaw planning.

Points of interest I can think of already include, but are not at all limited to,

M-26 Eagle River bridges
Overlook near the Quincy Mine of the Houghton-Hancock area
Old M-111/Old M-6 and Old M-206
Brockway Mountain Drive
Gay and the Gay Bar
Portage Lake Lift Bridge
Downtown Calumet

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #11 on: September 05, 2014, 05:15:04 PM »

I'd also like to cover a few old alignments of US 41, including the section that went straight down the middle of Michigan Tech's campus, some ancient signs, and the section of M-26 in South Range that was bypassed in 2006 (drivable abandoned highway!).

That stretch (US-41) had the old street lights as recently as 2006.  There's little left of US-41 outside of that through campus, but one can see where US-41 did go.

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #12 on: September 05, 2014, 05:43:53 PM »

I'd also like to cover a few old alignments of US 41, including the section that went straight down the middle of Michigan Tech's campus, some ancient signs, and the section of M-26 in South Range that was bypassed in 2006 (drivable abandoned highway!).

That stretch (US-41) had the old street lights as recently as 2006.  There's little left of US-41 outside of that through campus, but one can see where US-41 did go.

map, please

Old US-41 through campus

Looking west along former US-41

Old US-41, the sidewalk is original to the alignment

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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #13 on: September 05, 2014, 07:05:01 PM »

I do think it would make more sense to simply meet in Houghton for lunch on Saturday, and get the western Marquette County stuff on the way back east. Marquette to Copper Harbor is a nearly 3 hour drive with no stops, and starting in Marquette adds over an hour of driving to those coming from Wisconsin/Illinois (since US 141 is a more direct route to Houghton than US 41). Those who want to stay in Marquette on Friday night can do that, and those who want to stay in Houghton on Friday night (like me :)) can do that.
That would have the same issues for those of us coming from the east coast as Marquette does for you.  Plus it would require everyone not staying in Houghton (which would probably include most, since National meets include additional non-roads activities) to drive their own car.  I believe the idea was that part of the tour would be in the morning and part in the afternoon.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #14 on: September 06, 2014, 02:27:14 AM »

I dunno. It's a stretch but it's doable. From where I live I'd have my eye on making it to Mackinaw City the night prior. Pressing further would be possible but would mean driving the Mackinack Bridge after dark and therefore being unable to properly photograph it or really see it to appreciate it. After making this mistake with New River Gorge last spring I won't be making it again.

So, that puts me 3 hours from Marquette. Easy to drive there in the morning.

But nearly five hours from Houghton. Which means I need to make sure I get up early and get moving but can make it there for lunch even if I don't arrive on time.

Alas, Houghton is still in Eastern time, so I won't have an extra free hour to get there.





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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #15 on: September 06, 2014, 11:40:15 AM »

This and the Denver meet are two big HELL YEAHs for me next year!
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #16 on: September 06, 2014, 08:47:40 PM »

I'm definitely planning to come up to this one.
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Re: Upper Peninsula &quot;National&quot; Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #17 on: September 07, 2014, 06:20:44 PM »


Sweet!

This is my top priority for meet attendance next year, outside of my own Denver meet of course. Not too far from Montana, and I really want to check out that area of the country when there's no snow on the ground.

This would also be my top priority meet, with Denver in second. However, i don't think we'd be able to stay through to the walk on Monday.


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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #18 on: September 09, 2014, 11:50:56 AM »

It's been quite awhile since I've been to the UP...this is a great excuse to get back up there.  :sombrero:

As is the case with Sam, this would be my first Bridge Walk, too.  Looking forward to this!
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #19 on: September 16, 2014, 01:19:58 PM »

YAY!!! I'm so glad that this has been officially announced. I will definitely be attending.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #20 on: September 17, 2014, 01:21:14 AM »

Keeping it in mind :)
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #21 on: December 07, 2014, 09:44:12 AM »

I would love to join in this and will make a strong effort to.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #22 on: December 07, 2014, 08:57:53 PM »

My plans for the meet are roughly as follows.

Saturday, we'll start in Marquette, meeting up with whoever is staying there. There's one stop on the way to Houghton, where we'll meet any additional people for lunch. From there the tour will run up into the Keweenaw Peninsula with a handful of stops on the way to US 41's northern terminus near Fort Wilkins State Park. Depending on time, there are some additional stops to make in the Houghton area on the way back to Marquette. Dinner will be a game-day decision, either in Houghton or Marquette. I'm sure we'll have some social activities that evening back at the hotel .(Cards Against Humanity seems to be a roadmeet tradition.)

On Sunday, we'll reconvene in Marquette for lunch and the tour around Marquette County. The goal is to end the tour in time for dinner at a decent hour, especially for those who'll need to drive the 3-3.5 hours to the Straits Area for the Mackinac Bridge Walk the next morning. I also want to allow those who'll need part of Sunday evening to travel home to have that time. I'll likely be staying with family in Negaunee both of the nights before the meet, and then with family in Cheboygan Sunday night.

If anyone attending has a FRS two-way radio, please pack it and let me know. Cellular reception in Keweenaw County is typically non-existant, and the same is definitely true for the part of the tour on Sunday that will head into northern Marquette County near the Huron Mountains.
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Re: Upper Peninsula "National" Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #23 on: December 07, 2014, 11:19:09 PM »

A maybe now. I plan on spending considerable time in Ann Arbor during the summer months next year, but haven't decided just when.
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Re: Upper Peninsula &quot;National&quot; Road Meet, September 2015
« Reply #24 on: December 10, 2014, 05:34:22 PM »

I'm in. The chatroom people better constantly annoy me about this. Yes, this is a promise.
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