Great Lake to Lake Inaugural Ride
September 13-18, 2019
The Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 Inaugural Ride will bring together cycling enthusiasts for the first time on a 275-mile sightseeing trail adventure from South Haven to Port Huron. The Inaugural Ride marks the grand opening of Michigan’s first fully-marked destination trail that travels from Lake Michigan to Lake Huron.
Cyclists on the Inaugural Ride will pedal down canopied trails through urban and rural areas while exploring popular coastal destinations as well as towns off the beaten path. Riders will stay in casual upscale hotels along the way and flock to trail towns during the evening, experiencing local flavor, culture and eateries.
The 7-day, 6-night ride begins on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach town of South Haven. The route travels down old railway corridors through vast farmlands, forests and popular metropolitan areas like Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Green Oak Township, Pontiac and Rochester Hills. The ride ends in the historical coastal town of Port Huron, with picturesque views of Lake Huron. Riders will enjoy beaches, museums, wineries, breweries and excursions along the way.
Cyclists on the Inaugural Ride will also be treated to the first viewing of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1 navigational trail head buoys. Two huge 2.5-ton original Great Lake maritime buoys are being refurbished to represent the start and end of the Great Lake-to-Lake Trails Route #1. This creates a perfect photo opportunity to record the beginning and completion of the bike tour, and photo submissions can be posted online.
Volunteers are needed on route, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Included with the Inaugural Ride is:
- Dipping your tire in Lake Michigan and in Lake Huron
- 5 breakfasts, 5 catered dinners (includes the ceremonial meals)
- Ribbon-cutting ceremony, police escort
- Ceremonial breakfast on the beach at the start of the tour
- Free SAG stops, wayfinding and route marking
- Free transporting of cyclist luggage to and from recommended hotels each day
- Free secure overnight bike storage will be available
- A bike maintenance support specialist is available on the route
- First Aid and emergency support services and safety planning
- Extra afternoon activity in the Auburn Hills area
- Finish line ceremony with photo opportunities and dinner in Port Huron
- Being a part of the first historical crossing on the Inaugural Ride
- All registered cyclist will receive a bike bell, Great Lake-To-Lake Trails Inaugural Ride 2019 path sign and limited edition Inaugural Ride t-shirt
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Kal-Haven Heritage Trail Grand Opening
Saturday, August 3rd, 2019
10 AM at the 10th Street trailhead (Oshtemo Township)
And for our western folks, at
1PM at the trailhead in South Haven
Come to one, come to both!
We’ll have fresh blueberries and mint iced-tead tea to celebrate the Fruitbelt near South Haven and the peppermint industry in Mentha and Kalamazoo County.
Trail Blazer – Every May
Enjoy one of the first rides of spring on the Kal-Haven Trail. The 34-mile Trail links Kalamazoo and South Haven, Michigan. Built on the abandoned Kalamazoo & South Haven Railroad, it offers a compacted limestone/slag surface. Adjoining road routes of 25, 45, 70, and 100 miles are marked for road bikes. There are five rest stops provided along the route.
Many riders like to bike the Kal-Haven one way, parking at either South Haven or Kalamazoo and taking our early morning shuttle to the opposite staging area to bike back.
Be sure to join us in Bloomingdale at the historic depot, the only such remaining structure on the trail and built in 1870, for music and a hot lunch.
Every year’s TrailBlazer is hosted by the Friends of the Kal-Haven Trail and the Friends of the Kalamazoo River Valley Trailway. The mission of these groups is to provide support for expansion and maintenance of the Trails and continued programming, thereby attracting more people to take advantage of this regional resource.