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I am trying to plan a ride with a couple friends sometime in August. We live in Michigan and last year we rode all the way up to Copper Harbor in the upper peninsula (1500 miles roundtrip). It will be hard to beat that ride by staying in Michigan, so we are looking to venture out of state. We only have 4 days so the ending destination shouldn't be more than 5-6 hundred miles. We are looking for a scenic and overall relaxing ride. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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specific: finger lakes, western NY
general: there are mountains to your east and south, enough to fill many short trips

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West Virginia or Southeast Ohio offer the best riding within a day of Michigan.

Option one would be to ride to SE Ohio on day one, spend two days exploring leisurely, and then ride home on day four. Anywhere in the triangle between I-70, I-77 and the Ohio River is good.

Option two, if you want to push a little harder, ride to West Virginia and get to the real mountains in the eastern part of the state: Route 250 near the Va.-W.Va. border, U.S. 33, Seneca Rocks area, even portions of U.S. 50 are beautiful and entertaining, up and down the ridges from Marlinton to Blackwater Falls State Park, or venture down to the New River Gorge.

Here are some photos to whet your appetite and more on West Virginia, including some of my all-time favorites.

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Nice, Lance!
Might be a little, umm, sticky in August though, right?
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I am trying to plan a ride with a couple friends sometime in August. We live in Michigan and last year we rode all the way up to Copper Harbor in the upper peninsula (1500 miles roundtrip). It will be hard to beat that ride by staying in Michigan, so we are looking to venture out of state. We only have 4 days so the ending destination shouldn't be more than 5-6 hundred miles. We are looking for a scenic and overall relaxing ride. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
Another suggestion - ride west, then hop on the Lake Michigan Ferry (in either Muskegon or Ludington) , and take it to Wisconsin. Then, once in Wisconsin, either twisty road riding in south western Wisconsin (the driftless area) see http://www.madisonbmwclub.org/gr3-relief , or take a laid-back ride up the Lake Michigan coast and tour the Door Peninsula http://doorcounty.com/ for site seeing, eating, hiking, swimming, etc.

West Virginia is good too. My fav twisty road there is Hwy 33 from Elkins, WV west => to Harrisonburg, VA.
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Nice, Lance!
Might be a little, umm, sticky in August though, right?
"Sticky" is definitely a possibility in August, even more so in SE Ohio than up in the mountains of eastern W.Va.

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West Virginia is good too. My fav twisty road there is Hwy 33 from Elkins, WV west => to Harrisonburg, VA.
Yep, ride 33 east and then back west on 250, or vice versa, for a great loop. Though really, you can't go wrong in that area, no matter which road you choose. The east-west routes cross the ridges and have the hairpins and altitude changes, while the north-south (or northeast-southwest) routes follow the valleys for gentler curves. Great riding.

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Unfortunately, from where you are you either have to cross Ohio or Indiana. Major boredom. The suggestions for WV are good ones. You also don't have to go far into PA if you head across N. Ohio to hit some mountains and fun roads and good scenery. Or a long day of riding down I-75 will get you to the Smoky Mountain area, Deal's Gap and just too many fun roads to mention.


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May be a bit far but a beautiful area and GREAT riding...Suches GA in the north GA mountains. Two Wheels of Suches is open again.
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