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Offline dfeikin

northern tier vs. north lakes/erie connector
« on: August 17, 2015, 09:47:11 pm »
trying to get suggestions on whether to take Northern Tier route down into Midwest, or take the NorthLakes/Erie Connector to cut across Wisconsin/Michigan.  anyone done both?


Offline John Nettles

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Re: northern tier vs. north lakes/erie connector
« Reply #1 on: August 17, 2015, 10:46:41 pm »
I have done both somewhat.  I have done the original NT to Minneapolis that went from Minneapolis down to the Quad Cities then east over and up toward Niagara Falls.  I have also ridden from LaCrosse, WI, then over to Manitowoc, WI and crossed the ferry and reconnected to the North Lakes/Erie Connector to Niagara via Ontario.

The original NT was somewhat less scenic but much friendlier people and for some reason seemed better.  It is less hilly than the NL/EC.  The NT has fields of crops more so than the NL/EC.  If you are not entering Canada, I am guessing the NL from Minneapolis over to Manitowoc then down to Toledo?? would be best compromise (central Wisconsin is great!).

If you give more info as to what you want, i.e. scenery (what type do you like, i.e. wide open, forests), roads, services (CG vs hotels), temperature preference, etc. others may be able to provide a better answer.

Offline dfeikin

Re: northern tier vs. north lakes/erie connector
« Reply #2 on: September 02, 2015, 09:40:23 pm »
thanks john.   we are taking our two kids on tandems.  so looking for route that will optimize entertainment/education/cool factor for 10 and 12 year olds.   and yes scenery is not bad either.