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Old July 10th, 2008, 03:58 PM   #1
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Default The Rail Trail, Bay City, MI

I have so much fun skating on this trail! It stretches for 10+ miles from where it starts and ends in our state park which has even more trails! All in all if you ever visit you must use it. The ground is smooth, no cars allowed, only other people really on the trail are bikers, perfect if you like nature (there is a bit of a foresty area in the middle), and things like that!
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Old July 10th, 2008, 05:16 PM   #2
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Cool. I'm from Saginaw and I use the Saginaw Valley Trail (about 19 miles round trip) or the Pere Marquette Trail in Midland (60 miles round trip). The PM trail is torn up with construction right now.

Do you ever go to Sonic Skate?
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Old July 11th, 2008, 02:47 AM   #3
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Another person who lives in Michigan? Cool!
Yeah I go to Sonic Skate sometimes, just hate some of the music they play.
I like going to Metro Skate they allow you to request songs, not sure if Sonic does that.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 09:28 PM   #4
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Sonic has a better floor though. Metro is so narrow.

If you go back to Sonic, talk to Don (the owner) about the music and give him some suggestions. Tell him no more AC/DC or Ted Nugent.

I used to practice with their speed team once in a while.
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Old July 14th, 2008, 11:03 PM   #5
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hi - thanks for posting updates on the PM trail, we visit midland every summer , and love skating that stretch....Q: how bad is it? is there a local link describing construction and completion dates?

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Old July 15th, 2008, 03:19 AM   #6
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PM trail website:

http://www.lmb.org/pmrt/


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Closure at M-30 Sanford. Bridge construction at M-30 has closed trail for one mile.
NEW Notice This will not reopen this summer as previously announced due to liability concerns.
At mile 7 (if you are coming from Midland) the trail is torn up for one mile.
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Old July 19th, 2008, 04:29 AM   #7
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Will it be possible to bypass that mile for the August 9 trail ride/skate?

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Old July 19th, 2008, 04:11 PM   #8
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I'm going to call and find out....I'll post later.


OK...I called.

There will be a detour around Sanford but it will be on the gravel shoulder of a road. So it won't be skateable.

Signup/registration is still at the Tridge in Midland but event coordinator suggested skaters start in Sanford. The bridge tunnel in Clare is done so that will be nice to see.
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Old July 20th, 2008, 11:28 PM   #9
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Thanks.

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Old July 21st, 2008, 01:54 AM   #10
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I wish we had a nice trail like that around here.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 08:21 PM   #11
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I wish we had a nice trail like that around here.
No Kidding.

Have you seen this?

My wife said that they were paving south of Hudson Mills a month ago.
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Old July 22nd, 2008, 12:35 AM   #12
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That will be awesome when it's done. I just wish paved surfaces didn't get so torn up in the winters here.
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Old July 25th, 2008, 04:14 AM   #13
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Wow,

I just skated the new portion of trail at Hudson Mills and it is awesom. Granted it is only about 2 miles long, but it is unlike anything else around. Tall trees, river valley. Very Nice.

Coupled with the existing 3 miles makes for a decent skate.


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Old July 25th, 2008, 04:18 AM   #14
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I wish we had a nice trail like that around here.
Yeah, the Lower Huron, etc. Metropark loop isn't too bad, but the path isn't as nice as Pere Marquette, and of course much shorter. You can get a few more miles in on the Kensington-Island Lake-Wixom-South Lyon loop, but that still only 35-45 miles (depending on whether you're willing to fight the path traffic at Kensington).

When they finish the connector between Oakwoods Metropark and Flat Rock, we'll be able to skate from Lower Huron all the way to Lake Erie - about 25 miles.

I've skated the half of the Washtenaw Border-to-Border that rally exists. It's ok, not a great skate, but at least something different to do.

Hey Misty, why don't you come out for the AA Friday Night Skate? Next one is August 8: http://sites.google.com/site/annarborinline/

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Old July 25th, 2008, 01:33 PM   #15
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If anyone is planning on doing the 8/9 event on the PM trail....another option for completing the 60 miles would be to bike the first 8.5 miles to Sanford...carry your skates...lock your bike at Sanford and then skate to Clare.

That's what I decided to do.
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Old July 28th, 2008, 02:08 AM   #16
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Hey Misty, why don't you come out for the AA Friday Night Skate? Next one is August 8: http://sites.google.com/site/annarborinline/

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Is it ONLY for inlines?

Misty+Inlines=BAD!
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Is it ONLY for inlines?

Misty+Inlines=BAD!
No! Quads would be great. Bike would be fine too. Or even a skateboard (that would be an impressive workout).

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Old September 11th, 2008, 03:16 PM   #18
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I'll be leaving the heat and humidity of central Florida for a family vacation in Michigan Sept. 29th - October 5th. Are there any "must skate" trails or senic areas in or around Grand Haven/Holland/Grand Rapids that I should check out? Also visiting family near Mancelona for a few days as well. Any suggestions or website links will be appreciated. Thanks, and ...

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Old September 11th, 2008, 03:41 PM   #19
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I'm originally from Grand Haven. There is a bike path along Lakeshore Dr. (Grand Haven to Holland) that folks might recommend to you BUT it's not good for skating. It is a narrow hilly, sandy trail that has a million blind crossings of driveways.

There is a very nice trail system in GR and closer to Grand Haven is the Musketawa Trail...a 25 mile trail from Marne to Muskegon:


http://www.traillink.com/ViewTrail.aspx?AcctID=6016197
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Thanks Skaterdog for the quick response. I'll Google more info on your recommendation on the Musketawa Trail asap.

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