“Wilderness Trails on E-Bikes”
Episode #2102 Travel Planner
We love the wilderness and wanted to try a new way to explore it. We test our skills on electric bikes. Sound easy? Maybe not. Watch and find out.
Location: Vista, California
Phone: (903) 213-2786
Troxus E-bikes’s mission is to provide durable, capable, and fun e-bikes for transport + recreation. Our US based leadership team averages 30 years in the industry working for many of the best brands in the industry such as Schwinn, GT, Mongoose, Ridley, Masi, Haro, Pure Cycles and others. In short, we know a thing or two about how to build quality products which meet and/or exceed all of the required e-bike standards in the United States. Troxus was born in Southern California, and is based in San Diego, where outside adventure is deep in our bloodstream. We wanted to find a solution that continued to enable us to have the fun we enjoy without the negative footprint, and Troxus was born. Troxus spirit appeals to users of different ages, with positive impact mentally and physically on our owners. We want to inspire more people to expand their capacity for adventure. Troxus builds our products to be durable, capable, and Fun—the three pillars we stand on. Troxus Mobility is dedicated to making high-quality mobility solutions for those who wish to explore their world and leave as little negative impact as possible. Also, our smarter customer service software enables reliable processing and handles customer requests in a more efficient way.
House of Wheels
Location: 814 W Main Street - Owosso, Michigan
Phone: (989) 725-8373
We were excited to jump on our new e-bikes but before we could ride our new bikes the first thing we have to do is put them together. We were quite fortunate, we had a good friend in the bike business - Rick Morris, owner of House of Wheels in Owosso. Rick and his right-hand man Josh were great and put our bikes together right out of the box. Rick has been in business for 50 years and he knows about bikes. We were in good hands.
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Haywire Grade Trail
INTAKE PARK TRAILHEAD
Location: Intake Park Road - Manistique, Michigan (across from Manistique Pumping Station)
Trail: 32 miles between Manistique and Shingleton
The multiuse Haywire Grade Trail stretches 32 miles and crosses the Upper Peninsula, south to north, from Intake Park in Manistique to Shingleton in Schoolcraft and Alger counties. The trail was Michigan’s first rail trail. The trail runs along the old Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad and has since been reclassified as a year-round, multiuse trail – the first in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.
The trail surface is a mix of sand, gravel and coarse limestone, designed for snowmobiles and ATVs, but suitable for fat-tire biking. Mile markers help you track your progress through this secluded second growth forest. You’ll find a small grocery store in the tiny hamlet of Steuben, the last vestige of the many logging camps or towns that vanished after the railroad was abandoned. Converted into a recreation trail in 1970, the Haywire Grade Trail celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2020 with special events and commemorate rides for snowmobiles, equestrians, bicycles and ORVs.
The trail has been recognized as a Pure Michigan Designated Trail and designated as a heritage trail. The heritage trail project includes a series of 11 historical interpretive kiosks that explore the natural and cultural history of the area
Jack Pine Lodge
Location: 5350N State Hwy M-94 - Manistique MI 49854
Phone: (906) 573-2414
Jack Pine Lodge is 15 miles south of Shingleton and 19 miles north of Manistique. The lodge is surrounded by the Hiawatha National Forest land in Schoolcraft County. The Jack Pine Lodge's Bar and Grill offers a full bar, a menu and specializes in handcrafted pizzas.
Jack Pine Lodge is a Campground, noatalgic Bar & Grill, and resort located in the Hiawatha Forest in Michigan's U.P. between Pictured Rocks & Big Spring. The current log restaurant and bar building were built in 1946. The new campground was completed in 2014. The six rental cabins were built in the 1950’s and have been refurbished in 2009. This Hiawatha National Forest area is an outdoor enthusiast’s playground offering access to miles of groomed snowmobile & ORV trails, great hunting, fishing, hiking, canoeing, cross-country ski trails, and Horseback riding trails. The Jack Pine Lodge's Bar and Grill offers a full bar, a menu and specializes in handcrafted pizzas.
ALL SEASONS CABINS, GAS & GROCERY
Location: 11314W County Road 437 - Manistique, Michigan 49854 (right off Haywire Grade Trail)
Phone: (906) 573-2537
Steuben is a summer resort community within Inwood Township. The community was founded by the Chicago Lumbering Company and named by an executive from Steuben County, New York. The county was named for Baron Friedrich Wilhelm von Steuben, the inspector general of Washington's army from 1777 through 1784. The community was a stop on the Manistique and Lake Superior Railroad, and its post office opened in 1903. You’ll find a small grocery store in the tiny hamlet of Steuben, the last vestige of the many logging camps or towns that vanished after the railroad was abandoned.
Location: Forest Road 2262 - Hiawatha National Forest | GPS - Latitude 46.21944, Longitude -86.62833
Open: May - September
The Hiawatha National Forest West Unit is located in the central of the Upper Peninsula, bordering two of the Great Lakes - Lake Superior and Lake Michigan. The western portion of the Hiawatha extends from the towns of Rapid River and Manistique, along Lake Michigan, to the town of Munising on the Lake Superior shore.
You will find at Widewaters Campground the opportunity to pursue whatever activities you desire whether it be canoeing, fishing, hiking, or just camping in a peaceful, quiet environment. Visitors to the Hiawatha National Forest will find a wide variety of roads and trails designated open for motorized use. In fact, over 2,000 miles of Forest Road are open for motorized use.
Flatiron Brewing Co
Location: 375 Traders Point Drive #4 - Manistique MI
Phone: (906) 286-4470
Located at Traders Point along the scenic Lake Michigan waterfront, Flatiron Brewing occupies a newly renovated warehouse and recreation center. Named in honor of the rich and debaucherous history of the Flatiron Block in the 1800 & 1900s during the town’s dry days, we officially opened in Spring 2023. Fresh Detroit style pizza, pasta and wings are made daily from scratch in our kitchen, and our taps are always rotating with new and old favorites!