Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers- “Enter the Pampered Zone”

12 06 2014

If you don’t have your own tent, Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers is the way to go! “Enter the Pampered Zone” and Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers will take ALL of the work out of setting up camp for the night!

Kick up your feet after a long day of riding in his comfortable chairs in the “Pamper Zone”. Bubba and his team will take care of your bags every morning and night, and set up and take down the tent he provides throughout the ride. A fresh towel each day will greet you at your tent, along with snacks and ice cold beverages.

What’s included in his pampering?
– Top quality tent with daily set-up and take-down
– Air mattress
– Fresh bath towel and wash cloth every day
– Baggage transportation
– “The PAMPERED Zone”
– Cold drinks and snacks after riding
– Deluxe camp chair
– Cell phone charging
– Bicycle floor pump
– Bicycle work stand
– Lots of laughs
– Bubba!

Courtesy of: Bubba's Pampered Pedalers

Courtesy of: Bubba’s Pampered Pedalers

Bubba and his team do everything for you but pedal your bike, and his charisma will keep you entertained throughout the week. Check out Bubba’s services for your awesome #Michigander14 experience!

Blessing of the Blossoms: 2014 Michigander Spotlight

2 04 2014

Did you know that Michigan produces 70-75 percent of the tart cherries grown in the United States? With 3.8 million tart cherry trees, the sandy soil on the shores of Lake Michigan allows for cherry production to thrive in Northern Michigan. Dubbed “The Cherry Capital of the World”, Traverse City harvests both tart and sweet cherries, which are used for pies, preserves, jellies, juice, dried fruit and other products.

Cherry production began with missionary Peter Dougherty in the mid-1800s, when he planted cherry trees on Old Mission Peninsula near Traverse City. Cherry orchards soon prospered and by the 1900s, processing factories were built to outsource cherries to Chicago, Detroit and Milwaukee. In 1998, 228.5 million pounds of Michigan tart cherries went to processors to be sold throughout the United States!

ImageSource: Traverse City True North Blog 

In 1924, a spring celebration titled Blessing of the Blossoms first celebrated the region’s love for cherries. As the years have passed, the festival became the National Cherry Festival, held every July in Traverse City.

The countryside of Northern Michigan is sprinkled with cherry stands, markets and orchards for locals and visitors to satisfy their cherry cravings. Bursting with flavor, cherries are a favorite of local eateries in Traverse City. Cherry pies offer up a little sweet and a little tart with each bite, while dried cherries put a tasty twist on salads, baked goods, and even dishes featuring chicken and pork. A Leelanau County butcher put a healthy twist on the traditional beef burger, creating a hamburger/cherry mix that is a local favorite.

The 23rd annual Michigander route takes riders through Traverse City and the TART Trail. The cherry season will be in full swing—you won’t want to miss it!

Do you love cherries? Sound off below with your favorite cherry recipe!

Michigander 2013: See you Up North!

11 07 2013


Michigander 2013 is only a few days away, so we know you’re getting ready and excited for a great ride in the days ahead! Before we leave, however, we wanted to send a few friendly reminders about what to expect on this year’s Michigander Tour:

**Friday Night Camping
For 2 and 7 day riders who will be camping on Friday night, check-in begins AFTER 4 PM. Be sure to check-in in order to receive your wristband and breakfast ticket for Saturday.
*Note: By checking in for Friday night camping, you are NOT checking in for the Michigander. This is ONLY if you registered to camp at Charlevoix Middle School on Friday, July 12th.
2 and 7-day registration will be open from 7 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, July 13th. 6-day registration will run from 7 AM to 10 AM on Sunday, July 14th. Early registration will be available for 6-day riders between 6pm and 7pm on Saturday night.

Saturday Shuttle Times
7-DAY RIDERS ONLY— Since the 7-day tour begins in Charlevoix and ends in Harbor Springs, riders will need to drive their cars from Charlevoix Middle School to Harbor Springs Middle School on Saturday, July 13th after the day’s trip. You will be checking in at Charlevoix Middle School and parking your vehicle there for the day. We will have a shuttle bus to transport you back to Charlevoix to pick up your vehicle and move it ahead to Harbor Springs Middle School where you can pick up a map that will lead you to a designated parking area for the week. Shuttle departure times will be at 3 and 6 p.m. Check information table for departure place. If you did not check the box on the registration form and need a ride back to your vehicle, please call or email us.

Coffee and Tea Mugs
Starting Sunday morning, the coffee and tea truck will be back, providing you with fresh, hot coffee and tea. Michigander mugs will also be available for sale, but you do not have to purchase these in order to receive your coffee. Bring your own or use our complimentary Styrofoam cups.
Themed SAG Stops
We will have a themed SAG stop most days of the tour and we invite you to get in the fun with props, costumes, etc.

Saturday: Easter themed SAG stop
Monday: Christmas in July SAG stop
Tuesday: Halloween-themed SAG stop (Wolverine)
Wednesday: Hawaiian Luau Themed SAG stop in July (Topinabee)

Evening Activities
A rider information meeting will be held each night to give highlights and information about the next day’s route. The times for those meetings as well as for other scheduled evening activities will be listed on your entertainment itinerary in your registration packet as well as posted at the information table at each camp.
*You can also view the week’s upcoming entertainment posted on our website.

Mackinaw Ferry Prices
Wednesday and Thursday, six and seven day riders will be in Mackinaw City, and they will have the chance to take the ferry to Mackinac Island. The Arnold Transit Co. is giving Michigander riders a discounted price on Mackinac Island ferry tickets.

Ages Price
5-12 $9
13+ $18
  • 5 and under are FREE
  • Bikes are an additional $5.00
  • Ages 5-12 without bike: $9
  • Ages 13+ without bike: $18

Silent Auction
*Head to our website and check out the list of fantastic prizes up for grabs this year in the Michigander Silent Auction!
The silent auction for the 2-day riders will take place Saturday evening. Winners will be posted Sunday morning at breakfast and prizes will be available for pick-up. The silent auction for the week-long riders will begin Sunday evening in Bellaire and close Thursday at 7 PM in Mackinaw City. Winners will be announced that evening and prizes will be available for pick-up.

Stay Connected
Get updates, stories, and photos from the ride on all of our social media accounts.


Any questions? Send us a message and Michigander@michigantrails.org or call us at 517.485.6022.

See you on the trails!



Final Week of Michigander Registration

28 06 2013
Courtesy of Michigander Rider Mark Hosbach

Courtesy of Michigander Rider Mark Hosbach

Today marks the LAST WEEK to register for the 22nd Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour. Friday, July 5 is the last day to sign up. If you haven’t already done so and are thinking about riding, here are a few reasons you should definitely join us on this year’s tour:

  • Explore some of Michigan’s best summer towns
  • Visit Mackinac Island
  • See places you’ve never seen before
  • Meet new people!
  • Reconnect with old friends!
  • Create life-long memories
  • Bring the family and take a vacation they’ll never forget
  • Ride along some of Michigan’s best trails!

And so much more. We have a silent auction planned with fabulous prizes, nightly events, food, and fun. Bring the whole family and ride the weekend or ride for the week. Remember, this year’s route takes us along the Little Traverse Wheelway from Harbor Springs to Charlevoix and back. Then the six and seven day riders will continue and ride along the North Central State Trail from Bellaire to Gaylord, passing through Indian River and Mackinaw City along the way.

If there was ever a time to sign up, it’s now. Learn more about the Little Traverse Wheelway, the North Central State Trail, and the cities we’ll be pass through during ride by reading our trail and city spotlight blog posts.

Register for the Michigander on the Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance website, and we’ll see you soon on the trails!

Courtesy of Michigander Rider Mark Hosbach

Courtesy of Michigander Rider Mark Hosbach

Two Months and Counting Until 22nd Annual Michigander

17 05 2013

2013 Route for website

The Michigander is just under two months away, and here at Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance, we are busy getting ready. Many of you are probably wondering what you can do to get ready, especially with the weather getting warmer and summer activities like running and bicycle riding are getting into gear. There are many things you can do to prepare for the 22nd Annual Michigander Bicycle Tour.

Be sure to check out the video and blog post we created on How To Pack for the Michigander. In it, our Michigander expert goes into detail about what he does to keep his pack light and dry for the week long ride through northern Michigan’s trails. You want to make sure you know how to keep things dry because you never know what Michigan’s weather will be like! Also, a key thing is to keep it light because you will be in charge of carrying your day-to-day pack as well as the bag you keep on the truck each day.

If you have not already begun to do so, you are going to want to start training. The Michigander, although not particularly strenuous in terms of elevation, does have high mileage bike riding. We’ve developed a suggested training schedule that will get you started; depending on your experience and skill level, you may change it to accommodate your needs. We recommend starting out light with 10 to 12 miles for two days and then go on a 20 mile ride. Throughout the month of June, stay at a consistent mileage for three days and have one day be a long miler ride. Check out the schedule for more information and details.

And finally, whether it’s your first or fifteenth Michigander, come out and attend the Michigander Expo being held this Sunday, May 19, from 10 AM to 3 PM at Maybury State Park in Northville, located off the 8 Mile Exit. There will be seminars such as How to Pack for the Michigander, a Typical Michigander Day, and Bike Maintenance and Safety tips. MTGA Executive Director, Nancy Krupiarz, will be giving a session on trail news and updates that are happening across Michigan. There will be food and a chance to ride some of Maybury’s bike trails! You do not want to miss this exciting day! You can still register, and admission to the expo is free.
*Remember you must bring your Recreation Passport in order to enter Maybury Park.

Get excited for warmer weather, fabulous bike riding, and another exciting Michigander coming soon!