The Northern Tier Tour
begins as from South Dakota
we�ll cross into southern Minnesota and ride the sometimes rolling landscape northeast to the
Minnesota River. Then due east crossing the Mississippi River into La Crosse, Wisconsin. We are
now officially in the East!! The terrain really begins to roll up and down in rural Wisconsin.
We�ll pass by real small town America. The farms and the fields, the animals and the environment,
the rolling hills and valleys make for super cycling. The route will take us past the tourist
mecca and Wisconsin riverside town of Wisconsin Dells. We�ll continue the roll to Fond du Lac,
just south of Lake Winnebago, and make the final rolling push to Manitowoc on the shores of Lake
Michigan. Here we�ll take a day off the tour.
Plenty to do on the off day in Manitowoc but hurry, at noon we�ll board the 410� SS Badger and
leave Wisconsin behind. A relaxing four hour cruise across Lake Michigan will land us in the
Michigan town of Ludington. Off the boat, explore town before heading over to this evenings motel.
Now it�s off to cross Michigan by bike! We will stick to the country roads, smaller cities and
towns as we take a straight shot across this very flat farming region. Ending up in Port Huron,
we will cross the border and go �INTERNATIONAL,� as we hop the Bluewater Bridge and cross into
Ontario, Canada. Welcome to Canadian Hospitality!! We will continue to cycle very flat rural
Canadian farmland and head over to London, Ontario. The next day we�ll continue the trek to
Brantford, birthplace of Wayne Gretzky. We say goodbye to our Canadian friends in a spectacular
way as we cross the Rainbow Bridge over Niagara Falls, and cycle back into the United States.