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telecast
07-25-2010, 09:48 PM
...could be one of the best short runs in the state if they'd fix it. It has a ton of curves, very little traffic, and you can run it at a good speed.

The problem is the tire tracks are constant cold patch. The good news is that if you split the lane, it's actually pretty decent. This one of those roads that's good on a bike but murder on 4 wheels.

A good short loop would be to take it all the way to Telegraph, then North to S. Stony Creek, then Stony Creek back to point A at US23 in Milan.

If you go, plan on single file from Milan to Ida/Maybee Road. Haven't been on Stony Creek in a while, last time it was pretty good, narrow and no shoulders, but decent pavement.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=42.079369,-83.670158&daddr=Plank+Rd+to:N+Custer+Rd&hl=en&geocode=%3BFfv4gAIdOSUE-w%3BFZ5cgAIdYiUF-w&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=12&via=1&sll=42.023538,-83.62175&sspn=0.156342,0.417137&ie=UTF8&z=12

telecast
07-25-2010, 09:53 PM
Here's one of the curves. This one is posted at 25MPH

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=42.079369,-83.670158&daddr=Plank+Rd+to:N+Custer+Rd&hl=en&geocode=%3BFfv4gAIdOSUE-w%3BFZ5cgAIdYiUF-w&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=12&via=1&sll=42.023538,-83.62175&sspn=0.156342,0.417137&ie=UTF8&ll=41.975062,-83.600292&spn=0,0.208569&z=13&layer=c&cbll=41.975016,-83.59998&panoid=tugJQqPaZBIjH6xCAkjKDw&cbp=12,303.38,,0,5

telecast
07-25-2010, 09:55 PM
This is a typical section of pavement

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=42.079369,-83.670158&daddr=Plank+Rd+to:N+Custer+Rd&hl=en&geocode=%3BFfv4gAIdOSUE-w%3BFZ5cgAIdYiUF-w&mra=dme&mrcr=0&mrsp=0&sz=12&via=1&sll=42.023538,-83.62175&sspn=0.156342,0.417137&ie=UTF8&ll=41.993946,-83.607845&spn=0,0.208569&z=13&layer=c&cbll=41.993654,-83.607316&panoid=vo1eftcWs9rgpoMFph5sVw&cbp=12,152.22,,0,5

SportstersPaul
07-26-2010, 12:06 AM
Love them curves, not quite like the "Tail', but hey, curves is curves right/ You know it's not to early to start planning for a fall run. Also a group from the XL Forum, the "Michigan Posse" talking about the Sturgis Toy Run in early September.

telecast
07-26-2010, 09:56 AM
This wouldn't make a good fall ride, lots of flat land and farm fields.

But, as luck would have it the powder coating guy is conveniently located right between South Stony Creek and Bluebush, two roads I want to check out. I'm going down this evening to drop them off, so I'll do a loop on these roads and report back. The attached route coupled with North Custer might make an interesting alternative to the WSL.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=County+St%2FMilan+Oakville+Rd%2FOakville&daddr=2609+N+Telegraph+Rd,+Monroe,+MI+48162+to:US-24+S%2FN+Telegraph+Rd+to:Ostrander+Rd+to:Ostrander +Rd+to:42.076056,-83.665352&hl=en&geocode=FVgoggIdcFoD-w%3BFRw2gAIdXnsH-ylfuCHwOW87iDGvv959IxyiGg%3BFSkDgAIdI10H-w%3BFbMUgQIdAjkF-w%3BFaAsgQId4igE-w%3B&mra=mi&mrcr=3&mrsp=5&sz=12&via=3&sll=42.017927,-83.489227&sspn=0.19232,0.44529&ie=UTF8&z=12

Bob
07-26-2010, 10:16 PM
Thanks for posting that man.

telecast
07-27-2010, 08:55 AM
No problem Bob. I took the parts down last night and drove the roads. I'll post a map and road info later. I think the WSL guys would like it for a change of pace. It'd also make a nice route for your early morning weekend rides.