Monthly Archives: September 2013

Massive Fallout 2013

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Massive Fallout is a large-scale group ride organized by the volunteers of the Clinton River Area Mountain Bike Association (CRAMBA). The ride features four prominent trails in Macomb and Oakland Counties: Stony Creek, Bald Mountain,  Addison Oaks, and Bloomer. These trails are all connected via a series of safe roads, paths, and rail trails creating a fun, flexible ride. Whether you’re a beginner or expert, the ride can be configured to your experience level and desired length. The total estimated mileage is roughly 50-60 miles including Bloomer.
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Michigan Trails Week is in Full Swing!! September 21-28th

Michigan Trails Week is a week-long event celebrating Michigan’s rich array of trails, Trails_Info-319x1024all types of trails, from hiking, snowmobile, ORV, equestrian, cross-country skiing, to bicycling.  Visit the Michigan Department of Natural Resources’ website to view the calendar of events, which have been arranged for this week.  In addition to working with friends’ groups on individual trail events, Michigan Trails and Greenways Alliance is highlighting the 250+ mile Great Lake to Lake Trail from South Haven to Port Huron.  A hiker, Chris Hillier, 45, from Taylor and a cyclist,  Chris Bowman, 37, from Rose City have been making their way across the existing trail and then navigating the 7 gaps in between to promote awareness of the economic and health benefits this trail will bring to communities and our state.

Trails week to be celebrated around the region

Rockport State Recreation Area

Rockport State Recreation Area

ROCKPORT – Residents and visitors can celebrate Michigan Trails Week by taking one of three tours at Rockport State Recreation Area on Saturday.

Friends of Rockport/Besser Natural Area is hosting an event to showcase the state recreation area’s trails, both over land and water, Department of Natural Resources Park Supervisor Eric Ostrander said. Saturday is also National Public Lands Day, and access to all state parks and recreation areas is free. This includes Norway Ridge Pathway southwest of Alpena, Harrisville, Negwegon and Hoeft state parks and anywhere else recreation passports typically are required.
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Winter is Calling – 2014 Michigan Cup Series Race Schedule

The Michigan Cup Committee finalized the race calendar at yesterday’s Committee meeting. There are 24 races on the calendar for the 2013-2014 season (the Tour de Ski weekend of racing counts as one race).

Michigan Cup cross country ski race seriesAfter successful first years, both the Wintersonnewende and the Lakes of the North Winterstart return for a repeat performance. The Wintersonnewende moves one weekend later to the same weekend as the Winterstart, increasing the chance of better snow and allowing travelling racers to have a double-race weekend instead of having to travel two weekends on single races.
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Mid America Trails and Greenways Conference



The Mid American Trails and Greenways Conference (MATAG) is an event that brings together trail and greenway interests from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota Missouri, Ohio and Wisconsin.

This year the conference will be held October 27-30, 2013 in Matteson, IL.

In these tough economic times, organizations, government and non-profits often find a narrow path they are allowed to work within. Budgets are strained and our usual path to implementing projects has changed (can you say Transportation Enhancement, anyone?) so we are all left to create new ways to provide the quality of life amenities to our constituents.
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Bi-path could see improvements

ALPENA – The City of Alpena and the Alpena Rotary Club are looking for ways to IMG_2062improve the bi-path. Plans are being made that could see the installation of mileage signs, as well as informational signs that could steer people from out of town to local attractions. The popular trail is used for walking, running, biking and rollerblading.

During Monday’s Alpena Municipal Council meeting Councilman Shawn Sexton also shared concerns from residents about the lack of light in one section of the bi-path. He said the strip from the beginning of the cemetery to 11th Avenue is darker than other areas and could be a safety concern. City Engineer Rich Sullenger said improved lighting for that section of the bi-path has been something his department has wanted to get done, but a lack of infrastructure and funds have caused it to be put on the back burner.
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Recreational Trails Program – UPDATE

Under Map-21, Governors may choose to opt out of the Recreational Trails Program IMG_1926(RTP). The Coalition for Recreational Trails (CRT) has tirelessly pursued strategies to protect the RTP in California and across the nation. As a member of the CRT, American Trails is pleased to tell you that thanks to thousands of supporters across the country helping Governors, state legislators, and agency leaders understand the breath and scope of support for the RTP, the only state in the country that is opting out of the program for FY 2014 is Florida.
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The Redneck Rush

This will be as unique as the name, one of the first of its kind completely enclosed in redneckrushthe Alpena County Fairgrounds.  That means friends, family and spectators can watch all the action unfold in front of them.  There are stands set up for the super cool crawl corral as well. We are going to get the spectators involved in this one as well at specific obstacles with things like water balloon bombardment and others.  In addition come in Friday and stay with us, watch a movie on the outdoor screen in the camp ground. Roast some marshmallows, make some smores and enjoy the night before the Redneck Rush Saturday.  Plaid or camouflage attire is encouraged as well as all that is “redneck”.  This will be a family fun event open to every age.
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ARMC offers final community walk of the season this week


Join Dr. Allan Frank as he hosts the ARMC Community Walk with a Doc on Wednesday, September 18. Participants will meet at Washington Ave. Park at 6:30 p.m. and can participate in a 1- or 2-mile walk (maps will be provided) along the bi-path.

Dr. Frank will provide a brief update on Chronic Conditions and the Role of an Internal Medicine Physician.
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Chippewa Hills Race Photos

Photos of the Chippewa Hills Mountain Bike Race on September 14th, 2013


USDOT is Updating Its Current DOT Strategic Plan

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The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is updating its current DOT strategic plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2014-2018. Transportation Secretary Foxx is taking this opportunity to revisit the current strategy of the Department. As part of this effort, they are inviting organizations and individuals with an interest in the Department’s role in improving the Nation’s transportation system to comment on the initial draft from now until September 10. Your input will ensure that they consider the perspectives and ideas of all stakeholders as they draft the final version of the plan to be released in early 2014. They encourage you to submit your ideas and suggestions early and often. They will review each idea and suggestion that is submitted and summarize how they used your feedback in the final version.  more . . .

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The First Crossing of the Great Lake to Lake Trails Begins Now and Ends with Michigan Trails Week!

Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

Chris Bowman, the bicyclist (left) and Chris Hillier, the hiker (right) prepare to “Chris-cross” the Great Lake to Lake Trail.

On September 13 through September 28th, a hiker and a bicyclist will boost public awareness of the Great Lake to Lake Trail from South Haven to Port Huron by being the first users to follow the route of what supporters hope will become a major destination trail for cyclists and other users.  The Great Lake to Lake Trail Route 1 is an approximately 250+ mile route connecting 15 existing Michigan rail-trails and seven connecting segments that are currently on the drawing board. Chris Hillier, 45, from Taylor, MI, will leave Lake Michigan at South Haven on the Kal-Haven Trail on September 13th, and hike more than 20 miles per day through Kalamazoo, Battle Creek, Jackson, Pinckney, Pontiac, and Port Huron before ending up at Lake Huron on the Bridge to Bay Trail on Saturday, September 28th.  Chris Bowman, 37, from Rose City, MI, will cycle the same route, covering approximately 40 miles per day during Michigan Trails Week, September 21-28th, and arrive together with hiker, Hillier, in Port Huron on Saturday, September 28th.  A return trip to the starting point is being arranged through Amtrak to highlight that travel option as the Blue Water Amtrak corridor parallels the Great Lake to Lake Trail from Port Huron to Kalamazoo and now offers roll-on bicycle service.   Both travelers will speak to elected officials, business owners and trail users along the route, invite friends and other interested parties to join them for portions of it, and provide a commentary of their perspectives of the trail and photos along the way. A more detailed itinerary will be available soon at and
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