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Superior ride

Epic motorcycle trip in Northern Ontario

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If you're a motorcycle enthusiast, your adventurous spirit surely longs for twisty roads and mountainous terrain complete with amazing scenery.

For most of us Prairie riders that typically means a trip west to the Rockies or maybe a tour of the Black Hills in South Dakota.

Michael Jacobs, an experienced rider with possibly the best motorcycle-related job on planet Earth, has a different route in mind for you.

Go east!

Jacobs, who works for Ontario Tourism and calls Toronto home when he's not on the road, spent the better part of this past summer touring around Lake Superior on his BMW motorcycle. His journey was chronicled online and he scouted out a route that is sure to become one of the premier riding destinations in North America.

Jacobs estimates he put about 15,000 kms on his bike during a 60-day summer trek. "It was the adventure of a lifetime and we really want to share the experience with our Manitoba neighbours," said Jacobs, who exudes the kind of enthusiasm that runs rampant in the motorcycling community.

The Ultimate Northern Ontario Road Trip winds through the pristine wilderness of northern Ontario and includes some breathtaking destinations. Jacobs and his fellow correspondents used the Internet to report on their quest and the website features awesome photos and videos of their epic journey.

Points of interest along the way include Duluth, Minn., and the Ontario locales of Sault St. Marie, Thunder Bay, Terrace Bay and Copper Harbour.

Jacobs, who is 35 and rides a BMW F650GS motorcycle, offered that for Manitoba riders the best plan is to make the trip to Thunder Bay then tour around Lake Superior.

"The ride will take you through Ontario, Michigan and Minnesota and includes approximately 1,500 kilometres of mind-blowing scenery," Jacobs said.

"This run is a real winner. In addition to being fairly easy to reach, the route offers a unique riding experience, Lake Superior is so huge it's almost like riding near the ocean, and the scenery varies from lowlands with swamps and forests to mountain ranges.

"In many spots the road is really close to the lake and there are beautiful beaches and scenic campgrounds along the entire route, it really is a bucket-list ride."

Jacobs offered that if you depart from Thunder Bay, the 1,500 kilometre loop can be made in about five days, but he advises that riders take their time and really enjoy the scenery.

"We know how much Manitobans love the area surrounding Lake of the Woods and Kenora, and our hope is to encourage motorcyclists from your province to ride a little deeper into northern Ontario and experience the great riding and legendary hospitality we offer."

Although summer is winding down, Jacobs said the fall season is among the most popular times of year to tour Lake Superior. He encourages Manitoba riders to check out their website for complete information on what promises to be a relaxing and epic road trip.

"The real remoteness of this region is guaranteed to put you back in touch with nature and the scenery will capture your heart."

For more information check them out on the web at

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 7, 2012 F10

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