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Ride Round the Thumb + ADD NEW ROUTE


11   in Michigan Michigan144 Miles

By jokermtb
on August 1, 2008

3.9out of 5

12 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Start in Point Huron, MI and look for Pine Grove Ave heading north, which will then veer right, onto 24th Ave. These roads get you through town, and onto M-25, or Lakeshore Rd. Head north out of town on MI-25. MI-25 will follow the thumb shaped coastline all the way up to Harbor Beach, Port Hope, and Port Austin (you'll see that Lakeshore Rd. turns into Grindstone Rd. and heads west into Port Austin). Continue on to the town of Sebewaing and to the end point of Bay City, MI.

From there you can go through Bay City and hop on I-75 to go the fast way home. Or, for the more adventurous, travel directly south from Port Austin on M-53/Van Dyke Rd. towards Bad Axe. At Bad Axe, turn right heading west on M-53 and then turn right, onto Huron Line Rd heading west [about 35 miles south from Port Austin at this point]. Huron Line road will intersect Richie Rd. Turning left [south] will take you to the famous Octagon Barn [http://www.thumboctagonbarn.org/] - a true rarity and must see. After seeing the barn, keep going south on Richie Rd. to Bay City Forestville Rd. - turn right and head west again, towards Gagetown - who's claim to fame is the first bank to have FDIC!! And, if it's still there, also home of Michigan's only Anastazi Indian /Southwestern style restaurant. You can either backtrack to M-53 and continue south, or beeline straight south of Gagetown on Dodge Rd. til you T-bone M-81/Cass City Rd., where turning left [heading east] will take you to M-53, or turning right [heading west] will take you towards Saginaw where you can jump on M-23.

Scenery

Once you get onto scenic highway M-25, north of Port Huron, the sense that "you're somewhere else" really takes over. The hwy takes you close to Lake Huron quite frequently, as well as pastoral farm scenes as the road twists following the contour of the thumb. You can do this whole route as a day trip, or stay overnight in Port Austin and enjoy some of that good 'ol Michigan hospitality. Either way, it's a great motorcycle ride.

Road Quality

North of Port Huron, M-25 it's mostly 2-lane - no dirt or gravel roads. Not many blind corners, but be wary of wild turkeys crossing the road [they go left when they should go right].

Roadside Amenities

Port Austin, at the very tip of the thumb has inexpensive lodging, The Garfield Inn (yes, the fmr. President was a frequent visitor) has wonderful food and very nice rooms, also there's several local eateries and taverns all on the main strip, south of the harbor breakwater. Make sure you walk out onto the harbor breakwater for a super view of the lake and the town inland. There's fishing charter boats available as well.

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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By Guest
on February 9, 2011 9 out of 15 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Touring

I did this trip over the past fall. Great roads and cool little towns! Here's my write up with some pics: http://lcchoppers.com/?p=570

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By Guest
on January 20, 2011 3 out of 3 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

This route links up to lots of other cool little off shoots and is a good way to burn through a good 6 hours or so (from Royal Oak area) on if you're stuck in Southeast MI. Something to add is cutting off 25 after you've come around the thumb and pass through Bay Port and are about half way between Bay Port and Sebewaing (the next town on 25) start looking for Stein rd on your left or you can pass Stein and turn left on Kilmanagh, but you are going out of your way at that point. Anyway, take Stein rd down to Bay Port rd and turn right. This will take you into the coolest little postage stamp of a "settlement" called Kilmanagh. It's a town that never was. There is this cool old building with an antique art deco shell gas pump out in front. Just go there and see if you can fight the urge to immediately park your bike in front of this old building to take a picture. You'll see what I mean when you get there. You'll find yourself standing there at the weird 5 road intersection mumbling, "Cool . . ." over and over again. Have fun.

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By SpeedRacerOnline
on June 17, 2014 2 out of 4 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1993

Motorcycle Make Yamaha XJ600S Seca II

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I've done this ride a couple of times with some friends. We dubbed it "The Thumbnail Tour". Here's a link to a ride report on the XJRider.com forums:

http://www.xjrider.com/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=5740

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By Guest
on March 22, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Enduro

I rode around the thumb as the last quarter of a trip around the whole mitt of Michigan in August of 2008. This drive was quite nice with few cars east past Port Austin and plenty of Lake Huron views. When heading east past Port Austin be sure to fill up because there aren't any service stations for at least 100 miles. I also continued on past Port Huron down the river on M-29 to Algonac. Cute little towns down there that are not on a lot of people's radar.

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By fn
on July 14, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1992

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing SE

Motorcycle Type Touring

Rode this route first week of July, 2014, crossed at Sarnia/Port Huron. Stayed at Port Austin overnight, probably the prettiest town on this route. Good quality roads, very little traffic, a pleasure to ride. I expected more scenes of the water, but otherwise, a good ride.

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By Guest
on April 5, 2010 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I live in lexington and Lex. to Port Austin is just a pleasant afternoon's ride for us. Other points of interest worth mentioning is White Rock historic turn-out. Uri's in Port Sanilac has good food and a great view of the harbor and Lake Huron. Forester's bar, just up the road from Port Sanilac has the best hamburgers. In Port Austin, Bank 1884 has the best dinners.

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By ChiefPockets
on June 8, 2017 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year

Motorcycle Make

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

As gorgeous as advertised - lots of small towns, scenic/rest turnouts, lake views, and farm fields. Be aware that state maintained turnouts don't open until surprisingly late in the spring. While well maintained and enjoyable, these aren't the sorts of roads that sport riders will want to seek out - lots of nearly straight lines and many patches of lowered speed limits for towns.

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By jcomaha
on August 7, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley Electra Glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

Started at Port Huron and rode around to Bay City. This is a nice ride but you don't see a lot of Lake Huron till top of the thumb, as most views are thru the trees as you ride. The better views of lake were Poet Austin to Bay city as unobstructed views. Has parks to see views but not all close. Still a good relaxing ride.

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By MarkandLorie
on July 4, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make yamaha royal star venture

Motorcycle Type Touring

Great weekend for a ride, traffic was great. Would likevto seen more water but it is what it is.

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By Guest
on August 7, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Growing up in the tri city area and having been to Caseville a few times growing up I had never actually been around the thumb. I have since moved to Metro Detroit but decided I was going to take this trip up to Flint, over to Port Huron and up M25 to Port Austin then around back to Bay City and super slabbing it home. I hadn't spoken to anyone who had ever tripped up M25 from Port Huron so I wasn't certain what to expect. Knowing that most of the Thumb is farming community I was afraid that the whole route would be boring, straight slab passing some of the larger farms in MI. I was overjoyed to find that M25 is a widely curvy road all the way from Port Huron up to the tip with lots of trees, lots of great stops along the lake, passing through lots of cute small towns and lots of beautiful plots of land. There aren't really elevation changes but there are enough curves to distract you from the fact that you're still in southern Michigan. While it's not a trip I'd care to do more than once(maybe twice) it is definitely worth the trek!

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By Guest
on July 19, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 1999

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Other

M-25 from Port Huron all around the thumb to Bay City is a wonderful ride, especially in the fall, colors are great! The Edison Inn in Port Huron has good food, wonderful view. Lexington has cute shops, Slap Jacks has a tasty lunch. Grindstone City has Captain Morgans where you can sit out on the patio and enjoy the view along with a ice cold beer and always great food. Caseville has a Cheeseburger festival in August that is wild and crazy!!! And Bay City downtown on the riverfront, try the Fishhouse great view of the river and decent food.

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By Guest
on January 12, 2009 0 out of 1 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

I did a similar ride in September 2008. The scenery was indeed beautiful, and the ride was peaceful. Aside from a little bit of construction (which ended up stopping us while my ride partner and I were both on our reserve tanks!), the ride was largely uneventful. There's a write-up at http://www.cejcamping.com/Motorcycle-Camping/thumbing-a-ride.html

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