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In the summer of 2021, ten guys and I went up to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for a bikepacking trip on parts of the Crusher route.

Story, Photos, & Video by Josh Rizzo

Our annual tradition is to explore Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Michigan for 3-4 days and this was our first route that wasn't an official route. Despite studying aerial maps and reading about the area, what we found was a complete surprise.

As Wisconsinites, we often joke about how Michigan "stole" the Upper Peninsula from Wisconsin.

But after learning more about the history of how the UP became part of Michigan and how it often gets left out of Michigan maps and USA maps, I started calling the UP the "forgotten peninsula".

Here's the video of our trip and our thoughts about the forgotten peninsula:


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