Riding in Northwest Michigan offers so many awesome routes, from the Leelanau Peninsula, to The Tunnel of Trees and up to Mackinaw City, down to Grayling, with places like Boyne City, East Jordan, Traverse City, Bellaire, and Old Mission Peninsula, and so many other cool roads and towns to see on the way, that the best way to show those unfamiliar with the area is using a town right in the middle of it all as a starting point. Whatever you’re starting point is, you won’t be disappointed once you get here. So for the Northwest Michigan rides, everything is based out of Central Lake, in northern Antrim County. One of the favorite rides is The Leelanau Peninsula. With beautiful roads winding through the wine vineyards, lakeshores (Lakes Leelanau & Michigan, and Glen Lake), and Sleeping Bear Dunes. From Central Lake, head west on C624(Old State Rd) to NE Torch Lake Drive. Go south following the shoreline of Torch Lake to Hill Rd, just south of Rapid City. Hill Rd only goes to the right, and in about 1 mile you will be at M-72, which following west will take you to US31/M72. As you head south you will pass through Traverse City, along the bay. Stay to the right on M22, which follows the West Bay up through Suttons Bay and on to Northport.From Northport ride south to Leland on the west side of the peninsula. From Leland continue south on 22 to Glen Arbor. From Glen Arbor, be sure to continue west to historic Glen Haven, then south on M109 will take you to Empire and back to M72 East back to TC. Continue North on US31 in Acme to M88 East in Eastport, which will take you back to Central Lake. Click on picture for Thunder Roads.