Bike adventurist says northern Michigan trails are best on Earth

Mar 27, 2015

Bob Downes has ridden bike trails around the world for 30 years. He says the trails of northern Michigan are the best he's seen.
Credit Kevin Lavery/WKAR

The calendar says it’s spring. You may be getting over a dose of cabin fever and dreaming of a getaway Up North. If you’re pulling your dusty bicycle out of the garage, then a Michigan author has your guide to some of the best trails in the Lower Peninsula.

Bob Downes is a former triathlete who years ago used to ride up to 100 miles in a weekend when he was training. He’s been all over the world, biking in countries from India to Ireland. He’s also a former newspaper editor, so he’s combined those two passions in a new book called “Biking Northern Michigan".

Current State’s Kevin Lavery talks with Bob Downes about cycling in Michigan.