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Ride the Keweenaw Weekend

May 26, 2010 in Community, Events, Recreation, Sports

Swimming in Lake Superior is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

Swimming in Lake Superior is a great way to cool off on a hot summer day!

On Monday, Houghton broke the record high temperature for the day and for the month of May. Historically, temperatures for the Keweenaw area in May are typically in the upper 60′s, however, over the past couple days the temperatures have been in the 80′s and even the 90′s. On Monday temperatures across the Keweenaw reached record highs with the Houghton area getting up to 96 degrees, setting a new daily and monthly record for the town. To stay cool and enjoy the summer weather Michigan Tech students made their way to the local beaches. Many students even went swimming in Lake Superior which rarely gets above 50 degrees! Several students are hoping that the weather will stay warm and sunny for the upcoming Memorial Weekend. Most students do not have Friday classes in the summer and all students are dismissed from class for Memorial Day Recess on Monday. Memorial Weekend provides students with the opportunity to take some time off from the fast pace of summer courses and enjoy the local area. Whether it’s camping, biking, hiking, or a car trip along the Keweenaw shoreline, there is lots to enjoy this weekend.

A snapshot of the single track section of the Copper Harbort Mountain Bike Trails.

A snapshot of the single track section of the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails.

This weekend, May 28-31 the Copper Harbor Trails Club is hosting Ride the Keweenaw Weekend. Ride the Keweenaw Weekend is a celebration of the Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails being designated by the International Mountain Bicycling Association as an “Epic Ride“. The rating of “Epic Ride” is one of the best designations a bike trail can receive. The Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails are now one of the 48 bike trials across the world with this classification. The Copper Harbor Mountain Bike Trails received the “Epic Ride” designation because of the diversity of the trails, the thrill of the ride, the beauty of the surrounding area, and the collaboration of the people who make the trail system a success. The weekend’s celebratory events include food, music, demonstrations, and of course biking on the newly designated “Epic Trails”. On Saturday, May 29 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. there will be guided tours the Michigan Tech Trails, the Churning Rapid Trails, and the Swedetown Trails. On Saturday evening in Copper Harbor Park there will be live music and a barbecue. On Sunday, May 30 there will be bike demos, a trail dedication ceremony, and more biking! All proceeds from the weekend’s events will got toward funding the Keweenaw Point Trail Project. The plans for the Keweenaw Point Trail Project is to create another trail approximately 25 miles long that will travel along the shoreline at the tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula. At this time the project is estimated to cost over $350,000. The Copper Harbor Trails Club is hosting the Ride the Keweenaw Weekend as one way of raising funds for the project. If the funding for this project comes through the trail would improve the local area not only in a recreational manner but also economically. The addition of a waterfront mountain bike trail to a trail system already designated as an “Epic Ride” would increase the number of visitors to the surrounding area significantly. For a complete schedule of events and for more information regarding the Keweenaw Point Trail Project go to Event Highlights.

I hope students and parents alike enjoy the beginning of summer! Check back for next week’s article, I will be writing about money management tips for students. Please feel free to email me with any questions, comments, or suggestions you may have!