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The SCMA will be introducing a new Premier Ride for 2022 called The Great Lakes Cabot Trail Tour. The Tour will be a self-guided ride to twelve designated checkpoints scattered along a suggested route through the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada. The preferred starting point would be the Perry Monument on the Presque Isle peninsula in Erie, PA., though riders from western Canada may want to begin at Thunder Bay, Ontario. From Erie, the next checkpoint is Niagara Falls, on either the US or Canadian side. From New York, there are several checkpoints through Vermont and New Hampshire before crossing Maine into New Brunswick and on to Nova Scotia to ride the Cabot Trail. Next is a return to the US with a checkpoint at the SCMA Four Corners Park in Madawaska, Maine. Then, the ride heads back into Canada to ride along the St. Lawrence River to the “walled cities” of Quebec and Montreal. The suggested route turns west away from the St Lawrence River, through Ottawa and Sudbury to the north shores of Lake Huron and Lake Superior. The route follows the shoreline of Lake Superior back into the US, turns the corner at Duluth, Minnesota, and heads east through Wisconsin into the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. After a ride over the famous Mackinaw Bridge, the 4200 miles long Tour finishes in Mackinaw City, Michigan.
All 12 checkpoints must be visited. Proof of the visits will be a personal ride log containing a photo from each checkpoint which needs to include the rider, the motorcycle, and a sign or landmark showing the location, and a sales receipt showing the date and location. The registrant will have a two-year window to complete the ride, BUT all checkpoints must be visited in one calendar year, January 15th through November 15th, ride log submission by November 30th.
All ride registrants will receive a Great Lakes Cabot Trail Tour short sleeve t-shirt and a ride patch. Finishers will also receive a personally engraved Buck 501 Squire Knife and a commemorative ride certificate.