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Old 07-07-2013, 08:31 AM   #40
histguy OP
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Location: Ontario Canada
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Day 3, Grand Marais to the Porcupine Mountains

Is Day 3 started out in Grand Marias to ride the newly paved H58 road through the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Munising. We were told by many ADVrider’s that we had to do this road. Well, were they ever right. Ride this road! What a dream! 25-30 miles of twisties on perfect pavement.

Just before arriving in Munising we stopped in to see on the many waterfalls along the way. Miner’s Waterfall was our choice. Note- it includes a short 1 miles ride down a good quality dirt road and a .6 mile hike.

Then just a little further down a paved road is Miner’s Castle, a rock formation on the Lake Superior shoreline. Many people take boat tours out to see the rocks along the shoreline. The boats leave out of Munising.

Lunch in Munising and more route planning

We headed down M-28 To Marquette and Ishpeming. Saw this place along the way.

It really was a tourist trap, with a huge gift shop full of all the usual crap. However, what he does have is a fun collection of odd ball stuff- mostly using some type of engine. And it all really seems to have worked at one time. Free btw.

And man was it hot today. Nearly a hundred degrees all day. You had to do anything you could to keep cool.

We decided not to make the run up the Keewenaw, just too hot. We took M-38 across the bottom of the Keewenaw instead. Nice road. We rolled into Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park around 6pm. We found a campsite at the Union Bay state campground. Nice facilities right on the lake with the nicest showers so far and is just down the road from the Lake in the Clouds.

We headed back into Ontanogan for supper. Ate at Roxey’s Lounge. Simple bar but the burgers were amazing! Must eat there if you are in Ontanagon.

Chatted with some locals and learned that they were expecting rain.
It started raining when we arrived back at camp. Hurried into the tents for the night- hoping it is over by morning. Tomorrow we do the South Boundary Road in the park and on to Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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