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Old 07-07-2013, 09:49 PM   #45
histguy OP
Joined: Aug 2012
Location: Ontario Canada
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Day 4- Porcupine Mountains to Grand Marais, MN

We went to bed early last night because the rain has arrived. By 1:30am the thunderstorms started. Gail force winds and some very serious rain. The lightning and thunder was quite the show as well. Sitting in the tent in the middle of the night during the storm all you hear is things crashing around the campground. Thankfully, we awoke dry as a bone, inside our tent anyways.

Others did not fair as well- man does this look miserable

So we had a very slow start to the day as we waited for everything to dry. We went for a hike along the Lake Superior shoreline and chatted up with the campground host. Nice folks from lower Michigan who retired as camp hosts around the various Michigan State Parks. Tom got treated to some bacon and eggs by another camper while I went into town to do yesterdays ride report.

We also took the chance to charge up our plethora of electronic gadgets we are using on the trip. Man does that stuff add up.

Finally we hit the road, first stop was the Lake in the Clouds

We saw another ADVriderís bike in the parking lot but didnít see him.

We then headed for our twisty road of the day, the South Boundary Road of the Porcupine State Park. This is a serious must ride if you are doing the Lake Superior Circle Tour, I donít know why more guys donít do it. A few comments on the road. It is really lightly travelled, we only saw 2 oncoming cars and 1 car behind us for the entire trip. The first 7 miles is in really rough shape but is a good road afterwards. The last 10 miles has been recently repaved and is perfect.

The South Boundary Road stops at North County Road 519 where you head south back to U.S 2. There are these small gravel cut outs every ľ mile for the entire length of the road. May be fixed by the time someone else goes through there but for now they just suck.

Nevertheless, a great road to ride. It is so quiet, thet just play basketball in the middle of the road.

We then made it to Wisconsin!

We blasted through Wisconsin in short order. What was amazing about today was the extreme temperature swings we have been experiencing. As todayís thermometer shows we had weather has hot as 96 in Wisconsin to as low as 51 in Minnesota.

Rolled into Duluth as a cold front was coming in. Had to breakout the cold weather gear. We had wanted to eat at this place.

It was featured on Dinerís, Drive-in and Dives. I have always wanted to eat at one of the places from that show. And well it did not disappoint. We both had the featured Pasty

You can watch the segment from the show on Youtube:

After dinner we headed up the north shore on 61.

The fog was getting intense and it got really cold and windy (remember the thermometer!)

We stopped at Tettegouche State Park for a campsite for the night. The only one they had left was very wet and we were really cold. Decided to spring for a hotel instead.

We first tried in Finland, MN but moved on and pushed for Grand Marais. Doing laundry and enjoying the comforts of 4 walls. 307 miles today. Tomorrow we head back into Ontario.
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