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Old 06-22-2008, 03:20 PM   #1
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Laugh Mega Case and Me at the RA in the UP

My 118 liter top case has gotten quite a bit of crap in a separate thread (http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=350488). It worked great on a trip just completed to the BMW RA rally in Houghton, Michigan.

After a late start it took all day just getting to Michigan. There were no exciting photo ops in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

I spent the first night at the Royal Motel in Ironwood, MI. The mega top case performed great. It really simplifies unloading and loading compared to the Helen Two Wheels bags I normally carry.

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The scenery on the trip to Porcupine Mountain State Park was typical UP.

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Deer were a constant presence, so I limited my speed to 45 mph. A fox also crossed the road in front of me, but disappeared before I could get a photo.

The Union Bay campground looked like a great place to camp, but my goal is Houghton.

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Lake Superior is always an impressive view.

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Typical views in the UP. Spruce trees abound.

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After checking in with the rally organizers I made camp on the upper soccer field at MTU.

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The mega top case functioned well as a prep table.

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The rest of the group arrived and we went for a ride up the Keweenaw Peninsula.

The first stop was the bar in Gay.

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We talked to one local, who said they used to have a Gay Parade, but now they call it the parade in Gay.

We were joined by a former co-worker from my days at the Caterpillar Proving Grounds. I hadn't seen Ted in over 40 years. He hasn't changed a bit. Ted on the left, me on the right.

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Ted, Paul, and Kurt relaxing at the top of Brockway Mountain.

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A final Lake Superior scene.

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The campground was very busy and noisy, so we headed home on Friday.

The mega top case performed great. It even kept my stuff dry in a rainstorm on the way home. Maybe I will make a larger one out of aluminum.
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Old 06-22-2008, 03:26 PM   #2
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It sure is beautiful in the U.P. If your do make a bigger top case, you won't need a tent anymore!! It'll double up as your on the road apartment.

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