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Old 06-22-2008, 02:20 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 ( 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.


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


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.


Lake Superior is always an impressive view.


Typical views in the UP. Spruce trees abound.



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


The mega top case functioned well as a prep table.


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

The first stop was the bar in Gay.


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.


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


A final Lake Superior scene.


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, 02:26 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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