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Old 07-15-2013, 05:49 PM   #9916
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Great tips... keep 'em coming. Good info for others too. For me a nice campground at the end of the day makes the roadtrip extra special - any faves? Have never been to Rushing River, so would like to get that in too.
A couple nice highways

Hwy 38 from Marcell to Grand Rapids
Road from Park Rapids - Walker - Grand Rapids (hwy 34-200-6) is very nice
Hwy 1 from Ely to hwy 61
Backroad from Orr - Ely (hwy 23-116)
Any of the roads from Virginia or Gilbert up to Ely
The whole area of the Chippewa Forest and around Leech Lake but will be busy with fishermen

If you are planning on camping, the state parks are very well kept and clean. Most other commercial campsites will be more catering to RVs but there are also lots of small state or county camping areas all over the place. Here is a good site for camping search http://www.recreation.gov/recFacilit...to=camping.htm . They had an app that I have but cannot find it anymore.

If you are hoteling it then I typically try to find the nice clean small mom and pop motels. Have never had a bad experience with them. Most of the time not a pieces of furniture will match but they are normally a bargain compared to chain hotels.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:59 PM   #9917
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Road from Park Rapids - Walker - Grand Rapids (hwy 34-200-6) is very nice
In this area, Steve & Jill's Pizza and Steak in Nevis is excellent.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:28 PM   #9918
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great info!

Thnx guys. Humvee - Richard, I have a nice Garmin automotive GPS unit, but have never really imported a route or gotten fancy with it... just inputted a destination and let the electron gods lead the way. I'll update it with US maps as it doesn't have enough memory for both Cdn & US same time. I brought my Magellan with me down to Fargo & Grand Forks a while back - discovered that it was next to useless once you got off the highway You're reminding me that I need to come up with a power solution for the GPS. Damn cigarette lighter adaptors keep vibrating and backing out creating intermittent power.
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Old 07-15-2013, 06:36 PM   #9919
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Thnx guys. Humvee - Richard, I have a nice Garmin automotive GPS unit, but have never really imported a route or gotten fancy with it... just inputted a destination and let the electron gods lead the way. I'll update it with US maps as it doesn't have enough memory for both Cdn & US same time. I brought my Magellan with me down to Fargo & Grand Forks a while back - discovered that it was next to useless once you got off the highway You're reminding me that I need to come up with a power solution for the GPS. Damn cigarette lighter adaptors keep vibrating and backing out creating intermittent power.
Here's a solution for a USB outlet that is motorcycle friendly. Had mine for three years with no issues. USB Outlet.
Cheers, Brian

PS. MotorcycleInnovations isn't where I bought my first one, but I've bought hundreds of $$$s worth of stuff from them and they're great. They're on the forum if you want free shipping.
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Old 07-15-2013, 07:01 PM   #9920
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Here's a solution for a USB outlet that is motorcycle friendly. Had mine for three years with no issues. USB Outlet.
Cheers, Brian

PS. MotorcycleInnovations isn't where I bought my first one, but I've bought hundreds of $$$s worth of stuff from them and they're great. They're on the forum if you want free shipping.
Thnx Brian - will likely buy that. Looks like an excellent solution. Need the USB cable anyway for camera to laptop transfer.
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Old 07-15-2013, 08:03 PM   #9921
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Thnx guys. Humvee - Richard, I have a nice Garmin automotive GPS unit, but have never really imported a route or gotten fancy with it... just inputted a destination and let the electron gods lead the way. I'll update it with US maps as it doesn't have enough memory for both Cdn & US same time. I brought my Magellan with me down to Fargo & Grand Forks a while back - discovered that it was next to useless once you got off the highway You're reminding me that I need to come up with a power solution for the GPS. Damn cigarette lighter adaptors keep vibrating and backing out creating intermittent power.
Im kind of losing faith in the electron gods, just for kicks I had mine route me from Thunder Bay to Dryden, and it tried to take me through Sioux Lookout?!?!
WTF!
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:10 PM   #9922
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Im kind of losing faith in the electron gods, just for kicks I had mine route me from Thunder Bay to Dryden, and it tried to take me through Sioux Lookout?!?!
WTF!
I like having a GPS but I'll never roam far from hone without maps...
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:18 PM   #9923
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I like having a GPS but I'll never roam far from hone without maps...
I have one of those new GPS's with maps built in.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:30 PM   #9924
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I have one of those new GPS's with maps built in.
Yeah, yeah... you kids and your fancy electronic mystery boxes.
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Old 07-15-2013, 09:41 PM   #9925
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Sad news about the 6 riders down this past weekend. Not sure of all the details, but apparently someone from Capital Motosports passed away. Also, one if the members of Harlery Owners Group went down near Morden while attending a poker derby.

Ride safe!
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Old 07-15-2013, 10:53 PM   #9926
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Sad news about the 6 riders down this past weekend. Not sure of all the details, but apparently someone from Capital Motosports passed away. Also, one if the members of Harlery Owners Group went down near Morden while attending a poker derby.

Ride safe!
Yes, very tragic. The young guy that worked at Capital was a fellow ice rider. Rode with him many Sundays last winter. He made many sets of ice tires for the guys.

He was a very nice guy, a great talent on the bike and very well liked.
Hard to believe.....

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Old 07-16-2013, 06:54 AM   #9927
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In this area, Steve & Jill's Pizza and Steak in Nevis is excellent.
Also, Walker Country Inn is a great place to stay. About $75/night - used to be Country Inn and Suites. Pool & hot tub. Good breakfast.

We were unable to find a good place to eat in Walker though. Stay away from the fancy restaurant next to the hotel - make the 15-min drive to Nevis instead.
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Old 07-16-2013, 08:22 AM   #9928
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A link for those that don't get the paper...

So sorry to hear of all the serious accidents/deaths over the weekend. Here's a link to an article from this mornings Free Press: http://www.winnipegfreepress.com/bre...215627781.html
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:35 AM   #9929
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From the FP article The foundation says motorcycles are simply not as often seen on the roads compared with other types of vehicles, so they are also less likely to be expected in moving traffic, and are more difficult for other drivers to detect.

That is why we have to drive very defensively on a bike. Anticipate some butthead is going to pull out in front of you or that somewhere out there a teenage girl will be texting her bff, or someone has just left happy hour or had a fight with their SO and is not aware of their surroundings..

Leave lots of room in front of you and if someone creeps up to your tailgate give them a hand signal to back off.

Some off road safety rules taken from gpsKevin's web site can also apply to the road.

Preach the motto "Look around, think ahead"
  1. Stop and look both ways when crossing a road or main trail.
  2. Do not pass (overtake) close to someone, or ride in their blind spot.
  3. Slow down when someone is coming toward you or approaching from the side.
  4. Keep to the right when riding on a road.
  5. Get off the trail to pass an oncoming person.
  6. Always wear all the riding safety gear.
  7. Stay away from people riding fast or recklessly.
  8. Do not follow close behind someone.
  9. Slow down when it is dusty and you can’t see well.
  10. Avoid crowed areas. Ride away from people.
  11. Slow down for blind corners or blind hill crests.
  12. Slow down when you can’t see ahead.
  13. Always be prepared to stop quickly. (Practice this)
  14. Leave yourself plenty of room from objects, stay clear, swing wide, don’t ride close.
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Old 07-16-2013, 11:42 AM   #9930
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Be seen!

Great defensive driving/safety advice. Another thing that I'm so conscious about is the need to be seen. I've installed bright amber LED lights forward on both bikes. Seems to reduce the number of times people inadvertently pull out in front of me. Wearing Hi-Vis fluorescent riding gear surely helps a lot too.
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