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Old 10-19-2014, 04:46 PM   #1
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Over night to Aerostich

I'm planning a big trip to Alaska next year so figured I'd test out some gear overnight, do some camping and take a run down to Aerostich in Duluth, pick up a couple of things and also do my first RR...I'm on a Vstrom 1000 that I've been getting ready for the big trip and want to add a Loobman for my chain and a couple of powerlets for heated gear and charging stuff. Thunder Bay, Ont to Duluth, Minnesota...about 370 km., not far.

I'm avoiding traffic so leave town by the back roads, crops are in the fields and just ready to harvest.[url=https://flic.kr/p/pHjFhH]

the Norwester mountains line the horizon[url=https://flic.kr/p/pHDakm]
and a grass runway airport is almost obscured by crops

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Lots of construction on this stretch, this is where they make big rocks into little ones for the road


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after a coolish hour drive to the border we run into maximum security at the U.S. entrance, compare this to the Canadian side later.
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Breeze through the border and the first stop is Mount Josephine, a long uphill with a great view.[url=https://flic.kr/p/pr8m9M]
and tourists
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I've been blasting by this place for years but today there's a guy on an ATV in the driveway so I stop[url=https://flic.kr/p/praLBd]
meet Chuck, he's been working on this monster piece of yard art for 7 years, he picks up rocks, wood and stuff from his L Superior beach and keeps adding to the wall. He's even got a stuffed cougar worked in there...interesting guy. He's headed down to the beach to see what's washed up as I takeoff
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Old 10-19-2014, 04:57 PM   #2
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ya, I've got a bit of code text showing beside every pic, will have to figure out how to get rid of that...told you I was new at this. I'm importing from Flickr and still feeling my way around.

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Old 10-20-2014, 06:27 AM   #3
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The sun was out and the big lake was calm so things started to heat up, stopped to strip off a layer, this is a cool little tourist trap, started out as a bit of a junk store years ago but has evolved
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rat bike
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some old fishing sheds along the shore
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Pulled into Grand Marais, summer tourist town and winter no mans land, had my standard coffee and bowl of chilli at the Java Moose over looking the harbour
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The Beaver is for sale...so are donuts
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Refueled I pushed on but made a quick stop at Temperance River, not much water at this time of year but in the spring it's a torrent.
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Old 10-20-2014, 07:46 AM   #4
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A short run down the road and stopped at another scenic spot Gooseberry Falls, had to use the washroom after that coffee. Not much water here either.


Passed through Taconite Harbour where they process the ore from the Iron Range mines, more on this later.

Then past Split Rock Lighthouse, it used to be a small pull off but they built the hwy around it added an interpretive centre and now it's $$$ to see what used to be free...sad.

A couple of cool tunnels to pass through, not long but always good for a thrill


From here the hwy expands into a double lane a double lane and it's pretty boring until
you reach...Aerostitch. Probably the coolest bike place that I've been, they just finished renovating so it's actually
starting to look like a store, the upper floors are where they design, cut and stitch their gear. I had a tour a couple of
years ago, it's an amazing place.

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Old 10-20-2014, 08:40 AM   #5
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Beautiful photos. It looks like a great ride. I'm looking forward to seeing the trip home.
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Old 10-20-2014, 09:31 AM   #6
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Great shots...I'll bet you leave with a new Roadcrafter.
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Old 10-20-2014, 03:09 PM   #7
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Where'd all that sunshine come from??? Too warm you're stripping off layers! I think Duluth ripped me off when I swung through a week or so ago! How you liking the Loobman, man?
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Old 10-20-2014, 04:42 PM   #8
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Graham, nope no new Roadcrafter, I have one, but it is showing it's age.

Al! welcome. Don't forget I had the luxury of waiting for a good forecast as opposed to blasting across the country on a schedule. It was +1 overnight though...brrrr. The Loobman is great, chain is wet so must be getting oil. It's so easy, just push the button prior to riding off or do as I do, press it once moving.
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Old 10-21-2014, 07:46 AM   #9
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Aerostich was interesting as always, met a guy from Toronto who had a meeting in Thunder Bay and then rented a car just to drive down to get fitted for a suit...this place draws like a magnet. Got everything I needed and left around 6 P.M. driving north to Two Harbours municipal campground. It was dusk when I finished checking in so got the tent up and put a can of stew on my 35 year old Optimus stove...haven't done that for a while. I'd had the forethought to grab a beverage to wash it down.




Wondered over to the neighbours fire for a bit and hit the sack early, +1 C was chilly but I had the right gear so OK. Remember that taconite mill up the road, well I guess they were loading a freighter all night with ore pellets and there was a constant rumble in the background. On top of that there's a railway that runs just outside town and the ore trains ran all night...what a racket.
In the morning my neighbours wondered over and asked if I heard anything over night, beside the trains and ore dock. They had 3 coolers stored outside their RV and had 5 bottles of wine and all their beer stolen and the empty coolers were left in my site. Nope didn't hear a thing.
Back on the road early as I wanted to do a side trip up the Gunflint Trail. Stopped at the ore plant again and took some shots of the Temperance River Gorge from the other side of the hwy.



By the time I got to the Gunflint Trail it was warming up and I was looking forward to the ride up to Trail Centre for lunch, good twisty road and the colours were starting to show pretty good, lots of falling leaves and hardly any traffic.




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Thievery at the campground...not good...beer and wine...hmmmmm.
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Old 10-21-2014, 04:12 PM   #11
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ya, the campground was right in town so I guess there were some thirsty folks wandering around...good thing I drank all mine!
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Old 10-21-2014, 05:35 PM   #12
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We spend the summer in Grand Marais and your photos brought back great memories. Love eating at Trail center. Also Aerostsitch is awesome. They have a pop up store in the Dallas area this week. Love my Aerostitch.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:16 AM   #13
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Made my way back towards Grand Marais stopping to check out some views of the Sawtooth Range and then a quick spin through the harbour.





Heading north again to Canada and pulled over to check out the diamond willow walking sticks, this guys had a rack of these at the end of his driveway for years...he's still in business.

Pulled over again at Chuck's place to get another picture and give a scale to the size of the project. He said it all started when a wind storm blew over a bunch of trees and he started building stuff around them.



Another quick stop on Mt Josephine to take in the view and on to the Canadian border, remember all that security and x-ray equipment on the U.S. side...we take a different approach I guess.



Wasn't long till I rolled into my place with my Aerostich accessories...a great little ride.
Well, this was a good warm up for what I hope will be a grand adventure RR of Alaska next year. Hoping to do some of the smaller roads up there and get a feel for the place. I'll be riding with an old friend who just bought a Vstrom after a 30 year absence from biking, should make for a good story.
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Old 10-22-2014, 07:41 AM   #14
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Nice Little ride report.
Ive been thinking of making a run to Aerostich to get properly fitted for a new Darien. A bit farther ride though....
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CanadianGS, remember you'll get 10% off the price if you show up in person....might be worth the ride.
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