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Old 05-17-2011, 09:49 AM   #121
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Um, I guess the log pile I had just cleared is just outside of the frame. Yeah, that's it...there was an old pile of abandoned timbers. Partially rotted and really gnarly. Just begging to be conquered. (This field was the site of an old logging camp, you know.) Yep, got over the logs, but was a little off balance and had to bail to avoid the family of field mice right in front of me. They were really cute.

...Or I guess it could have been the classic diagonal limb lying on the ground. Just screwing around in the field, caught it with the front tire, which followed the limb instead of my intended path and washed out. Rookie move, really. ...Wait...I mean I was demonstrating the type of thing a rookie might do. There, that's my final answer, I was intentionally showing what not to do.
Ya, those two inch Aspens can be a widow maker some times! Arrowhead, have been looking at a KLR650 how is it lifting these beasts off the forest floor? Are you guys going to be on that June 17th ride? I am thinking of trying to get up there for that if the Walleye's are biting!
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Old 05-17-2011, 05:04 PM   #122
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Ya, those two inch Aspens can be a widow maker some times! Arrowhead, have been looking at a KLR650 how is it lifting these beasts off the forest floor? Are you guys going to be on that June 17th ride? I am thinking of trying to get up there for that if the Walleye's are biting!
Well the only reason the bike is on the ground is because I wanted to answer the same question! conclusion-try and keep it upright! I plan on being there and hopefully Lutz is too.-The walleyes are always biting! somewhere. at some time. for some people. occasionally.
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Old 05-17-2011, 07:21 PM   #123
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Yeah, I'm going to try to get in on some of the June 17-19 action, depending on what the rest of my life requires of me.
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Old 05-19-2011, 06:12 PM   #124
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Just thought of a couple more interesting rides in the near future for anyone interested. One is up near Isabela lake. i recall the road going for quite a ways past the parking lot. Another would be the road around whiteface, frear, timber and elbow. i drove my jeep around those lakes a couple years ago and think it would be fun on a bike.
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Old 05-19-2011, 09:26 PM   #125
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Just thought of a couple more interesting rides in the near future for anyone interested. One is up near Isabela lake. i recall the road going for quite a ways past the parking lot. Another would be the road around whiteface, frear, timber and elbow. i drove my jeep around those lakes a couple years ago and think it would be fun on a bike.
Rode those Routes, interested for sure.
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Old 05-21-2011, 05:54 AM   #126
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....a couple more interesting rides in the near future for anyone interested.
AND, I've been looking in my home area; riding from the Gunflint Trail at the Greenwood Road towards Lost Lake area should be interesting too. I'm thinking to stay below Greenwood Lake and head east on the logging trails/roads. I've never gone through there, although I know a lot of logging happened in that general area. Firebox Road is one to follow. Plenty of opportunity to get stuck and get lost, I am sure. This weekend and next are tied up for me though.

Arrowead; I looked up what the Wanless Road is and I've been on that road a lot. It's the gravel road directly east from Isabella, and it connects to the Parent Lake Road going towards the Sawbill and the Grade, plus the Cramer Road to the south towards Trestle Pine. I just never knew it by that name. I lost my headlights on that road on my pickup one moonless winter night.
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Old 05-21-2011, 06:38 AM   #127
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Just thought of a couple more interesting rides in the near future for anyone interested. One is up near Isabela lake. i recall the road going for quite a ways past the parking lot. Another would be the road around whiteface, frear, timber and elbow. i drove my jeep around those lakes a couple years ago and think it would be fun on a bike.
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AND, I've been looking in my home area; riding from the Gunflint Trail at the Greenwood Road towards Lost Lake area should be interesting too. I'm thinking to stay below Greenwood Lake and head east on the logging trails/roads. I've never gone through there, although I know a lot of logging happened in that general area. Firebox Road is one to follow. Plenty of opportunity to get stuck and get lost, I am sure. This weekend and next are tied up for me though.

Arrowead; I looked up what the Wanless Road is and I've been on that road a lot. It's the gravel road directly east from Isabella, and it connects to the Parent Lake Road going towards the Sawbill and the Grade, plus the Cramer Road to the south towards Trestle Pine. I just never knew it by that name. I lost my headlights on that road on my pickup one moonless winter night.
The good thing is we've got a lot of options. I think there's an almost endless supply of forest and logging roads to explore north and west of two harbors and silver bay...well throughout the arrowhead. I'm busy on the next few weekends, I think. I'm not sure about everyone else, but weekday rides might be an option for me once in a while.

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Old 05-21-2011, 10:21 AM   #128
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Will definately keep that in mind.You are talking after work or on your days off?
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Old 05-21-2011, 10:27 AM   #129
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AND, I've been looking in my home area; riding from the Gunflint Trail at the Greenwood Road towards Lost Lake area should be interesting too. I'm thinking to stay below Greenwood Lake and head east on the logging trails/roads. I've never gone through there, although I know a lot of logging happened in that general area. Firebox Road is one to follow. Plenty of opportunity to get stuck and get lost, I am sure. This weekend and next are tied up for me though.

Arrowead; I looked up what the Wanless Road is and I've been on that road a lot. It's the gravel road directly east from Isabella, and it connects to the Parent Lake Road going towards the Sawbill and the Grade, plus the Cramer Road to the south towards Trestle Pine. I just never knew it by that name. I lost my headlights on that road on my pickup one moonless winter night.
That's a lot more original than telling HER that you ran out of gas! I hope it worked! I look forward to riding some more cook county roads with you. Maybe in a few weeks then.
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Old 05-21-2011, 01:49 PM   #130
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I lost my headlights on that road on my pickup one moonless winter night. AND That's a lot more original than telling HER that you ran out of gas! I hope it worked!
Actually, she was with me. However, in true north woods style and true north woods pickup fashion; I had both some wire laying under the seat plus I was able to fashion a hot lead from the battery direct to one headlight. It worked, although it was quite dark in the work area where I had to connect the wire to the headlight.
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Old 05-21-2011, 07:09 PM   #131
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Will definately keep that in mind.You are talking after work or on your days off?
Both. My work hours are fairly flexible, assuming I don't have pressing matters to address - I could leave early in the afternoon or take a day off here or there.
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Actually, she was with me. However, in true north woods style and true north woods pickup fashion; I had both some wire laying under the seat plus I was able to fashion a hot lead from the battery direct to one headlight. It worked, although it was quite dark in the work area where I had to connect the wire to the headlight.
Thank goodness for spare odds & ends and MacGyver ingenuity!
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MikeS- A couple weeks back you asked what could be better than riding to Dryden for work and getting paid. Well how's this- Riding to grand Marais tommorrow to deliver a bid on the roadstar. eight hours pay for handing over an envolope and five hours of riding time!
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...how's this- eight hours pay for handing over an envelope and five hours of riding time!
For your paid riding time tomorrow, the weather is supposed to be nice. Enjoy your day of toil!
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Old 05-25-2011, 04:41 PM   #135
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Stopped and checked out Tommymerle's art gallery yesterday. He has some very interesting projects going on so if anyone is in the area I encourage them to stop and see. Watch out for his two attack dogs though! One of them I swear must have weighed at least 15 lbs and had the teeth to back them up!
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