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Old 09-14-2011, 10:23 AM   #31
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Wonderful ride report. Really enjoyed it.
Thanks, I'm about halfway through. I'll be running down the west shore and down through the Fox Valley on the return.
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Old 09-14-2011, 01:17 PM   #32
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Amazing as always! Really enjoying this. When the route is posted I will take a copy, I have to ride this one!
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Old 09-14-2011, 03:56 PM   #33
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Great pics. Thanks.

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Old 09-15-2011, 04:14 AM   #34
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I always enjoy your reports,,,,
Thanks for all of the work.
This one might actually convince my wife to go on a trip with me.
Or not,,,,
Either way this is on tap for next fall.
Thanks,
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:59 PM   #35
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Amazing as always! Really enjoying this. When the route is posted I will take a copy, I have to ride this one!
Thank you! I should get the route up for download in a couple of days.
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I always enjoy your reports,,,,
Thanks for all of the work.
This one might actually convince my wife to go on a trip with me.
Or not,,,,
Either way this is on tap for next fall.
Thanks,
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Thanks! This is a great ride. Lots to see and do for a variety if interests. I think your wife would really enjoy touring this area.

Sorry for the delay in the ride report. I was out proofing a new ride for people to enjoy. The new ride covers some great road riding and traces some interesting history in what was once iron mining country in northern Wisconsin.

CannonRide Through Iron County
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Old 09-17-2011, 04:29 PM   #36
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Segment 11 - Washington Island to Sister Bay



That great stretch of road when you first get off the ferry . . .


More great township parks.




Still another museum . . .




A working boat.


Garrett Bay (last before before "Death's Door").




In September 1888, the 126 foot schooner Fleetwing (which was built in Manitowoc) was running under full sail in a gale while carrying grain, stone, and lumber. In the gale and the darkness, the Captain got disoriented and turned into this bay instead of the passage at Death's Door.




Under full sail he ran into the shoals about 100 yards off this beach. You might even say that at that very moment the Captain hit rock bottom. It was a hell of a crash. Crewman made it to shore. Another gale about three days later busted up what was left of the ship. If you are a diver, you can swim to what is left of this wreck just off shore in 5-25 feet of water.






This big boy will probably do a little better with modern navigation devices.


Another park worth visiting.


You need to take a trail to get a view.


The Clearing is some fancy education center.


Nice facilities.




Classroom in a rustic setting.


There really was a clearing this was all based around.


Neat old store.


Fish boils are the rage on the peninsula. Basically you boil a bunch of fish, potatoes, and onions in a pot of salted water over an open outdoor fire. When it gets done you throw some kerosene in the fire to cause the cauldron to boil over which gets rid of the fish oil that was floating on top.


Scenic overlook at (Mark) Ellison Bay County Park.








Nice to see that a plain old building can be fixed up nicely.




Nice harbor at Sister Bay.


This guy keeps goats on the roof of his swedish restaurant. Novelty.




I saw goat cams, but no goats. Must be down for the night already.


Sister Bay.
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Segment 12 - Ephraim and Peninsula State Park



Ephraim was started in 1853. They have a lot of historic buildings around from the old days.




















Wilson's has been around since 1906. Ice cream, fountain, home brewed root beer, burgers, and the like.


They taught in this school house until 1948.






The Iverson house is the oldest frame house in town and one of the oldest on the peninsula. It was built in 1854. People believed that the pastor should have the best and largest house in town. They also taught school here for a while.






Old firehouse.




This memorial pole is on the golf course at Peninsula State Park. A Potawatomi Chief is buried nearby.


Not many of these left.






Next town down from the park.


Eagle Tower. Rebuilt by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. There was a camp of about 200 CCC workers near here back then.




Looking back toward Ephraim.








Camped here for one night. This park gets over a million visitors a year and is the most used of all the Wisconsin state parks.


Since there are over 468 campsites to choose from, I just told the attendant to give me a spot close to a shower house and the lighthouse.


This lighthouse was pout in back in 1866 at a cost of about $12K.


They have a great tour available.


Flammables.




The light is automated.




Nice roads in the park.










The park has an 18 hole golf course.










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Old 09-18-2011, 09:06 AM   #38
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Thumb Great Report, as always!

Enjoying this trip report, just as I have your others. This one brings back memories of areas I traveled as a young man in the late 60"s and early 70's. Seeing your photos makes me want to jump on the bike and revisit this area. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:41 PM   #39
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Segment 13 - Fish Creek to Egg harbor



Looking across the bay to Fish Creek.




Scenic byway.


Al Noble was born in Scotland in 1829. In 1840 he immigrated to Canada and it 1855 settled here in Fish Creek where he died in 1905. He was a blacksmith but also served as town chairman, postmaster, and a county board member.


When you get inland a bit you come across a lot of fruit operations.


Vineyard.




The Whistling Swan is the peninsula's oldest operating inn. It was originally built in Marinette in 1887. In 1907, teams of horses drug it across frozen Green Bay to this location.




Another town park.




Founders Square deals with the start of this town back in 1857.




Nice shore riding.




Fancy theater out in the woods.






Cupola House - 1871. This house was built by a guy who brought gold dust back from the gold rush in California.




This barn is part of a complex of music stages. I guess the barn has special acoutics.




Finally, a regular looking restaurant to eat breakfast at.


Fancy brew pub.


People have been hanging out here for a long time.


Might be a good lunch or dinner stop.


Egg Harbor - probably named for the egg shaped stones here.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:42 PM   #40
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Enjoying this trip report, just as I have your others. This one brings back memories of areas I traveled as a young man in the late 60"s and early 70's. Seeing your photos makes me want to jump on the bike and revisit this area. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks! I'm glad this renews some memories for you. A nice play to ride around and check things out for sure.
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Segment 14 - Murphy to Chaudoirs



Murphy County Park. Nice dock.


I wonder how well that boat lift works when a storm comes up.


Leathem and Smith Quarry


The stone that lies beneath Chicago's Lakeshore Drive and the stone seawall along the Chicago waterfront was quarried here.


This quarry ran from 1893 until 1944.


They had their own fleet for delivering stone.


Looking toward the shipyard in Sturgeon Bay.


I camped here one night as well.














Looking across the channel to the old stone quarry we just visited.


Nice park roads.




1883 light house.


$12,000 project.


As seen from the other side of the bay.


Awful hard water . . .


This mound that runs along the beach is made up of zebra mussel shells that are piled up.


Zebra mussels are invasives from Russia that came in via ballast water and probably anchor chains. They attach to about everything, multiply quickly, and even plug water intakes.


They have sharp edges so water shoes are best. Each mussel filters about a quart of water a day. The good news is that they clear up lakes over time. Some say this is good because it allows more sunlight to penetrate to allow algae growth for food. Some say they are bad because they filter stuff out of the water that other tiny species at the bottom ofthe food chain need to survive.


In the 1850 a lot of Belgians settled here. Some of the names of cities and towns reflect this. An 1871 fire burned out many of their wooden structures. Many of the rebuilt stone and brick places are still around.






Very nice park and harbor.


Of course, harbors need to be maintained.






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Old 09-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #42
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nice photos as usual.
here's a FYI story. The small island shown here is owned by a cousin of mine. His father, my uncle, owned it and it has been in the family for decades. We used to visit it alot by boat from the next bay over, Sand Bay, where I grew up at our cottage in the 1970s as my father would commute back to work in Green Bay.

They call it H.O.E. island..."Heaven on Earth". He and his current "wife" still live there year round which makes for some very interesting tales. Recently, he was commuting to work every day In Green Bay once his local Sturgeon Bay health food business and Radio Shack was sold/failed. In late fall before it freezes over, he runs a line across to his island when the ice starts to form ...on days when the thin ice starts to skim over the water, he pushes himself out on the ice in a canoe and pulls himself across with the line. then as the ice thickens, he walks across while bent over and pushing the canoe, steadying himself on the gunwales ..... as he starts to crack through the ice, he quick jumps in the canoe and pulls the rest of the way across......Fred is an interesting character

BTW, fuel oil heat in the drafty old house there....he floats drums of fuel oil across in the summer.....his septic system is another story ...

his mother passed away last fall well into her late 90s. she loved the hard life of living on that island and told some pretty cool stories of events they have seen there....she would tell us of the high and low water cycles...and the great fishing they did...they even made a trout pond out of a section of the breakwall......RIP Ooma
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Segment 15 - Green Bay







Very nice county park just up the shore.


Camping.




Drop down the bluff to the harbor.












Champlain, one of the fathers of Canada, sent Nicolet to Wisconsin in 1634 to establish trade and increase France's influence in the area. Nicolet was the first european to set foot in Wisconsin.


Nicolet expected to find asians so he wore a fine asian coat when he made his landing.


I guess this is what he saw when he arrived in Green Bay?










Looks like good duck hunting.


Elvis used to ride the zippin pippin.


The coaster went up for sale and eventually found its way to Green Bay's amusement park.


I'm not sure what the city actually bought since most of the materials could not be salvaged. Maybe the design and some hardware?


I guess it turned out to be a successful project as it boosted park revenue about 45%.


Where the Fox River flows into Green Bay.




Local history museum.


Brew pub.


Season opener today - Packers versus Saints. (Packers won.)






I think Kid Rock was playing.






Hazelwood House - furnished from the 1800s.


Heritage Hill Stat Park is a 40 acre collection of historic buildings including a Wisconsin house from 1776.


Prison


This historic district freatures a variety of architectural styles.








There used to be a rapids at DePere. Over the years, dams were installed on the Fox River to produce power. Now there is a lock system to by-pass the dams.






The fishing along here is fantastic. Too bad there is still so much contamination in the river.


There is a huge project underway to remove much of the PCBs that paper mills and other industries dumped into the river over the years.
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Old 09-20-2011, 09:48 AM   #44
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Excellent ride report Bryan! I took the wife and little ones on a tenting vacation in Door county this past summer and saw some of the areas you visited. It sure brings back many fond memories. Thanks for taking us along!
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Old 09-20-2011, 02:23 PM   #45
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Where are the skyscrapers?

Thanks for the report. I hadn't realised that there were so many historical buildings around in the US. It sure looks a nice area to be.
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