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Old 01-13-2012, 09:13 AM   #46
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Diggin' the UP

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Great RR! Bhuff, Gentleman Jim and I took a trip to the UP a few years back. We had an awesome adventure. Some of your pictures we almost the same as ours. Beautiful country, simply beautiful.

epix1718,

Hey we found a very fine restaurant in Copper Habor called the Harbor Haus. Genuine German food and beer. Had the best bone-in Ribeye I've ever had there.

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Old 01-13-2012, 05:21 PM   #47
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Great report! I've got a 1990 that I have gone completely through over the last several months, with the idea of my daughter learning to ride on it. The same bike worked great as a learner for my son, he's now on a 650. She hasn't been overly enthusiastic, and just as with her brother, I don't want to push it or it won't be any fun. So I've been bombing around on it when weather permits lately, and it is an absolute blast. What my V-Strom is to my Concours, the 250 is to my V-Strom,

Anywaaaaay, what I really wanted to say besides congratulating you on the report and all, is what kind of rack are you sporting off the back there? Thanks, and keep it up!
The rack is just something I came up with out of some left over steel. Its 5/8 OD round tube, wall thickness around .060. The rack worked great for putting my sleeping bag and tent on top for the whole trip.

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Old 01-13-2012, 05:31 PM   #48
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Love this ride report. I'm down in Sturgis (believed you passed through this town on your US12 ride). Group of local riders and I are traveling up in the UP in late June, all pavement ride though so supermoto wheels will be bolted on. Maybe later on I'll get up there like you and take on some of the dirt and trails.

Found any good restaurants along the trip?
Yep I rode through Sturgis. That was the first trip I had ever done on a motorcycle. Granted it was only one day, but the weather was great and I really enjoyed it.

Since I was up there the first week of October, alot of places where already starting to close for the season. I did eat at the one place called the Bear Trap just outside of Munising on H58. I'm not all that picky and it was better than a chain restaurant. Most of the time while I'm on these trips I eat snacks along the way when I stop to get gas. I can't eat a big meal then ride a lot of miles, I'll end up wanting to take a nap if I do
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Old 01-13-2012, 05:36 PM   #49
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I left copper harbor early the next morning. Only 1,990 miles, I'm crazy enough to do it on the 250 if I had the time.



Up early again to catch the rising sun just outside of copper harbor. This was the best sunrise of the whole trip.





http://youtu.be/ds1fDror9ig




Heading out from copper harbor on 26 is a treat early in the morning, no traffic and plenty of curves and a bit hilly.





I see this lighthouse in the distance while getting close to eagle harbor. This part of the coastline of lake superior really reminds me of the maine coast along the Atlantic ocean.



I stop to take a closer look. Turns out it was built in 1871, still in good shape for 140 years old.



Over look of lake superior from 26.





Crossed back into Houghton still early in the day.



I believe this is the only bridge leading to the Keweenaw Peninsula.



I had to stop and do a bit of chain maintenance along the way, I had over 25,000 miles on this chain and rear sprocket when I left. By the time I got home it was toast.



Just outside of Baraga I found the best colors of the trip down this dirt road. From the undisturbed leaves on the ground to the all yellow leaves still on the trees it was exactly what I was looking for when I came up here.









Stopped by the cut river bridge with the sun low on the horizon, my goal was to make it back to the lower peninsula for the night.





My only company as I ride solo.





Made it back to Mackinaw City for the night and found a hotel for the night. After 4 nights of camping I needed a hot shower and a bed for the night.
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Old 01-14-2012, 05:42 PM   #50
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Thanks for the reply. GREAT colors on your ride!!


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The rack is just something I came up with out of some left over steel. Its 5/8 OD round tube, wall thickness around .060. The rack worked great for putting my sleeping bag and tent on top for the whole trip.
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Old 01-14-2012, 08:49 PM   #51
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Epic ride. I moved out to California 8 years ago yesterday from Michigan for work. Not a day goes by that I don't think of home. California is a beautiful state, but there's nothing like northern Michigan. Thank You so much for this RR - great stuff.
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:05 AM   #52
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Nice job!

Blew through that area early last September via the slab. Wish I would have slowed down and looked around now.

I found that damn bridge SCARY. I did it in the drizzle and WIND. I was able to ride on the outside lane, but felt like I was going to be blown off the thing.

Very nice RR
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Old 01-15-2012, 06:14 AM   #53
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Beautiful colors ! Great report
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Old 01-15-2012, 04:17 PM   #54
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The next morning I had one last road I wanted to ride, M119. I rode down it when I returned from out west on my F800GS. That was on a sunday afternoon around 1 pm and there was alot of traffic so I didn't get to enjoy it that much. This time it was a friday around 7 am. I had it all to myself. This is a must see if your up at the top of the mitten.

Trees so red they almost look like they are on fire in the early morning sunlight.



Tunnel of trees M119. If anyone is every up by the Mackinac Bridge M119 is only about 15 minutes away and well worth the time to ride.



I only stopped one time on M119 because I was enjoying it so much.



After that I wandered my way around for bit before making the turn south. I debated to taking back roads home or I-75. With time not on my side I had to slab it home on I-75. I got home later that night and cover 1,639 miles. Well worth it, I'd do it again. I've met alot of people on the road while riding the klr and didn't think a little 250 could do trips like this. I find it well worth it. Thanks for all the great comments everyone, Fred.
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Nice job!

Blew through that area early last September via the slab. Wish I would have slowed down and looked around now.

I found that damn bridge SCARY. I did it in the drizzle and WIND. I was able to ride on the outside lane, but felt like I was going to be blown off the thing.

Very nice RR
I was lucky in the fact the weather was perfect. I had sunny blue skies for the whole trip and the winds where calm when crossing the bridge. If you ever ride across it again the weather is good you have to try riding on the steel grate.
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Old 01-15-2012, 07:22 PM   #56
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Wow, perfect weather and perfect time of the season. Enjoying your post. Thanks.

I'm ready for spring!
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Old 01-15-2012, 08:56 PM   #57
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Thanks for this trip report. Great photos. Video of bridge crossing brought back good memories of a trip I took in 1989 from Sarnia Ont. to Vancouver via the U.P. and US 2 to Montana then north to Alberta. Made that ride with a very good friend who passed away last winter. Bridge vid. sure stirred some emotions. Dave.
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Old 01-16-2012, 06:49 PM   #58
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Thanks for this trip report. Great photos. Video of bridge crossing brought back good memories of a trip I took in 1989 from Sarnia Ont. to Vancouver via the U.P. and US 2 to Montana then north to Alberta. Made that ride with a very good friend who passed away last winter. Bridge vid. sure stirred some emotions. Dave.
Sorry to hear about your loss. I'm glad the video of the bridge crossing brought back some memories of the good times.

I almost didn't write this RR, but thanks to all of the great feedback from everyone on here. Its just one way to contributed back to the ADV community. I still have my 7,000+ mile trip on my F800GS to write about that I did in August. I'll try and get one written before spring gets here, Fred.
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:17 PM   #59
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Great ride report! I've rode much of the UP and I want to compliment you on your photos, mine never turn out quite as nice. I also like to do solo trips, good for the soul............Thanks again
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Old 01-16-2012, 07:36 PM   #60
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That is one fantastic RR, thanks for posting, 1994klr250. How cold did it get for you at night? MacGyver, Driller and myself did a lot of the same stuff a year ago last Sept, our coldest night was right at freezing. I see you are from SE Mi. Care to tell us where? I was born about 10 miles south of Houghton but spent most of my life in Lenawee Co. Love spending time in the UP, have crossed the Big Mac 35 time on 2 wheels. BTW, how do you manage to always get such nice weather?
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