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Old 08-11-2012, 06:34 PM   #16
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Great route. . Good luck and ride safe. Look forward to following.
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Old 08-12-2012, 04:40 AM   #17
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Hi ann,

Newbe here, and first post... Having been a guest reader for a while, i needed to join, so i could post here...

Read your previous trip report, loved it, and its great to see the girls getting out there, lol, so looking forward to following this one...

I know its not always easy to achieve, but getting setup in camp, tent and stuff before dark is a big help to the mindset of camping...

Have Fun, and Safe travels.... J
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Old 08-12-2012, 10:01 AM   #18
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Thanks everyone for the good wishes. I can't wait to hit the road. It's cloudy and rainy here today, which is typical for the start of all my trips. Hopefully it will clear up in the next few days.

Here's some details of my preparation so far.

1) Trip Tik from CAA/AAA ordered and picked up
2) First few days routes loaded into the GPS.
3) Packing completed and ready to go
4) Practiced putting up the tent - determined to put it to use this time.
5) Bike brought in and given thorough check up.

I dropped the bike off at Wildwood Sports. They're a great set of guys at this shop. It's where I bought the bike after about 3 straight winters just going in and looking, trying to decide if this was the year I was going to get back into riding. They always made time for me even though I'm sure they figured I would never buy. The owner has a number of vintage bikes and still races in the States.

Dropping off the bike:












I'm a huge Ducati fangirl:

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:09 AM   #19
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Hi Ann,

I'm in!

I really enjoyed your "Bayou Boogie" report. I'm looking forward to this one too.

Surrender to your "inner camper" ...............

Ride safe and have a blast!

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HA! That's funny, Road Damage. Here's a shot from yesterday when my sister was mocking me for practicing my 'tent-putting-up' skills for the hundredth time. She had the opposite take and was asking why I bother. She says I should save myself the trouble and leave my tent at home as she knows I won't use it. I'm determined to prove her wrong.

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Old 08-12-2012, 10:11 AM   #20
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In and subscribed. Looks like I may be the first to say: if your route brings you close to Indianapolis, IN I have tent space, a hot shower and a pretty well equipped shop, oh yeah cold beer too. Safe travels
Thanks for the kind offer Big Easy.
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Old 08-12-2012, 03:37 PM   #21
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You should try to do the ride over Lake Superior, or you will miss a great ride. I have read that the ride along the bottom is
not the same experience.
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Old 08-13-2012, 12:09 AM   #22
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You should try to do the ride over Lake Superior, or you will miss a great ride. I have read that the ride along the bottom is not the same experience.
Hi TOTim. Thanks for the suggestion. I've thought about doing the over the Lake Superior route and may do that on the way back. I've taken it once or twice before and while its beautiful, I also find it kind of hairy with the single lanes, roaring trucks and crazy moose :). I do have a couple of less-travelled route suggestions if I do decide that I want to go that way. Take care.
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:23 AM   #23
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Hi
Subscribed...Looking forward to your RR.
Read your last RR and loved it
Have a great one
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Old 08-13-2012, 08:25 AM   #24
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Pics?

Hi Ann,

Your latest pics didn't come up for me? (Ducati gal, leaving your bike for service, your sister chastising you, etc.)

Good thing you've been practicing pitching camp. Seems that you get busy riding and often times don't stop until it's late in the day. Maybe you should be practicing setting up in the dark!

Enjoy your "throttle therapy"!

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Old 08-13-2012, 09:05 AM   #25
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Hi Ann,

Your latest pics didn't come up for me? (Ducati gal, leaving your bike for service, your sister chastising you, etc.)

Good thing you've been practicing pitching camp. Seems that you get busy riding and often times don't stop until it's late in the day. Maybe you should be practicing setting up in the dark!

Enjoy your "throttle therapy"!

Rob
Hey Rob,

They didn't show up on mine either at first and then I right clicked a little "x" that was on the top left side of the picture frame. A menu showed up and I clicked "open picture" or something like that. That did the trick. I'm using Windows 7.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:00 AM   #26
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Just read your last years report, looks like you had some great adventures.

Don't forget a headlight this time, and hope you can have some successful camping experiences. I like one that has a red light also, using the red light for camp chores keeps me from being night blinded - i can still see what's going on around me.

For me, camping is half the adventure. Either take the tent and use it, or don't take it at all.

Hope you have a great trip this year.
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:34 AM   #27
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Forgive me if you know this already... but...

The ride through the Upper Peninsula of Michigan only affords a gravel road through to Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. I have not braved it on a road bike, due to the huge amount of dust and gravel.

There IS, however a great little coffee shop in Bay Mills, Michigan, on the Indian Reservation. They roast their own. That was the highlight of my trip through there in 2010... I put on 2400 miles in four days that trip.

Copper Harbor, Michigan is really cool in the Upper Peninsula, but VERY EXPENSIVE, especially this time of year! If you do not have a place to stay up there... it may be worth doing a little research and seeing if there are any private campgrounds you can reserve a space in.

Red Cliff Indian Reservation is North of Bayfield/ North of Ashland, WI. Again, VERY EXPENSIVE to stay in Bayfield in August but also very beautiful. There is one cheap motel in Washburn (between Ashland and Bayfield)... a Super 8, I think, but do call ahead.

There is a VERY RUSTIC campground up the northernmost tip of the mainland on Wisconsin, run by the Red Cliff Tribe. They may be sort of lax about payment, but you can try the government offices for information.

Again, pit toilets, and no running water, but very worth it if you really want to be out there under the stars with no disturbance. There are wolves, black bear and even wild cats up there, so if you do go, I would go so far as to lock up your food by hanging it inside the latrine if possible.

Hope that helps some.

Oh, also almost forgot, the Black Cat Coffeehouse in Asheville, WI is excellent too!
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Old 08-13-2012, 10:37 AM   #28
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Old 08-13-2012, 11:22 AM   #29
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I just finished reading your 2011 ride. i'm in for the start of this one :)
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Old 08-13-2012, 05:05 PM   #30
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Same here, really looking forward to it.

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