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Old 08-18-2012, 10:03 AM   #46
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Way to go, Ann!

We are following with great interest!

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:00 PM   #47
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Have an awesome trip Ann!

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Old 08-18-2012, 02:36 PM   #48
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Nice Motofizz bag. I've been using one (medium) for the last several trips which ranged from 10 days to 2 weeks. You're saving a lot of weight by not having all the panniers and associated mounting hardware. Less weight = =more fun.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:18 PM   #49
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Hey Ann, glad to see there is another single gal out there riding her dream! Yay!
Hope you prove your sister wrong by pitching that tent in some fabulous places.
I've been on the road myself for 3 months now, and have camped about 95% of it.
I've had lots of awesome experiences and the fact that I am a woman doing this on my own has amazed many a folk!
I think the main consensus was that I must have just left the service, LOL, no other woman would have the courage to do this in a lot of peoples eyes.
I saw your route, and I might be in that same neighborhood in a while. I'll keep checking your posts, maybe we could meet up somewhere.
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Hey Nomadgirl. I marvel at your camping percentage. As you'll see, I'm 0/5 for camping, but hope to improve as the weather and my self-discipline improves. Congrats on a great trip. And maybe we will met somewhere along the line.
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Old 08-18-2012, 07:43 PM   #50
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From Duluth I headed up Highway 2 to Marquette. I saw more riders on the road up to Marquette than I had seen on the road the whole of my last year's trip down South. If I had stopped to admire the many views along this route, I'd still not made it back into Canada. Lake after lake dotted the ride and I was riding with a constant smile on my face.

Lake Bronson:





While stopped for construction on Highway 28 to Marquette, I chatted with a rider who was on his way home from work. He warned me to watch out for moose and guaranteed me that it was going to rain, even though at the time it was sunny and warm. As it takes very little to convince me to grab a hotel room I checked into the Brentwood Inn.



Thursday August 16th Marquette to Sault Ste Marie, MI. 339 kms. My fellow rider was right, because when i woke up, this is what greeted me:



My rain riding outfit. These cheap overalls worked wonderfully and besides my feet and hands, I was dry and warm. My God, look how huge my hands look...what's the deal with that?..


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Old 08-18-2012, 08:36 PM   #51
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I left the hotel in Marquette, and took off during a thunderstorm that waxed and waned for the duration of my ride. It rained constantly during the 5-6 hours I was on the road, it was just a matter of degrees. It's interesting because everyone I've spoken to during the last few days have remarked on the fact that it hasn't rained for the past 3 months. When put in perspective, I'm glad that the areas were getting some much needed precipitation.

It was during this part of the trip that my lack of navigational skills kicked in. For some reason I couldn't get myself oriented - even consulting my GPS. I ended up driving in a circle for over an hour, as I left Marquette and somehow, ended up back in Marquette before I finally figured out where I needed to go. It was like a mobius trip and at times, it was pouring so hard that I almost couldn't see. Yet, there was nowhere where I felt I could safely pull over. Two years ago I would have been paralyzed with fear at driving in the rain, but I have to say that I felt confident in my ability to stay upright. It might just be the genius of the marketing crew at Michelin, but my PR3s felt solid on the road.

Checking road signs with no idea of which way to go. Rest assured I took the wrong way:





It was a hard 300 kms and I tip my chapeau to those of you who have traveled for days on end in the cold and rain. It was very tiring and I couldn't wait until I hit the Soo. My head was soaked as were my boots (although I had plastic bags over my socks) and my gloves. I ended up in another motel, wet, tired and happy to be somewhere dry. Again, I overpaid for the pleasure of a warm bed and clean towels but I wasn't about to complain.

No, I don't recommend the Budget Host:



My beverages of choice for the evening. The rain didn't stop me from heading out to get refreshments. I had to buy a bottle opener, as I keep forgetting that hotel rooms no longer have the ones that attach to the walls. I honestly have a collection of approximate 14 openers at home because on every trip I have to buy a new one.



This is what I woke up to on the Friday:

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Old 08-18-2012, 10:32 PM   #52
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hahaha.....14 bottle opener?...haha. Wow, I thought I had a thing for cups!

haha......geeze, I hope you get better weather for the rest of your trip...
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Old 08-19-2012, 05:28 AM   #53
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Hey Sojourner!

Just caught up with your first ride and am now onto the second. What an awesome trip you had and what a great adventure you are starting off on again!! Glad to see another woman out there testing her limits - one day I'll test mine, but for now my trips include the husband. For some reason he won't stay home, he insists on going along!!

I am looking forward to the rest of your report - you have a great way writing that brings us with you. Ride safe!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:09 AM   #54
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Bottle openers? I have a collection, but back in the day they were called
"Church Keys". Of course, then they could open a bottle or a can.

Keep it coming. Luvin' it.
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:36 PM   #55
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Hey ann, off to a good but soggy start, check your pm I sent you some of the routes you wanted
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Old 08-19-2012, 01:59 PM   #56
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Excellent!!!! GO GO GO ANN!!!!
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Old 08-19-2012, 02:13 PM   #57
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Nothing wrong with utility rain ware. On my 7000 ride last Sept., out of the tons of costly bike & hunting clothes I have, I used my lineman's rain jacket. It's a XXX(no porn intended), & fit over anything I was wearing, keeping me, bone dry.
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Old 08-20-2012, 09:36 PM   #58
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Friday August 17th Sault Ste Marie, MI to Sudbury, Ontario 383 kms.

The morning was grey, windy and less wet, but I popped on my rain gear anyways and got ready for the short trip to Sudbury, where I was hopefully meeting up with an old friend. My motel was close to the International Bridge, which connected the two Sault Ste. Maries - Canadian and US.

Without fail, whenever I told someone who had previously driven across the Mackinac Bridge about my trip, they all said that "I just had to cross the 3rd longest suspension bridge (5 miles from shoreline to shoreline) in.the.world!" I have a fear of heights and while I believe that one must confront their fears and thereby conquer them, I knew there was no bloody way that I would be getting anywhere close to that bridge.

My other option was the International Bridge (2.8 miles long), so I did some research and watched some footage from the 50th anniversary of the bridge, which celebrated a half-century of US/Canada bridge crossing harmony. There they were, children, small of stature, smiling as they walked across, rejoicing in their ability to 'see what's on the other side'. I figured if they could do it, then, it really shouldn't be a problem for me to ride across and enter back into Canada.



From this angle, things didn't look at all daunting:



Well, as I got closer I realized just what I was in for. The road into the US was backed up with wall to wall vehicles, but there was no such problem going into Canada. I really had no choice but to try and get it over with. I'm not too proud to say that I was petrified. The speed limit is 30 mph/48 kmh and when I could take my eyes off the road and check my speedometer, I noticed that I was going less than 30 kmh/18 mph. I'd speed up slightly, but for some reason, I'd soon slow down to a crawl again. Yes, going faster would have gotten me to the end quicker, but my right wrist didn't seem to want to cooperate.

So, not only is the bridge much higher than I thought, I also hadn't accounted for the fact that it rises even higher somewhere in the middle, and that it would be windy. If all that wasn't bad enough, about half way through it started to rain. I don't know how I survived, as I was buffeted around and my visor became hard to see through. But survive I did. And I got no satisfaction in facing my fear. I just know that I don't think I could do it again, now that I know what I'd be in for. Sometimes ignorance is bliss.
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:05 PM   #59
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I feel ya, Ann......

And I am sooo glad that when you faced your fear, you came out on the other side for the good although it didn't feel that way at the time...

The last fear I faced on my bike landed me on my side taking a dirt nap with it, shaking and having to convince myself to keep riding! So cudoes to you!

We're riding with you, my friend...
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Old 08-20-2012, 10:22 PM   #60
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Customs was a breeze, with the border guard more interested in the bike and my trip, than checking if I was carrying any contraband. I've noticed that crossing borders on a motorcycle is a much easier prospect than in a car.

The rain increased, so I stopped in a McDonald's on the outskirts of the Soo for a coffee and some conversation with some of the patrons. Once I got back on the road, it would rain on and off, but nothing too bad. Some shots from the trip up:



Dean Lake:





The only mailbox I would find on that stretch of gravel road:



Blind River:





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