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Old 07-03-2013, 03:41 PM   #31
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I did H58 last week and the Keweenaw this week. Both are great! I hope to make it around Lake Superior this summer some time. I rode around Lake Michigan last summer. I will be keeping up on your posts for this trip. Good luck and have fun.
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Old 07-03-2013, 05:30 PM   #32
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Just got back from North Shore of Superior last week . Bring a good camera . I- phones just don't capture the beauty properly . Also bring bug spray and maybe a bug net for your head .The bugs were getting really bad while I was there .
Thanks for the heads up! Your advice isn't lost on me. Hope you had a good one!
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Old 07-03-2013, 08:30 PM   #33
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Had a great trip . The riding and scenery was phenomenal . I was on a G650GS and my friends were on a Kawi Drifter and 1700 Vulcan which easily handled the roads . Pavement was in great shape for that far north . Probably saw more cruisers than adventure bikes . Hope you have a great trip .
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Old 07-03-2013, 09:24 PM   #34
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Nice trip!

Looks like you'll be having fun! I should get my passport so I can do something similar. A couple of suggestions for the Superior/Duluth area: Amnicon Falls state park is my favorite place to camp in the immediate area; just off of highway 2 about 8 miles out of Superior WI. Not sure how full it is this time of year though. Also, the best place for a view of the lake and the city of Duluth is Enger Tower (site). If you want directions, I can give them for either place, either direction. Enjoy the trip! I think the weather will be great, especially since I just bought a pair of rain pants and want to try them out .
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Old 07-05-2013, 01:06 PM   #35
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Sorry to everyone, that the reports are slow coming. We had early computer trouble (that is now corrected) but now are dealing with very slow internet speeds. Here is a quick pic of us at the Cycle-Moore Campground in Interlochen, Michigan.



We just crossed the Mackinaw Bridge into the Upper Pennisula. Hope to post a full report tonight.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:47 PM   #36
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In Interlochen, Michigan

First, let me apologize for the slow first post. We had difficulty finding internet on our first night.

Finally the day has come! I awoke early this morning, anxious to get on the road. We had a set time to meet at 10am in Imlay City, Michigan, so I didnít leave till 8am. Thankfully, the overnight rain storm passed so I only had to use the lower half of my rain suit to start.



We found out last minute that Tomís buddy Joe was able to join us for the first night. Here is Tom and Joe getting ready to go



The bulk of the day was planned to be on the super-slab. Not much in the way of interesting things to see between London and Sarnia so I took highway 402.



I made it to Sarnia and crossed into the the US over the Blue Water Bridge





One thing that I always notice as the main difference between US highways and Canadian ones is that the US ones have so many more billboards



We both arrived at the Tim Hortons in Imlay City right at 10am.





More superslab- I-69 to I-75 then to M-10. Traffic was heavy as it is the 4th of July and Ďgoing northí is the stateís pastime.



We finally made our way into the north country- you can see the landscape change.



We arrived in the late afternoon around 4pm at Cycle-More, a motorcycle campground in Interlochen.





This is a haven for motorcyclists. The owner greats you personally and invites you to look around his small museum. It is really more of a collection of old bikes piled into a small room. Impressive to see all these rare bikes









Especially this tike that they are currently working on. The engine is still in the back





Nice campground dedicated to bikers. Just find your own campsite, $7 per person. Cheap wood, clean hot showers, and free ice cream!



We then headed for a supper, bbq chicken for me. Maddy's US 31, just outside of the campground to the East. Excellent find!



Then just a night of Tom and Joe reminiscing around the campfire (they go way back). Total mileage for Tom was 281, I was more like 320
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Old 07-06-2013, 07:11 AM   #37
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We awoke this morning, perfect weather about 60 degrees and sunny. Breakfast turned into a comparison of everyones camp stoves. Tomís won. I do like my little coleman though because it runs off of unleaded gasoline. So I just siphon some gas out of the bike and cook away



Even after playing with the stoves for making coffee we went out to a diner for breakfast
Joe split from us in Acme and we made the turn around Grand Traverse Bay for the Tunnel of Trees. We then had to sit in holiday weekend traffic in 90+ degree weather- ugg.



This is a must ride road if you are anywhere in the upper half of the lower peninsula of Michigan. About 20 miles of tight twisties and a near perfect road. It was fun joining a group of 5 other guys through the road.







We then took the Wilderness Park Road on the extreme north tip of Michigan. Very popular beach area, the ride was nice, the roads were not (although you can't tell in this picture). Donít be in a hurry if you plan to take this route



We then hit the Mighty Mackinaw Bridge. Quite fun on a bike.



The laptop was running low on batteries (all the attempts for failed WiFi), so I had to rig up a charging system using the plug for my battery tender, a cigarette conversion cord, a power invertor and finally into the laptop. Charged everyting nicely while riding along.



We arrived in Grand Marais, Michigan about 6pm. We finally made it to Lake Superior!



Setup camp and headed into town to look around and get some dinner.





Came across the Shark, the last remaining hand made fish tug on Lake Superior



And the Pickle Barrel Museum- odd





Today, we ride H-58 from Grand Marais to Munising and westward
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Old 07-06-2013, 09:08 AM   #38
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Great ride report

This is really turning into a great RR and is covering lots of things that we missed in 2011. Thanks for doing a great job.

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Old 07-07-2013, 09:12 AM   #39
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Thanks Oldone for the encouragement.

I am finding it fun to record the trip but more difficult to get the report loaded than I would have thought.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:31 AM   #40
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Day 3, Grand Marais to the Porcupine Mountains

Is Day 3 started out in Grand Marias to ride the newly paved H58 road through the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore to Munising. We were told by many ADVriderís that we had to do this road. Well, were they ever right. Ride this road! What a dream! 25-30 miles of twisties on perfect pavement.













Just before arriving in Munising we stopped in to see on the many waterfalls along the way. Minerís Waterfall was our choice. Note- it includes a short 1 miles ride down a good quality dirt road and a .6 mile hike.



Then just a little further down a paved road is Minerís Castle, a rock formation on the Lake Superior shoreline. Many people take boat tours out to see the rocks along the shoreline. The boats leave out of Munising.



Lunch in Munising and more route planning



We headed down M-28 To Marquette and Ishpeming. Saw this place along the way.



It really was a tourist trap, with a huge gift shop full of all the usual crap. However, what he does have is a fun collection of odd ball stuff- mostly using some type of engine. And it all really seems to have worked at one time. Free btw.











And man was it hot today. Nearly a hundred degrees all day. You had to do anything you could to keep cool.



We decided not to make the run up the Keewenaw, just too hot. We took M-38 across the bottom of the Keewenaw instead. Nice road. We rolled into Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park around 6pm. We found a campsite at the Union Bay state campground. Nice facilities right on the lake with the nicest showers so far and is just down the road from the Lake in the Clouds.



We headed back into Ontanogan for supper. Ate at Roxeyís Lounge. Simple bar but the burgers were amazing! Must eat there if you are in Ontanagon.



Chatted with some locals and learned that they were expecting rain.
It started raining when we arrived back at camp. Hurried into the tents for the night- hoping it is over by morning. Tomorrow we do the South Boundary Road in the park and on to Wisconsin and Minnesota.
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Old 07-07-2013, 09:49 AM   #41
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Great report! Subscribed! Have fun guys!
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:18 AM   #42
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Old 07-07-2013, 10:32 AM   #43
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Great report and appreciating your ideas for my ride. Keep up the good work and have a safe one guys!
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Old 07-07-2013, 08:07 PM   #44
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I did H58 last week and the Keweenaw this week. Both are great! I hope to make it around Lake Superior this summer some time. I rode around Lake Michigan last summer. I will be keeping up on your posts for this trip. Good luck and have fun.
I did H58 yesterday from Grand Marais to the Bear Trap where I cut down to 94. Too much traffic!

I'm scheduled to start the Circle on the 17th...starting at Munising and heading west.
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Day 4- Porcupine Mountains to Grand Marais, MN

We went to bed early last night because the rain has arrived. By 1:30am the thunderstorms started. Gail force winds and some very serious rain. The lightning and thunder was quite the show as well. Sitting in the tent in the middle of the night during the storm all you hear is things crashing around the campground. Thankfully, we awoke dry as a bone, inside our tent anyways.





Others did not fair as well- man does this look miserable



So we had a very slow start to the day as we waited for everything to dry. We went for a hike along the Lake Superior shoreline and chatted up with the campground host. Nice folks from lower Michigan who retired as camp hosts around the various Michigan State Parks. Tom got treated to some bacon and eggs by another camper while I went into town to do yesterdays ride report.



We also took the chance to charge up our plethora of electronic gadgets we are using on the trip. Man does that stuff add up.



Finally we hit the road, first stop was the Lake in the Clouds





We saw another ADVriderís bike in the parking lot but didnít see him.



We then headed for our twisty road of the day, the South Boundary Road of the Porcupine State Park. This is a serious must ride if you are doing the Lake Superior Circle Tour, I donít know why more guys donít do it. A few comments on the road. It is really lightly travelled, we only saw 2 oncoming cars and 1 car behind us for the entire trip. The first 7 miles is in really rough shape but is a good road afterwards. The last 10 miles has been recently repaved and is perfect.









The South Boundary Road stops at North County Road 519 where you head south back to U.S 2. There are these small gravel cut outs every ľ mile for the entire length of the road. May be fixed by the time someone else goes through there but for now they just suck.



Nevertheless, a great road to ride. It is so quiet, thet just play basketball in the middle of the road.



We then made it to Wisconsin!



We blasted through Wisconsin in short order. What was amazing about today was the extreme temperature swings we have been experiencing. As todayís thermometer shows we had weather has hot as 96 in Wisconsin to as low as 51 in Minnesota.



Rolled into Duluth as a cold front was coming in. Had to breakout the cold weather gear. We had wanted to eat at this place.



It was featured on Dinerís, Drive-in and Dives. I have always wanted to eat at one of the places from that show. And well it did not disappoint. We both had the featured Pasty



You can watch the segment from the show on Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rqbGQ6y6emQ

After dinner we headed up the north shore on 61.



The fog was getting intense and it got really cold and windy (remember the thermometer!)



We stopped at Tettegouche State Park for a campsite for the night. The only one they had left was very wet and we were really cold. Decided to spring for a hotel instead.



We first tried in Finland, MN but moved on and pushed for Grand Marais. Doing laundry and enjoying the comforts of 4 walls. 307 miles today. Tomorrow we head back into Ontario.
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