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Old 08-03-2014, 04:45 PM   #166
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Hey Todd,

I happened upon your ride report and am glad to read how everything transpired.
The TLH is an awesome ride. I have done it twice and said that my last time was my last, but after reading this RR, I wonder if that is the case.

So far this year, I have heard of 3 people in need of a 150x70x17 tire.
What's up with that? Most dealers around here don't stock such a size so I'll make sure to have a good used spare available for those in need just in case.
Good to hear from you!

Sounds like one of those dealers could take advantage of a great opportunity.

I hope to ride the Trans Lab again before it's all paved. I'd like to do it on a smaller bike now to really make it adventurous!

Please stay in touch. If you ever get near Wisconsin you are ALWAYS welcome!

Todd & Dylan
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:55 PM   #167
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Thanks!


Yes, I have the GS Adventure AKA super tanker. I did not need the extra fuel but did come pretty close from Happy Valley-Goose Bay to Port Hope Simpson. We averaged over the entire trip 39.2 MPG. I do not think my "new" fuel strip is calibrated correctly so that may be way off. When we pulled into Port Hope Simpson the bike read 77 mile range. I think (from what I have found out after the trip) that I had an additional 50 miles or more beyond that.

The camp stove I carry (Optimus Nova) burns premium fuel as well so I also use those bottles for the stove.

Are you going to eventually attempt the trip again? It's well worth it!

Todd
Thanks for figures on your fuel, etc.
Yes, I am hoping to complete the rest of the trip, but just when is unknown.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:26 PM   #168
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Thanks for figures on your fuel, etc.
Yes, I am hoping to complete the rest of the trip, but just when is unknown.
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When you do go, if you have questions, feel free to contact me!!!

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Old 08-03-2014, 06:47 PM   #169
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June 26, 2014

Day 19

The camera never came out today. I used my iPhone for the photos I did take and it wasn’t many.

Another “rewind”. We ate at a restaurant in West Branch, MI called Lumberjack Food & Spirits. It was pretty good but the decor is what I liked even more. The lamps were made from old minnow buckets.

Scoring "brownie points" with my bride for ideas for our rustic cabin.



Back to day 19…

We got up and leisurely packed the bike and headed out. We didn’t have very far to go today so it was nice to be able to take it REAL easy. Growing up in Ohio, I ate at Bob Evans a lot. When I saw the sign for one I was all over it! I snapped a photo so I could text my wife. We had both enjoyed a lot of Bob’s sausage over the years (when we lived in the Cleveland area) and we can’t get in in our area.



Dylan had never had the opportunity to eat at one so he didn’t know what he was missing. However…he now will tell you they have the BEST sausage gravy and biscuits ever made!

Right before our food had come this family that had a little girl behind us left. She had been screaming, no, I mean REALLY screaming, at the top of her lungs for 15 minutes. Our waitress could hardly hear what our orders were. I thought the whole place was going to stand and applaud when they left.

This is the BEFORE he dove into it.



This is after.



I felt like I had been starving the kid the way he was eating those biscuits and sausage gravy!

The entire meal was fantastic. We were pretty full. Thank goodness we didn’t have far to go!!!

We pulled into Mackinaw City and the KOA before noon and asked if we could check in early AND get an extra day. It was time for Dylan and dad to sit down and relax for a day! We did just that, too.



I had gotten the old LAMPF fault on the bike the day before and had stopped and gotten a head light bulb for the bike. We did some airing of bags, the tent, etc. I had already done the laundry so that was over. Dylan met a nice young man named Sawyer from Marquette, MI who was there for a yearly family reunion. They hit it off pretty well and hung out together the balance of the day (and the next). I sat by the pool and wrote in the journal, took a nap and sat in the porch swing of the Kabin enjoying the peace and quiet.

When I decided to tackle the head light, a guy in a Ural drove up. He was staying the evening after riding dirts roads all the way from his house (about 200 miles from home). I talked to him about the Ural and what it's like to drive a bike with a sidecar and he said it took a bit to get used to but was pretty easy. I fought that damn head light for awhile as I tried to become a contortionist and get my fat fingers into where the head light is at. It's easy to get the old one out. Not so much in getting the new one in.

We had only traveled 93 miles today. That was badly needed. Now we can relax and wait for the rest of the family and have a mini vacation within our vacation!

You're now in for a treat as we take silly pictures around Mackinaw City with the family!!!
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Old 08-04-2014, 06:34 AM   #170
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...I/We would LOVE to come over and fish and ride some of the trails around there. Might have an opportunity, too. My oldest will be running at NMU at least once this year. Maybe twice. Could bring the bike and the fishing gear!

You going to CADVR? Not going to make it this year, again!

Todd
You guys are welcome to come riding/fishing any time.

We are definitely headed to CADVR....haven't missed a year yet!
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Old 08-05-2014, 05:26 PM   #171
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June 27, 2014

Day 20

One picture was all I could muster up the energy for!



That's Dylan sinking into his teeth into a burger at Dixie Saloon in Mackinaw City. I had a beer and good burger but the service was terrible! The waiter was clueless. He didn't bring our appetizers then got on my case because I didn't remind him.

Ummm, no, that's your job dude. I left him a very small tip and got the "glare" when we left. I "glared" back and let him know he needs some help as a waiter.

After a long day of hard core relaxing we were pretty tired. Dylan had hung out with Sawyer and/or his family most of the day. He rode a bike into town and had some lunch and swam as many times as he could. That's probably a good thing so that he got all that "stink" off!

We needed that day of relaxation since my wife, Laura, and oldest son, Stephen, where coming tomorrow and would expect to have some fun!

We did a few miles today but it was only to go into town and back.

Todd
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Old 08-05-2014, 06:11 PM   #172
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June 28, 2014

Day 21

The whole family is now together and having a little mini vacation there they all are in Mackinaw City.





Here are a bunch of photos of our crazy family.











Then there was this whacky restaurant.





Being the tourists we had to play "Adventure Golf". How could Dylan and I pass that up?

Dyl, suck in the gut.








Smile....



The Boyz.



Then we hear a bell ringing and a scream and the zipline comes alive.



Yup, Adventure Golf.



The whole family! The guy on the far right is particularly good looking, eh?



My young bride.



My traveling companion and son.



Another zipliner.



Not gonna happen Dyl.



This "bronze" guy was a human statute. Wow was he good. Didn't move unless you gave him a few bucks then he would smile and get a photo. Scared the bejesus out of lots of folks while we were watching.



I was going to post this and say it was my wife but I don't think that would have gone over very well.



Stephen having some fun!



The Mackinaw Bridge.



I consider myself a pretty lucky guy to have a family like this. Thanks for putting up with me and allowing me to fulfill my dreams.

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Old 08-06-2014, 08:07 PM   #173
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In regard of this "abandoned" airstrip in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This week, it has hosted one of the two remaining operational Lancaster WW2 bombers in the world. It left Ontario, and is heading to the UK for a celebration.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...-u-k-1.2728728

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Old 08-07-2014, 01:04 PM   #174
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In regard of this "abandoned" airstrip in Happy Valley-Goose Bay. This week, it has hosted one of the two remaining operational Lancaster WW2 bombers in the world. It left Ontario, and is heading to the UK for a celebration.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/newfou...-u-k-1.2728728

Very cool!!!

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Old 08-07-2014, 02:08 PM   #175
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June 29, 2014

Day 22

Ahhh, we're going home! It's always bittersweet. The adventure was fantastic but it's time to head home.

We packed up the beetle and crossed the Mackinac Bridge. At first they had shifted us to the inside lane (the grated lane!) but right before the grated area began they shifted us back. Whew!

The ride over the Mackinac Bridge.



Once across we went to breakfast together after we fueled up. Of course it had to rain right before we got in the restaurant. That was going to be the theme for the early part of the day.



A wink and a grin!



I've been passing this sign for the Mystery Spot for 30 plus years. One of these days I will have to stop. It's one of those things you don't want to ruin the thoughts you have about it in your mind.



The shores of Lake Michigan traveling along highway 2.



Mining is the way of life around the area.

You can see that the clouds were getting darker and thicker. They will now let loose and again rain down on us.



The rain hammered us for a couple of hours and I didn't take any photos. We just ground out the miles. We had opted to take highway 2 since we had come across highway 28. It took longer...but was a nice change.

It cleared up and warmed up. We stopped for a break at Fumee Falls.





A little video.



We arrived home pretty tired after a long ride. The bike sitting in the driveway resting.



We traveled 379 miles today.

Taking a mini vacation with the family this weekend but will follow up on my final thoughts.

Thanks!!!

Todd
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