Rolled in to Thunder Bay at 1130PM on Day 4. Next morning at the filling station I found "Malteezers" like in "Long Way Round" so I bought em and me and "Charley" tried floating them like in the movie. Some chick at the station was watching us and laughing?!
Headed up the road to the amethyst mine on Day 5. Got some video of going up this hill, will try to post it later.
Cool stuff that amethyst.
Then it was time to bomb down Highway 17. It's like Thunderdome on this road. Too much road too few cops. Pretty much got to go as fast as we wanted, but so did everyone else. I suppose what made it dangerous is what made it fun, kindof a metaphor for something eh?
Campsite on the lake at Obatanga Prov. Park. If you go there ask for site 7 because it's right on the lake and close to the showers and you can ride your Strom down a little dirt path from the sites parking area to the tent area. It's one of there "frequently requested" sites, apparently.
Breakfast at H&C Family Lodge near Obatanga. The closest place to get a fishing license, fishing gear, hot breakfast, and "shockolat baerz" as the French-Canadian owner Henri would say as he rung up our morning "tab."
Me hungry. Still at H&C. When mama asks you if you want "2 eggs, bacon" for breakfast, you get em served the way mama makes em. We were just so grateful for a hot meal close to the park, it didn't matter that with our fishing licenses, a few lures and breakfast came out to $112.47. We even tipped em. We'd inevitably eat there several times and it was good every time. The owners Henri and Carole Savoie are very nice people and very helpful. They have cabins for rent too and the prices are quite good, but you might need a reservation. We didn't stay there but I plan to come back and do a fishing-only trip.
We rented this canoe in Obatanga for something like $12 all-day. It was already by the lake too. Fished out of it almost all day on Day 6.
Caught 6 or 8 pike. Kept two just for a snack. Cooked em up over an open fire and man alive they were good with an ice cold Labatts.
Day 7: Gas'd up at the Halfway Lodge just a few miles East of Obatanga. The owners had (with a quad) chased a 300 lb black bear out of the campground there. It ran into the highway where it was hit by a "transport" (semi). Checked out the road kill then headed for Wawa. Ate a not-so-great breakfast at Columbia Pizzaria and Restaurant (don't go there for breakfast). Then headed for Pancake Bay Prov. Park. We were thinking of staying there because Henri from H&C recommended it, but the weather was great and we felt like riding. Stopped briefly at a Tourist Gift Complex near Pancake Park and a guy asks my buddy if I'm "The Kaneman." After that we headed to the Sault, crossed over, thru the U.P. and crossed back over the Mac
Then hit 131 and bombed back to G.R. hopin' t'Gawd for no deer.
Made it home around 1130PM without injury and a little wired on RedBull.
So, in summary:
Day 1: Grand Rapids to Holland , thru Sand Lake, Frankfort, Sleeping Bear to Lelanau State Park to State Park at Traverse City.
Day 2: Traverse City to Brimley,MI, following lakeshore to Whitefish Point to Marquette to the state park near Champion, MI.
Day 3: Champion up the east side of the Keewanau Peninsula, down the west side of the peninsula, through Ontonagon and down to State Park at Lake Gogebic.
Day 4: Lake Gogebic through Wisconsin (following lakeshore) thru Deluth, cross the boarder to Thunder Bay
Day 5: Thunder Bay to Obatanga Provincial Park
Day 6: Fished for Walleye and Pike at Obatanga
Day 7: Rode from Obatanga thru the Sault, across the Mac and back to Grand Rapids
...and in conclusion...
It was a great experience and a great adventure and I'd do it all over again if I hadn't just already done it. Can't think of a thing I'd have done differently on the trip and I'll be feeding off this experience for a long long time.