Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Duluth, Minnesota
Well, rode in last night from our "circle tour" that changed dramatically the night before we left. Some of the riders wanted to back out if we circled the lake due to inclimate weather so we scrubbed it and went plan B. Rode out of Superior Wi south on Wi 35 down the Mississippi valley down to Prairie du Chien where we turned N.E. up HWY 60. Our first night was spent in Maiden Rock next to the Miss. Nice campsite and cheap, probably for a reason. A train goes by 100yds away every 20 minutes. I would not advise sleeping there unless your immune to sonic sleep interruptions. The roads down there are very nice with a relaxed pace of riding. HWY 60 up to Madison I think was better. Second night Camped outside of Dodgeville, followed by breakfast at Monty's Blue Plate in Madison. Great place and crowded for a reason. On Sunday we wanted to make Greenbay to watch the Packer game at Lambeau field but some struggled with the high winds on the highway so the pace was slow. Quick pics and a walk around then off to Escanaba Mi up hwy 41 to 35. As we approached Escanaba there were snow flakes in the air. We were running late, pulled in to the bayfront cold and decided on a night in a hotel with a hot tub warm up. Monday we made Copper Harbor but the road out of Escanaba make sure you stay on hwy 35. The stretch north of Gwinn was the best of the whole trip. Tight twisty turns with brand new tarmac. The pace up near Copper harbor was leisure and the colors from Marquette to L' Anse were spectacular. As MNrider noted we camped at the missle site at the end of a pot holed dirt road. Best camp site of the trip (note my tent 3 ft from the waters edge). I was pushing hard down this road and nearly tore off my bash plate. The rivets broke and there is an lemon sized dent in the bottom where I nearly stopped the bike on a rock. Fun little road. Be sure to hit the Brockway Mountain drive and you'll be rewarded with the best views in the area. On our way to Ontonagon we stopped in Calumet for lunch. Don't miss the Red Jacket Brewing Co. Excellent food and a step back to the golden era of mining with murals as well as Tiffany lights adorning the ceiling. Our last night we stayed in Ontonagon at the municipal campground right on the beach. Great sunset and after dark we were graced with spectacular views of the northern lights. A fitting end to our last night in camp.
Part of me wishes we would have held out for the circle tour of the lake but the dose of cold weather in Escanaba re-affirmed our decision to go south first and not ride for three days in rain and 30 degree temps. Here are a couple of pics from the trip. I did shoot some GoPro footage as well but have not edited down to the highlights yet. Thank you to all who contributed to making this trip fun and rewarding. BTW I highly recommend having a good headset to listen to music while riding. Put me in a very meditative state and cooked the miles away.
Lunch at the Nickel Bar on the Miss:
My version of knee dragging through the corners:
Monty's Blue Plate Diner in Madison:
Beach camp near Copper Harbor:
RedJacket Brewing Co:
Keep Calm, Fly-fish
L2 Glee White- birthday 17 JAN 13
Farkles last to first: MFW Hwy pegs, Russell Daylong, Givi 3D604 tank bag, Motech Pegs, Madstad bracket&adv windshield, Tuono mirrors, Uclear HBC200 headset, E45 topcase, Cree driving lights w/Motech brackets,14T Sprocket, bar riser, E21 panniers, Stich heated grips/outlet, EB PC8, RR Fork Brace, Kouba link, Barkbusters, SW-Motech Centerstand/Skidplate/Crash Bars.