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post #1 of 14 Old 09-14-2014, 10:45 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Lake Superior Circle Tour: Any last minute advise, leave Friday

Hey there fellow Stromtroopers. Leaving Friday for a 6-7 day ride around Lake Superior, clockwise route. Leaving from Duluth and plan to get up to or past Sleeping Giant the first night. Planning two or three days riding in Canada, another 3-4 in U.P. with some dirt road riding. Five riders in my group camping every night. I will be finishing packing on Tuesday so looking for last minute advise. My kit is pretty complete which includes a Seal bag sitting across the passenger seat with my sleeping kit inside. All my electronics will be kept with me in the tank bag. Will be dressed for cooler weather. I have read Cannonshot's Circle Tour report on ADV, very informative and comprehensive. I plan to grab gas when available. Plan one meal out per day. Bringing five tents for five guys. My suggestion, I sleep much better. Wearing Aerostich Dariens with heated jacket liner. Also planning to have my phone on "airplane mode" so no data streams. Going to use it as a MP3 player. One guy in the group changed his data plan to include Canada so hopefully that will prove useful. Well there is a little background on my trip. Open to any and all suggestions so let em fly. I will give a riding report when back. Using a waterproof camera as well as a GoPro for some video shots. Bikes in the group: my 12 Vstrom 650, 13 Tenere, 11 KLR 650, 03 KLR 650, and a 88 K75RT. Thanks in advance!

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post #2 of 14 Old 09-15-2014, 05:33 AM
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If you are taking #11... Kekabecka Falls is a pretty place to stop and stretch...big public parking area with washrooms at the falls.... it's about 1 hr west of Thunder Bay... you can also pull off at the entrance to Quetico Park...there is an info booth, parking and toilets there too.. it's about 30min east of Atikokan .... be careful, #11 east from Int. Falls/Ft. Francis to Shebandawan has a ton of moose and bears.... but it is a beautiful drive... when you are coming south from Wawa.. look up Michipicoten (mich-i-pa-cO-ten) Post Provincial park.. beautiful spot! haven't been there in a long time but you should get reasonable camping and there is a waterfalls........If you are going to run the north shore on Rt 61, it is faster but not as pretty as the fun north to International falls...The views of Superior coming down #11 are incredible...stop at the look-off for the Sleeping Giant... the fall colours should be amazing, and hopefully there will be a good show of Northern Lights ! Have fun and be safe!

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Good luck!

Hope you have a good time and that the weather will be nice enough. Sorry I couldn't tag along. You are right to have everyone bring their own tents. Had to share one with a buddy once due to an MIA tent, it WILL NOT happen again. I'd stop buy a cheap one somewhere along the way before that is ever considered again.
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No advice on the route.

From your photo I see I had the same set-up on a recent trip early this summer. I thought all was good except I hadn't actually done a ride with my big dry bag strapped in from of my top case.
Yours looks good. If you haven't done a shake down ride, just make sure your duffle doesn't prevent you from staying at the back part of your seat. Mine did and it was annoying after a while. On my last 8 day trip, I ditched the top case and instead strapped a day pack to the back of my dry bag for shoes, a swim suit and a place to put stuff I'd take off as the day got warmer. It worked well for me.

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Thanks for the responses Millwright98, wingnut11 and sbeadg. I would love to explore west of Thunderbay on the bike. I have been to Ft Williams and Kakabeka falls by car. Hoping to camp in some of the Provincial parks along the way especially over by Wawa. Wingnut11, my last few years camping, other than with my spouse, have been a series of restless nights. I appreciate the feedback on single tents. Not everyone on the trip agrees (worried about available space) but I hate riding tired. sbeadg, I took a 70 mile ride with this configuration to find issue but overall found the riding position very comfortable. Able to lean back against the bag on the back seat with my feet either down or on the hwy pegs. Would never be possible without the bar risers. Hoping to finish packing today and tidying up loose ends. Little worried about the weather early on in the trip. Looks like a few days of heavy rain and high winds until Sunday when things settle down. A topic of discussion for the group for sure. I hope to hit the currency exchange going in. Hoping $200-300 will be enough cash in Canadian currency to last three days. I remember many places will not take U.S. currency. Hoping to use my card for gas and food. Keep the advise coming as I will be monitoring this thread for the next few days. Will post when I return some details of the trip.

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You'll have no trouble with using your cards.... doing the exchange on cash during a trip as always a PITA ... easier to do it at the border... Have a great and safe trip !! I've done the drive many times, but it's been 20yrs since I was up there on a bike...very jealous !

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Isn't that route awfully flat?

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Did I hear snow up there over the next few days?

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Did I hear snow up there over the next few days?

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Wow, didn't hear that. I guess the night temperatures will be cold enough to produce snow so very possible. I have not seen any in the forecast other than heavy rains Friday til Sunday with wind gusts of 25mph. Thanks for the heads up, will continue to monitor. BTW if everything falls through and the trip seems to be an exercise in endurance we have an alternate route planned down the Mississippi valley. We will see what happens in the next few days. This will be my second attempt to make this trip. Trying to stay positive.

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I really enjoy the ride around Lake Superior, lots of great views. Tim Hortons coffee shops and MacDonalds all have free wifi. Plenty of fuel along the route for our bikes. Lots of nice camping (and also some downhill skiing ) just north of Sault Ste Marie. A great Provincial campground for example at Pancake Bay.
http://www.ontarioparks.com/park/pancakebay

Really don't expect much snow this time of year although there was some in the area a week or so back, melted quickly..maybe frost at night is expected. You really don't want to be on the roads at night anyway on account of the wildlife.

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