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Foolish or Epic ... the motorcycle trip

Melensdad

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We have most of the packing done.

Planning to leave the house tomorrow morning.

Detailed maps are uploaded into my iPhone for navigation for the first 2 weeks of the trip. We will figure some things out along the way.

For the beginning of the trip we plan to alternate between tent camping and staying in local motels. We shift to motels, AirBnB or B&Bs on the north side of Lake Superior and Lake Huron all the way down to Toronto. A lot of paces are booked, including the campgrounds around Lake Superior but we got good spots.

We are taking short riding days, mostly averaging about 225 miles. This allows us time to take side trips to see waterfalls or do tourist stuff along the route.

Not sure when we are coming home. I figure its going to be between 3 and 4 weeks.
 

NorthernRedneck

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If you can get in, neys provincial park near marathon is nice. Make sure you check out the sleeping giant in thunder bay. As well as the falls in kakabeka falls. There's also the Terry fox lookout near the spot where he ended his marathon of hope. Lots of nice scenery along the north shore. Bring extra gas. It takes about 8 hours to travel from thunder bay to sault ste Marie along the north shore with only stopping for gas and food.

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Melensdad

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.. Bring extra gas. It takes about 8 hours to travel from thunder bay to sault ste Marie along the north shore...
We are bringing 2 fuel bladders, 1 for each bike. 6 liters each. Planning to make that last of the ride in 2 legs so we can do tourist stops. Reserved a small room just outside Terrace Bay at a fish camp/motel (north shore).
 

Doc

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Safe travels to you and the lovely Mrs. Bob. The trip sounds so exciting, giving me the itch for a similar road trip. I've always wanted to see thunder bay and sault ste Marie.
 

Melensdad

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Let me know when you come through. We are back August 4rth.

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As it sits we are going north from Duluth on/about July 29/30

Should be leaving the house in about 90 minutes!!!
 

Bamby

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IMHO the only thing foolish would apply to would be weather and there ain't a damn thing anyone can do about that. But sitting alongside the road under a bridge waiting for a downpour to pass and still eating road rash is a pretty humble position you will remember.

My outdoor epic outdoor experiences have been when caught out in the water in a boat a few times. Can be quite a experience.
 

Doc

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IMHO the only thing foolish would apply to would be weather and there ain't a damn thing anyone can do about that. But sitting alongside the road under a bridge waiting for a downpour to pass and still eating road rash is a pretty humble position you will remember.

My outdoor epic outdoor experiences have been when caught out in the water in a boat a few times. Can be quite a experience.

Been there done that. It can be scary for sure. While in the Navy I was in a hurricane while sailing in the bahamas, hurricane changed course and got us good. I've even had experiences on the Ohio river. High winds and driving rain, when you can't see past the nose of your boat and you know barges are out there. You do your best to get to the side of river out of barge paths, but wind blows the boat around so much you are not sure which is the right direction to the river bank. Oh yeah, been there done that.
 

NorthernRedneck

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I agree about getting caught in a storm. Back in my younger days I was riding a nighthawk 450 in shorts(foolish I know) when I got caught in a thunderstorm with large hail. Of course I had nothing to take cover under until I found a fallen over billboard sign in the ditch. I pulled over and took cover under the sign until it passed.

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Melensdad

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Made it to Holland Michigan. Checked into our AirBnB. Will be going to dinner in about an hour, found a local gastro-pub.

Honestly I thought the ride would be more scenic? We used to vacation up in this area in the summers when I was a kid. Fond memories, but apparently I remember it being more scenic.

Wind off Lake Michigan was brutal at times. Hope its not like that the next couple days.

On the bright side we took mostly 2 lane roads the entire way. ZERO interstate highways. Some areas of 4 lane rural highway but mostly going into, through and out of some of the towns.
 

NorthernRedneck

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That's how we routed our rv trip. As few interstates as possible. Comfortable towing speed is around 60 mph. On the interstates average speed is higher. So with everyone else trying to fly by, it makes the camper want to suck around sideways. Not a relaxing trip. I'd rather stick to the 2 lane roads where I can hold the speed limit.

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Melensdad

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Made it to the Betsie River Campground.

Upgraded from the tent to a Tiny Cabin. Someone cancelled their stay and the cabin was open so I decided to upgrade. Wise choice. Crosswind was brutal off the lake all afternoon. It was calm in the morning, we stopped just before noon and ate at a cafe on the beach (roughing it). Had another hour of good riding before the winds picked up and blew us around the roads for 2 or 3 hours.

Tonight is grocery store roasted chicken, some cheap wine, and Diet Vernors soda.

Tomorrow we head to the tip of the mitten and cross over the Mackinac Bridge ... really hoping the wind is calm when we cross the bridge. I don't swim well enough to risk being blown off a bridge and that bridge does have a reputation with riders. Oh, and the worst thing that the lovely Mrs_Bob can imagine is riding in really windy conditions. So add a bridge to her nightmares! On the bright side, its calm now. Hoping its that way tomorrow afternoon.
 

Doc

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I enjoyed the Mighty Mack, course it was windy but I was in a SUV. Beautiful up there. are you staying in that area for a day or so?
 

NorthernRedneck

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I was over that bridge 2 years ago. If I recall the surface is like a grate and not a solid surface. Makes it feel like riding on ice with the bike trying to kick out from under you.

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Melensdad

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We made it across the mighty Mac, longest suspension bridge in the US.

The fear and panic leading up to the bridge was far worse than the travel across. In fact the crossing was easy. Speeds are restricted because of cross winds but we got lucky... the bridge was under construction and down to 1 lane and we had a semi-truck in front of us that was limited to 20mph. Any other road that would be considered hell. On this bridge, swaying in the wind, sitting on top motorcycles, looking down 100 yards to the water, it was heaven to be ‘stuck’ traveling 20mph over the water!

Oh did I mention there was a 10% chance of rain? What odds do you want to put on me finding that rain?
 

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Melensdad

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Did touristy stuff today. Took a boat under the Mackinac bridge then out to the island. Horse carriage rides (2) a good bit of walking/hiking, some eating and totally avoiding buying touristy stuff other than a couple post cards.

Loving our tiny hotel in St Ignace. Older couple owns it, refurbished it, and now it’s fully booked for months into the future. Many others are dilapidated, falling victim to chain motels, yet this niche motel has become a success.

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