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  • #62698

    Glenfiddich
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    Not sure, but part of the travel experience is trying the local fare. Rumor has it there are some pretty good breweries around Lake Superior!

    I’ve always been one of the rabbits, taking a fast and direct route to wherever I’m going. But this year I’m going to try the tortoise. Well, a bit of it anyway.

    Day 1: Cross Lake Champlain, thru the Adirondacks to the St Lawrence. Cross into Ontario at Ogdensburg. Check out Perth and stop for the night.
    Day 2: Thru Algonquin Provincial Park to Huntsville, then to North Bay to stay with some friends.
    Day 3: Straight shot on 17 to Sault Ste Marie, then up to Lake Superior Provincial Park. Campsite reserved on the shore at Agawa Bay
    Day 4: Continue on 17, catching the sights along the way. Camping somewhere between Marathon ON and Grand Marais MN
    Day 5: Down 61 to Duluth, then east toward the UP
    Days 6-8: Apostle Islands, Copper Harbor, L’Anse, Marquette, Munising, Deer Park, Paradise and on to the rally. No real set plan. Just exploring and having fun.
    A day or two at the rally, then on to southern WI to be with friends for Independence Day.

    After that I’m not sure. I had planned on crossing northern IL and IN to Ohio, then across northern PA before cutting north to the Finger Lakes, then east thru the Adirondacks and home. But every rider who lives in the northern parts of IL and IN I’ve spoken with tells me to go a couple hundred miles south, or to cross back into Ontario and go home that way. That’s not leaving me feeling very good about the return trip and I might just take their advice and head north again.

    What are your plans?

    Pete

    #62700

    Merlin III
    Participant

    Pete,
    Unlike you, I am a little weak in the planning department. I have only had my 2001 1150GS for 8 or so months. My longest ride so far has been 4 days in duration. I had planned to ride out west on a somewhat similar route to yours. Just recently I have been thinking of attending the Wisconsin rally. Then continuing west for a while and then heading back east for the BMWMOA rally. I am very flexible.
    Phil

    #62702

    STOKES PETER
    Participant

    Glenfidich,
    I will be leaving from Cleveland heading north to the Mackinac area staying with a friend, leaving here on Saturday the 25th. Leaving his place on Monday 27th and was considering a Provincial campground on the east end of Superior for Monday night. I noticed that you said you have a reservation. Will the campgrounds be that busy to have one?

    But I plan to end up in Duluth on Wednesday. Maybe stay near there, then on Thursday head to the RA. I will be riding a 2004 Red 1150RT. Maybe we will cross paths.

    #62703

    Glenfiddich
    Participant

    [QUOTE=drsales »]Glenfidich,
    I will be leaving from Cleveland heading north to the Mackinac area staying with a friend, leaving here on Saturday the 25th. Leaving his place on Monday 27th and was considering a Provincial campground on the east end of Superior for Monday night. I noticed that you said you have a reservation. Will the campgrounds be that busy to have one?

    But I plan to end up in Duluth on Wednesday. Maybe stay near there, then on Thursday head to the RA. I will be riding a 2004 Red 1150RT. Maybe we will cross paths.[/QUOTE]

    I don’t think campgrounds will be that crowded the week before the Canada Day weekend, especially at the dry parks, but I wanted one on the lake with a tad of privacy. Barley was introduced to beer at the RA Rally last year by some well-meaning soul, and now recognizes the sound of a bottle cap being removed from a considerable distance. He also developed a hankering for wurst and schnitzel after the last rally, staples he seems to believe every camper carries on their person.

    #62704

    STOKES PETER
    Participant

    For a minute I thought you were talking about me!

    BTW my name is also Pete.

    #62706

    Glenfiddich
    Participant

    [QUOTE=Merlin III »]Pete,
    Unlike you, I am a little weak in the planning department. I have only had my 2001 1150GS for 8 or so months. My longest ride so far has been 4 days in duration. I had planned to ride out west on a somewhat similar route to yours. Just recently I have been thinking of attending the Wisconsin rally. Then continuing west for a while and then heading back east for the BMWMOA rally. I am very flexible.
    Phil[/QUOTE]

    Phil – Traveling with a dog greatly reduces my flexibility, so I plan a lot more on sidecar journeys with Barley than I do on solo trips on the two wheeler. No matter how well-behaved a dog is, many campgrounds and motels will not accept them. As a result I do a lot of research up front, finding dog-friendly resources along my route. Their availability often dictates the route I take.

    Pete – My regular riding partner’s name is also Pete. If we manage to connect on this trip we could have some fun with that!

    Got a Zumo 660 to replace the failing 450 I used for years. When it started rebooting itself and spontaneously routing me to South Carolina I thought it might not be the most reliable navigation aid. I’ll install that this weekend as well as my extra fuel can.

    Really looking forward to this trip! 28 days till departure now!

    Pete

    #62707

    ALEXANDER ROBERT
    Participant

    In case my article doesn’t make the OTL in time for your plans, those deciding to come over the Top of Lake Superior might want to consider the following attractions:

    The Canada Route
    It is about 800 miles from Sault Ste Marie, Ontario to Duluth, Minnesota over the top of Lake Superior. If you do decide to make a trip over to Canada, the Canadian Bush Plane Museum on the east end of the “Canadian Soo” is an interesting place.
    From the “Soo” you’ll pick-up Trans-Canada Highway 17 west which follows the eastern shore of Lake Superior to Wawa. Before you arrive at Wawa you can visit the Lake Superior Provincial Park and see the Agawa Rock Pictographs. It’s a half-mile walk to the site and it is not accessible if the waters of Lake Superior are rough. This route also has many impressive waterfalls that can be viewed from the highway. From Wawa continue west toward Thunder Bay, Ontario which will follow the north shore of Lake Superior at times. About 50 miles north of Thunder Bay is Ouimet Canyon. It’s a short drive and worth the visit. [url]www.ontarioparks.com/english/ouim.html[/url]

    Just south of the canyon is a turnoff (#587) for the Sleeping Giant Park. I’ve never been there, but will the next time around the lake. [url]www.ontarioparks.com/english/slee.html[/url]

    From Thunder Bay you’ll pick-up highway 61 for a 3 hour ride along Minnesota’s famous north shore to Duluth. Checkout the waterfalls and lighthouses along this section and consider a stop at Split Rock Lighthouse south of Silver Bay. A famous eatery along this route is Betty’s Pies. [url]www.bettyspies.com[/url] If you’re tired of the shoreline, highway 1 to Ely and back to Duluth via the Iron Mining district (Highways 169, 135, & 53) is a good alternative that will add a few miles. Bob Dylan was from Hibbing so you can check out the museums there.
    After your stop at AeroStich in Duluth, you can follow the route to the rally explained earlier above.

    BHob Alexander

    #62710

    Merlin III
    Participant

    I was out riding continuously today for six plus hours and I am beat. I am probably more in Barley’s league in terms of my endurance as well as my penchant for micro-brews.

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