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Cannonshot 06-10-2012 08:03 PM

A Cannon(ada)Ride Around Lake Superior
 
Like many others, I had done the circle tour around Lake Superior in the past. Each time I found that there were places on or near the circle route that I wanted to check out instead of just riding the standard path. Each time I told myself that I would dig a little deeper and spend a little more time enjoying the area the next time I rode it.

Well . . . this time is finally that "next time". I just spent 8 1/2 days checking things out while circling the lake. The result is that I had a wonderful ride and that I was able to look into a lot of history and visit interesting and scenic places. The scenery around Lake Superior is spectacular but I don't think that many photographs can capture the true splendor.

As usual, I will share photos, stories, and background information that will help someone else plan their own ride around the lake and perhaps make it a little richer as well.

As usual, I will be posting a comprehensive GPS file to share.

Hope you enjoy the ride, and for those that have done it before, I hope it brings back some pleasant memories!

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GPX can be downloaded here.

Merlin III 06-10-2012 08:38 PM

I did something similar last year, but was very lax with the documentation. I am looking forward to reading about your trip. I believe I remember some of the scenery you have posted so far. Thanks for taking the time and effort to post it.

ROAD DAMAGE 06-10-2012 08:51 PM

Well Now
 
Hey Cannonshot,

I was just thinking about you last week, and how much I enjoyed your Big Bend Ride Report! I had wondered what you would delve into next. Now I know!

As always, thanks for the all the voo doo that you do! :clap

Looking forward to the rest.

Road Damage .............. Rob

N-Id-Jim 06-10-2012 09:09 PM

Can't wait to ride along on this trip!

JayElDee 06-10-2012 09:12 PM

I am looking forward to this. I have had this ride on the back burner for a couple of years. Your preamble hit home...I know what you mean.

John

Klay 06-10-2012 09:19 PM

Hooked on the opening pictures. :lurk

Monty_Burns 06-10-2012 10:30 PM

:lurk

Looks like another good report is on its way!

Lifes2short 06-10-2012 10:38 PM

Awesome! Wife and I were contemplating doing Superior in a couple weeks. But because we're doing the Cabot Trail in July, we've opted on hiking for a few days in June instead. Looking forward to pics and reading your report, should fill the void till I get out there myself. :D

bigdon 06-11-2012 06:00 AM

I'm N ! :freaky

freeflow 06-11-2012 06:07 AM

page 1...:lurk

Utah Bones 06-11-2012 06:46 AM

:lurk.......

Cannonshot 06-11-2012 07:47 AM

Poplar to Superior
 
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I began this loop in the tiny town of Poplar, WI. Poplar is noted as the hometown for Major Richard Bong - "America's Ace of Aces". I'm often amazed at some of the remarkable people some of these rural areas have produced.
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Bong was one of nine children of immigrant parents (Sweden) that lived on a farm nearby. He wanted to be a teacher but with the war on he ended up as a P-38 pilot.
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He had a rough start as a pilot. He had been grounded for flying stunts in the San Francisco area and his unit went to England without him. Eventually he was sent to the Pacific theater with another unit. On his first mission he shot down two enemy planes. He eventually shot down a total of 40 enemy aircraft. Although he was a gunnery instructor, he was a lousy shot so he flew in very close to ensure a kill. He was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. Bong was killed in 1945 while flying a P-80 Shooting Star as a test pilot (primary fuel pump failure). There is a museum in Superior that has a restored P-38 Lightning like the one Bong used to fly.
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A worthwhile stop is Amnicon Falls State Park.
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Now and Then falls.
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Easy access to the falls.
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That water was really surging.
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Very nice park. Worth a visit.
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It is hard to imagine that a hundred years ago that the area wasn't very developed. As people settled the area, services that people needed had to be developed. A Finnish immigrant and homesteader built this windmill out of local materials to grind grain. He operated the mill from 1904 through 1926. Interesting to stand there and look at the construction.
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I visited the site of a burial ground for a local band of indians. This spot on Wisconsin Point had been used for hundreds of years by the Chippewas.
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This map shows the shape of the Superior-Duluth harbor. It shows the longest freshwater sandbar in the world that limits access to and protects the harbor.
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This entrance has been improved from its natural state and is now maintained by the Corps of Engineers to a depth of 32 feet to accommodate the large ore ships. A second harbor entrance has been dredged out on the Minnesota side as well.
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The pick-up truck has a conservation warden in it keeping an eye on the fishermen nearby.
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Looking across the bay to Duluth, MN.
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Some Lake Superior info.
-largest body of freshwater in the world.
-mean temperature of 39 degrees.
-601 feet above sea level.
-360 miles long, 160 miles wide.
-average depth 483 feet, max depth 1332 feet.
-large enough to contain all the other Great Lakes and then some.
-holds enough water to cover the surface of North and South America with a foot of water.
-surface area of 31,700 miles (larger than South Carolina).
-2,276 mile shoreline.
-fed by 200 rivers.
-takes 191 years to flush out (versus Lake Erie that flushes in 2.6 years)
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Cannonshot 06-11-2012 08:02 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Merlin III (Post 18882932)
I did something similar last year, but was very lax with the documentation. I am looking forward to reading about your trip. I believe I remember some of the scenery you have posted so far. Thanks for taking the time and effort to post it.

Thanks for joining in! I hope that some of the pictures bring back pleasant memories of your own trip.

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Originally Posted by ROAD DAMAGE (Post 18883004)
Hey Cannonshot,

I was just thinking about you last week, and how much I enjoyed your Big Bend Ride Report! I had wondered what you would delve into next. Now I know!

As always, thanks for the all the voo doo that you do! :clap

Looking forward to the rest.

Road Damage .............. Rob

Thanks Rob! Glad you liked the Big Bend report and I hope you find this one interesting as well. Less desert on this ride though . . . :D

Quote:

Originally Posted by N-Id-Jim (Post 18883093)
Can't wait to ride along on this trip!

Thanks for tuning in Jim! Hope you enjoy the ride.

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Originally Posted by JayElDee (Post 18883110)
I am looking forward to this. I have had this ride on the back burner for a couple of years. Your preamble hit home...I know what you mean.

John

John, I hope you find some information here that proves helpful in planning your own trip. Thanks for tuning in!
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Originally Posted by Klay (Post 18883145)
Hooked on the opening pictures. :lurk

Hi Klay! I found a lot of interesting stuff to check out along the way.
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Originally Posted by Monty_Burns (Post 18883424)
:lurk
Looks like another good report is on its way!

Thanks for joining in Monty! Hope you enjoy it.

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Originally Posted by L84TOFF (Post 18883453)
Awesome! Wife and I were contemplating doing Superior in a couple weeks. But because we're doing the Cabot Trail in July, we've opted on hiking for a few days in June instead. Looking forward to pics and reading your report, should fill the void till I get out there myself. :D

Thanks for tuning in and I hope you find the report useful for your own future trip and entertaining!

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Originally Posted by bigdon (Post 18884635)
I'm N ! :freaky

Hi Don. Thanks for riding along!
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Originally Posted by freeflow (Post 18884683)
page 1...:lurk

Hi Jeffrey! Hope this brings back some pleasant memories of your own loops.
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Originally Posted by Mountain Hobo (Post 18884910)
:lurk.......

Thanks for tuning in!

straightenarrow 06-11-2012 08:12 AM

Very excellent reports of yours! New to the site and your reports are top notch. I am going to take a two week trip end of this summer... and this was on my short list!

Best!

GP640 06-11-2012 08:27 AM

Looks like you got the complimentary O.P.P shake down like we did last summer.

The top of Superior is the reason we take the Trans Canada instead of ducking down
through the U.S. when we travel to Southern Ontario. Possibly one of the most scenic
roads in Canada.


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