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Old 10-27-2010, 05:54 PM   #121
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Old 10-28-2010, 05:02 AM   #122
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Hancock to Central - Part II



Mohawk was once a booming mining town. Not much left now. This was a company house for workers back in the day.


They get a lot of snow on this peninsula.








You can visit this blacksmith shop along side the road.




Some old structures are still around.


This church was originally built down the road at the Cliff Mine in 1858. After that mine played out, the church was dismantled and moved here in 1899.


There used to be a school next door.


The site of the Central Mine has some interesting exhibits.


It is worth it to tour through this miner's house with period furnishings.




Lots of mine shafts around. Best to stay clear.


Mine captain's house. Usually his was very near the main shaft.


Remains of what was the power house for raising and lowering the cable in the mine shaft.


Nicely rstored company house now under private ownership.
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:07 AM   #123
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Old 10-28-2010, 06:35 AM   #124
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Keweenaw. Ya!

I'm captivated by your report, especially this part about the Keweenaw. I absolutely love it up there. My folks used to own one of the old mining homes on Cliff Drive in Mohawk and we still have a cabin on Lake Superior twelve miles south of Copper Harbor. Just put it to sleep for the winter
I plan on spending some time up there next year exploring the seasonal roads on my DS. Thanks so much for the great journal!
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Old 10-28-2010, 11:38 AM   #125
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You're pretty snappy with that camera, but only one of the beach babe? Tsk, tsk.
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Old 10-28-2010, 07:01 PM   #126
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Central to Copper Harbor - Part I





Heading south of US 41 toward Lac La Belle.






Lac LaBelle


Primary route out of LaBelle.




The primary route is steep and fun.


Big bikes can take the alternate.












Bad bridge. Has a hole in it.




When they were logging the peninsula, they missed some old growth pines. Now they are in a refuge.






Fun trail.




This is a nice loop south of Mandan Road. Fish Cove road I believe.






Bad bridge. Has the potential to get you. Be careful.


Nice lake along the path.


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Old 10-29-2010, 04:23 AM   #127
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I'm captivated by your report, especially this part about the Keweenaw. I absolutely love it up there. My folks used to own one of the old mining homes on Cliff Drive in Mohawk and we still have a cabin on Lake Superior twelve miles south of Copper Harbor. Just put it to sleep for the winter
I plan on spending some time up there next year exploring the seasonal roads on my DS. Thanks so much for the great journal!
I have a lot of dual sport GPS tracks on the peninsula. I'm sure I'll be hosting a ride out there or at least sharing some tracks. Maybe you'll be able to join us or ride the tracks on your own. Like you say, the Keweenaw is a great place to visit. Very scenic with lots of history.

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You're pretty snappy with that camera, but only one of the beach babe? Tsk, tsk.
Hi Steve! Hope things are going well down your way.

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Old 10-29-2010, 04:47 AM   #128
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Central to Copper Harbor - Part II



Mandan Road


In 1989, a Coast Guard ship was picking up a buoy that had been marking a hazard just off the tip. While securing the buoy to the deck, the ship drifted onto the hazard that the buoy was marking, hit some rocks, and sank.


The officer that was supervising the operation didn't have enough references on the shore and she did not detect that the boat was drifting. The boat couldn't be salvaged so they towed it to deeper water and it is now a popular scuba diving site.


You can ride right out to the easternmost tip of the Keweenaw. There is a spot where you can camp at High Rock Bay.




In 1913 the Waldo was navigating the lake when it got caught in a storm. A huge wave ripped the pilot house off the 451 foot ship nearly taking the Captain overboard as well. Another wave took out the crews quarters and 22 men and two women managed to escape to another part of the ship. The Captain, who was trying to navigate with a lifeboat compass and an oil lamp, tried to thread the needle by passing between the tip and Manitou Island. He smacked into Gull Rock and the ship split in half. They stayed alive for three days out there burning anything from the wreckage they could. Finally two lifesaving crews found them and rescued them.




There is a lighthouse on Gull Rock now.




The rocket range is a beautiful spot at the tip of the peninsula.









Some experiments involved launching rockets of buoys.


Heading toward Copper Harbor from the tip.






The start of US 41 which traverses the country north to south.




Lighthouse at Copper Harbor.


Fort Wilkins was put in here during the mining days to protect settlers. Not much happened that required the Army so it was eventually abandoned and is now an exhibit at a state park.


Well it is about time we started registering bears. Next time one knocks off a bird feeder maybe someone can get a plate number so the warden can pull the bear over and deal with it.
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Old 10-29-2010, 06:33 AM   #129
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Lovin your ride report, history lessons and awesome pictures.
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:16 AM   #130
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Hey Cannonshot, I'm really enjoying your report. Educational and artistic, as usual. I vaguely remember a trip to the Keweenaw a couple of years ago - it's a little foggy cuz my brain was froze.

As much as I enjoy exploring new places with the little bit of free time that I have, Michigan is a place that keeps me coming back. So with any luck we will cross paths again soon. Fair warning and all.

Has the Michigan Dept of Tourism sent you your award yet?
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:19 AM   #131
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In 1989, a Coast Guard ship was picking up a buoy that had been marking a hazard just off the tip. While securing the buoy to the deck, the ship drifted onto the hazard that the buoy was marking, hit some rocks, and sank.


Perhaps the buoy was still needed there?
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Old 10-29-2010, 07:58 AM   #132
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Hey Cannnon, I shared you report with a friend and he was wondering if his mid-size pickup(Chevy Colorado) would fit down those trails in the UP?




BTW, excellent report!
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:29 AM   #133
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I should have never gotten ride of my DRZ. It would have been a blast to take it to the UP.

Thanks for all your details! Also all the other routes that you have posted throughout the area.
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Old 10-29-2010, 09:59 AM   #134
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Once again, a great ride and history lesson too! One day I have got to get a DRZ or some such DS capable bike...
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Old 10-29-2010, 02:03 PM   #135
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Wolves, moose, bears, ships, logging, mining, history, tourist stops, and extended dual sport riding.

This report is about a dual sport ride that I am sharing that covers much of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It loops the UP and covers a distance of between 1200 and 1300 miles (options). It is intended for small/medium dual sports but has go-arounds that allow riders on large dual sports to enjoy the ride while avoiding segments that exclude many big bikes (excessive sand, single track, etc).



Some of you know that I host 1100 mile dual sport rides in the UP each year. Usually there is more interest in joining in than the legal limit of 19 riders allows. Even so, not everyone would enjoy the long days and hard riding of the CannonTreks. To allow more people to enjoy a CannonTrek-like ride, I am sharing a GPS file and describing the paths in this report so that people can enjoy a UP ride on their own or in small groups.
Hey Cannonshot,

GREAT Report and Fantastic Photos!! I was born and raised in MI, lived there for over 40 years.. I Lived in the UP for a few years in the 60's (I was not riding then) so am familiar with some of the landmarks!!

I just subscribed and am gonna go through complete from the beginning, thanks for sharing!!

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