cavebiker – Just a Ride Report /w Pics

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by cavebiker, Aug 26, 2012.

  1. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    The dirt road running from Rapid City to Sturgis. My friend Don and Stef handle the dirt no problem.

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    This is better then riding the freeway any day

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    It looks like an RV convention.

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    Oh, its the Buffalo Chip. Who knows, I may be camping here tonight.

    Sorry, but this thread is about to go into the trash. But hang on, it won’t last long.

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    But first I gotta show Don and Stef this little bar I’ve been telling them about, its hard to miss.

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    I knew this but the arrow must mean this is the way to go, OK!

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    Right away, another biker wants to take my photo. OK

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    Then she rides off. Say what!

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    The newly weds, what a fun couple, and Don is into bikes big time, he has a couple Italian motorcycles that he loves “but not for two-up” he says. Smart man.

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    I’ve been here several times in the past and I always park here, in front of AngieLand.

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    Angie says “Hi! How ya doing?, Its been a while”

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    Its nice to see old friends. A photo of Angie is one of my all time top photos on smugmug.

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    I know some people hate Sturgis but I have no problem with it. I’ve been here less then an hour and I’ve already meet new friends. But I still wish cavegirl was with me :grin

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    But I’m here for the bikes, enough goofing around. You can look for days and not see ten percent of the cool bikes here. Sturgis rocks, that is if you can look past the Sturgis ‘whatever crap’ and focus on what it is all about, the Largest Motorcycle Rally in the World, here in our back yards. Its almost like I have to go to pay homage to my roots. It just feels right.

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    The ugliest bike I’ve ever seen. Built with Lagos?
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  2. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Don and Stef acquired a loose shift lever in route to Sturgis, and yes, they rode from Barron Wisconsin. Don has always owned a couple motorcycles or three and is constantly looking at the next ride, a real biker and definitely enthusiastic about the sport. Anyway, their bike is being worked on by a busy staff of mechanics at the Full Throttle Saloon, their told it could be hours and it will cost $800. Ouch, my shift lever problem in the Dominican Republic cost me 300 pesos (~$25US), and that included three separate tips. Oh well, it’s an old Harley Davidson and its Sturgis Week, it ain’t gonna be cheap.

    Don and Stef are good-to-go as they enjoy their honeymoon riding Sturgis but I have a schedule to keep and need to keep moving, this ride is far from over.

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    A quick tour of Main Street is a must. If ya don’t do Main Street, ya didn’t do the rally. (Cheesy grin)

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    Nothing but bikes, what is not to like!

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    And people.

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    This couple looks familiar, humm…

    Next stop, the international border with Canada in northern Minnesota, Rainey Lake.
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  3. Rapid_Roy

    Rapid_Roy I'm tired.

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    Hipster is a troublemaker. Every time I see him, I get drunk.
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    Very nice report, enjoying it.
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  4. EricD10563

    EricD10563 Been here awhile

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    Great RR thanks for sharing , looking forward to the next installment.
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  5. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Hey Rapid_Roy, Yeah Hipster is known to drive people to do that for sure. Its happened to me to.

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    I saw Hipsters old girlfriend at the Full Throttle. It looks like she has definitely moved on. No wonder Hipster won’t ride to Sturgis with me anymore.
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  6. AteamNM

    AteamNM Wonna Be ADVrider

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    FFFFKKK, I'm in. Love the Frankenbike.
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  7. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    That's the gal that broke his hips! He was telling me about her, kinda feel sorry for him.:evil


    Great ride report Tom! Good to see you on the road again :clap
    I took a trip out there earlier this year, saw some of the same terrain as you, its amazing and I can't wait to get back!
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=792581
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  8. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    I’m out of here, Sturgis 2012’ short and sweet, win-win.

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    Hwy 34 east from Sturgis

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    After Pierre I skirt along the Missouri River again looking for a public use area along the river. I know I’m going to ride until the last light, it makes the need to find a camp more urgent and to me, more fun. What is wrong with me!

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    Super timing

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    It would be hard to pick a better campsite if I had all day to look.

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    Primitive camping at its best
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  9. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    The ride through South Dakota and back into Minnesota is enjoyable as always, especially by riding a new route. I’m looking for areas I haven’t ridden through before and interesting landscape. I googles ‘Minnesota topo map’ and saw an area that could be interesting in northeastern Minnesota, the Superior National Forest, so that’s where I’m shooting for, the long way to Rainy Lake border.

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    I’m glad I started back yesterday otherwise I would have to miss the Superior National Forest to make a rendezvous I have with Heidi. I still have to hard ride today so its only rest when needed, and just long enough to suck down some liquids and munch down some road food. That’s the way I like to ride anyway.

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    Blasting through western Minnesota toward Duluth.
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  10. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Super, I reach Duluth by 6:00PM, still enough time to get further north and make into the Superior National Forest, where I know there has to be free camping all over that can be used for a quick overnight.
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    Duluth Minnesota starts the beautiful north shore drive along Lake Superior. Less than twenty miles up the north shore my route takes me due north into the Superior National Forest.

    This area is new to me but it feels very familiar, public forest and public forest roads. I see dozens of fire-lanes and logging roads with large boulders placed at their entrance. I’m sure they are for deterring ATV use, which is highly regulated n Minnesota. Although these trails are perfect for adventure motorcyclists looking for protected camp spots, the boulders would have to be moved for anything with four-wheels to get through.

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    I like the way this sign reads “Road may be impassable Travel at your own risk” I check out several trails looking for a perfect isolated and protected spot. This is a great area for adventure dual-sport motorcycle riding.

    After sunset, I go into the mode ‘look hard for a camp site’. I ride down a few rough dirt roads pulling over to stop and look for any flat area to set a tent. The key for me is to feel confident that no one will ever see me or discover me if I stay just the night. I find a couple of sites that would have been fine but decide to ride further. I mark in my head what the odometer reads so if I can’t find anything up the road, I can always return to exactly this place, in the dark if necessary. I do this for every acceptable spot when its this late in the day.
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    The next dirt road I try has a small sign with a name on it ‘White Lake’. A quarter mile down is a little sigh showing a tent symbol. The trail ends at a small lake and four sweet campsites right on the foot lake. What a score, no one here but me.
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    Witnessing the transformation of twilight over a lake is always a good way to end the day.

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  11. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Packing up the next morning, I cannot help but notice the torn stitching on my new saddlebags. This will need attention soon.

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    A forty mile detour right in the heart of the northern Minnesota boonies, all good.

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    Any water spot with a secluded place to park is worth a stop in my book.

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    This is Iron Range country, fabulous northern sticks riding.

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    After studying the map, I knew this road may be good.

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    I ride north through Ely Minnesota, the doorway to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, commonly known in these parts as BWCA, one of the wildest wilderness areas in the United States.

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    I’m close to the International Border with Canada now where Heidi and four of our good friends and neighbors will be.

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    All Right! let the party begin.

    It got noting but raunchy after this shot so that’s the only photo I will show. We are so lucky to have such fun friends.

    We have a pontoon for the next three days for exploring, swimming and fishing this huge lake on the International Border, Rainey Lake, nothing but fun.

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    The weather is ideal for the ride home.

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    A stop in at my favorite bugger joint, listed in Americas top 150 burger joints, the Anchor Bar and Grill, Superior Wisconsin.

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    The End:

    I hope you enjoyed this little ride report. I think it proved that you don’t need a ton of free time to do a good adventure ride. And it proves that I’m not that different after all, because who wouldn’t like this type of a motorcycle ride. ??
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  12. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard I have no soul

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    As a rider whose adventures tend to be 3 days at a time I really dig RR's like this. Thanks for taking us along. :freaky
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  13. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    Awesome! :lurk I blasted through the report, kind of like you did miles--with nary a break. :freaky
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  14. Rapid_Roy

    Rapid_Roy I'm tired.

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    Very nice , and I assume you meant burger joint, rather than bugger joint.:lol3
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  15. Paddygfw

    Paddygfw Adventurer

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    I hope you enjoyed this little ride report. I think it proved that you don’t need a ton of free time to do a good adventure ride. And it proves that I’m not that different after all, because who wouldn’t like this type of a motorcycle ride. ??


    Thanks..you have a way of writing that we look forward to the next report.:clap:clap Now my brother in law is hooked too:lol3
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  16. Hipster

    Hipster Long timer

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    This girlfriend is a step up from the one in the Dominican Republic that helped me fix my flat tire :lol3

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  17. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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    Cavebiker,

    This was one great unique ride report. Your primitive style of camping takes a person with lots of baaaa, ah nerve! Sad to say, I don't think I could handle much of that and sleep would probably come pretty slow, if at all. Thanks for taking us on a true adventure with great photos as a bonus.

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    Grampa’s Lake Superior Ride
    Grampa’s National Monument Ride
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  18. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    For sure, my type of camping is not for everyone. I'm not sure what its all about, I just dig it. Thanks Oldone
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  19. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Yeah Tommy but the woman in the DR was a big time biker. And I know you maybe would have never left the island if she wasn't already married with a daughter. She was so nice and I could not believe how hard she worked on changing your tire. [​IMG]
    That experience was worth thousands, can you believe it!
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  20. cavebiker

    cavebiker Old School Adventurer

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    Thanks amigo and thanks all of you for the replies. Forsure, it also makes me look forward to doing the next ride more, there is no denying that, and I got no problem with that.
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