This was done three years ago but might still have some interest for those who might be considering doing a ride like this. We really enjoyed it and want to go back to see what we missed. Please let me know if any of you had a chance to ride in any of these areas and if so, what I should see the next time? Thanks..... Please Note: Dave in this report was injured badly in a motorcycle accident in August of 2014 and is paralyzed from the waist down. Please pray for him while he hopes to re-gain use of his legs again. Thank you. Notice his current (Feb. 15, 2015) "Lokomat" therapy... Here...After six months since the accident he's just now feeling "some slight sensations" in various areas. He still has his Burgman 650 that he rode here in this ride report. Lake Superior Ride.......1,954 miles for me..... 2,115 for Dave...... six days...... June 12-18, 2011 At first I wasn't going to do this since there's so many great RR's already on here. After a few weeks went by though, I decided to try to do better then first one although I'll have to ask you to over-look some of my "un-good" parts! Thanks for reading.....Soooo, as our grand-daughter used to say, "Yet's take a wook".... My first ride report was around AZ, to some National Monuments.....Grampa's National Monument Ride. Day 1......Our Lake Superior Ride started out in Wisconsin so Dave met me in the Ashland area. Dave is a teacher from the Chicago area that I met up with on the Internet a couple of years ago. We did a one day ride along the Mississippi river last summer for a warm-up to this ride. (His wife rode with him on that ride.) Actually, we had no plans for another ride but we just started emailing about it and eventually we decided to give it a try. Here he’s made it to the WI. border. As it turned out, he was a great guy to ride with and we had a great time. We started out in Odanah, WI. where we stayed the first night and went clockwise to Thunder Bay, Ont. where we stayed the 2nd night, Then on to Wawa, where we spent the 3rd night outside of town a few miles in a great family motel that was fixed up really nice, called the Northern Lights Motel. Then on to Munising, MI. for our 4th night and then to Hancock, MI. for the last night. Dave went south back towards the Chicago area on the last day and I went back through Duluth and west from there to get back home to Park Rapids, MN. The fog was terrible going over the bridge in Duluth and following a semi-truck was my only chance of seeing a thing. The only things I could see were just his tail-lights! I couldn't even see the side of the road so that I could pull over and stop, it was that bad! :eek1 Click on icon in upper left corner for a drop down menu of places we went. <iframe src="https://www.google.com/maps/d/embed?mid=zEw4cLQvP-HA.kM8jxWjycJyk" height="480" width="640"></iframe> In the meantime, I was riding from MN. and was in Ashland, WI. when I took these. Not very good photos but I really like the Ashland area and the downtown is really a neat place. I like any kind of water and to have it right in town is really a bonus. Lots of places to stop along this stretch to enjoy the sights. The roads coming through the back way of MN. were really fun, peaceful, and quiet with hardly any traffic at all. The only problem with these kinds of roads are the zillions of deer that can surprise you at any time of the day or night. I had a near miss last year when what seemed to be a monster-sized one jumped right in front of me! Yikes to that!! :eek1 Dave bought a new Suzuki Burgman 650 a few months before our departure and did some riding in the cold early spring weather to get enough miles on it for a suitable break-in. It’s a neat bike with lots of storage, especially with the extras that he added to it. His conclusions so far are that it’s an excellent addition to his other bikes. (A Honda PC800 Pacific Coast (like my two) and a Honda GL650 Silverwing.) Day 2......We started out in Ashland after I topped off my gas and Dave grabbed a quick breakfast. Actually, we started out at the casino east of Ashland where we stayed that night before. I had stayed there last summer and liked their good rates, food and desk service. They were very helpful and considerate and since we were on our bikes they suggested that we park them right up next to the building under the eave. Very nice gals that were working there both times that I was there. I'll sure stop again if I'm ever in the area. Although I had been through the Bayfield loop (start on map) last summer, we decided to take that first as long as it was on the way. Since it was over-cast that morning, we didn’t come up with any photos worth showing. Later on in the morning it cleared off and going up the North Shore was perfect. Hi Dave! Ashland is a pretty nice area with the main Hwy. 2 going right next to the lake with city parks along the way. We stayed at the casino east of Ashland and since I didn't have as far to ride, I got there a couple of hours before Dave did. We were able to get an early start the next day, shortly after day-break. We tried to get a few photos in the Bayfield area but none came out very good at all. This one proves that we tried though! We stayed on Hwy. 13 the whole way pretty much and really didn’t see too much water, although it’s a nice peaceful ride through the woods. Most of the road was fairly straight and the conditions were good all the way to Duluth. There were several nice marinas in the Bayfield area and a few expensive looking boats that were tied up in various areas. Most were too far away to get a very good photo though. A few photos didn't come out too bad, although nothing like so many of these great photos on here! Sorry about that. The North Shore was a great start for the lake portion of our ride and it was a beautiful day so we lucked out as far as that went. Riding over the bridge in Duluth, MN. was a good start and this is such a great port city with beautiful views. We live about 170 miles from here and since our daughter went to college in the area 25 years ago, we made lots of trips over this bridge. It brought back many memories going over it. There is another side to the bridge story though, because when I came across this same bridge six days later, it was in a heavy, heavy fog with thick mist. I was following a semi-truck and all I could see were the two vague tail-lights and absolutely nothing else! I wanted to just pull over but had no idea where the side of the road even was, so I just kept following those tail-lights for miles! Yikes! Would you believe there's no photos of that? :eek1 Duluth has a great "Skyline Drive" that over-looks the city and harbor as you travel along on it's 30 miles or so road. The views of Lake Superior from up on that drive (which is about 600 ft.up ) is breath-taking. The downtown "Canal Park" area is very interesting and includes museums, galleries, harbor tours, etc. Duluth lies on the western shores of Lake Superior where up to 1,000 ocean-going ships stop annually. Learn more here: One of my favorite cities with a great view of the harbor...... Heading for the tunnels after coming off of the bridge and the nice ride along London Rd. where the famous Glensheen Mansion is located. For those who aren't familiar with that, it's really something to see. Built by an oil tycoon years ago on somewhere around 8 acres right on the shores of Lake Superior. Tours are still given at certain times. There's lots of history to this place including the murders in the 70's that most have probably heard about. (Too much traffic for a photo....sorry.) See more here: This interchange and tunnel system doesn't seem familiar to me so I have a feeling that it's fairly recent. Maybe the time has just zoomed on without my realizing how many years it's been since I've been here. Does anyone have any idea how many years this has been here? Maybe I'll be surprised to find out.