This is my first ride longer than three days. I have been dying a little bit at a time as I read all the excellent adventures everyone else is having on this site so I decided to do something about it. I was able to find a span of 8 days to circumnavigate Lake Superior this summer and had a long, cold, dark Northern Ontario winter to plan and acquire gear. I took stock of what I had - competent bike (08 KLR) (stop laughing), compatible riding buddy and enough cash saved to purchase camping gear and bike stuff. Over the winter I acquired a tent, sleeping bag, mattress, pants, stove, new rubber, updated GPS and all those little odds and ends. As all of you that plan a bike trip, this is as much fun as the ride (well almost). It was that anticipation that made the winter bearable. I noted that camping gear on Amazon is sometime half the price in the winter, specifically the tent that got for $140 and is currently selling for $270. I spent about 2 months plotting and re-plotting a track around the lake with help from Google Earth and Google Maps. Street view was very helpful as well as past ride reports on the site such as the one by Cannonshot. I really wanted my first longer trip to be enjoyable and allow me to take copious amounts of photos and video so I was happy to see that the 3020 km trip (Timmins to Timmins) would work out to a pleasant 340 kms per day average. As the title indicates, this would be Peewee's Big Adventure and here he is, ready to ride. I also brought Murray the Bellhop to assist with setting up the tent, serving drinks, fluffing pillows, serving dinner, etc. Starting mileage Now my riding buddy Dave (Superdave) has the taste for Jim Beam and at $12 a bottle at Duty Free in S.S.Marie, he was like a kid in a candy store (yes, I know, it is) because it retails for $30 in Ontario. Now I on the other hand am more sophisticated and therefore settled on Jim Beam Black. Day one consisted of a ride on Hwy 101 from Timmins to Wawa then down Hwy 17 to S.S.Marie then a jump over the bridge and right turn on 6 Mile to Brimley, Michigan to camp. As many have experienced, the Lake Superior coastline between Wawa and S.S.Marie is as they say on Seinfeld "it's real and it's spectacular". After passing the Good Humour employees at the border, we made a right on 6 Mile Road and pulled into Minnow Lake Campgrounds. The owner, Mary Jane is a sweet girl who adopted us on the spot. We almost had the whole place to ourselves for $17 which included hot showers and flush toilets. Now Dave and I have not camped since high school and that was some 30 years ago but with the assistance of Peewee and Murray we got the tents up, dinner started and celebratory drinks poured. URL=http://s914.photobucket.com/user/klrman/media/Bike%20Photos/Lake%20Superior%20Tour%202013%201st%20draft/CircleTour2013049.jpg.html][/URL] Your author: Dave: Total kms for day one - 602 Day 2 consisted of a ride along Lakeshore Drive up to Iroquois Lighthouse then up Hwy 123 to Paradise for lunch then we continued on 123 to Co Rd 407/Deer Park Road and 12 miles of rough dirt road on the Grand Marias Truck Trail to Grand Marais then on to Munising. Iroquois Lighthouse It was about now that I encountered what many adventure bikers have and that is how people of all ages flock to the bikes and ask, "where are you from", "where are you going", "I used to have a bike", "you are some lucky guys". I don't know how many times I put my helmet on, started the bike and still it was hard to get away. I am not complaining, the genuine friendliness of complete strangers actually renewed my faith in humanity! Next stop was Paradise, no kidding! Did you ever wonder what you might find in "Paradise" cause there are many out there looking. |I can tell you what is in paradise: bet you didn't guess those things!