North Of Lake Superior, end of May 2012

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  1. Avocet

    Avocet Been here awhile

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    I'm thinking of riding along the north shore of Lake Superior on a cross country ride this Spring. I would expect to be in that area the last week in May. I have heard that black fies might be bad there that time of year, but don't really know how bad they are. Are they a problem while you're moving or only when you stop? Are they a major problem or merely an inconvenience? Would things be better a couple of weeks later (I can reverse my route and hit that area on the way back to NY)? Any insight into the situation would be appreciated. Also, what is the weather like around there that time of year? Thanks.
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  2. PapiD

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    It depends on when we see spring. Usually, that time in May we will see black flies, and gnats. Sometimes a little early for the mosquito hatch. It depends on much warm weather we get. Most of the time...you won't have a problem when riding. But, if you stop, or camp, a head net and bug repellant is much advised. Reversing the trip really won't make much difference. The bugs have a short life span up here and when they are out, they are hungry.
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  3. Avocet

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    PapiD, thanks for the reply. I intend to stay in hotels, so I'm mostly concerned about what it's like while riding. I imagine it will be cool enough that time of year to keep covered while riding and I don't care if the bike gets splattered with bugs, but don't want to be distracted by biting bugs while riding. Am I correct that you are saying it will likely not be a problem under those circumstances? Thanks again.
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  4. PapiD

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    That's correct. Plan on cool weather. Possible rain of course. It will be beautiful!
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  5. FotoTEX

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    Check out Grand Marais,MN. A very cool town along Lake Superior. We spend 2 months in summer there escaping the Texas Summer Furnace. Great place. Great Campground right by town so you can walk in to eat and drink. Gunflint Trail runs right out of town to the Canada border and is a great ride. Stop and eat at Trail Center, great food.
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  6. PapiD

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    Stop and eat at "Sven and Ole's Pizza!:freaky
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  7. marmoto

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    I work that area; my work area includes the Ontario commercial forestry zone from the Manitoba to the Quebec borders. You may get a few bites when you are stopped, but that is still a bit early. They will not bother you while riding. It is a very beautiful ride, with lots of bays where you can stop and take a break, walk on the beach. I live at the east end of Superior.
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  8. Avocet

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    One more question. I will most likely be in that area over the Memorial Day weekend (May 28). I know that is not a Canadian holiday but was wondering if tourism from the US increases there that weekend. In the US all the hotels tend to be full that weekend requiring reservations in advance, which I hate to do when I'm traveling on my bike, since I want to be flexible for sight seeing, weather, etc. Any thoughts about if it will be OK to travel along the northern coast of Lake Superior without hotel reservations that weekend? Will it be hard to find a hotel that isn't full? Thanks again for your help.
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  9. ecarnell

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    With the Canadian dollar near/at/above Par - there will be more Canadians heading to the US that weekend (then the other way around).
    Hotels shouldn't be full - but provincial park campsites usually are.
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    Ecarnell. I will be staying in hotels so full campsites shouldn't be a problem for me. Thank you.
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  11. marmoto

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    I agree. You should be fine. The big time for summer travellers is July and August. I usually call ahead because I have my preferred places in each town, but you should always be able to find something.
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  12. Zippydapanhead

    Zippydapanhead Damn kids, get away!

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    You might be surprised at how cool we can still be in late May up here. The bugs won't bite when riding and you'll probably be early for the bugs, though we are having a really mild winter, so...

    You'll be eastern time zone... if you aren't nailing reservations... land early. Some motels along the run can be cheezy feeling unless you can get into the vibe.

    It is a wonderful ride... stop lots... and at the "wayside tables" you will see stuff. Rossport, Silver Islet, Lake Nipagon... neat east end stuff... Try poutine and vinegar every place you stop until it becomes normal. Robins is Better than Tim Horton! There, I said it!
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  13. Avocet

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    Zippydapanhead, I'll be ready for cool weather. I ride all year around here in New York and as long as there isn't ice it I'll be fine. I'm not concerned about the quality of the hotels. As long as there aren't crawly things in the bed I'll be OK. I was never a Tim Hortons fan, so I'll try Robins. Thanks.
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  14. Vixen

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    my other half and I rode a similar route a couple of summers ago. From Atlanta to Ontario, took the Chi-Cheemaun ferry from Tobermory to Manitoulin Island. There wasn't much to see on the island, but we didn't take much time to see if we were missing anything there either. The road from the island to Espanol on the mainland is one not to be missed. From there we rode to Sault Ste. Marie and then north and around Lake Superior. Absolutely gorgeous sights to be seen and quite a few things you don't want to miss but are easy to if you don't do your pre-ride research!

    Grab a pic of the big geese in Wawa if you would. I didn't and 2 years later I'm STILL wishing I had.

    We planned on camping but even in July it was a chilly 40 something at night. I was still fairly new to the camping scene at the time and dug my heels in setting my cold weather limit at nothing below 60. We ended up not camping until we were back in the states further south than Wisconsin. Never saw a single black fly but we did see a couple of bears roaming along the side of the highway. We've heard we missed the best of the area by not riding the UP of Michigan. Will have to be a return trip one of these days.
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  15. RoninMoto

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    Don't eat at Sven's! eat at "the crooked spoon" or "the angry trout". I grew up in grand marais and those are the two best restarants in town.

    As for the weather, expect it to be cool. although it has been a very mild winter so it might be warm. A good rule of thumb to avoid the bugs... stay close to lake superior. it always seems to have a breeze to push the bugs inland.
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  16. Sjoerd Bakker

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    Sad news for you but Robin's Donuts went bust about ten years back, although you may still see an odd one with the signage carrying on under private ownership.
    Now there is news that the new corporate owner of the brand is going to be establishing several hundred new restaurants in Ontario , Quebec. and other provinces.
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    [FONT=&quot]The Northern Lights Motel (gets best reviews) just north of Wawa about 10 kms is very motorcycle friendly and reasonable motel. Great real breakfast as well. It has been recommended by other ADV members as well. I stayed there in 2010 & will be again this year... I will be in the area the last week of May as well.[/FONT]


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  18. FINNDIAN

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    it's going to be an early spring from the looks of it. We're getting record high temps and the snow is going fast. I actually had one of the bikes out yesterday.
    If the bugs are out just ignore them :D

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  19. FotoTEX

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    The suggestion about Angry Trout & Crooked Spoon in Grand Marais are right on. Add Trail Center Lodge, half way up the Gunflint and you are good to go. I also like My Sisters Place in GM.
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  20. Zippydapanhead

    Zippydapanhead Damn kids, get away!

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    Robin's closed? No way, hoser. The ten years ago was the sale of the family-based closely-held corporation. The family started it in Thunder Bay.

    :norton Here is a nice link. http://robinsdonuts.com/

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    Next thing you know, you'll say that all the Mac's stores are closed! You must own Tim Hortons stock.

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    Go Bombers!
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