Road to Cooper Harbor MI

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by robt272, Jul 24, 2010.

  1. robt272

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    here is a taste of the last night of the trip and day. There was more pictures of the town but lost them on the iphone.

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  2. robt272

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    The last night of this trip starts with no rush to do anything.

    One of the guys finds logging and the night starts out slow. Thats just find with me. Food and beer is on my mind.

    Just a little about the people I have talked to in the U.P. They are the best. They can be laid back, and I mean way laid back. ​

    food and beer

    There is some kind of car show in town and we are just catching the tail end


    Ok first up for me beer. Now how and the hell do I get a beer?

    I find the beer station and they tell me something about tickets. All white noise at this point. I stop my self and rethink. the girl is just smiles.:D

    Can you tell me this one more time?


    Sir go over there and buy tickets and your good to go, food and beer can be had with the tickets.:thumb

    Ok lets try this one more time.

    Ticket girl- hello

    Could I buy some tickets please?


    Sure how many do you need?


    Now let me stop at this point and just say first. The movie FARGO comes to mind. I just love the way they talk up here. At this point I have this big shit grind while the girl tells me what i can get for $2 and $3. She go's on about who is selling what and who made this and all i can do is :D


    Well? What would you like?


    I would like you to tell me again please:D


    With a big smile she starts over.:evil


    With a small 3 foot roll of tickets I have a big smile and walk over to this[​IMG]


    Come on is that all they have?:cry


    With that kind of shit grind i am a little freaked out

    No its not but thats what we are having. The hell we are.

    No diesel for the girl and no old beast for me.

    I keep it simple with bud and go find food.

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    for the story lets call the two girls the Jenkins girls

    I go to the food part and I see one of the largest guys i have ever seen.

    Big guy.
    What would you like sir.

    me.
    I don't know what do you have:D

    big guy.
    hot dogs, braaats, hamburgers and pastys. I only have two pasty left.

    Fargo.

    me.
    :D

    big guy.
    Well?

    me.
    What do you think i should have?

    Big guy.
    I would go with the pasty if I were you, see the Jenkins girls made them this year and they just make the best pasty.

    me.
    :D

    big guy.
    well

    me .
    pasty it is

    big guy.
    ok here you gooo. now the ketchup is there and you just gotaaa use lots of ketchup.

    me.
    gravy? do you have any gravy.?

    big guy.
    NO:kboom


    me.
    o shit what have i done.

    Now the lady has been silent up to tell now. She starts out with some i told you soooooo and smacks the big fella some and i gotta say she is not kidding around.

    For the most part they are closed and cleaning up, not a big deal. But the pastys are a big deal for uppers.

    me .
    opppsss WTF just happened

    big guy and lady .

    they go on for a bit and I go over to get some ketchup. just a little on 1/2 of the pasty. Not a big deal one would think. Nope all eyes on me and they stop talking like a light switch just flipped down. I stop in my tracks and look up.

    Lady.
    you gatttaaa get some more ketchup on that pasty.

    big guy
    your gona want some more on that pasty

    me
    nope i am good.

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    are best bad ass pose.

    the lady gave me a look when i asked about a picture and said she would take a picture of us. The guy all smiles take the camera and said i got it and takes the one above.

    the very nice lady takes the thing out of his hands and gets this

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    after this picture i go up and put some more ketchup on it just to keep the peace. They were very good, i would have put that damn thing down without a fork. Ketchup or know ketchup.

    and to get the camera back.



    The night is getting long and two of are boys are a little fussy so a time out is in order


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    with flash off


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    two big boys and one big chair.

    in the am we go south

    night all
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  3. robt272

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    last day
    5:30 am

    The sun is out there some were i think. The guys are starting to move. I go out to get rid of some bud and look threw my side bag. Pack up the chair and move stuff around Steve comes out and says lets go. Sun still has not catch up with us.
    540 miles south
    500 mile day this will be a first, steve and i set out with out the group to get some pictures and just to take it all in.

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    I hate to bring it up but this picture could have been better.


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    This is a little look out station just south of Cooper Harbor. Take your pick they are all over and none of them suck.

    check out the video page 3 at the top on smugmug

    We go west out of cooper harbor if you can don't do this. Look at a map and go south out of Cooper Harbor and make your way to Gay. We did not do this and I am still a little :kboom


    Research read up on the old roads, find them. And what ever you do don't listen to Mr Garmin. Stop at a Three way yellow and garmin said go right and i looked to the left. Something about that left hand turn i said to steve

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    With the harleys gas light on and garmin pointing us in the direction of a gas station. We fail to travel on a damn good section. See the tube there on the left. I had gas with me, i don't know what that harley was thinking.


    If we had gone south the pictures and the look out sections would have not been captured by the eye or the digital card.

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    here is me
    did you get it??:dunno throw that damn thing in the road

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    steve with his best Whats up

    So no phone service in two days steve gets the gas the Hog needs and we are back with the Harleys at the gas station. Funny how that worked out

    The pack of six takes of and steve and i are set on just going at a good pace with out all the near death experience's.

    Pack riding can be fun:deal

    If you look at steve in one of the above foto's you see he has his rain gear on. We can see it in the sky its not far out. So riding in the group with all the bikes would be a little more water than i care to see today.

    Making good time south we are in search of Mickey D's. The harleys said they would meet us there. I think it was L Anse were we find a Burger King and coffee, phone service, biscuits and a short talk with the wife. Had not talked to her in 5 days.

    I tell her i am going south till i cant take the rain anymore and she said something like:eek1 I tell her ill see you soon.

    Ride into Marquette with the hardleys:lol3 Get some gas and now we see what we are in for. looks like about 170 miles of rain. With the rain condom on the harley Steve and i take of in the wrong direction. Damn garmin and a U turn, back on track we leave the guys behind.

    As you can tell no pictures. 150 miles down we stop at a stop sign and steve looks at me smile:D

    steve
    are you wet?

    me
    i don't think so

    steve
    cold

    me
    i don't think so

    just then i put my right hand down to get some blood flow, and water comes pouring out of my jacket.

    steve
    :lol3

    me
    well thats funny. check the other arm and same thing.

    steve
    want to stop? grab some coffee

    me
    no good to go:bluduh

    steve
    my light just came on

    me
    WTF

    steve
    :dunno

    The harley is not liking the rain condom on the air intake

    117 and 2 its about 20 miles to the bridge. With the lake on are right side this section sucked in the shit kind of way. Boots full of water jacket zipper open in the back and the wind now hitting us on the right side. Where the hell is that bridge.

    Cross the bridge and stop for gas I think about getting rain pants. None to be found. With a pair of $200 paints at home i cant do it. Check the radar and the map all looks good. 230 to the door step and the radar looks good. We could stay the night here but i said lets see if we can get out of this rain and make the call at Burt lake.

    Short ride to Burt Lake and i am dry, well almost.

    steve go's in at mickey d's checks out the dollar menu and i strip in the parking lot. Steve's not making fun of me bringing two pairs of shoes now. Just like that, dry warm the temp is 75 and getting warm fast. And we are off

    What seems like 10 miles down the road steve passes me and pulls in a rest stop. What the hell man

    Steve
    that coke went threw me sorry, you have to go?

    me
    hell no

    steve
    :lol3

    From here steve picks up the pace and we are doing well with little traffic. This will change soon. Sunday traffic can get pretty bad on 75 and we no that will change around the us10 split. It all ways backs up there. We agree to take are time at that point not to rush it because of the cage people.

    Sure as shit it happens:eek1

    All I remember is something like this.

    Up about a mile is see traffic getting heavy. Some ford truck and a pop up trailer is on are six pushing us. Just as planned we are taking are time and this guy is not having any part of it. We let him go and now there is a black car on are six a lady on my right just as happy as can be. Thats better, i think. A gray car gets behind the pop up guy and i am on the center on the out side lane. Steve and are now two and up front i see brake lights. Left fist in are i look at steve and he lets go of the throttle on the hog. Me i check the six and the black car is giving me the WTF.
    I break harder and harder and the lady at my right can see what is about to happen and she brakes hard. Steve is not getting it and is braking at a slower rate. Back to the pop up guy, this guy in the truck for some reason felt that 85 mph was a good idea until now. He cant stop. check my six then steve. Steve now can see what is going to happen slows at hard rear tire slide a bit kind of way. Up front dirt fly's about 20 feet in the air and that truck and pop up try to slow on the shoulder. That worked out well for the car in front of the truck. But not so well for the pop up. That thing shot dirt in the air as it slid side ways and blew into a million parts like confetti. We are now the second tracks that ride threw the dirt, food , cloths, camping, crap that was in that thing. I felt bad for the lady in the truck and not at all for the guy that was going to get a ear full of the lady. I still remember her looking back for the trailer only to find that there was nothing left. Nothing at all

    I look at steve and asked him WHAT THE HELL DOES A LEFT FIST IN THE AIR MEAN? His right hand on his heart and said. Well i didn't think you meant stop like 80 to 0 :D

    lady on my right looks at me:thumb

    Black car behind us :eek1 and looks at both of us and said something like :clap

    well done well done. :thumb

    a few more of the :thumb and a few more of the holly shits from cars and thats all behind us

    To this day I still think of that lady in the ford truck. I can still see the 20lb tanks of LP fly in the air, wheels and all that stuff wow.

    11 1/2 hours and 530 miles i get of the bike at the house wow this trip is over for days after I cant stop thing of this trip. Cant get it out of my mind

    I tell a Friend. I don't want to feel like this anymore. He looks at me, what do you mean. I mean I want to go on these trips but i don't want it to be such a big deal like this. Its all i think about and i need to come down from this high.

    One night out at dinner my anny takes care of that for me.

    When I got the tiger she looked at me and said don't ever ask me to get on that damn thing not ever. i never have.

    anny
    well what do you want to do this weekend?

    me
    don't know its your day off what do you want to do?

    Anny
    lets take that bike of yours to the other side of the state.

    me
    :eek1 WTF

    we all ride now even my 11 year old girl :clap


    for now the tiger looks like this and its all I can do to hold her back[​IMG]

    This picture was taken in the fall with the canon T1i. I will not make this mistake of camera choice again








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