If you are unfamiliar with the area, we had ridden the 28 miles from the north end of Duluth to Two Harbors and taken the scenic old road which put us right at the water's edge most of the time. The road is also curvy although the speed limit is often 35-45 mph. The view is beautiful but the image of November gales off the lake is never far from mind. Summer is definitely the time to be here. MN-61 continues north of Two Harbors alongside the lake for 120 miles all the way to Grand Portage at the Canadian border. It would have been a great day to ride it but our turn-off was only 33 miles away. There are three tunnels on MN-61 in this section and their unique shape provided aural feedback from the Milwaukee Eight that I had never heard before. A large taconite loading plant is the signature facility of Silver Bay. The University of Minnesota developed the process of refining taconite containing low-grade iron ore into commercial grade iron ore pellets which are also called, confusingly, taconite. The pellets are shipped on Great Lakes freighters to the various steel mills in the region. The Edmund Fitzgerald was loaded with over 26,000 long tons of taconite when she went down near Whitefish Bay. In this satellite view one can easily pick out the harbor and the loading facility at higher magnification. There happened to be a ship at the dock being loaded the day the satellite took this overhead picture. (The boom sticking out to the right is used for unloading the pellets but it needs to be out of the way during loading) We turned left onto MN-1 shortly after Silver Bay and left the 72F comfort of Lake Superior behind us.