BigDog--Tales Of The "Trans Wisconsin America Trail"

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by BigDogAdventures, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. Ensey

    Ensey KLR Combat Touring

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    I sure get tired of reading these KLR rides.......:lurk :lurk
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  2. BigDogAdventures

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    I hit lake superior near the town of Cornucopia.
    There was a small bay there full of boats.
    But there was a few old wooden fishing boats that caught me eye.

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    This is actually the end of Chadd's Trans Wisconsin America Trail.
    A dead end sandy road----with a bluff overlook of Lake Superior.
    It was fun blasting down the wet packed sand--you could go as fast as you wanted.

    It's not the end of my ride------so hold on !!!
    N46°57.588
    W90°52.387

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    Just back up the road a ways was a turnoff to "Detour" campground.
    I was the only one there and had the only fit campsite in the whole campground.
    The other primitive sites were grown up with weeds with many fallen trees laying everywhere.
    Obviously not being used much--maybe it was early in the season.
    I thought I might freeze to death with the cold wind coming off the lake.
    Heck it can't be freezing----cause it's raining :huh

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    A nice walk to the North of my camp for the night took me too a high bluff overlooking the Lake.
    I would hear many a ship in the night blowing their horns. A really deep sound that was unmistakeable.

    My wife told me Lake Superior was the deepest lake in the world ?? While I travel she gets maps out
    and follows where I go sometimes---and does her own little research into the areas I go. She'll find out
    more stuff than I do. I wish I could remember what I was holding in my hand--man this gettin' old
    is pretty scary stuff.

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    The wind shifted and it warmed up a bunch---the skeeters were out in force so some smoke was in order.
    Fire wood was abundant and as I just relaxed and was thinking about cooking dinner when it started raining.
    Time to throw up the tent fast !!!
    Little Dog joined me at the campfire---see him sitting on the rock??
    Good thing he didn't have any beer to drink or he'd a fell in the fire and melted !! He was huggin' the fire to keep the skeeters away.

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    It quit raining long enough for me to eat and get settled in.
    I knew I wouldn't have any company for the night so it was a very relaxing nights sleep.
    I guess I was tired---I bet I slept for 10 hours....that's not like me.
    Oh yeah------it rained cats and dogs all night---pretty hard.....and it got a little damp in the tent.
    I guess the pitter patter just lulled me to sleep.
    Little Dog was face down in the cold fire coals in the morning.

    The next morning I cooked breakfast and had coffee---I love my Jet-Boil.

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  3. BigDogAdventures

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    I'd gone to bed early and got up early. After breakfast I packed up my wet tent and headed back to
    an artesian well I'd found on the lake shore the day before.
    It may be hard to see--but there's water coming out of that 3/4" pipe for filling you water jug.
    I filled my camelback to the brim---you can see another 2" pipe spilling water out in the sand. I ain't got sick yet--so I guess the water was OK.
    if you look close---this just ran into the lake. Pretty neat little place. I stayed awhile and pondered
    where I'd go next---I decided to ride West around the Western tip of Lake Superior and then East
    along the Northern shore to the Canada border. I'd heard there was some beautiful sights along
    the shoreline and an old lighthouse or 2.

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    I kind of was forced to ride thru the city of Duluth---it was actually a pleasure. There just seemed to be no traffic at all
    and I was treated to many neat sights of ships and old bridges---like this one--never did figure this out.
    Looked like and old railroad bridge to me. I just saw so many things that I'd never seen before.

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    Oh my god this was beautiful---a cold brisk wind drifted off the lake making a spooky fog on it's way over the lake.
    The contrast of the blue sky, the water, the green trees and white fog was breathtaking.

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  4. BigDogAdventures

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    Splitrock Lighthouse
    I am a cheap guy it seems anymore. I wouldn't pay the 8 bucks for the lighthouse tour. They had cleverly planted trees so
    you would never get a good glimpse of the lighthouse without paying. I fooled them and got this great view....although from a great distance. It was very old. I'd give you my rant about state park fees---but I'm sure you've
    heard that from me before---I'll not drag you thru it again. I think they are trying to keep out the
    riff raff (me). It works.

    Shipwrecks from a mighty 1905 November gale prompted this rugged landmark's construction. Completed by the U.S. Lighthouse Service in 1910, Split Rock Light Station was soon one of Minnesota's best known landmarks. Restored to its 1920s appearance, the lighthouse offers a glimpse of lighthouse life in this remote and spectacular setting.

    Oh yeah------I'm in Minnesota now---it took me awhile to figure that out too !!!

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    Here's an interesting website to tell you more about the lighthouse--very interesting.
    http://www.terrypepper.com/Lights/superior/splitrock/splitrock.htm


    This is Gooseberry Falls-----in Gooseberry state park.
    Yep---the ordinary traveler has to pay to see this. I wouldn't pay.
    I illegally parked on a bridge to the scornful eye of a park ranger who was pondering making me pay for my crime.
    My wife had scourned me not to get arrested while gone--as I always seem to be on the edge somehow.
    I got a better view of the falls from up there.
    These falls were huge---look closely at the people standing on the rocks and you'll get a perspective of how big they were.

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    This big old tired ship was harbored up in the dirt---poor guy---grounded--how miserable a life for him.
    I bet he'd rather be rusting on the ocean floor than to be humiliated like this.
    I wanted to take the boat tour--always did want to go on board a big ship and check it out.
    I'd probably wander off to the boiler room (my profession) and get arrested.
    It was 15 bucks for the tour------I wouldn't pay and took my own outside tour--BigDog style.

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    Next up---I ride back South thru Wisconsin and get to see up close
    what was a National weather disaster that was live on National TV.

    But.....I'm gettin' kind of sweepy :snore
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  5. 65bmwr50

    65bmwr50 Been here awhile

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    On the street next to the railroad tracks in amboy is a bar called the Lost Branch Saloon, best rib-eye I have had anywhere. Also just west of town, there is an WWII ammo factory that they are building landfills on, some of the buildings are still there though. pretty cool


    Now, on with the show!:lurk
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  6. freeflow

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    a early time of year for a lake superior lap :thumb

    IIRC, the old train bridge was to service taconite boats to get the product to rail

    and people jump that trestel :augie
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  7. GB

    GB . Administrator Super Moderator Super Supporter

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    Another BigDog epic adventure :clap

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  8. no

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    Great stuff.
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  9. ryanwilliamcantrell

    ryanwilliamcantrell Get Out and Ride!!

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    Man... Looks like a blast!

    Looking forward to the rest of the pics. :thumb
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  10. no

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    Is that the Lester River?

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  11. gaspipe

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    Mark,

    Debi amazes me in her research! As an FYI - Lake Superior is the biggest in North America, and the biggest in the world by sheer surface area.

    Lake Baikal is the deepest (over 5,000 feet!) and biggest (as far as volume of fresh water) on Earth.

    I've seen Superior only once when I crossed the Mackinac Bridge as a kid, and have been dying to go back. I want to dive some of it too. Such a big world, so little time.

    Just so ya know, it's killing me to read this.
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  12. gaspipe

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    'Zackly!

    The now defunct US Steel companies imported taconite from Canada to create steel - exactly like you implied. Railcarloads of taconite were disgorged into the holds of the lake freighters, and hauled into steel country for forging. It was a big part pf Canadian and US history.

    It's very cool to see pics of those old trestles.
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    Put your rainsuit on Buzzez----it's gonna get wet.
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    Oh, sorry, I see that's what you said. *eyes drawn to picture* :lol3
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  18. Gunslinger1

    Gunslinger1 GIVE'R

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    Never did see a snowmobile. :lol3


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  19. malibu_dan

    malibu_dan Adventuring Mystic

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    I'm guessing we may get to see someone building an ark before this is over...
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  20. longrider999

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    big dog,thank you for the excellent photos and report!!!!!!!!!!!!!!be safe...
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