CannonTrek III - 1100 Mile DS, 3 1/2 Days, 15 Start, 8 Finish

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by Cannonshot, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Hey Thumper! Yeah, there were a lot of mishaps on this trek (more to come). It is not an easy ride - especially if you are not used to sand riding, log crossings, assorted other hazards, and a brisk pace.

    But, I'll bet every one of these guys would do it again . . .
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  2. jzee

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    JZee- Ride/ Damage Report


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    Hit the only Clay in the High Water tank track, pitched into the woods where I picked my way thru some trees, losing a left hand mirror between two trees I was surprised my fat ass fit. Came to a sliding stop infront of two more trees and dropped the bike. Happy to feel lungs still filled with air, and pants nothing. Upon further inspection, found the GPS took a rock and would no longer work.

    Took Hot Dam to the ER at about 740 miles in. Was able to load up when we got back to Gwin and head up to Calumet, before Hot Dam, said pull over and find me a BED!!!

    Got up early on Day 4, tralied to Copper Harbor. ( would have liked to ride but Common sense said bring the trailer) Rode into camp and the rocket site, had Breakfeast with the Men and rescued on iffy 950 fuel pump and and gave F.I.B the choice to ride out or load up, he loaded up and off we went.

    Long and short of it, 1 mirror, 1 GPS, and one sandblasted ego. Great time, Thanks again to Cannon for putting it together.
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  3. Cannonshot

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    Checking loads after some rough trail. Ratchet straps worked well. It took a while for everyone to get their loads sorted out.
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    Relaying a turn for some stragglers.
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    Part of a twisty, dim two track that is usually a blast. It was a little wet and greasy this morning.
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    Critic taking pix.
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    This scenic spot overlooks Grand Island and the Munising Bay on Lake Superior. Ships used to try to hide out from storms here. For you scuba divers, there are a lot of great wrecks (very well preserved) here. In fact, there is an underwater preserve here (scuba park).
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    Some happy riders. Dirt Hammer, jzee, Hot Damn!, Jack_, Uneasy Rider
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    jzee and Cowboy2
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    Uneasy Rider looking quite at ease.
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    Breakfast on the road in Munising.
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  4. GasMich

    GasMich Been here awhile Supporter

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    I agree. We had dust up the whazoo and didn't see any water for days on CTII. Markus, I think these Cannontrek newbies need some old time Cannontrekers to show them how it is done. We better sign up for CTIV. Looks like a good route that keeps getting better. Cannon, How do you do it? Keep the story coming. There has to be more with all the intial wipeouts shown.
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  5. Cannonshot

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    The sand roads in Pictured Rocks were in good shape.
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    This guy packs light.
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    Starting out we pretty much rode in our group of 15 (spread out) until things got sorted out a bit more.
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    Cannon taking pix of riders as they pass.
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  6. Cannonshot

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    Missed you guys this year Greg. You should have been there. :D
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  7. Cannonshot

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    We stopped at the spot where the Hurricane River empties into Lake Superior.
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    The rack on F.I.B.'s KLR was shedding fasteners. Here is Cannon digging out some spares from his support kit.
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    The Hurricane.
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    There is an antenna strung across the creek. They are studying trout returning to the stream that have implants in them. The antenna records them as they pass by.
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    There is a piece of shipwreck under that odd wave pattern you see. On one of my backpack trips through here, I brought a book along that gave information about the wrecks. It was interesting finding hunks of ship and knowing the story of the wreck.
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    Lake Superior is very calm today.
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    Critic's optical enhancement device (so he can read his GPS).
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  8. Cannonshot

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    We made a visit to the log slide.
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    This lighthouse is on the backpack trail. Very interesting to visit. Many wrecks around here due to the point. Years ago ships would often navigate by following the shoreline. Sometimes that doesn't work out too well. Years ago the US Lifesaving Service (pre-Coast Guard) had a station in Grand Marais. If there was a wreck they would row out here to rescue the crews.
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    The Grand Sable Dunes.
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    Your tour guide. :lol3
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    Obviously these relaxed strollers didn't take a hike down the log slide.
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    Some great pavement that runs behind Grand Sable Dunes.
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    Old Coastie station in Grand Marais.
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    Grand Marais gas stop.
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  9. rokklym

    rokklym one man wolfpack

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    Thanks for all the pics Bryan, looks like a great ride! I have alot of great memories of running around up there with ya!:thumb
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  10. Shaggie

    Shaggie Unseen University Supporter

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    Gidday from Down Under Bryan!

    as always - your RR's rock!

    One day (way WAY away) i'll maybe be dirt profiecient enough to join you!

    Cheers and best wishes

    Shane

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  11. 2whlrcr

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    Ok, what's the scoop here? I see the picture of the KLX with just a little duffel on the back and some of the other bikes look like they are packed with enough gear to camp the the entire TAT? You guys were staying in motels, right?

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  12. Whitey1

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    Meef decided a kilo of coke was less bulky then suplies and would help keep him awake during the ride.


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  13. MeefZah

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    On two nights we camped. That's my setup. I just slept in my riding gear; no need to bog down my scoot with tons of shit!
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  14. Monty_Burns

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    There were 2 nights of camping. Cannon took great pride in keeping the total lodging cost for the trip under $50.

    I think I paid just $47 for lodging for the entire trip. Gas and food on the trip itself was something like $130 to $160.

    My camping gear consisted of a 1-man tent and a down bag. I didn't even setup the tent after the 3rd day of riding. There was a 5 mph wind off the lake and it kept the flies at bay.

    If I were to do this again, I'd probably just get a surplus Gore-Tex bivy sack for my sleeping bag and hose it down with Permethrin before I left home. :D

    I brought a change of clothes on the bike, but never changed into them.

    Edit: I changed my guess on how much fuel cost. I forgot I charged a couple of fill-ups.
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  15. Cannonshot

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    It can difficult to to manage the restarts after a break on these trips. What I usually do is start up my bike and move it to a location away from the group (across the parking lot, or even across the street). This is the signal to get lined up to go. As others are ready, they move to the new location and get lined up. It lets you know that their bike started, they have their gloves on, and they are ready to ride. It works well for all of us.
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    When we pulled out from Grand Marais, there was a man with a small child across the street watching us. The child looked mesmerized by our group. I suppose he had never seen anything like it before. We probably looked like aliens with our riding gear and our bikes. When we pulled out I led the group past the child and waved to him. This happened again in L'Anse. I moved across the street from the gas stop to line up in the parking lot and a mother was there with her small child watching us as well. Again, this kid was mesmerized. I pulled up in front of him and gave him a "Cannonshot Was Here" card. He held it out in front of him in his two hands like it was something special as he just kept looking at each of the riders and their bikes as they pulled in to line up. I wish I had taken a picture to capture the awe in this child's face and posture. Take hundreds of photos and you still wish you took one more . . .

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    I like this shot. Conveys a lot of attitude.
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    Cannon going back to look for Monty and Cowboy2.
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    Gas stop at the Two Hearted River. This dog pretty much ran the place.
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    No water crossing here . . .
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    Cannon giving Monty and Cowboy2 directions to go around a nasty sand spot the lies just ahead. :evil
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  16. Cannonshot

    Cannonshot Having a Nice Time Administrator Super Moderator

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    Coming east out of the Two Hearted area is a fine section of sand that is troublesome for many riders.

    Let the fun begin . . .

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  17. Monty_Burns

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    This is about where we lost Cowboy for the first time. I didn't do so hot coming over the deep sand, but I had to hit it twice more to go back and find him. :rofl I had all the bad stuff memorized by my final time through, so I was starting to haul. :D

    Cut Cowboy some slack here. As he's standing there, he's got 3 cracked ribs and another 280 miles to go to get back to his truck. :lift

    Me, I don't have any excuse. I thought it was called Weenie Trek III, so I showed up. Must have misread it. :rofl
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  18. BigDogAdventures

    BigDogAdventures Fart Letter Supporter

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    Man---I am enjoying this stuff !!!
    Thanks Bryan and others.
    But---you guys are scaring this old man.

    I was thinking of selling my 520 EXC--maybe I better
    keep it for Cannontrek 1V :huh
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  19. bg

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    Wow - looks like a TON of fun!!!!

    Great report so far. :lurk
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  20. Cloud9

    Cloud9 I was HERE?

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    Looks like a fun tour... but I hate deep soft sand. Thanks for the RR.
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