eastern UP and Algoma district

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  1. luftkoph

    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    I did make it to White Fish Pt., the wind was howling, sounded like you where standing at the end of a runway with jets taking off. I could not get close enough to picture the bigger waves, but with a steady 44 mph wind with gusts to 50, you get the idea.

    This is one of the little shacks they use to count migratory birds. DSCN0124.JPG IMG_20161119_113251326.jpg Must be a wreath left from last weeks memorial for the crew of the Fitzgerald (nov. 10) IMG_20161119_113717084_HDR.jpg All the trees here on the point are weather beaten, mangled, and stunted, the wind , rain and snow just beats them into submission. P1060953.JPG
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    P1060950.JPG P1060951.JPG P1060954.JPG DSCN0131.JPG Not too many folks out here today at the lighthouse.
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    Headed back towards home via whitefish bay, stopped and took a walk on the north country trail, there is a little suspension foot bridge across the Naomikong creek,which was flowing backwards as far as I could see upstream on account of all the water and wind being pushed in buy this storm. DSCN0136.JPG DSCN0138.JPG DSCN0139.JPG DSCN0140.JPG
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    IMG_20161119_130957846.jpg There was so much noise, between the wind in the trees, and the waves, along with tree limbs falling I was caught off guard by a weird sound, almost like a far away dog barking, or something I just couldn't quite make out, but it was near the water, so snooping I went, and came upon these guys, not sure what they are exactly, big white geese? swans? P1060957.JPG IMG_20161119_141434926.jpg IMG_20161119_143533772.jpg Normally Whitefish Bay is pretty mild, not so much today, hopefully the Coast Guard won't have to go out and fetch anyone.
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  5. RedEX

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    I'd hate to be the guy stationed inside that tiny bird-counting shack on Whitefish Point! Notice the cables attached to all four corners to keep it upright.

    We'll get those swans down here on Lake Erie by the hundreds, in another month or two. (West end, we're on a migratory route). From our house you can hear them at night as they float offshore, the sound is kind of..."eerie"! :p

    PS i like your big lake way better than ours.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Swans, I wasn't sure, I've heard of snow geese so swans they will be. There is another shack just west of the lighthouse on a sand dune, when I went up there the wind made it hard to keep your feet underneath, an the little shack was rock'n and roll'n
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    Thanks for posting yet another geography lesson with great photos. Like the ZRex! Looking forward to more in the spring. 20-25 knots SSE with rain at 50deg here. We just amend the temps down from here to April. The rest can be left posted for the duration. dd
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Spring can't get here soon enough, the white crap started falling today.
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    That same white crap is down to about 1200ft here. Time to winterize the DR and change the coolant in the strom. You're right, spring can't get here soon enough. dd
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    That sure was a hell of a wind storm we got, very little snow here. Nice photos, michigan no better place april through oct. Hey nice zrx by the way.
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  11. luftkoph

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    started some of my modifications and maintenance for the winter down time, first thing I've been thinking about heated gear, stock zrx alternator is like 400 watts or so, but an alternator from a zzr1200 is 600 watts, and they fit, just need a little wiring change.
    I have to acknowledge Rolland on the zrxoa for the idea and a write up on how to.
    It's not going to be much different than how I fixed the charging issues I had with my Buell XB12X, I'm going to bypass the stock wiring and go straight to the battery via a 50amp circuit breaker and a relay.

    You can see the ZZR on the left is much bigger.

    In the last picture dead center is where the alternator goes, a very easy bike to work on, just move the sprocket cover and slave cylinder and theirs your alt. and starter,

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    Great project, having more juice for heat is good
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    Doug, are you sure you need more than 400 watts ?

    Don't get me wrong, as you know I am all about upgrades, but just want to make sure you are realistic about your NEEDS.

    If you just want more juice for insurance that is understandable, or want to tinker with an upgrade, but if you do the math on the wattage you need I would think 400 watts is enough.

    Unless you are planning on farkling out that ZRX with lights, heated gear and all the long-distance do-dads and joining us on some Iron Butt rides this year !:lol3
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    IMG_20161216_092342278.jpg IMG_20170110_115117155.jpg IMG_20150203_092823_448.jpg P1050245.JPG It's been a unusually mild winter around here so far, I said I would put up some winter pictures, for me winter is work, so they will be mostly from that aspect.

    Take the ferry over to Drummond Island a lot, it's a nice ride and bonus, they don't let anyone else on the ferry with me. (cargo of flammable gas)

    the one picture you can see the 1000' Stewart J Cort passing upbound in the snow.

    Captain Gus rides along on short runs, if the weather is nice, he doesn't like to ride in the truck all that much, too bumpy and noisy I think.
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Everything starts out so fresh and clean late in the summer. IMG_20160603_120127891.jpg The road back into one of the gold mines in Ontario DSCN0177.JPG IMG_20150220_150820_773.jpg There are 4 big propane powered blowers in those buildings that push heated air 700 and some odd meters below the surface, when it's cold out like -40 to -50 fahrenheit at night, we will bring 3- 4 loads a week at 16,000 gallons a shot
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    Thank's for posting those pic's. Capt. Gus looks like a good travel buddy. I want to run over to Detour this summer., been on the Drummond ferry a few times as a kid.
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    I was guessing when you said your work was driving in the winter months I figured heating oil deliverys. I see its propane. I worked for a propane dealer as a kid. We had railroad cars come in and would fill out large storage tank. I would paint, fill and stack the 100 lb. tanks. How does the Propane get to where you load your rig now that the trains are gone in the EUP?
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    luftkoph Been here awhile Super Supporter

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    Believe it or not after many years I still kinda enjoy my job, the folks I work for make it a bit easier,I can work what ever time of the day I feel like it, so sometimes it might be latter in the day before I start, and if it's a bit late, well,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, IMG_20161215_173621234.jpg IMG_20161215_192826603.jpg I can always phone in an order, then stop here at Clydes in Kincheloe and get a hot Bison burger. IMG_20150112_162051_293.jpg Many days like this, I never get tired of the view along lake Superior as it's always changing, sunny and calm as a mirror, and the next day it might be 20 foot waves slamming into the rocks. 20131213_104901.jpg Or like here, that is lake effect snow in the making, vapors rising off the water into the air, and just across the highway not even a half mile away you can see it was snowing, when you see that it may not be such a nice ride latter in the day.
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    Thank you for sharing your travels, you have done a great job!
    Your pics of the eastern U.P. bring back a lot of memories of times past. I'm from the land of sweltering summertime heat, AKA Flatistan, the sandbox (Florida), 1200 miles south of the bridge. I started making an annual hunting trip up there in the early 90's, which eventually turned into family FALL vacations. We always looked forward to getting into some cooler temps and seeing the change of seasons.
    I'm planning another UP North adventure this fall. Thanks again for the inspiration!
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