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Lake Superior Loop next week? crazy?

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by doc moses, Oct 15, 2019.

  1. doc moses

    doc moses fearlessly flatulent

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    Go easy, its a serious question, I have vacation I have to use and an adult kid I want to visit in MM; I have done the homework. Is this a bad idea?
    10-20 Ohio to Frankenmuth, michigan
    10-21 Frankenmuth to Wawa
    10-22 Wawa to Thunder Bay
    10-23 Tour Sleeping Giant and then south to Duluth
    10-24 Duluth to headwaters of Mississippi
    10-25 Headwaters to Minneapolis to see kid
    10-26 Far enough south to miss most of the nasty stuff and the rest isn't important

    I read the forecasts and there is no freezing rain/ice snow predicted for those days, and I am passing the northernmost part of the trip mid-day. Blah blah.....I know weather changes, what do ya think?
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  2. DirtFarmer

    DirtFarmer Has anyone seen my mother

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    Short days with a lot to see;

    7:27 AM

    Wednesday, October 16, 2019 (CDT)
    Sunrise in Duluth, MN

    6:22 PM

    Tuesday, October 15, 2019 (CDT)
    Sunset in Duluth, MN
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  3. borderlinebob

    borderlinebob Been here awhile

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    Probably be fine but weather can change quickly
    Winnipeg Manitoba which just about 6-7 hrs west of Thunder Bay just set a snowfall record.
    12 inches of wet heavy stuff.
    I just cancelled a trip across top of Superior eastbound ( due to weather) in a car.
    My wife is a wuss:jack

    I would do your trip but stay in the US on south side of Superior.
    Lots to see there to use up your time allocated
    Plus you have some choices if have to make a directional change.
    In Canada, 1 road only and very isolated if weather halts progress
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  4. doc moses

    doc moses fearlessly flatulent

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    Thank you. Good advice. Especially the staying in the UP to be able to change if needed.
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  5. dougfromindy

    dougfromindy I smell premix

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    Heated gear.
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  6. 93mph

    93mph Adventurer

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    Dude go for it! You only live once. Definitely want warm gear but there’s alway a reason *not* to do it.
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  7. Yooper_Bob

    Yooper_Bob Insert witty saying here....

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    Weather has been all over lately. We had snow here in Marquette this past weekend. That was followed by two days of rain, and today 40+ mph winds out of the north.

    10 day forecast looks to be a bit on the wet/cool side. If you have good, warm, waterproof gear, then the trip might not be too miserable.

    Be aware that there aren't a lot of "nice" places to stay in Thunder Bay....it's a pretty scruffy, tough, industrial looking place.

    We were just through there on bikes in September, and we kept going to Nipigon. Much nicer accommodations.
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  8. steve gs

    steve gs Been here awhile Supporter

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    October odds are usually not favorable, but one can be lucky.

    Solo looped Huron and Superior on my dualsport from the Port Huron area a number of years ago in mid Sept. Temps were in the 50's as I hit the Soo. A major storm front raced across Superior from the west with 50-60 mph winds and collided with me at Marathon. Holed up for a day. Some real sh@t can happen at any time during the fall. Be ready for anything, including survival for a day or 2, pack accordingly.

    Don't forget the ride report. It's a great ride!
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