Mexico Great Lakes

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  1. garrydymond

    garrydymond Been here awhile

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    While in Wawa we were on Whatsapp chating to our daughter about losing our iphones she said we should go to the local istore. I sent her this photo of downtown Wawa. IMG_20190711_164558.jpg She didn't mention it again.
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    Our friends Bill and Lori Philip had been in touch with us. They had stayed with us just before we left to go to Alaska 3 years ago. They rode their Super Tenere to Ushuaia and decided shipping it from Argentina to Mexico City was a good option. I helped Bill get the bike out of customs. They were going to spend some days on Manitoulin Island so we rode down to see them. We spent 2 days camping with them and riding around in their camper van. A new experience for us and a lit of fun. Thanks guys IMG_20190714_080550.jpg IMG_20190714_123035.jpg IMG_20190714_154203.jpg
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    Then all of a sudden we were back in the US. Things were a bit cheaper and in the Upper Peninsula we ate a lot of pasties. It felt less remote because it was and the weather continued to be good. We camped right on the banks of the lake very close to the locks. The next day we sat and watched the ships go through the locks in Saulte St Marie. The place felt very relaxed but, like a lot of places we visited, stuck in the 70s. IMG_20190716_124941.jpg IMG_20190716_150948.jpg IMG_20190716_140817.jpg
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    Interestingly we get Pasties in Mexico with the exact same story as the one in the Upper Peninsula. They were brought over by the English miners who ate them down the mines. The ones in Mexico arw smaller and of course spicier 93F6BD40-0D7F-40C1-8488-C2FDE5358668.jpg IMG_2342.JPG
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    We had seen lots of lighthouses on our route but almost all of them charged you something to climb up so we had not gone up many. This small one we were able to go up for free. We went then rode of the shipwreck museum which was too pricey for us but the beach was amazing. I had never heard of the Edmund Fitzgerald nor Gordon Lightfoot's song about it. In Ashland I talked to a Ranger who had lost 3 buddies on the ship. We then stopped for what turned out to be tge best pasty of the trip.
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    We splurged on the boat trip to the Painted Rocks which was a nice ride and our good fortune continued with Ivonne winning the raffle for the book. We went through Paradise at some point and stopped for a photo. Munising was the last stop on The Lake Superior Circle tour. I had been getting stamps put into a brochure since Ashland and had become obsessed with getting them all so I could get my certificate. I am now tge proud owner of a Circle Tour Certificate. We got a thunder storm that night and duscovered a new tent was in our future.
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    That night my Shad Topcase decided it was time to give us some trouble. The lock had felt loose for some days and it decided it would not lock amy more. I took it off the bike and in the tent took the locking mechanism apart. A screw had come off and after some fiddling around with little plastic pieces it all went back together and has been fine for the last 10,000 kms. I guess the worker who put it together was feeling a bit weak that day. IMG_20190717_215607.jpg
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    IMG_20190721_210310.jpg IMG_20190721_125733.jpg IMG_20190719_204907.jpg We crossed the Mackinaw Bridge into the lower Peninsula stopping somewhere on the way for cherry pie. We camped at the State Park in Terrace Bay where we paid 34 dlls to camp plus 9 dlls for the bike. It was packed and felt like a refugee camp not that I know what a refugee camp feels like. The weather was still great.
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    On the outskirts of a small town on the shoreline of Lake Michigan my Super Tenere rolled over to 100,000 kms. I had bought the bike new in March 2015 to replace my 2007 Suzuki 1000 VStrom. It has been a great bike and has rarely had problems but this trip was suffering from a misfiring issue but was totally rideable. It took us to Alaska and back via Washington DC in 2016 and to Tail of the Dragon last year. It has a very slight oil weep from the final drive. It has only needed regular maintenance plus a new rear disk at 80,000 kms. The shaft drive is a marvelous thing to have. It is the best motorcycle I have ever owned. IMG_20190722_121445_1.jpg IMG_20190722_122019.jpg
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    We were now in a very relaxed mode of travel. We were following the Lake Michigan Circle Tour route and meandered through small towns with amazing little stores. We bought a new tent, which packed was no bigger than the old one but was much bigger inside.
    The Lakes were impressive but 2 rhings really struck me; seagulls and no salty smell. My mind could not accept they were not oceans. IMG_20190724_201313.jpg IMG_20190723_184803.jpg IMG_20190722_200830.jpg IMG_20190722_152238.jpg IMG_20190722_124527.jpg
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    A few photos of a sunset. My favourite time of day to stop and ponder the day's events. My un-favourite time of day to ride. IMG_20190724_210955.jpg IMG_20190724_205911.jpg IMG_20190724_205520.jpg IMG_20190724_204753.jpg IMG_20190724_210955.jpg
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    We camped very close to downtown Madison for 13 dlls. It has a stunning Capitol building which surprisingly seemed to have little security. We wondered around it for quite awhile. We left around dusk when the homeless were starting to appear. The homeless situation in most cities in the States is severe and something we are not used to seeing a lot of in Mexico. Maybe I am blind to it. On the other hand we have a lot of poverty. IMG_20190726_171251.jpg IMG_20190726_171519.jpg IMG_20190726_173422 (1).jpg
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    When we entered into Wisconsin we were told about EAA Oskosk air show. We were in the area so spent the weekend there. We are not into airplanes at all but it was neat to see the planes especially the older ones. My father was a prisoner of war in Germany and was liberated by US troops and flown home on a B52. He was sent back to basic training but the war ended before he finished. He was 17 when he was captured. He was a motorcycle dispatch rider hence my love of bikes and hatred of war and violence. Not sure if that makes me a snowflake. IMG_20190727_145012.jpg IMG_20190727_145043.jpg IMG_20190727_145445.jpg IMG_20190727_214520.jpg IMG_20190727_163432.jpg
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    We rode into Green Bay earlish on a Sunday morning and headed downtown to have a look around. There were lots of people and we parked the bike locked our gear on it and followed the people. It turned out the Tall Ships were in town. We paid 12 dlls and spent the day looking at sailing ships. They also had the World's Biggest Duck there. The ships were smaller than I imagined and life on them must have been very harsh. On the other hand life for us was pretty easy the weather continued to be outstanding and it seemed wherever we went there were shows and events. IMG_20190728_123505.jpg IMG_20190728_151449.jpg IMG_20190728_204836_1.jpg IMG_20190728_123505.jpg IMG_20190728_121800.jpg
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    IMG_20190729_111622.jpg IMG_20190729_124612.jpg IMG_20190729_125215.jpg IMG_20190729_141511.jpg IMG_20190729_142343.jpg A couple of days after Green Bay we rolled into a town to discover The Tall Ships were sailing into the harbour. Seeing them docked was pretty amazing seeing them with their sails out was real awesome. Unfortunately I didn't get any pics. We spent the next couple of days at a campsite on the Peninsula and went up to Gill's Rock and generally soaked up the relaxed vibe in the area.
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    When we rode to Madison we went by Chicago. As we are big city people we were looking forward to spending a couple of days there before Ivonne flew home. We took a highway that went to the side of the city. There was a lot of traffic and I thought pressing the detour button was a good option. It took us off the freeway and into the South Side of Chicago. It was an eye opener. It felt hostile and dangerous. It was the only part of the trip that was an adventure. We didn't stop to take pictures and in about 20 blocks we were back on the highway.
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    We couldn't find a campsite very close to Milwaukee do ended up camping about 45 mins away which was fine. We went to a sculpture museum set in a beautiful garden which only opens on a Wednesday and Sunday. We were lucky enough to be in town on a Wednesday. They also had a bonsai garden complete with an old man trimming them. After the sculptures we rode into Milwaukee in the afternoon to check out where the museum was. It is a stunning piece of architecture. We discovered it was 18 dlls to get in but Ivonne really wanted to see it. She is an artist and makes some very unique sculptures. We then found a free concert with some guys called the Henhouse Prowlers who played bluegrass. We sat and listened until dusk and then rode back to camp. The next day was expensive museum day but when we got there we discovered it was free because it was the first Thursday of the month. We went downtown for lunch and walked around a little but it was not very attractive and we couldn't figure out what to do there. We went into a building with a Tourist info center but it was closed. The security lady told us downtown Milwaukee was undergoing a renovation. A policeman t here started talking to us and turned out to be a motorcycle cop. He invited outside to get some pics on his bike. Very cool guy whose day works for the Yamaha Demo Fleet. He gave me the name of a dealer who could check out the misfiring issue on my bike. He also said it was Bike night at Harley Davidson Museum. There were over 1,300 bikes there but I think I was the only Yamaha. While we were there we met 2 Mexicans on BMWs. A fun evening of black Tshirts and rock and roll.

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