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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by danisOTR, Jun 29, 2020.
We will be riding down the UP on the western side. We are looking forward to it. Thanks
8/17/2020 Superior, WI to Iron Mountain, WI
Went to the mother ship today in Duluth. Visited Aerostich. Scored a pair of roppers for $25. Patti got an ellipse for her Roadcrafter two piece. Could have spent a lot more money but we resisted.
We headed out route 2 from Superior. Beautiful riding weather. Blue sky, temperatures in the 70’s.
All was well until the motorcyclists most feared and frequent deadly occurrence happened. Riding into an intersection some FUCKING IDIOT turned left in front of us. Full on skid braking for both of us. I was headed into the rear quarter panel of the red SUV that had pulled in front of us. I thought for sure I was going in. Then miraculously my rear tire skidded to the right and the front of my bike was pointing around the rear of the FUCKING IDIOT. Patti was skidding as well but was far enough behind me that by the time the FUCKING IDIOT had finished their turn she was not in danger. However, if I had hit and the car stopped Patti would have hit as well.
We pulled over on the other side of the intersection. Do you think anyone stopped? NO! I was tempted to chase the FUCKING IDIOT but we both needed to calm down. We took 5 minutes or so to gather ourselves then carried on. In another few hours we made it to Iron Mountain and are relaxing for the 6th night in a row in a hotel instead of a tent.
8/16/2020 Sunday Grand Forks, ND to Superior, WI
290-mile day. Nice dry cool weather. All on route 2. Time flew listening to Audio Books. No pictures. Good Chinese food in Superior.
8/15/2020 Saturday Grand Forks, ND
Down day. Stayed an additional day in Grand Forks to dry out our gear. Just some shopping and jacuzzi.
had me there for a minute or two, happily you were One of the few that made it.
I keep my eye on the left turns like I would a snake on the sidewalk.
I’m sure the FUCKING IDIOT just “didn’t see you”. You’re not very obvious in that yellow “stitch”. FUCKING IDIOT!
FUCKING IDIOT is right. I don’t think you could be more conspicuous.
Both Patti and I both wear hi-viz. I have extra lights and am riding an RTP ( police bike). We are sitting here tonight still in shock. The luckiest part is that I didn’t go after them. If I had I’d be in jail for man slaughter.
Glad you guys are safe the road can be dangerous to say the least. Aerostich is a favorite stop for me
Dont miss the Keewanau Penninsula out to Copper Harbor, or the Superior shore from Marquette to Munising.!
What a great trip you guys are having
8/19/2020 Wednesday Moran, MI
Took a boat trip to Mackinac Island. Tourist Trap! No motorized vehicles. So you have hundreds of people riding bicycles. Most of whom haven’t done so in years. It was cool to see all the horse drawn carriages and how draught horses do all the hauling.
What really pissed me off is there is a mandatory mask rule and maybe 20% of the people were wearing them. The only time they put them on is when they went into store. No social distancing. Then you have all these out of shape people walking and peddling all over the place. Hopefully we don’t get sick but it makes me sick to see peoples total lack of courtesy. We had our masks on ALL THE TIME. Too many people around not to.
But Patti took some nice pictures!
8/18/2020. Tuesday Iron Mountain, WI to Moran, MI
Just a 200 mile today. All Route 2. No issues. Camped in USFS Site for $10/night. But great views of Lake Michigan.
Oh my goodness! I just got back to reading your blog, you both had a real close shave. I remember at a safety course the guy saying over and over again that one day you’ll be unpleasantly surprised by an idiot on the road. You could get hurt. You sure met the idiot.
I am glad it all worked out ok....keep your native humor and enjoy riding. Your blog continues to be great to read. The pictures are superb. Keep it up.
8/20/2020 Thursday Moran, MI to Manistee, MI
Rain overnight slowed our pack in the morning. We finally left the campground at 9:45. We still had to pack the tent fly and tent wet.
Over the Mackinaw Bridge. With the exception of ¼ mile or so we were able to stay on the paved side. We did have to cross over to the metal side due to construction. I would not have wanted to ride the entire length on the metal.
We took M199, which is referred to as “Tunnel of the Trees”. Nice twisty road that runs along the coast. You get glimpses of the lake from time to time. No time to take your eyes off the road with the twist and turns coming so quickly.
We are doing 200 mile days so not a lot of time on the road each day. We were in Manistee, MI. We stayed at the Manistee Hotel which is right across the street from the water. Inexpensive hotel but it worked out.
In the evening we walked to a local joint (cash only) just down the street. The place was all but empty. There were seats set up at up at the bar with clear plastic separating them from the bartender. We had some wings and a burger headed back to the hotel and called it a night.
8/21/2020 Manistee, MI to Battle Creek, MI
We are doing what I call “Mission Riding”. Laying down miles. It was a 200 mile run from Manistee to Battle Creek. 90% of the ride was highway. So, there was no really interesting sites.
We are staying at a Red Roof Hotel. This was the least expensive place available. When doing “Mission Riding” we don’t want to spend time setting up and breaking down camp.
Tomorrow we head to Cleveland. We have reservations at a Double Tree, which oddly was fairly inexpensive. We plan on going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
After that we will head to western PA then to the Finger Lakes where we will camp for a couple of days.
Some Screen Prints of our Routes
Trip Cost Update
Trip to date:
Looks like a fun trip. I did something similar this summer, but did not go any further west than Theodore Roosevelt National Park due to time. I took the UP West and followed the Canadian border across MN and part of ND. Coming back I took the USS Badger back across Lake MI as this is the last coal fired ferry left in the country operating under a special permit. Another alternate route when you find yourself in this part of the country again and the Canadian border is open is to enter/exit the US at Sault Ste Marie. You can follow Lake Huron down through the Manitoulin Islands and take the ferry across into Tobermory Ont. With this route you can avoid the interstates get back to the Eastern US and it is a very nice ride.
8/22/2020 Saturday Battle Creek, MI to Westlake, OH
A quick 3.5 hours on the highway took us from Battle Creek to Westlake, OH which is a few miles from Cleveland. We booked ourselves into a Double Tree Hotel for almost the same price we paid for the Red Roof Inn.
As we were so close to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we could not pass up visiting. After depositing our gear in our room and quick showers we were back on the RT heading into Cleveland.
Free Parking for Motorcycles!
The “Hall” has metered visits and you have to buy tickets for a certain time window. When we arrived at 3:30 we were subjected to a temperature check. Nice. Mask are 100% required. Also, nice. However, you are on your own for social distancing. Some people just don’t care.
The tour of the Hall begins on the lower level where you are asked to follow the arrows through the individual exhibits. There are innumerable pieces of memorabilia. Also, they timeline the advent and progression of Rock and Roll.
As we progressed through the exhibits, we saw every conceivable thing that can be imagined from posters, costumes, instruments to a three-wheeled motorcycle that had been commissioned by Elvis. Unfortunately, there were several areas shut down due to Covid.
We spent 90 minutes touring around and had to leave when they closed at 5. For anyone that is really into the history of rock and roll you should plan at least double that and maybe more especially when they get all the exhibits open again.
Some Random Pictures.
I’m not much into music but Patti is a huge Bruce Springsteen fan as is evidenced by the photos she took.
8/23/2020 Sunday Westlake, OH
Down day today. We opted to stay at the Double Tree another night. We started the day getting laundry done as we will be camping Monday-Friday so we needed to get this done.
Friends of ours recommended we go to the West Side Market in Cleveland so we mounted up and headed back into the city.
The area the Market is in an area that has numerous restaurants and new condos. It has a farmers market area as well as meats, pastries and ethnic food options. I’d gain a lot of weight if we lived nearby.
Here are some pictures that Patti too as we strolled through the area.
8/24/2020 Westlake, OH to Letchworth State Park, NY
WE slabbed to Letchworth to begin the last four days of camping for this trip. Letchworth was voted the best State Park in the US. The Genesee River runs through the center of the park and over the millennium has carved into the soft rock that surround the water. There are sections that are 550 feet deep from the edge to the bottom of the canyon that the River runs through. It lead to some very interesting features.
Pretty standard set up for camping. Arrive and spend an hour or so setting up camp. We decided to eat out of our cooler so all we needed from the camp store was ice.
8/25/2020 Letchworth State Park, NY
Today we decided to visit the north section of the park. There is a dam that was erected by the Army Core or Engineers. There are view points along the park road that runs parallel to the river/canyon.
We stopped in the main area where there is an Olympic size pool. The parking lot was all but empty.
Here are some shots of this section of the park and the Dam.
From here we went to Geneseo which is the closest town with a grocery store. We had lunch at a pizza place then headed to the store where we stocked up for our stay.
A couple of pictures from Geneseo.
That done we headed back to camp.