Touring the U.P. Sept.17th weekend

Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by katoom525, Aug 31, 2004.

  1. katoom525

    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    The plan is to leave Grayslake aroung 6:00 thursday Sept. 16. Arrive at my buddies cabin in Stephenson by 10:30 - four and a half hour drive (trailering).
    Take off first thing A.M. head for Marquette Two hours by car, but we will take almost all snowmobile trails to get there, very little pavement. All sand and back roads.
    Stay in Marquette over night, I have arranged for indoor sleeping (cost me $15,000 per year, My son is in college there we'll stay in the dorms with him that night. Next day will traverse along the upper edge along Lake Superior. Find some woods or whatever to sleep that night. Next night work down though Hiawatha U.S forest Preserve(good trails) and slowly work our4 way back to Stephenson. Sleep in the woods wherever again Sun. night, then arrive back at the truck Mon. morning aroun 10:00 or 12:00 load up and drive home. We could always come home Sunday night as well.
    Anyone interested is welcome.
    Right now it's me on my 525exc, Rusty on his 250exc, John on his xr650.
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  2. motojoe

    motojoe Arrest Cheney and Bush

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    Damn I was looking forward to this too.
    you guys are gonna have an awesome time.

    joe
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  3. ktrjc

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    Enjoy your trip, lots of good scenery up there.
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  4. katoom525

    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    Change of plans----

    I'll be on my 950 adventure
    Rusty is out buying a 950 adventure as I type this.

    So, we'll be on big bikes. But all are welcome.
    We could plan a meeting spot if anyone can make a day or two.
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  5. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    I go to Marq. every year and run (yes run in feet) a half Marathon on that weekend, beautiful country. I always ride a bike up and call it my dual-sport adventure i.e. run, bike, .. Not sure if I'll be taking the V-Strom or DR650 ( I may sell it) or haul DRZ up in PU.

    Maybe I'll see ya up there. I had hoped to ride over to the Shipwreck Museum.

    Joe in Marseilles.
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  6. katoom525

    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    Tell me when and where to hook up with ya. My son knows the entire area, it'd be cool to get in in a small ride together.
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  7. ktrjc

    ktrjc Displaced Yooper

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    Shipwreck Museum is great, well worth the ride, great scenery. You can either take M-28 over to M-123 north to Paradise, or once you hit Munising, you can take sand/gravel roads over to about 15-20 miles southwest of Paradise.
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  8. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    I'll arrive Friday evening and stay at the City Park campground (unless weather is bad-then I'll camp at the Holiday Inn :). The race is Sat. morning out on 550 (Harlow Lake Rd) about 5 m from town. I usually go for a swim in the lake after the race should be done about 12:00 or there abouts.

    I also planned to take quick look at a 5 acre parcel over by Munising (at some point during the weekend). I'll send you a PM with cell phone number. Not sure what I'm riding yet, either DR650 or V-Strom. Sounds like fun!

    NOTE: Had planned on selling the DR today but some unnamed dump ass (Me) didn' t think to switch fuel tank to reserve when the bike would not start!! Of course I did later and the bike ran like a "champ"
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  9. chain

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    just wasnt meant to be :deal
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  10. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    Well Chain,

    Looks like the DR will visit the Farm in a few weeks :)

    Joe
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    looking forward to it Joe

    cheers
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  12. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    I was up in the UP in May and asked a ranger about those snowmobile trails next to the highway. He said they were off limits to wheeled vehicles. That's not the trails you're talking about, is it?

    Cool place to ride. I kicked myself for not bringing my bike.
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  13. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    I'll probably just stick to gravel roads. Somewhere I remember reading about a 20 mile stretch (or there abouts) of gravel right along lake Superior. Maybe I'll be able to ride that on the way to the Shipwreck Museum.
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  14. trailuser

    trailuser take the backroads

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    I wish you were going too Joe. I guy never know's when he'll need a battery :)

    I hope the healing process is going well! Were you able to stay in school?

    Is it to early to ask what you'll replace the KLR with?
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  15. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    When I was up there, Vstromrunner, I only drove on two, yes two, paved roads. The rest were gravel or dirt/sand. I don't think you'll have a problem finding 20 miles of gravel. We towed a boat 20 or so miles on dirt only to find a sand boat ramp at the mouth of the Two-Hearted river. I really wanna ride up there. What's the weather like right now?
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  16. katoom525

    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    :1drink See Ya!:1drink :1drink :freaky :puke1 :cry :nod
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    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    OK, so we're driving down the road and off to the side we see a DR650 loaded w/ more stuff than I could fit in my Expedition, and in the ditch we see a sleeping rider, so naturally we asumed it must be Vstromrunner, it was.

    So that was pretty cool to just randomly run into him. Rusty,Joe and I ran a good route covering a lot of ORV trails, gravel roads and sand roads, we camped at the Laughing falls state park (we got there just before dark, left at sunrise) no one was the wiser, it was an awsome place to stay.

    I'll try to get some pictures up, not sure how yet.
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  18. ktrjc

    ktrjc Displaced Yooper

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    Lets see those photos. :thumb
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    katoom525 Been here awhile

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    How?
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  20. kfsinc

    kfsinc Chaingolian Observer Supporter

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    You can upload pics one at a time here, or link to them on Smugmug or some other photo sharing site.

    I'm a big fan of Smugmug -- www.smugmug.com -- Baldy runs it too.

    Rusty stopped by yesterday -- sounds like you had a great trip!
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