Western Yoop Wanderings

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by Ever Onward, May 13, 2021.

  1. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    Went westward into Iron County Wisconsin to a area near Gurney. Made it to where the North Country National Scenic trail winds around.

    The trail goes right through Wren Falls. A super cool steep rock gorge. Very convoluted and a bit of a tricky hike, but well worth it. Its the Tyler Forks river.

    Its a bit of a tough 2 track the last bit, and its soft and rough near the end. It would be a challenge after a rain on anything less than my DR with decent tires.



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    The trail goes all the way around both sides of the gorge with a fantastic bridge that crosses the river. Its rugged, but cool stuff along the way. Lots of small view points of different sections of the river and the falls.



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    Several different varietys of deep forest moss. This light colored patch right alongside a conventional green patch was about 5 inches tall and very spongey, fluffy.




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    Everything is soft and green. Lots of ferns line the trail route.




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    There were a few very exotic colored darning needle flys around. Their body's were a green / blue chrome color, and the wings were gloss black !



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    As you finally make your way to the far side of the narrows. Its a high rock cliff, alot of it in the shade, with moss, ferns and un even rock. You need to take caution and step carefully to not slip or trip as you make it to the edge. One slip and you could be headfirst into the falls. Its entirely possible if it wasnt a holiday week that nobody else might come along for a few days. Not a situation you want when adventuring solo.



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    After the far side, I hiked back around to the bike and went out on the tall rock cliff penninsula. Its not for the squeamish, those afraid of heights, or anybody prone to vertigo. It get narrow, rock is uneven and jagged, and nowhere to catch yourself if you fall. I took each step and made sure I was planted before I took the next.

    You also would be wise to be sure your camera strap is attached real well. I know some folks dont think Forma Adventure boots are tough enough for ADV, but the soles and the compound of the tread on stuff like this is great. Far better than some of the other more armor oriented boots. Its a trade off.

    Havin had both, Im stickin with the Forma's since its far more likely I would get hurt with all the hiking I do in em than crashing on the bike.

    Just wanted to warn folks with hard plastic like boots with hard soles. Alot of these waterfall shots are taken from very nasty rock outcroppings. You dont want to slip.




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    Lotsa cool cedar trees all around. They sometimes grow straight out of a crack in the rock !



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    It was gettin hot up on the rocks, and I would guess it was near 70 degrees from the suns reflection.

    Time to head to a safe place it the shade and have a cold one before heading out.



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    For those needing a visual image to find Wren Fall's, and you will encounter a few sketchy junctions trying,..............

    Simply look for the 50 year old brown sign thats all shot up, and the artistic font letters ! :photog



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    I would miss the hills, but I do like your area. Between riding and canoeing the lakes I think I could have a blast. :nod
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    I wish I had more time and ambition to kayak around here. I have not bought a yak since moving back, knowing I would not get enough done on the 3 property's Im currently fixing and dealing with........... and still put in time to ADV with motorbikes and sleds ! :lol3

    Cant do it all as a one man stoner show ! :lol2

    There is a super wide variety of water to play with. Some is navigable to various extents, other stuff is hike in tight fishing only. The thing thats super hard for me to turn a blind eye is the affordability for a handy guy to find a fixable 24 foot sailboat for cheap, and the low cost of either a slip, or in and out dry dock across the road for extra super cheap on Lake Superior. I have passed up several great deals for only a few grand that only needed a little TLC and $ 500 in materials.

    I know the danger of the inland ocean, and the pleasant season is only about 4 months long, so Im honest enough to know it would take over alot of spare time, and things would suffer elsewhere. Hell, Im still fixing stuff from this last snowmobile season to sell off ! :rofl
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    A ways east is a small country cemetary out by itself. Nearest little village of Upson is a ways south.

    Its actually two cemetarys. Greenwood on the west side of the road, and directly across the road on the east side is Calvary. They appear to be built by the same builder and look to be same age. Ornamental metalwork on the gates is very turn of the century style. I cant find much history on either other than burial dates.

    It seems as if both civilians and military are buried on both sides ? Greenwood also seems to have several deaths of under 1 year of age from back in the pioneer age of the area.



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    On the Calvary side, some are very well cared for.



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    Others have lichens growing on them like beards and mustaches on the figurines.


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    This one was all by itself. Yet somebody put plastic flowers by it. Im wondering why the rest of the marker was never engraved ? Odd.


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    This is the typical old school arrangement with a family. Main stone in the middle, and seperate headstones for each person.


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    Some have fallen to just bits and pieces.


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    Some have had trees grow so much, it squeezes the marker tight.

    I find old country cemetarys interesting. It tells a story of a rural area. Its interesting to think this was a small dirt road, and mostly nothing but horse and buggy when it first came to be.



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    Nice pictures and storyline. Rode in the area years ago.
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    Ran across a unexplainable sign on a gravel road.

    Closest ski area is several miles away, and this is not really any route to or from it.

    Seems mostly snowboard / skater related. Maybe a secret meet up and party spot from a few years back ?



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    The cat tails are growin good. Last years are fluffin out now, and this years leaves are chest high and growin fast.


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    Everything all nice and quiet out at Upson Lake. Lots of small minnows near the landing.



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    The old Upson town hall is a cool brick and masonry building. A real cool entry door area. The brickwork and masonry owl's are neat.



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    The rose bushes out back are kinda left to time and nature. But, they still bloom.




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    How long do you figure is your moto riding season? My wife and I are both retired now, and we are thinking of a move to the UP for the quiet, the green, the trails, and (believe it or not) the snow...

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    Well, if you want to include snowmobiling, I ride about 11 months a year. There is about 4 to 6 weeks a year where its just not worth riding one or the other. All other times its great. You do need the right gear to be comfy from October thru April, but if you do that, you would be shocked how great it is if you have not tried it yet.

    Sleddin is actually more comfortable than a motorbike in the cold. Motorbike season is basically late March thru October. Sled season is December thru March. November is garage wrenchin month. Wait till you see what property and taxes cost here ! You will be stunned if you are used to Sconny pricing ! :D

    Feel free to PM me with any questions.
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    The milkweed is starting to bloom and the Monarch butterfly's are very happy about that.



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    This is the best patch of Black Eyed Susan's I have spotted so far.


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