Western Yoop Wanderings

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

  1. LateToTheGame

    LateToTheGame Been here awhile Supporter

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    March through October - that's basically what I get here in southern Wisconsin. I can live with that. Not sure how my wife would take to my getting a snowmobile, but who knows. We've never lived where the snow comes so deep and lasts so long...

    We did a bit of exploring around Ontanogan a couple years ago. I was pretty amazed at the low house prices, but the town did seem a bit depressed after a mine closure. Still - and this was October - a lovely and vibrant little town. If I can find a decent cafe and a good coffee place I'm happy. We hiked in the Porkies, rode mountain bikes, drank beer from Kewanau (sp?) Brewing... A good time was had by all. We've also been snowshoeing and ice climbing around Pictured Rocks. The UP is really lovely, an under appreciated place. I kinda hope it stays that way. Can't have it going all Colorado...

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  2. Ever Onward

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    The Yoop varies quite alot weather wise and snow wise from area to area. Anywhere near the great lakes shore the temp is moderated by the lake water in relation. Several miles inland can be very different.

    Lake effect snow can also be a HUGE difference. I live in the " Big Snow " band of western Yoop. It can have double the snow of nearby areas. The Keweenaw penninsula can have double what we have ! It can be as different as 3 inches on the lake michigan shoreline area and 3 feet up near Calumet at the same time.

    Sledding is amazing ! The groomed trail system is vast and very well kept. A outfitter will rent sleds by the day to give it a try. A good one right here in Ironwood rents these awesome 4 stroke Ski Doo touring sleds.........the cadillac of snowmobiles. We also have 5 different alpine ski areas, and hunnerts of kilometers of groomed XC sking and snowshoeing. Its a winter wonderland for sure.

    The cool thing about winter is its like a completely different area than summer on the sled trails. Its like going to a whole other area every 6 months of season change.

    BTW, Ontonogon real estate is very pricey compared to here alot of the time.




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  3. Ever Onward

    Ever Onward Older,Wiser, Smarter

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    I rode out to Mellen Wisconsin then angled up towards Gurney. Along the way I spotted a sign going north. Turns out it was a Bad River Indian reservation road. Boy, did that lead to a rural adventure !



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    The roads were super smooth and firm, but very little signs of vehical use, ......................... VERY little. I did not see a single car or person for the next 3 hours....... nothing.

    No pull offs, no driveways, no camps, no cabins. Nothing. No sign of man ever being there except the road and bridges.



    I started to run into Turks Cap Lily's alongside the road. Love the droopy upside down flower buds.



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    After a few miles came this great bridge.

    As with most all American indian rez, steel traffic signs serve a important job .......... target practice !



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    I climbed down to the riverside beach and found it to be the Potato River. I also spotted the nicest grafitti done very cleanly I have seen on a rez.





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    Close by the Potato river beach was first some pink Musk Mallow flowers, then further along was some great 4 foot high white Queen of the Meadow blooms.



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    This sign has dual meanings.

    First is " Trucks take note, steep hill ahead "

    Second is the tribes version, ........ " We shoot white mans tires out on downhill. " :lol3




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    At the bottom of the hill was this great bridge over the Bad River. There had been a good rain storm a day or so before, and sadly this river is full of farm runoff and erosion from upstream. Its rarely, if ever, half way clear water. Its pretty much one of the only area rivers with this kind of problem.





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    Another 15 miles of gravel road go by with nothing but forest for as far as the horizon, then another few miles to the next horizon, then another batch of miles to the next horizon................ then suddenly, A INTERSECTION !

    I looked for a sign, but all that was left was the pole.

    And what a pole it was ! I have never seen one shot clean through this much before.

    About this time, the thought crosses my mind " I wonder what a angry Bad River rez guy will think of a old white guy with a long pony tail on some shiney motorbike, ridin around solo on HIS rez ? "

    I then figured to try and not find out. Time to head north to the big highway.





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    As I point the bike north, I see something across the intersection.

    Yup, its a tribal " Yield to all big caliber bullet's " sign !

    Definately time to head north.




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  11. chethro

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    More common to have muddy rivers here than clear unfortunately. Some lakes, creeks and rivers always look like chocolate milk.
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    Cant give a like to that post there. I thought of your flood pics when I found the Bad River and found it to be full Yoo - Hoo milk color. :lol3

    I used to own a farmette in Southern Wisconsin. Lots of errosion runoff when big summer thunderstorms hit down there.

    Up here its alot of sandy soil and rock, along with filtering vegetation in most places. Most flowing water is clean except for the golden tannin's tinting it.
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    Rode several miles north and still didnt hit the big highway I expected to.

    Did pass a half dozen curve signs though. Most were less readable than this one.

    Some nice flowers though.




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    About another 5 miles more and I finally hit pavement. A dozen miles after that I stopped at the highway quicky mart and tavern off Da rez. Stocked up on Miller corn cobbers, ate fresh fries and thanked the white mans guardian angle's I never saw a person the whole time .

    At first it was cool, but about 20 miles in, and it being super remote, and obviously rarely traveled, I cant say it was relaxing with all the shot to piss signs. If I wasnt solo, It would have been alot less worrysome. My little flip phone had no service the entire time.

    As a parting shot I looked back as I left the final curve........ yup, another "Leaner" nearly shot off da pole !




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    Decided to carry on north all the way to Lake Superior.

    Along the way, I found a great patch of purple Crown Vetch. Im told they used to be planted by road crews for erosion control in ditches long ago.




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    The beach at Gitcheegumi had a strong NW breeze comin on shore and the temp was around 64.

    Some cool driftwood in the piles these days.



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    Its allways cooler near the lake...........

    In a multitude of different dimensions ! :thumb




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    I remember that from when we were there and it shows in a lot of your pictures too, lots of tannins.
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    Alot like medium body beer in a way ! :photog

    The only water that hasn't got some level of tannin is Lake Superior which is crystal clear if it has no storm runoff in it.
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