Day 1 - ride to Killarney Provincial Park. No big deal - 465.6km.
|All set up|
We had gorgeous weather, but the idiots who used our site before us hadn't a clue about keeping a tidy campsite. There was garbage everywhere, and the ground was strewn with pumpkin seeds. We had to be extra vigilant to keep our food away from the constant influx of chipmunks, red squirrels and the boldest raccoons we'd ever seen!
Day 2 - ride to Science North & back to Killarney. 192.5km "rest day"
|NO PANTS BEFORE COFFEE|
|Raccoon print on the mesh tent right by my pillow.|
I knew I heard sniffing in the night..
|Grey rat snake cuddles|
|Flying squirrel selfie!|
|Lunch on the patio overlooking Ramsey Lake|
|Back toward Killarney with the Hwy 69 wildlife bridge ahead|
|Sunset over George Lake|
Day 3 - ride to Brimley State Park. 438.7km
We arose, packed & saddled up, and rode the hell out of Canada. I took a chill stopping for gas in Espanola on Hwy 17, then had to stop in Blind River to put on a jacket or I'd have frozen to death. Gorgeous sunshine, but no warmth to the air at all and a damn cold wind coming off Lake Huron. We crossed the border at Sault Ste. Marie, grabbed some groceries, then got set up on our campsite at Brimley State Park.
|Tent up and bikes unloaded.|
Located at the Southern end of Whitefish Bay on the South shore of Lake Superior, we were frozen to the bone by the wind from the North coming directly in off the lake. A short walk down a little path from our campsite did afford a stunning view, though, to take the sting out of the 5c/40f temperatures.
|Sunset over Gitche Gumee|
|Looking back East toward Canada|
Day 4 - Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, H58 & ride to Fayette Historic State Park. 435.5km
The wind died overnight, but it was still a cold start for what would be our toughest day of the tour. As we pulled out in glorious sun after some early morning showers, I remarked to Tanker that it was "just another day in paradise". We made the turn onto Hwy 123 to head North to Whitefish Point and a sign told us we'd have to stop 22 miles from there to get this photo.
|It was just too much of a coincidence.|
|Solemn and respectful treatment of artifacts recovered from the many ships claimed by Superior|
|A poignant reminder that the modern era is far from immune to a Great Lake's wrath|
|The signal is still operated by the USCG and the keeper's residence has been completely restored|
|Looking North from Whitefish Point to the great expanse of Superior|
|Haulin' down H58.|
This is before we got stuck behind a slow-moving Mercury that rather ruined the ride.
We stopped in Munising, where H58 ends, to fuel the bikes and ourselves and pick up groceries. Departing at 6pm, we knew we'd be hard pressed to get our campsite at Fayette set up before dark, but had a wonderful haul down H13 through the Hiawatha National Forest that was just like riding speeder bikes on Endor. The final 17 miles down from US-2 were very chilly and we were totally ready to be done with the motorcycles - 270 miles of curves plus a museum in one day will wear you the hell out!
|Another stunning sunset over Big Bay de Noc, on the North shore of Lake Michigan|
We made it to the campground by 7:15pm to discover no staff on site: self-registration only (glad we'd reserved in advance) with no firewood or ice available. Neighbours were kind enough to supply us with some ice & offered a spot 'round their campfire - the former was very helpful, but the latter we missed by not managing to have eaten dinner by the time they went to bed. At least it wasn't quite as cold as Brimley - about 8c/46f.
To be continued..