Bill's Superior Adventure
Monday 17th Sept
Tried to get going a little earlier; left the apartment
with Jen as she went to work, but I forgot my jacket liner at her place.
So I got to see her office and box-o-cash. Now I have everything and have
said good-bye again. I have about 3/4 of a tank and the oil looks good.
It's really muggy this morning, but all should be good once I
get out of the city.
I'm off for Houghton via Duluth and the lake shore.
Stop for gas in Sandstone, MN.
flew up at 85+.
maybe i'll stop at the rider warehouse in duluth.
Leaving Wisconsin Point after an encounter with gravity and a nice pine-needle nap.
Wisconsin Point is a park at the very end of Lake Superior. It's a huge sand bar
that comes up to the Superior Entry, the end of the water way starting all the way at
St. Lawerence Seaway. I stopped at the park, and just as I was trying to get
a metal plate under the kickstand to keep the bike from sinking I pushed a little too
hard and the bike tipped over and away from me. I couldn't really stop it, but I slowed
the bike and set it down gently. After a couple tried and then unloading the bike I was
able to right it again. Phew.
I wandered out to visit the end of the lake on this overcast day, and then found a nice bed
of pine needles to take a nap. It was very peaceful out there.
No local flavor today, thanks. Just scarfed a crisp chicken sandwich from Mcdonalds.
I stopped in Bayfield and picked up 4.1 gallons of wonderfuel.
Up north by the Apostle Islands was beautiful. Makes me want to learn sea kayaking. There
are a dozen wooded islands all within about 10 miles of each other. Spending time in the
area could be a great adventure.
So from here on out it's pretty well-known territory, But I do remember a lot of
highway 26 up into Houghton to be really nice. Don't recall how much time is left, but
I'm going guess about 2 hours.
Wow, this place seems to be the after-school spot. Time to scoot before some
teenie-bopper runs into my motorcycle.
I'm sitting here staring at my bike and I can hardly believe I've ridden so far on
the thing. My baby. After seeing so many bikes in Minneapolis I like my motorcycle
even more and don't at all regret buying a relatively big bike for a beginner. It's
served me well already.
Apply Jacket Liner, git!
Doug, a guy from the area stops to talk to me in the parking lot. He has a ZRX-1100.
We chatted about bikes, jackets, and not running into fluffy deer. He also tells me
county highway 519 is a nice route that will wind me up to Boundary road that borders
the Porcupine National Forest. Sounds like a plan to me!
Left the Amoco with 4.0 gallons of gas and headed down to Taco Bell. mmm. So now I'm in
hoton. Off to find Ila now.
Had a great ride going up from wakefield on county 519 up to Couth Boundary road in
the Porcupine Mountains. While I was up there I stopped at Lake of the
Clouds, one of my most favorite spots in the world. I was overcast, but still beautiful
and peaceful. I sat at the edge of the cliff for about 20 minutes just staring into the
trees below. In case I wasn't yet at peace with myself during this vacation, I was then.