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  • R111S
    started a topic Lake Superior Circle Tour 08-15JUN2019

    Lake Superior Circle Tour 08-15JUN2019

    Hadn't been around Lake Superior since I did it the first time Solo on my '86 Yamaha FJ1200...that trip was a blur. This time with 4 Riding Buds and going Counter-Clockwise from Superior Wisconsin. It was cold and sometimes very wet. The flying insects were ravenous as well. Locals told us that August is better. Border crossings (Sault Saint Marie and Grand Portage) were un-eventful. Saw many Deer mainly in Wisconsin.

    We had 3 Riders running Sena 30K, one Rider with a Sena 20S, and Me with my new Sena 20S EVO. It was frustrating the first few days till we began using Voice Commands. The one that worked the best was "Intercom x" where "x" is "one", "two", "three", or "four". It didn't seem to matter which intercom channel was selected, just cycle through them till you get everyone connected. Sometime an Echo would begin and we had to power down and up and try again. We suspect Sena did allot of software development with the Voice Commands but maybe don't validate between newer and older rmodels.

    B'fast east of Superior Wisconsin North of Houghton MI on the east side of the Peninsula.  Flying insects were in Attack Mode! Hotel Room facing Lake Superior in Munising Michigan

  • R111S
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    Hi Lee, that looks like a nice place. We stayed a bit south of Wawa here: http://www.bestnorthern.ca/ It was fine there. The Couple that runs it is from Poland, hence the Pirogi in their Restaurant. We were cold and wet when we got there, having slogged ~350 miles in ~50 F rain. My Rain Gear didn't hold up well...I'm seriously looking at buying a new Klim Riding Jacket/Pants before the next long trip.

  • Lee
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    Dan, did you stay in Wawa or a few miles south of town?
    The White Fang south of town was a good motel and the place across the highway had great food.

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  • Lee
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    Originally posted by RS530 View Post
    Dan,
    how long does it take to do the circle? How many miles is it actually? Looks like a cool ride, something I may want to do one of these days!
    I think we took 12 days from southern Iowa.

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  • RS530
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    Dan,
    wow, I didn’t realize it was 2,500 miles, thats awesome! Going to have to talk to my buddy about doing that ride.

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  • R111S
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    Hi Dan, for me ~2.5k miles. We left East Peoria IL and rode to Superior WI. From there we went counter-clockwise around. We overnighted in Houghton MI, Munising MI, Wawa ON, Nipigon ON and back to Eau Claire WI via Superior WI. The locals told us August is the best time of year to go. Others have said September is good too.

  • RS530
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    Dan,
    how long does it take to do the circle? How many miles is it actually? Looks like a cool ride, something I may want to do one of these days!

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  • Lee
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    Impressive when you can see these ships up close.
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  • Lee
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    Originally posted by R111S View Post

    . Here's a link to the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum that tells about the Edmond Fitzgerald sinking (https://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/). All 29 Crew Members of he Edmond Fitzgerald lost their lives in a November Storm. They were only 15 miles out from White Fish Point. A Music Artist named Gordon Lightfoot made a song about it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vST6hVRj2A).
    Both Debbie and I did not hear about the shipwreck on the news when it happened. We did not know it was a true story until we visited one of the Great Lakes museums in the 80s.

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  • Lee
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    The Great Lake Ships can be bigger than ocean going ships.

  • R111S
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    Originally posted by FR4N View Post
    Thought that was by the sea until I Google mapped it. Its huge!!
    Unless I'm mistaken, Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world. Here's a link to the Great Lakes Ship Wreck Museum that tells about the Edmond Fitzgerald sinking (https://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/). All 29 Crew Members of he Edmond Fitzgerald lost their lives in a November Storm. They were only 15 miles out from White Fish Point. A Music Artist named Gordon Lightfoot made a song about it (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9vST6hVRj2A).

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  • cabnfvr
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    They build ocean size ships just to work on the Great Lakes!!

  • FR4N
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    Thought that was by the sea until I Google mapped it. Its huge!!

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  • RS530
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    Dan,
    looks like you had a great time! Something I need to put on my bucket list.

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  • cabnfvr
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    We don't have pics but it's amazing how quick one can turn around when rounding a turn and THERE are pickups and excavators and stuff moving all over the place.
    Allegedly.
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