Archive | May, 2014

Copper Harbor – Keweenaw peninsula

31 May

We did a U-turn along hwy #41 just north of Baraga and enjoyed some time with Paul Fetting at Mary Margaret’s Jewelry and left with some local samples of gemstones. What a wonderful craftsman who generously shared his time with us. He is one of those special people who I meet along my trips so special.
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We visited the Mineral Museum of Michigan, aka A.E. Seaman Mineral Museum in Houghton. WOW what a beautiful display of both local and many other worldly minerals, jemstones and crystals.
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A bargin admission price of $4 per person and reasonably priced samples.
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Great sweeping scenic roads north to Copper Harbor.
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We booked into the Bell Vista motel on the water. Awesome food for dinner at the Harbor House, expensive but worth it.

The Laughing Loon is a gift shop that everyone visiting here should go. The owner and her daughter are very nice people and the have an Austrailin Red Kellie just the movie Red Dog.
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Breakfast in the morning was excellent at the Pines, later we met another Canadian rider who is on the ADV forum.
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Whitefish Point

30 May

We’ve had limited WiFi coverage during the past few days so this post is out of order.
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At the lighthouse station is The Great Lakes Shipwreckuseum.
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A special location, and a memorial for the lives lost during the sinking of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Gordon Lightfoot’s words “the church bell chimed til it rang 29 times ” now has a personal and emotional memory for me. The bell was raised from the wreck and is permanently on display; a replica with all the crew members names was put back on the wreck.

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Darryl, the director of the museum,and an experienced diver and gave us special treatment

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Highway H 58

30 May

We met Karen the agate lady at Gitche Gumee Museum and rock shop in Grand Marais. WOW, I was thrilled.
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Jim and I hiked along the path at Sable Falls down to the lake and were very surprised to see so much ice.
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Walking along the beach we saw into pristine clear water.

Great sweeping roads from Grand Marais to Munising. Watch out for deer!

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Lots of ice on Lake Superior and cool temperatures of about 12degrees, sometimes dropping so quickly, it was as if we had just ridden into a fridge.

Near Au Train the beach is just pure fine sand,
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but in the ridge or dune I picked 3 stones for my collection, gifts from a glacier; but didn’t see any evidence of the Minoan people. Hmmmm. My Suzuki time machine has let me down, I didn’t get a chance to ride with the Minoans.
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We had lunch in Munising at the Falling Rock Cafe and bookstore.
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Mackinaw – US CG icebreaker

28 May

We toured the retired coast guard icebreaker
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, and in the engine room saw the Fairbanks Morse 2 stroke oposed piston diesel engines.
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We decided to stay overnight at the Hamilton Inn. Our room with a balcony overlooks the water and the ship.
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Highway M119, aka the tunnel of trees, is a beautiful route.

We ate dinner at Nona Lisa’s and met up with some canoeists.
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Empire Horizons’n Sunsets

27 May

Awesome lunch in Empire. Jeff the owner and chef actually greeted us as we parked and described what he had on as today’s special before I was parked and off my bike. He obviously welcomes bikers. His food is great.

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Wonderful road, hwy M 22
Wow, huge sand dunes
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At Glen Haven the blacksmith shop is open but it appears that the gas pump hasn’t worked for years.
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We staying overnight in Traverse City at the Best Western.
I took a picture of a chart showing all of the coastline that we see, courtesy of the Michigan Maritime Museum.
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Sombra Ontario to Marine City Michigan

25 May

We crossed into the US over the St Clair river by ferry from Sombra to Marine City.
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A beautiful day to ride and we met up with Jim at the Kalamazoo Microtel. Nice secure feeling to connect with a good friend. Last time I saw Jim, he was boarding the ferry to leave Placentia in Newfoundland.
My Suzuki has developed a slight leak in the cooling system, it has been leaking a little bit each time we stop. I removed the rad cap and added only about 50ml of antifreez to fill it up. Not much of a leak, hopefully it doesn’t get serious.
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It’s very concerning to see green coolant on the side of cylinder along the gasket joining it to the main engine case, and a puddle on the ground.

Now, days later, we know it’s simply a hose connection to the forward cylinder the drips only when first parked.
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It’s a nuisance to have to keep adding a small amount of coolant each day but the Susuki runs fine and I trust it to be fine to finish our trip. I’ve tightened the clamp about 1/4 turn but don’t want to torque it too tight and break it.
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Sometimes it will suck coolant from the overflow bottle but I suspect that because it leaks it will also suck air in. I have to top up both the rad and the bottle. It leaks most when the engine is shut down quickly after a high speed highway section of our route.
A complete set of new hoses is my plan when I get home.

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Sarnia

24 May

Great weather for a ride from Hamilton to Sarnia. As you can see we had a wonderful visit and bbq dinner with friends.

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