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    Lake Superior Ride

    Planning a ride around Superior in Sept. Looking for suggestions on possible sights to hit on the route. Planning on crossing above Duluth and doing the round trip.

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    Two Harbor Light north of Duluth.


    Split Rock Light a little further north.


    Temperance River SP



    Grand Marais is a nice town


    Naniboujou Lodge north of Grand Marais is a good stop for breakfast.
    Also looked like a nice place to stay if you don't mind doing without TV and WiFi
    It's right on the water.




    High Falls just south of the Canada border.



    Kakabeka Falls 18 miles west of Thunder Bay.



    Aquasaban Gorge


    The White Fang Motel outside of Wawa is a nice motel.



    The restaurant across the road is Very Good. Not cheap or fast.



    Walk out to the rapids before crossing back into the US at Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Soo Locks.



    Point Iroquois Light Mich.



    Whitefish Point Light



    Upper and Lower Falls west of Paradise.





    We stayed a couple nights at the old K.I. Sawyer base near Gwinn, approx 15 miles south of Marquette.
    3 bedroom townhouse with full kitchen, laundry and garage for $75. Sawyer is a old Air Force Base.

    http://www.macasu.com/tower-vacation-homes/









    The Russian made cargo jet has been sitting there 7 years or more and may still be there this year.
    Article from 2009.
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    News fron June 2017.
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    Marquette Light on the edge of Marquette.
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    Big Bay Light 25 miles north of town.





    Bayfield near Apostle Islands
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    Almost forgot, check out the Copper Harbor area.

    It will be cool next to the water in Sep. take your heated jacket liner.


    On your way north, the Monarch House is a good place to eat in Fountain City Wis. on the Mississippi.



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    At Sault Ste. Marie on the US side stop to see the Soo Locks. It's interesting to watch a large ship go through one of the locks.

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    You can park on the street next to a observation platform.
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    September - dress warm.

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    Copper harbor

    If their over Labor Day weekend make sure you watch bicycle people ride down a long pier as fast as they can up a ramp than into Lake Superior, you can sat and have a great meal at the harbor haus restaurant while you watch

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    Thanks everyone for the suggestions. Heated jacket definitely on the pack list.

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    Lake Superior run

    I've considered it. Nice travelogue on the lighthouses and falls, but what about the road(s) around Lake Superior. Which roads did you pick, what were they like? I've heard the roads aren't well maintained in Canada around Lake Superior. Did you exchange US for Canadian before you crossed over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by snotty54 View Post
    I've heard the roads aren't well maintained in Canada around Lake Superior. Did you exchange US for Canadian before you crossed over?
    Last year the roads were in good shape on the North Shore.
    We did not exchange money, we used our US credit card for all but one small purchase.
    We did the same thing in 2015 when crossing Ontario.

    Gas pumps did not take our credit card but we were able to fill the bikes then walk in and pay with the credit card.
    No need to prepay most times.
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    One thing you may discover on the Superior route is fog. I was in my car and it was so bad I could barely see a car length ahead of me. Everyone was driving about 40 kph with four way flashers on. Very treacherous. I was glad to be in a car on this one.
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    I would suggest doing the tour around Lake Superior in a clockwise direction. MANY of the reasons you will stop are located along the lakeside which would be on your right. This makes easier and safer exit from and return to the roadway by not having to cross traffic lanes. This is true all the way around the lake and is more of an issue in higher traffic areas.
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    Aerostich...Duluth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Almost forgot, check out the Copper Harbor area.

    It will be cool next to the water in Sep. take your heated jacket liner.


    On your way north, the Monarch House is a good place to eat in Fountain City Wis. on the Mississippi.



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