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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 06-05-2017, 03:35 PM Thread Starter
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Around Lake Superior on a Bonnie?

Anyone done the Lake Superior Circle Tour? I'm wondering how much time you need to do it properly. By properly, I mean stopping to see the sites along the way. I've got a week or more at the end of June, but it'll take me the better part of a day just to get there.

Any tips on must-see stops/campgrounds would be appreciated, too. Not sure if I'll do a tent or hotels, yet.

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I rode the south shore through MI on a bicycle in 1992 and it was gorgeous, with lots of cool little towns etc. MN was cool too. ON side would be quite desolate. I checked it on Google Maps and the road circumference around Superior is roughly 2000 km, so that would take me 4 days just straight biking, so a week for a fun trip, plus 2 days to get to the Sault and back to home.
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I'm thinking about doing an Iron Butt ride around Erie and Ontario later this month.
Figures to 1090 miles, give or take in 24 hours or less.
Sightseeing?? We don' needs no steenkin' sightseeing!!

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Hey Bjorn

Iron Butt leaves about 10 minutes from my house. Me and a buddy are signed up. Our bikes are ready and so are we. 1065 miles. Come on up. Leave the sight seeing to the guys on the Goldwings. I see Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, and Lake Huron almost every day . Sometimes the ice is even melted. MBW

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You Iron Butters must have better seats than mine. Each to their own, though. When you're out here on the flat prairie, you tend to stop and look at things like cliffs, waterfalls, pretty much anything resembling a hill. I have a personal affinity for historic places and unique eating establishments. Mike K, that sounds about right: a week for the loop. I will look further into it, see if it's a motel trip or a camper.
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Lake Superior Circle a Bonneville? Can't be done.



Here's my trip report, there is a version of it in the Ride/Trip section of this site as well: http://edcallahan.com/TripReports/20...orCircle1.html

That trip report is light on the Wisconsin leg, but some stuff from that area is:

H-58 through Pictured Rocks is a great motorcycle road. The campgrounds on the lake will be full, but the ones inland a bit should be fine. The state forest campgrounds in the Michigan UP are excellent, cheap and there's a lot of the. The state park campgrounds suck.

If you go up to Copper Harbor make sure to rude up to Brockway Mountain. And the ride on 26 along the shore is great. Stop at the Jam Pot. There's some UP trip report on my site too that has pics, etc.

It's worth the side trip to Lake of the Clouds in Michigan in the Porcupine Wilderness. Then ride the South Boundary Road around back to Rt 2. Also worth stopping at mouth of the Presque Isle River to see the waterfalls while you're in there.

There is a nice county campground on the lake in Michigan at Little Girl's Point County Park.

I like the Black Cat Coffeehouse in Ashland. Not that it's that special, but if you want a stop in Ashland it's a nice one. Although, you should take a side trip to the Delta Diner instead. Or in addition to.

Ino Rd (Forest Service Rd 236) up the center of Bayfield Peninsula to Cornucopia is a nice ride. You'll be tempted to hug the shore, which is awesome too, but Ino Rd is made for motorcycles. Bayfield is the crowded touristy town, Cornucopia is the better stop with a great general store with all sorts of top notch food. I like to run up to the Little Sand Bay Ranger Station north of Cornucopia, and there is a nice campground there although it's a bit crowded. There's another campground that is more rustic up at Point Detour. I've not been there but a friend has and liked it. Pay the guy in cash, he'll smile bigger that way.


And as for the rest of the trip, it's in that trip report but:

Don't miss the cantilevered lookout on the West side of Sleeping Giant. And Silver Islet is worth a drive through.

Don't miss Ouimet Canyon or the windmills to the north up on the gravel roads.

The Agawa Bay petroglyphs are cool, worth the time. Agawa Bay campground is nice but there's a lot of people, Crescent Lake Campground down the road to the south a little bit is more rustic and less crowded.



The lake is cold. Bring warm cloths and a warm sleeping bag, in addition to your swim suit and sunscreen



There's just not that much for paved side-roads and coffee shops and diners up in Ontario. I guess my biased advice is to allot most of your exploring time to the US part of the trip.
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I have friends doing the Lake Superior Circle with their pickup and scamp this week. Just right now they posted this up from the Agawa Bay campground

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Enjoy the little rock stacks along the road on the north shore. Maybe make one of your own.
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I knew there was a reason I come here. That's one helluva great reply, BonnieBlack. And I will definitely look up your trip report. I've done the north shore, from Duluth, Minn., up to Grand Marais, so I'll focus on all those south shore stops this time.

I'm thinking I'll start at Duluth again and head south this time, circling the lake counter-clockwise (looking at a map), and ending up at Duluth again. Unless I'm advised otherwise.

Haven't finalized this, yet, but your post has got me fired up!

Oh, and I guess I should bring the bear repellent

Thanks.
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So there's a Lake Superior tour web site that says the circle is better when done clockwise. Anyone have any thoughts on this?

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