Quick Trip around Lake Superior

Discussion in 'Ride Reports & Photos' started by Trash, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I decided to head out for a short Trip with a favorable forecast for the next couple days. Stopped for breakfast at the Duluth Grill in the old downtown, before heading North on the famous Rte. 61 along the West Shore of Lake Superior, and into Ontario. Staying the night at the historic Prince Arthur Waterfront Hotel in Thunder Bay. IMG_20190915_175751736.jpg IMG_20190915_160113239_BURST000_COVER.jpg
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  2. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I am having a dark roast at Tim's while I wait for the Sun to rise. Odd that Thunder Bay is in the Eastern Time zone, while Minnesota is in the Central. It will this be a rather late start for my 700 km ride today...
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  3. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Yep, there's a time zone change just west of T-Bay. We got caught with that doing tower inspections there two years ago. My GPS is still not recognizing and adjusting for the time zones for some reason. Late start maybe but still better than being at work.
  4. murph

    murph Well-Known Member

    That is an awesome parking spot.
  5. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    Starting my seventh year of retirement, and I can't agree with you more!
  6. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    True, but that is the only off-roading I have done on this Trip! :p
  7. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    The ride to Sault Ste Marie was mostly in heavy fog and drizzle today, but it began to clear up South of Wawa. All in all, a great ride nonetheless! IMG_20190916_095740173.jpg
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  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Well-Known Member

    That dark roast is crap, just sayin’
  9. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I guess it depends who is drinking it. ;)
  10. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I stayed in downtown Sault Ste Marie overnight, and had a nice Waterfront dinner before dark. IMG_20190916_194455127.jpg
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  11. Trash

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    Crossed the border in dense fog this morning, and stopped for a late breakfast in Marquette Michigan, a block from the Lakefront now. IMG_20190917_103404782.jpg
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  12. Bob

    Bob Active Member

    Nice pics Trash. Good to see you spending some QT with that fine GS.
  13. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I pulled back into the garage this afternoon with 1,750 km for the three day Trip. Finally saw the Sun in the Western U.P. of Michigan. The GS turns two years old on October 1. At this rate I will run out of warranty based on miles instead of time! :eek: IMG_20190917_161425726.jpg
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  14. Jim C-G

    Jim C-G Active Member

    Love going around Lake Superior. Lived in Thunder Bay for 6 years and we discovered that sunset was 45 min. later than Montreal. It should be in the next time zone but the powers that be want to keep it on Toronto time!
  15. Backdraft

    Backdraft Active Member

    Looking at your speedo.. mine (2014) only has the kms, not the miles as well. I Have an American speedo back plate (?) that is in miles, with no kms ... strange..
  16. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    My Varadero speedometer is in kilometers only :cool:
    The Honda Varadero XL1000 was never sold in the USA.
  17. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I should have guessed that I would be getting a later start than I wished when it was still light out after 8:00 at night! :rolleyes:
  18. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    At my advancing age, it’s hard to see those little numbers at speed! I am happy that my GPS converts kph to mph on my display. That way, I have no excuse should I have an unexpected encounter with a Mountie. :rolleyes:
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  19. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I was disappointed in the accelerated wear on my rear TKC-70 during the Pacific NW Trip with TonisToo earlier this Summer, albeit much of that ride was done at very high speeds for long stretches. With that in mind, I had pretty much figured that this little jaunt would put an end to that tire. Upon my return home, I was surprised to find that there is still significant tread left to the wear bars with exactly 9,000 miles on the set. Based on that, I am confident that I will be able to get 10,000 miles out of the pair, which in my mind is excellent performance for 70/30 tires. Wet weather performance has not diminished dramatically to this point, even with the tires 85% worn out. This is the second seto of TKC-70s I have had on the GS, and based on my experience with them, I would not hesitate using them for a TLH or Alaska Dalton Highway Adventure. :cool:
  20. Trash

    Trash Active Member

    I suppose that Honda figured it wasn’t worth the effort producing a speedometer showing mph for a bike that they didn’t intend to sell in The States anyway. Some years ago now, I ran into a fellow on a Suzuki Versys on the Alaska Highway who was very proud of the fact that he was able to convert his digital speedometer from kph to mph with a push of a button once we crossed into Alaska from the Yukon Territory. I thought that was a pretty cool trick on what was not a terribly expensive motorcycle. :)

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