Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: Montgomery, TX, USA
Re: Around the lake
The ride is always good around the top of the lake. To others advise watch for critters, I've never seen a moose and don't ride at night, but never gone around the lake without bear sightings, sometimes closer than you want... Couple of years ago between Thunder Bay & Ft. Frances a sow & her cubs ran out & decided to stop in the middle of the road. She looked back for the lagging cub, I had stopped and reached for my camera. In a second it went from a photo op to oh shit. The cub came out of the brush and they moved on. With the gravel shoulders, loaded two up my only chance would have been to go straight at her had she charged.
Expect some construction delays and some gravel but not bad and generally hard packed.
From Wawa to Marathon you get away from the lake and run through brush with not much out there. We've stayed in Terrace Bay at the Red Dog a couple of times. Nothing fancy, but clean, a couple of blocks from the water. The hotel has a restaurant, pizza & breakfast. Ride down past the golf course to the shore for a good sunset and check out the gorge just west of town.
Stateside Grand Marais, MN is always a good bet, also good for sunsets out on the rocks past the marina. Decent lodging and good whitefish.
In Wisconsin, a favorite is Bayfield, stay at Grunenke's an original, old and funky. You will probably have to share a bath, but good rooms and a good place. In addition to the jumping off point for the Apostle islands, Bayfield is also a music town with regular events at the ski hill just out of town. Lot's of fun...
As for Michigan, I grew up there and the UP is as good as it gets. Lots of deer... Marquette is always worth a stayover. The Landmark downtown is good and the Vierling is a favorite for whitefish. Take a little time and go out to Big Bay, then check out the Keweenaw on your way home.
Have fun and safe riding,