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Did not go on any long rides this year. Saving my money and comptime for a big one in 2011. That being said i did get out for three little quickies. I only put 8000 miles on the Versys this year but commute on it every day the roads have no snow.

I got out for a 3 dayer to my buddy's cabin near Eagle River Wisconsin. He hides a key for me!



It's actually closer to Lake Tomahawk than Eagle River. So I basically just wandered Forest Service roads and got lost a few times but that's OK. Was my intent.



One has to remember most of those roads were built for logging so watch out for trucks!







3 good days of good weather. Bout a 1000 miles is all, 200 on dirt. :clap:
 

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Even your short ride reports are awesome! You are something of a legend in my book. To be honest, your "18 Days on a Versys" helped push me to buy a V. Loved that trip report. Even made my wife read most of it!! Can't wait to see what you do in 2011.
 

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You are something of a legend in my book. .
HA I'm no Jack Kennedy. I just like to ride. To far away places. 2011 will see me go North. Bout as far as the road will take me.

Maybe I am just trying to catch up now that the kids have grown. Hard to get away for month with youngsters at home!
 

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Quickie # 2 was a 1300 mile 5 dayer to Northern Wisconsin and The UP of Michigan. I signed up for a Central ADVrider gathering in Eagle River. Somewhat of a change for me as I almost always roll solo. My son had just picked up a Honda Magna and a co-worker came with us on his older Connie. So we camped with at least 100 riders and just branched out from there for day rides.

There was lots of bullcrapping around campfires.





They had a beer trailer and it opened every night at 5 pm! Wonderful small brewery beers. It was fun talking with all the other riders.

Had great pizza and Bloody Mary's at this pub in Ontonagan MI on Lake Superior.



A buddy from town asked us to check on his deer/bear hunting cabin near Glidden WI. It was still there. So was a small furry rodent eating crumbs off his kitchen table.



We stopped and visited with the guy who bought our family cabin near Iron River MI. Looks like he is taking care of it very well.



My son felt sorry for the Indians so he donated $20 to them at their casino in Watersmeet MI.



I did not get a pic of the High School. On the side of the gymnasium was their nickname "The Nimrods" I kid you not.

We mostly just rode the roads and hunted down lakes and any other interesting thing we could find. There is a very different pace of life in The UP one that I enjoy very much. Nobody gets excited just chill dude up there.





5 enjoyable days and the raingear did not come out once.
 

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That's an interesting assortment of bikes to ride together. I've had the good fortune to have owned both a Magna and the older Connie and they are both great bikes in my opinion. Their only hold back was not being fuel injected and in cold weather that's a pain but overall their were great to ride.

Thanks for sharing your adventures with us.
 

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Quickie trip #3 started out as a real downer. My Dad was a WWII Vet. He passed away in September after a real short illness. He was 84. I was in a real funk and my wife knew it. We thought maybe a week on the bike would snap me out of it. I went north. 7 days 1600 miles 320 dirt.

My first two nights I just camped in Wisconsin. I didn't even take the camera out. Didn't feel like it. I just wanted to ride and collect some thoughts. Day 3 found me in Duluth MN. At Aerostich. :) Spending money started to snap me out of my sloth.

There were 2 Versys in Downtown Duluth that morning.



I had a nice visit with a forum member who works there. I then acted like I was lost and got a pic of the workers sewing some good made in USA riding gear.



Aerostich got another $300 out of me. I had my passport with me so I headed for Canada. But then I changed my mind after scored a free snowmobile trail map at a visitor center. Hmmmmm. I followed Lake Superior and had many stops.







I think that is a taconite pellet factory. Bought my supper and headed up the paved Gunflint Trail at Grand Marais. A 60 mile road that dead ends near Canada.







Some color was starting.

 

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I've had the good fortune to have owned both a Magna and the older Connie
My son has allowed me to put about 1000 miles on his 99 Magna. MAN O MAN

That Honda V-4 really sings to me above 6000 RPMs. I was hoping Honda would pair that motor and shaft drive along with fuel injection in one of the new bikes they have coming out. Alas. They chain drived it in the 800 version. :(

Otherwise I'd a bought one. That is a strong proven motor. I might just have to buy the old Magna from him. Maybe he will give it to his dad,,,,, :D
 

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Well I get my snowmobile map out and find some tracks off The Gunflint. Holy Crap. It didn't take me long to get that bike turned around and head bake to pavement. They had some storms up there and the trees were down across the trails I was on. Hard to pick up a loaded Versys over a down tree let alone many! I did find some nice little lakes but couldn't find any moose.:(



Gunflint Lake. The other side of this lake is Canada. Close but so far away,,





It was a nice twisty road. And in good shape. Better than in 1980 when I was up there on a canoe trip into Quetico.

 

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It was getting late. At the end of The Gunflint is a government campground and a fishing lodge. campground was $18 but I found this A-Frame at the lodge for $20.And I could get a shower. Aint life grand.





Meal fit for a king



After supper I went for walk along The Saganaga Lake Trail a waterway that takes canoeist's to the Lake proper. It was kinda neat seeing how things have changed since 1980. Some of those little islands have power on them now.







The gulls really liked this rock. They was hungry looking but according to what they have left on the rock they eat well.





Got an early start the next morning. Tooling down a gravel road I came upon this.



She was about 60 feet from the bike and was a little skittish. So I kept the bike running and jumped off for a better look at her.



I was trying to find her calf but found her boyfriend instead.





He didnt enjoy my being there. He got up and made a few steps to the road with his waddle a swaying and I said "I'm outa here". I am no match for a sex-starved moose.
 

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Nice pictures thanks,I have to check out your Alaska trip next.

I always have my camera with me.

Sorry to hear about the loss of your dad.
 

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So heading back down The Gunflint on my way to Lake Superior I hopped on any gravel road that looked interesting. I hid my snowmobile map down DEEP in my bag so I wouldn't be tempted.



I got hungry so I stopped at a bar that had woodsmoke coming out of it's chimney. Most of the bar's in out of the way places serve breakfast. I asked the owner/bartender/cook/waiter for three pancakes and a coffee. He said I will bring you two "if you think you can eat three the third one's on me".



Stuffed. He charged me $3.80. Who says you can't eat cheap on the road.

Somebody has a nice view of the big lake.



I chose to visit Ely. My map showed a gravel road going north called The Echo Trail. I flew by this sign at speed and thought it said Kawasaki River. Had to turn around.



In Ely another supper was procured after a visit to the ranger station. The rangers were hot :censored: and told me I could camp anywhere along the Echo. She said "just get off the road a bit". "And don't feed our wolves". :huh: The Echo was a great gravel road and I should have been grouse hunting. Saw dozens of em picking grit along the track.











Crane Lake was the end of the road. Could of almost spit into Canada. I found a bunkhouse across from the only gas station that was open-I was on fumes. The lady charged me $15 with no shower.





The reading material in the bunkhouse was National Geographics from the 70's. Good stuff!
 

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The next day found me back in the UP north of Ironwood MI. For some reason, I am drawn to The UP but Northern Minnesota was very nice.





I was bombing along on gravel and musta somehow stumbled onto private property. A man has to know his limitations. I turned around.:goodidea:







I was tired of eating Subway and doritoes. So I found a little cabin on Lake Superior near The Porkies. Prime Rib and a salad bar. Stuffed again,,,,







Me and a Gold Winger from Iowa finished off a six pack on the beach. He was another longrider with some fantastic stories.

 

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Awesome pics and ride report! Keep them coming! Sorry to hear about your dad.
 

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Thanks for sharing. Where are you heading in 2011? The rest of the way past the AC on the Dalton and Dempster?


I did not get a pic of the High School. On the side of the gymnasium was their nickname "The Nimrods" I kid you not.
FYI: a nimrod, in a less popularly known sense, refers to someone with a prowess for the outdoors, e.g., hunting, tracking, etc. There's even a pack company named as such. Good stuff, BTW.
http://www.nimrodpacks.com/

I think it generally has a basis in the Old Testament.
http://wordnetweb.princeton.edu/perl/webwn?s=nimrod

A reference to "master outdoorsmen" or something similar is likely the reference, given the Native American context.
 

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The next morning Mr. Iowa Goldwinger came over to my bike as I was loading it.

"I think you should layover a day like me". WTF Layover is not in my vocabulary.
His wife had called him and told him a big storm was heading our way. He had one of them fancy schmancy IPhones and showed me the weather radar. It told him thanks for the info but seeya. :)

I toured the Porkies. I was a touch early for peak colors but the roads were good.







Back in Wisconsin at Presque Isle the lady who poured my coffee asked me which direction I was going. I said south. She shook her head. "Don't you know about the weather they a having down there"? I answered "We were born wet AND we were wet before we were dry". She smiled. I was able to get 4 more pics before hell broke loose.









So for the next 4 hours it pounded. Antigo WI has a long main street. The water was curb line to curb line level full. I never stopped. Bullheaded old man I is. Many towns and cities up there got 8 inches of rain that day. This was the same storm that caused many problems around the Twin Cities. I stopped at Waupaca WI to see my Mom and she couldn't believe I was dry.

It was a good trip. Bittersweet to see some of the area's my Dad had took me but oh well,, life goes on.

There are two hidden gems if you guys are in the area ya might want to check out. MN Hy 1 from Isabella to Ely and the South Boundary Road in The Porcupine Mtn State Park in MI are great fun if you like real tight twistys. Thumbs up. stay well
 

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Thanks for sharing. Where are you heading in 2011? The rest of the way past the AC on the Dalton and Dempster?
I am taking the Versys up to bomb around Alaska/Yukon. My son is thinking about going with me. He just picked up another bike a Honda VTX 1800. So in researching his fuel needs I think we will camp at Tombstone on The Dempster and camp at Wiseman on The Haul Road and take a shot for 10 miles North of Atigun Pass before we turn around. I dont want to carry a whole bunch of fuel for his thirsty VTX-adds too much weight to his already heavy bike. North of Atigun down to the slope is where most of the ball bearing crap slop resides on The Haul Road.
 
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