Summer Tour 2014! Day 1 Minneapolis, Minnesota to Thunder Bay, Ontario

Bike serviced, bags packed, time to hit the road to New York where I will pick up my son and co-pilot 🙂

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Weather forecast shows cold and rain…

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Today’s itinerary will take me from the Twin Cities north along the shore of Lake Superior and across the Canadian border to Thunder Bay, Ontario!

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First leg is a straight shot up I35 to Duluth-

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The temperature was in the 50’s in the Twin Cities and dropped as I rode north-

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Even with the heated grips and seat of the Land Yacht I was quite chilled by the time I pulled up to Grandma’s Saloon in Duluth-

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Only 43 degrees Fahrenheit in Duluth! (6 Celsius!)

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A wife beater and gourmet beer brat at Grandma’s soon had me feeling better!

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I’ve warmed up, but unfortunately the weather has not improved one bit…

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Once past Duluth the interstate ends and the ride is slower and more scenic, but it’s cold and windy and wet… Some random pics-

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By the time I reach Grand Marais I’m freezing again, so make a pit stop for hot coffee and warm pie 🙂 Grand Marais is a trippy little town!

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Time to push on! Weather radar shows more rain ahead. This is nasty weather is getting a bit tiresome…

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My original plan had been to camp at either Sleeping Giant Provincial Park or Kekabeka Falls Provincial Park, but with more rain and cold forecast I decided to hell with camping and booked a hotel in Thunder Bay.

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I lived in Minnesota for years and never knew there is a National Monument at Grand Portage!

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Crossing into Canada was a piece of cake. What a contrast to the border crossings in SE Asia!

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Welcome to Canada!!

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Not much further to Thunder Bay!

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Room with a view 😉

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But more importantly heat and a hot hot shower!

I didn’t realize that Thunder Bay is in the Eastern time zone and an hour later than Minnesota so by the time I checked into the hotel it was already 830 at night. After a hot shower and a long soak in a hot bath I started to feel human again, but it was now 10pm and most restaurants were closed already… Oh well, sniffed out a Subway and am now enjoying that in my room as I bang out this ride report.

Tomorrow I plan to visit Kekabeka Falls, some 30 minutes to the west of Thunder Bay, then ride northeast to Sleeping Giant Provincial Park. Hope the weather will be better tomorrow than it was today!!

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