Alright lets get this party started Day 1
July 24, 2010
Pinckney, MI to Iron River, MI
I woke up at 4am excited as can be in preparation for meeting up with Jon and Steve. Jon was going to do a saddle sore 1000 around lake Michigan and was to tag along with us for as long as possible. Originally we had planned to do the 94/90 route through Chicago with a goal of meeting my friend Anthony in Minneapolis. Well imagine my fear when i opened weather underground and saw this approaching....
Actual image from 4am
Being that i live between Howell and Chelsea northward bound was a far better/dryer solution. I also had not ridden the westward portion of the UP which was beautiful. After contacting the guys we decided to meet up at us23 at 6:30am. The weather was nipping at our butts and i wanted to boogie. As i went to leave my bike wouldn't start
! After a minute or two and second guessing my very simple radar detector install and wondering how in the hell that would have caused this my wonderful girlfriend advised my that my bike was in gear. Sometime i wonder why they let me ride a bike
. After meeting with the guys we hit us23 to I75 and went north as fast as possible. It drizzled consistently until around Saginaw and after Grayling it was getting sunny with only spotted drizzle. After crossing the bridge we headed to Clyde's Drive-in
where i had the buffalo burger and Steve and Jon took down the 3/4LB "Big C".
Buffalo Bacon Burger
Mutilated "Big C"
After a bit more riding down US 2 it was time for Steve and i to head North towards Duluth and for Jon to loop back in the the rainstorm. We fueled up at the good old rusty Marathon and split up.
Shortly after splitting up Steve bike must of missed Jon because it started to disassemble itself. An exhaust stud snapped a bolt wiggled off but he was lucky enough to find the flange a few miles down the road. The bummer was that the exhaust gasket was MIA (An issue later).
A temporary solution 20 miles to the nearest hardware store.
Ace the place for impromptu repairs.
I talked him into a little liquid insurance.
Half a flange later we were good to go. The limited threads meant we could not get both flanges on there.
After making it as far as our stomachs would take us we asked a local for a good restaurant and he directed us to the Riverside Pizzeria
. Limited but good food and they sell beer to go.
Shortly after this we located a cheap hotel not feeling like busting out the camping gear. The story here was that when we pulled up to this place there was a note to call a number for service. I called the said number and the woman told me where she had hid all of the keys and to "Take the one for room 9" she then instructed me to leave $55 on the refrigerator when we left. The room was clean and we never saw her even in the am.
Finlly after taking care of the room we walked to a bar where we witnessed a local run out of the bar with his beer in hand. We also decided to do a bit of shopping for breakfast after "a few" beers. We cam up with an interesting assortment of breakfast sandwiches, no name orange juice, and yogurts.
Btw photos get much better as the trip goes on!