Well my last minute trip turn into a real riding weeking.
Left Friday at 3pm
Home on Sunday 8:30pm
53 1/2 hours away from home
Rode a total 1008 miles
Spent 18 1/2 hours riding (34% of my time away)
GPS trip computer tells me that my moving average was 65.5 mph and a maxium of 97.4mph
All of the The Photos...http://s60.photobucket.com/albums/h34/DavidLSI/Michigan%20UP%20July%2014%20thru%2016%202006/
Michigan 35 and 41 has incredibly generous passing zones, they continue through curves and up into rises.
Meeting another ST.N rider "HEAD". Jason, thanks for pointing out the Brockway Mountian Road, I would have just driven right by it and it was alot of fun.
Brockway Moutian road was a real roller coaster, and the view from the top is incredible.
Copper Harbor real nice little town, not Touristy at all. I met several real interesting people, including a lady who has a business on a deck. No building and completely open. She weaves on site and had her handi work for sale. She built her deck from wood reclaimed from Fort Wilkins. Her story caught my attention, and sprked me to stop at the fort. It was a nice break and easy stroll through the Historic site.
I went to the end of the road where Highway 41 starts, it turns out the route is continuous all the way to Miami. I was told by the weaver lady of a local man who in his seventies, disappeared one day. No one knew where he went. Days later he called to say he was in Miami, he drove the whole way on 41 just to see if it was true. They have the distance marked at 1990 miles.
I have a whole new appreciation at how large the Upper Penninsula is and how sparcely populated it is as well. Huge chunks of my riding time went by without seeing any other traffic or people.
I stopped for a cold drink and an asprin on my return trip to Marquette, when a gentleman walked up and asked how I like my V-Strom. He is looking into buying one but had never seen one in person. We spoke for 6 or 7 minutes and I realized that he wasn't going in to the store or getting gas and I asked if had saw my bike and turned off just to see it. He said that I passed him many miles back and kept an eye out for me, knowing I would turn off eventually.
Next time I will allow more time to explore, I did not venture off the pavement. I do not want to try off road by myself yet, yep further proof of my chickeness. I am looking foward to following an experienced rider showing the way.
Thanks for reading