Tag Archives: Great Lakes

Mon 26 July: Ashtabula OH to Maumee OH

The lakeside part of the tour ended in Willowick Ohio Motto: Willowick, Where Everybody Smiles

To be fair, it is a pretty place with great views of Lake Erie:

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Sun 25 July: Port Colborne ON to Ashtabula OH

We said our farewells to Canada today as we rode first eastwards to cross the bridge into Buffalo, then westwards along the southern shore of Lake Erie. After clearing the industrial fringe of Buffalo as quickly as possible on the interstate, an experience made even more depressing by steady rain, we joined New York State 5, which is the Seaway Trail, and a “scenic byway”. And the sun came out. Here’s a view from Erie State Park:

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Thu 22 July: Blind River ON to Parry Sound ON

We rode around a big piece of Lake Huron today, including Georgian Bay. We haven’t seen much of the Great Lake itself, though. The road has been in the main inland, through rocky lakes and forests, interspersed with farmland. This picture of Ink Lake gives an idea:

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Wed 21 July: Wawa ON to Blind River ON

We finished the Lake Superior part of the ride today, rather to our regret. What a superb road! We rode southwards from Wawa, stopping for a few final photos at Old Woman Bay:

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Tuesday in pictures

Shortly after we set off from Terrace Bay, we stopped at a lookout point near Marathon.

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Tue 20 July: Terrace Bay ON to Wawa ON

Quite a short journey today, since the next 100 miles is through a national park and has no hotels. So we were faced with the choice of a short ride or rather a long one. It was a good choice, since the weather was less kind.
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Mon 19 July: Grand Marais MN to Terrace Bay ON

This is what we came for! Riding along the shore of Lake Superior, with the sun shining, and a cool breeze to make the riding conditions just about perfect!

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Sat 17 July: Marinette WI to Ashland WI

What a great day’s ride!  It must look from the titles as though we’re entirely stuck in Wisconsin, but in fact most of today’s ride has been in Michigan, through beautiful forests.
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Friday 16 July: Elkhorn WI to Marinette WI

We’re getting to be old hands at this!  The hotel receptionist recognised us from last year.  “Hey, aren’t you the guys from England on the motorcycles?”  Well, it’s nice to be famous, no matter in how small a way.
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The Great Lakes Tour 2010

This year, our American tour is planned around the Great Lakes.  We’ll pick up the bikes from our good friends at Cycles Plus in Elkhorn WI and travel clockwise staring with the western shore of Lake Michigan, the north of Lake Superior (which will take us into Canada), continuing along the northern edge of Lake Huron, then southwards to Niagara Falls (a must see), then the southern shore of  Lake Erie, and cross country to the south east shore of Lake Michigan before returning to Elkhorn.  We won’t go around Lake Ontario, but we’ll see it, of course, at Niagara Falls.