Day 5 – Porcupine Mountains State Park to Baraga State Park, MI – 59 miles

It was a hot one today!  86 degrees and nothing but sun.  The wind cooperated pretty well today.  It was largely from the southwest which gave a bit of a push.  I’m definitely glad I had it though because there were many hills to conquer today.
I ate at The Pit Stop in Greenland (the village not the country).  A side note off of that – I’ve noticed many Finland flags up here in the UP.  Finns must like it here.  It is kind of sparking my interest to visit Finland…maybe a future bike tour?
Another long expanse of trees on each side of the road and rolling hills continued for about 30 miles.  About 15 miles from Baraga, I came across a small village with a handful of houses.  If there was a store or gas station, a stop was definite.  Thankfully there was one.

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I didn’t think it was open at first, but this little convenience store did the trick.  I first had to find the shelves with stuff on them as much of the supplies were depleted.  I ended up finding a nice, cool fruit drink that I purchased and drank in the shade.

Not much else exciting until I ate at the Baraga drive-in.  The roast beef sandwich was awesome, topped off with a chocolate malt.  The server was very nice as she seemed pretty surprised at what I was doing (but granted, there aren’t many people who aren’t surprised). I started talking with a guy next to me and found that he just got back from working at the VA hospital in St. Cloud, only a few miles from where I live!

About 1/4 mile up the road from the drive-in, Baraga State Park became my home for the night.

Here are a few pictures from around Baraga:

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A snake by the showers!

 

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Keweenaw Bay – Lake Superior

 

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