Day 6 – Baraga State Park to Marquette, MI – 70 miles

Awesome day today!
Got up early to check and see if and when it was going to rain.  The forecast said rain likely in the afternoon, so I set a goal of making it to Lake Michigamme campground.

Breakfast was only 3.5 miles from the campground at the Hilltop restaurant.  I set off at about 9:00 a.m. from there.

Leaving the town of L’anse, it was all uphill and against the wind.  But, by the time I made it to this little creek, it started to flatten out and the wind shifted in my direction:

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This creek was refreshing :)

I started to cruise.  With the wind at my back, the miles rolled by.  I made it to Lake Michigamme around 1:00, and there was no rain in sight, so I continued on.  In Champion I stopped at a gas station to get some Powerade and an apple.

I kept on wheelin’ all the way to Ishpeming for a quick stop at McDonald’s. Didn’t get much – just a McChicken.  The possibility of rain was nearing, so I hurried to get to Marquette.

My hosts were wonderful.  I took a shower when I got there.  After that, a tour of Marquette was in store for me.  The parks were awesome, the shoreline of Superior impressed me, and the food I had was great.  Also stopped at the Superior Dome – the largest wooden dome in the world and a U.S. Olympic training site.

Marquette is awesome.

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Shoreline by the park.

 

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Water was super clear!

 

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My friend who gave me a tour of Marquette.

 

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The fog over the lake was pretty cool. This is a rock that protrudes from the lake. It looks like the top of a mountain.

 

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Kayakers on the lake.

 

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Overlook of Marquette.

 

Day 4 – Ironwood, MI to Porcupine Mountains State Park, MI – 67 miles

How nice it was to sleep in until about 8:00 a.m. this morning. I walked over to the Uptown Café for breakfast – they do have the best blueberry pancakes!

Left Ironwood at about 10:45 a.m. The riding wasn’t too bad. There was only a slight wind and it was from the southwest – perfect for pushing me along :)

I met another touring cyclist today! He was from Canada. We stopped and talked for a few minutes. Once again it was great to see another like-minded individual.

The sun continued to beat down as I crossed into the eastern time zone. Much of the landscape looked the same for many miles – trees on each side of the road and some rolling hills – until I saw Lake Superior. I had to fight some wind for a few miles which is common by the lake, but the fight to get there was totally worth it:

DSCN2147There was even a guy fishing!

 

I figured I’d take a picture on the sandy beach.

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The Union Bay campground in Porcupine Mountains State Park had good reviews on Google so I decided to set up camp here. I knew that it was only a few miles to the Lake of the Clouds overlook, so I quickly put the tent up, dumped my gear inside, and headed up. Up up up. 7 miles up to the view – and the view was totally worth it:

DSCN2169 DSCN2171The way back was easy cruising at 20 mph downhill.

Back at camp, the second can of chili for the trip lended itself well to my appetite. I talked with some of the neighboring campers. Great people up here. Maybe Michigan can share the “Minnesota Nice” slogan :)

The day wasn’t over yet however. Sunsets over Lake Superior are my specialty! Here is one of them:

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Day 3 – Lyman Lake, WI to Ironwood, MI – 98 miles

Started early today.  After a great stay with my hosts last night, I could tell that I slept on a bed and not the ground in a tent!

It was rather calm this morning as you can see by this picture of Lake Nebagamon:

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Is this picture shown upside down?

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I stopped in Brule for some food at a café then headed east on Highway 2.

After 35 miles of unrelenting sun and numerous hills, I reached Ashland.  Just before reaching Ashland, I came across another cyclist who was cycling around the country.  We exchanged cards and talked for a bit.

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View of Ashland on the lake.

In Ashland, I had a quick bite to eat at Big Ben’s Famous Gyros.  A very cool place.  While eating, I had a conversation with 3 local college students.

My goal was to make it to Ironwood, so I pedaled on.

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Mining used to be a large part of industry up here.

I reached Ironwood at about 7:30 p.m.  After eating, taking a shower, and just starting on this blog post, I easily fell asleep.