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    Need Lake Superior circle tour suggestions

    We are putting together a circle tour ride for July, and even though homework is being done and I am beginning to get a feel for the loop and where we are going, I am always looking for first hand suggestions as to good food great affordable places within a footprint of great food...did I hgappen to mention that I am looking for great food?

    Seriously though, any and all suggestions, comments or WARNINGS are welcome!

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    You could participate in the Wolfshead tour...

    Read about it here ---> http://www.wolfsheadrally.com/

    They usually do a rally and a tour, but only a tour this year. I've never done it myself, but something I've always wanted to do.
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    Highly recommend a stop at the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum.

    http://www.shipwreckmuseum.com/

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    I took the circle ride in fall of 07 on my old R1200 CL. The restaurant in the photo was not much to look at from the outside, but inside was a real delight. White table cloths and napkins, classical music in the background and the river shot was the view out the back window. And the food was great, even though it was only lunch. Now, all I have to do is remember where it is! I'll do some digging and get back to you.
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    Oops, forgot the other picture.100_0782.jpg
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    106 17 Hwy, Wawa, ON P0S 1K0 ????

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    Quote Originally Posted by womanridge View Post
    Oops, forgot the other picture.100_0782.jpg
    I did eat here last July, 2009. I had grilled Elk in a blueberry/red wine sauce. Yes!!!

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    Circle tour

    The Willows Inn B&B in Rossport, ON. Very nice and reasonably priced. Good restaurant next door - Serendipity Garden Cafe and Guest House. Their guest house is a few blocks away from the cafe but very nice as well. Don't know about pricing at the guest house. The Willows Inn let us put the bikes in their garage for the night.

    Wawa Motor Inn in Wawa. Nice restaurant and lounge. Typical hotel room. As I recall, resonable with regard to cost. You can park the bike outside your door.

    We stayed at Fitger's in Duluth the last night for $100. Huge room and Duluth is a fun place, but that may be too close to home for you.

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    Ouimet Canyon is one of the best stops you can make.

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    I did the Lake circumnavigation last July. It is some of the most dramatic scenery between the coasts. Highly recommend it. From Nipigon I headed north to Nakina. Immediately out of Nipigon you pass by the "Palisades", very unique Devil's Tower like formations, not as big but very dramatic and VERY old. In Nakina the pavement ends. There is only one motel and one restaurant. There are three schools in one building, French, English, and Original Peoples. The main function of the "town" is the airport which serves as transportation to points farther north. Two miles north of the airport is a sea plane base, sort of an airport annex. Also on the lake are Lodges, but no lodging. It is there that you catch a sea plane to the lodges! Oh yeah, I went counterclockwise. Two miles out of the Canadian Sault, this was in broad daylight at about 3:00 P.M. there was a black bear walking along the road. Don't miss Aerotech in Minn. Keep it gassed up. A great ride.

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    I did this trip last August on a GS650 by myself and had a fantastic trip. Don't miss heading to Copper Harbor, MI - a great ride up to the top of Brockaway Mountain. I rode from Houghton that morning to have breakfast in Copper Harbor. I don't remember the name of the place but it was right where the road tees in town. Many great sights to see on the entire loop. I did it clockwise - basically started at Paradise MI (after riding up from Kalamazoo the day before) and followed every two lane I could find that ran close to the lake. If you are looking for dirt try heading up to Crisp Point near Paradise. An old lighthouse is at the end of the road and hardly anyone makes the trip. I also enjoyed the ride up highway 13 out of Ashland WI. Fog in the morning in Canada made it very interesting and beautiful. Watch out for the logging trucks and Moose thru that area as well. Many other great sites to see if you are not restricted on time. Have a great trip.

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    Trip around Lake Superior

    You will have to stop in Marquette, MI...lots of really good restaunts, good motels and scenery. The historical Landmark Inn is guaranteed to be a memorable stay (outside the normal hotel and eatery). Located downtown Marquette, MI, they have (in our book) the best hamburgers, great beer and atmostphere. You can stay within the hotel and get a room with a beautiful view overlooking Lake Superior.

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    I always walk out on the breakwater when I am in Marquette. Never tried venturing out past the concrete part, I see some do that though. I think it may only be fishers though.

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    Have fun!

    LAKE SUPERIOR FACTS

    ?À Lake Superior contains ten percent of all the fresh water on the planet earth.

    ?À It covers 82,000 square kilometers or 31,700 square miles.

    ?À The average depth is 147 meters or 483 feet.

    ?À There have been about 350 shipwrecks recorded in Lake Superior.

    ?À Lake Superior is, by surface area, the largest lake in the world.

    A Jesuit priest in 1668 named it Lac Tracy , but that name was never officially adopted.

    ?À It contains as much water as all the other Great Lakes combined, plus three extra Lake Eries .

    ?À There is a small outflow from the lake at St. Marys River (Sault Ste Marie) into Lake Huron . but it takes almost two centuries for the water to be completely replaced.

    ?À There is enough water in Lake Superior to cover all of North and South America with water a foot deep.

    ?À Lake Superior was formed during the last glacial retreat, making it one of the earth's youngest major features at only about 10,000 years old.

    ?À The deepest point in the lake is 405 meters or 1,333 feet.

    ?À There are 78 different species of fish that call the big lake home.

    ?À The maximum wave ever recorded on Lake Superior was 9.45 meters or 31 feet high.

    ?À If you stretched the shoreline of Lake Superior out to a straight line, it would be long enough to reach from Duluth to the Bahamas.

    ?À Over 300 streams and rivers empty into Lake Superior with the largest source being the Nipigon River.

    ?À The average underwater visibility of Lake Superior is about 8 meters or 27 feet, making it the cleanest and

    clearest of the Great Lakes . Underwater visibility in some spots reaches 30 meters.

    ?À In the summer, the sun sets more than 35 minutes later on the western shore of Lake Superior than at its southeastern edge.

    ?À Some of the world's oldest rocks, formed about 2.7 billion years ago, can be found on the Ontario shore of Lake Superior.

    ?À It very rarely freezes over completely, and then usually just for a few hours.

    Complete freezing occurred in 1962, 1979, 2003 and 2009.
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