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    Superior Circle Tour June 2013

    Greetings,

    New Year's Day is a great day to start planning out some trips. Circle Tour of Superior this June is looking good and I was looking for suggestions and insights you may have to share. Post is on ADV but linked below.

    Basically I have 8-10ish days and will be looking to spend some time enjoying the area not just zipping around and back. Likely won't fit in everything, but I don't want to miss something that 'locals' may know.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=852352

    Thanks,
    Gerry

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    Superior Thoughts

    As a former Minnesotan I can offer a few thoughts and ideas -

    1. June is typically Black Fly season. These are not house flies - they hatch along the shoreline and are literally the devil incarnate. They swarm you biting hard and drawing blood from every exposed part of your skin - bug spray has no effect whatsoever. A single swipe of your hand can kill a dozen.... and another fifteen instantly arrive to take their places. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_fly

    Moose have been known to flee them by submerging themselves in the icy waters of Superior.

    'Just sayin. They are all gone after about a ten day rampage.

    2. The North Shore of Superior is beautiful - take the time to 1. Have lunch at Betty's Pies near Two Harbors. 2. Visit Split Rock Lighthouse on Minnesota's North Shore. 3. Visit and explore Gooseberry Falls - take the path all the way out to the Lake from the Falls - you can find raw agates on this rocky shore. 4. Stop and visit Palasade Head cliffs just North of Silver Bay - soaring granite cliffs with technical rock climbers working their way up various routes on the many faces.

    General comments - Lake Superior water is cold. Don't count on swimming. The beaches are rocky, not sandy - this lake - the largest freshwater lake in the world - influences the weather around the lake greatly. Water temps probably vary only ten degrees year around. 32F to 42F once you are off the immediate shore.
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    +1 on betty's pie's, also look up Russ Kendals smoked fish,
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    My favorite campground is between Schroder and Tofte, MN, called Temperance River, on the North Shore. Superb hiking , campsites, nature, services. Don't miss the climb up Carlton Peak and the pre dawn sunrise every morn sitting out on the rock, IMO.

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    Mmmm... I like pie! Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Looking like a good trip so far.

    Yeah... I'm no stranger to black flies, and have spent several trips in Northern New England hiking and backpacking with those bite-y bastards. Heres hoping I miss the worst of it.

    I've been hearing good things about the climbing near silver bay. I usually toss my rock shoes in my bag so maybe I can squeeze in my harness too and jump on a line with some folks. I love climbing in new areas - I'll be sure to check that out with the locals.

    Good info ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Patch View Post
    I've been hearing good things about the climbing near silver bay. I usually toss my rock shoes in my bag so maybe I can squeeze in my harness too and jump on a line with some folks. I love climbing in new areas - I'll be sure to check that out with the locals.


    Picture taken at the parking lot at Palisades Head - just off Highway 61 - The parking lot is at the top of the Palasade cliffs - roughly 125' of pink granite/quartz cliffs. There are usually climbers there - I recall that there are probably a dozen or so rated technical climbs here, including a nifty chimmney climb.
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