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    Tobermory

    I'm planning (actually leaving tomorrow) for a 6,000 mile trip. I'm riding from my home in Zillah WA to Detroit MI. For the return ride I'm thinking of going to Tobermory than crossing the ferry to Manitoulin island. From there ill go to Thunder Bay. Do any of you have experience with this route? Any hazards, must see locations? Tell me everything. Thanks


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    Bring your own tie downs for the ferry.
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    We circled Lake Superior July 12th and included the Tobermory ferry https://ontarioferries.com/ontariofe...lish/index.asp
    Although you could probably get on the ferry without a reservation it is a good idea to book ahead.

    I've included some info from our trip - some narrative from earlier notes. All overnight stays were stay again locations.

    Sunset Cottages
    7 Red Mill Road
    Little Current ON ... Beautiful marina boardwalk, restaurants
    www.sunsetmotelcottages.com
    Our host is Paulette. She says it is less than an hour from the ferry landing and she says there is a new restaurant to try.
    I've eaten at the Anchor. She says the new one is across the street.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_...t_Swing_Bridge
    Bridge to leave Manitoulin Island just NE of Little Current
    Bridge opens for boats on the hour.
    Island facts -- 13,090 pop (2006)
    Manitoulin means - place of the great spirit.
    World's largest freshwater lake island.
    Ethnic Make Up of Island
    61.1%. White
    38.9% Aboriginal
    Country Music Artist -- Crystal Shawanda from the island.
    The reason it was tough to find a motel -- July 12-14 is Bridge Fest Weekend. That bridge is celebrating its 100th birthday. July 12 in evening is Classic Car Parade (6:30) -- ends at a Cruise In location. Parks by water have various events.

    Parkway Motel
    232 Hwy 17
    Wawa, Ontario
    http://www.parkwaymotel.com
    Our host - Anna - is incredibly friendly and says she likes to take photos of motorcycle groups with their bikes.

    SUPER 8 Motel
    439 Memorial Ave
    Thunder Bay

    I'll try to add some highlights later today. Let me know if you need any specific info.

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    Tobermory

    Biggest problem with the Tobermory loop is having to leave.

    Great roads.

    Wander around on the Bruce peninsula before going North.

    Eat lunch at the hotel in Goderich. Order a pint of 10w-30.

    Stay too long you can walk down the street for a Lake Huron sunset.

    If you stay in Goderich you can get your haircut at 6:30 AM by the hotel barber.

    Gas up before leaving Tobermory.

    We usually stay and eat here. http://www.grandview-tobermory.com/

    Downtown Tobermory is totally walkable from where ever you stay.

    The ferry has ropes. Everyone used these before they invented straps.

    Area north of the ferry is a lot less populated than south.

    May want to brush up on your hockey talk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Darryl Cainey View Post
    Bring your own tie downs for the ferry.

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    I haven't been on the forums for awhile, how did the trip go?
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    Quote Originally Posted by GILLY View Post
    I haven't been on the forums for awhile, how did the trip go?

    I ended up taking a more Southern route through Illinois. I had originally considered Tobermory because it looked remote. While I was on the ferry crossing Lake Michigan (on the way to Detroit) I was stuck with a bunch of drunk Harley riders, they said Tobermory was a popular destination for bikers with lots of bars and golf courses. I was starting to lose interest than when they mentioned that beer was $17.00 for a 6 pack I bagged the idea. I'm not sure if its true or not but these guys said that Americans are referred to as "Fudgies", not sure what that's about. Anyway the trip was great, I avoided all tow roads and highways (for the most part). I'll send a link to the ride report.

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    From what I saw of Tobermory, they lied.

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    Yeah, they lied, or were too drunk to count. And I've never heard of fudgies either.
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    One of the main tourist products on Mackinac Island (just across the lake from Tobermory) is fudge. Many, many kinds of fudge. A fudgie is a tourist who visits Mackinac. BTW, upper peninsula Michiganders refer to lower peninsula Michiganders as trolls.... because they live beneath the bridge.
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    The Harley guys were not being truthful. You missed a beautiful ride (not challenging, but beautiful) to Thunder Bay along the north shore of Lake Superior. Do consider it in the future. And yes, bring your own tie downs for the Chi-Cheemaun crossing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Paul_F View Post
    The Harley guys were not being truthful. You missed a beautiful ride (not challenging, but beautiful) to Thunder Bay along the north shore of Lake Superior. Do consider it in the future. And yes, bring your own tie downs for the Chi-Cheemaun crossing.
    Absolutely, it's a terrific ride, the roads and scenery are great....................Rod.
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    Well here I am chiming in a month late again. Yeah the Harley guys, I think the term is "bullocks"? Full of BS at any rate, it's a good place to travel on cycle, I'd like to go againand spend a few days on Manitoulin Island.
    man I've been on that ferry, probably 3 or more times over the years and I thought they had ropes to tie the bike down. Either that or I just had to let it go without tiedowns, never had very rough water on the crossing so never remember being concerned about it. They let the bike riders go below when docking so they can get you unloaded right away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GILLY View Post
    Well here I am chiming in a month late again. Yeah the Harley guys, I think the term is "bullocks"? Full of BS at any rate, it's a good place to travel on cycle, I'd like to go againand spend a few days on Manitoulin Island.
    man I've been on that ferry, probably 3 or more times over the years and I thought they had ropes to tie the bike down. Either that or I just had to let it go without tiedowns, never had very rough water on the crossing so never remember being concerned about it. They let the bike riders go below when docking so they can get you unloaded right away.
    Yes, they do have ropes, but if like me you never passed your Knot Badge in Scouts, bringing your own tie downs is far more secure. Once while crossing (by car), about six plate numbers were called to meet below. They came back laughing. Apparently one bike began the domino effect. They obviously had a better sense of humour than I would have in their situation.
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