7/11   Tuesday         260 mi

Houghton, MI to Duluth, MN             

The motel only had coffee as a breakfast so we walked to Victoria’s for breakfast as suggested by the ice cream parlor who was right next door to Victoria’s.  I had an egg white omelet filled with bananas, strawberries, and raspberries.  It came with a great chunk of raisin toast.  Different.  

We packed up and headed for the Porcupine Mountains south on MI26, then west MI38 to Ontonagon MI where we took MI64 to Silver City.  We again ran into road construction along MI107 in Silver City heading into the park.  The road up the “Lake of the Clouds” was a nice tree lined roadway but blocked views of Lake Superior; I think you had to hike a bit to the scenic overlooks to view the lake.  It cost us $8 per bike to enter the “Lake of the Clouds” area so Tamera and I each had to pay while Mike and Dianna only paid once to enter the area.  This did not settle well with me.  The view from the overlook was spectacular and the lake and stream between the mountains made a very pretty scene where we took several pictures.  

We headed back out, through the construction, and again south on MI64, where we saw some bikes on the side of the road and stopped to help.  The front tire on one of their bikes seemed low and I let them use my tire gauges to test the air pressure.  The tire was low so the biker went back to the intersection we were approaching to air up his tire.  They happened to be on their way to the “Lake of the Clouds” so we gave them our passes so they could get in free; my way at getting back at paying an extra fair.  

We then intersected with MI28 and took it on our way to US2 where we stopped at a Burger King in Ironwood MI for lunch.  With their special, both Tamera and I ate together for less than $5 total.  Just west of Ironwood, entering Wisconsin, we were unable to find a suitable stop for a picture at the welcome center and pulled back onto US2 where I had a doe and three fawns cross the roadway in front of me.  They all stopped right in my lane just looking stupidly at me until they decided to calmly cross the road while I blasted away at my horn.  

We stopped to rest and a few pictures at Ashland WI along the Lake Superior shore and another bald eagle soared over our heads as we left the town.  

On entering Superior WI, I tried to cut over to WI35 rather than ride into town and back out on WI35.  The roads didn’t seem to follow the course of the map and after stopping someone for directions we ended up back on US2 where we had started.  Tamera was shutting down again.  I pulled off at a Super 8 motel and asked for directions to WI35.

I suggested staying at this motel but I guess it wasn’t to anyone’s standard so we moved on.  Tamera was mad and almost dropped her bike turning around in the parking lot.  We made it through town to WI35 and felt we would be able to find a motel on this road which was the major north-south roadway through town, but after riding up a down the highway a while, we found nothing there.  After talking with Tamera, she now preferred to go on to Duluth and find the Harley dealership there to get directions to a nice motel.  

We made it back through the center of Superior WI and across a really scenic and interesting bridge into Duluth, then along the roadway up US53.  This was a heavy traffic road with construction so following the right road markers was a trial.  Eventually we made it to the dealership where Tamera regained her energy through shopping and bought a shirt.  We found another Econo Lodge where we stayed for the night and it happened to be next to the Tejas Texas Steakhouse where we had dinner that night.


waiting on road construction

waiting on road construction

Tamera at Lake of the Clouds

P&T at Lake of the Clouds
Mike at Lake of the Clouds
Group at Lake of the Clouds

Paul at Lake of the Clouds

P&T at Lake of the Clouds

Dianna at Lake of the Clouds

view at Lake of the Clouds

waiting on road construction

Mike at Ashland WI

Mike at Ashland WI

Tamera&Dianna at Ashland WI

Tamera&Dianna at Ashland WI

Tamera&Dianna at Ashland WI

Tamera at Ashland WI

view at Ashland WI

Duluth H-D

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