Wild Dog Adventure Riding

Riding: Plan, Report and Racing => Ride Reports => Topic started by: big oil on November 14, 2017, 12:35:48 am

Title: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 14, 2017, 12:35:48 am
Fellow Wild Dogs.  I've been asked by a few here on the forum to write a RR to give an idea on what type of riding I do and the environment in which I do it.

I will do my best to convey and portray my latest motorcycle trip from my home in south central Michigan to the northern lower peninsula and on up to the upper peninsula and all around what we call God's Country or some call Copper Country.

So, here's hoping I do a good job of showing you many interesting places in my beautiful state.  Please join me and please enjoy.  Please feel free to discuss or ask questions about anything I say or pics you see.

Here are a few sample pics of what you will see in this report.



You may laugh at the types of food I enjoy.

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You may see an inland lake you will swear is a sea.  It will be difficult to determine where the Heavens stop and the Earth begins.

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I'll take you by some old farms with some old tractors still running strong.

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We will stop by what I felt was a beautiful rolling wheat field for some fresh air.

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We will stop by a mountain spring for some crystal clear great tasting ice cold water.

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We won't be in such a hurry that we will not have time to stop and smell some pretty flowers.

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I will introduce you to a famous and beloved Bishop.  So loved he had a city named after him.

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We will visit an old Air Force Base that time has forgotten, though old relics like this are still on display.

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You will read how I began the trip on this bike.  And when tragedy struck, had to finish......

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the trip on this bike.

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I will take you to Black Bear country!

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You will see some interesting bridges.

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You will see some enormous minerals.  Kudos to you if you can identify the following mineral.

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You may see some machinery you may or may not have ever seen before.

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We will stop by some beautiful bays filled with beautiful............umm.......................................sand :laughing7:

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I'll take you to a pond filled with water so clear, you will call me a liar when I tell you how far the logs are below the surface.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1878%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1878%203.jpg.html)









A pond so clear you can count every Trout.

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Will you join me? 

















Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Pistonpete on November 14, 2017, 01:35:42 am
We also got a place named after a Bishop.....Bishop Lavis..

Lead on McDuff  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: daveh on November 14, 2017, 02:03:41 am
More more.  Good start to get the dogs interested. Now don't keep us in suspense  :-\
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: CruiserBMW on November 14, 2017, 05:15:00 am
YOU CAN CARRY ON WAITING FOR THIS ONE
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 14, 2017, 05:27:44 am
I have been waiting a long time for this to happen.
Thanks.
I hope you cook your food first. :imaposer:
I take the husband did not see you take that photo, or is that where tragedy struck? :peepwall:
Next instalment please.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ganjora on November 14, 2017, 06:14:06 am
in
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on November 14, 2017, 06:23:09 am
Food looks healthy. Our previous Minister of Health would definitely have approved of those beetroot potatoes? :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skim on November 14, 2017, 06:39:31 am
OK so we are drooling already!!!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on November 14, 2017, 06:45:46 am
Nice intro, let me get the :happy1:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: DirtRebell on November 14, 2017, 07:12:32 am
:sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Slim Jim on November 14, 2017, 07:15:11 am
 :drif:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 14, 2017, 07:16:30 am
 :thumleft: this is really good. dont be so modest. the suspense is murder and shows your flair for story telling!  :deal: lets have it!  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: BMWPE on November 14, 2017, 07:19:54 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: frankmac on November 14, 2017, 07:21:45 am
 :thumleft: I'm in
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: OomD on November 14, 2017, 07:22:32 am
Subscribed! Roll on... roll on!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on November 14, 2017, 07:27:37 am
Ok when can I come over ?  :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on November 14, 2017, 07:29:02 am
If this is what the pictures of a "non picture taker" looks like thne I am once again, a fool!

Very nice!

I contend that you do have that secret knack that turns a report into a page turner! Go!!!!!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Gérrard on November 14, 2017, 07:33:44 am
Like I said...
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: KTMvan on November 14, 2017, 08:23:38 am
Sub :-)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Gérrard on November 15, 2017, 09:04:59 am
:sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bernoulli on November 15, 2017, 09:12:33 am
 :happy1:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: lpj on November 15, 2017, 09:13:17 am
This is going to be good.  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: SmuGS on November 15, 2017, 09:45:17 am
I'm in....
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Gérrard on November 15, 2017, 09:50:23 am
Hey James, we know you new here. We don't mind someone swearing at us, calling us names, being rude etc, its a forim, but you stall on n RR we get really anxious for our daily fix. :deal:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on November 15, 2017, 09:53:08 am
Relax Gerrard, this poor man is on a KTM... maybe it is in for muffins.  :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oupa Foe-rie on November 15, 2017, 09:56:59 am
This looks like a very good one ..............  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: RrP on November 15, 2017, 10:23:31 am
  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Sheepman on November 15, 2017, 10:59:23 am
The anxiety drove me right onto my bike......and around the block  ;D
Strapped in and ready for the story  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:21:08 pm
I have been waiting a long time for this to happen.
Thanks.
I hope you cook your food first. :imaposer:
I take the husband did not see you take that photo, or is that where tragedy struck? :peepwall:
Next instalment please.

If she was married, he was not around.  She was by herself, oiling her lovely ivory skinned body.  I couldn't help but notice  :peepwall: and she noticed that I had noticed  :imaposer:, so she gave me a little smile and a couple of poses  :drif:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:25:59 pm
Food looks healthy. Our previous Minister of Health would definitely have approved of those beetroot potatoes? :sip:

Yes ma'am, Redskin Potatoes.  We call them Redskins or Red Taters!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:28:01 pm
Ok when can I come over ?  :ricky: :ricky:

Next summer!  Don't come now because we are gearing up for 4 months of winter!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:31:47 pm
If this is what the pictures of a "non picture taker" looks like thne I am once again, a fool!

Very nice!

I contend that you do have that secret knack that turns a report into a page turner! Go!!!!!

Trust me it's just the technology!  I have not a clue about any buttons on my camera except for Full Auto  :imaposer:  Thanks for the compliment though :thumleft:

I have learned to enhance the pics and adjust a little lighting and color via my laptop.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:37:32 pm
Hey James, we know you new here. We don't mind someone swearing at us, calling us names, being rude etc, its a forim, but you stall on n RR we get really anxious for our daily fix. :deal:

I'm trying.  I'm very indecisive by nature, I'm trying to figure out how to begin the report.  Plus I have writers block.  Bear with me  :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:39:33 pm
I'm in....

George Louis Costanza  :imaposer:  Loved Seinfeld  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 12:40:43 pm
Relax Gerrard, this poor man is on a KTM... maybe it is in for muffins.  :pot: :peepwall: :imaposer:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 15, 2017, 12:56:06 pm

You may laugh at the types of food I enjoy.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1051.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1051.jpg.html)

That looks damn fine, if I might say!!!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 15, 2017, 01:00:26 pm
Hey James, we know you new here. We don't mind someone swearing at us, calling us names, being rude etc, its a forim, but you stall on n RR we get really anxious for our daily fix. :deal:

I'm trying.  I'm very indecisive by nature, I'm trying to figure out how to begin the report. Plus I have writers block.  Bear with me  :ricky:
You start at home and remember you being a foreigner you are allowed to posts tits without any consequinces. :peepwall: ;) >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 01:07:47 pm
Hey James, we know you new here. We don't mind someone swearing at us, calling us names, being rude etc, its a forim, but you stall on n RR we get really anxious for our daily fix. :deal:

I'm trying.  I'm very indecisive by nature, I'm trying to figure out how to begin the report. Plus I have writers block.  Bear with me  :ricky:
You start at home and remember you being a foreigner you are allowed to posts tits without any consequinces. :peepwall: ;) >:D

Cool, I didn't know that  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: frankmac on November 15, 2017, 01:09:45 pm
Only googled Da Yoopers now. Seem like a fine bunch of upright citizens  :thumleft:

I'm pretty ignorant regarding Michigan culture so I hope you'll enlighten us as your RR progresses
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: JMOL on November 15, 2017, 01:16:00 pm
In soos Gin  :thumleft:   :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 15, 2017, 01:25:50 pm

You may laugh at the types of food I enjoy.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1051.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_1051.jpg.html)

That looks damn fine, if I might say!!!

 :thumleft:

Without a doubt, they are delicious.  I like them when they've been prepared with a ridiculous amount of pepper and seasoning.

There are different ways to eat them.  Some folks squeeze the head while sucking the brains and juices, some don't suck.  I am a head sucker.  Wait  :scratch:, that didn't sound right.  I suck the head of a crawfish to taste the delicious brains and juices.  Yeah, that sounds better  :imaposer:

A video on how to eat them.  I eat them using the same method as the man displays from :56-1:30, but I dip the meat in hot melted butter or shrimp sauce before eating.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 15, 2017, 01:31:12 pm
I wonder if we have anything like Crawfish here in SA....?

Seem to remember i have seen some somewhere..... Eestern Cape maybe? Anyone?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on November 15, 2017, 02:06:04 pm

Without a doubt, they are delicious.  I like them when they've been prepared with a ridiculous amount of pepper and seasoning.

There are different ways to eat them.  Some folks squeeze the head while sucking the brains and juices, some don't suck.  I am a head sucker.  Wait  :scratch:, that didn't sound right.  I suck the head of a crawfish to taste the delicious brains and juices.  Yeah, that sounds better  :imaposer:

A video on how to eat them.  I eat them using the same method as the man displays from :56-1:30, but I dip the meat in hot melted butter or shrimp sauce before eating.
We get red taters here now as well. All these peculiar fruits 'n veggies are showing up on our virgin shores...  :eek7:
You should eat some sheep's head when you visit South Africa :thumleft:
Which means a visit to @VaalBaas in Gouda - I think he's the head sheep-head sucker in SA  :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Offshore on November 15, 2017, 02:15:29 pm
I am in
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on November 15, 2017, 02:50:31 pm
Hey James, we know you new here. We don't mind someone swearing at us, calling us names, being rude etc, its a forim, but you stall on n RR we get really anxious for our daily fix. :deal:

I'm trying.  I'm very indecisive by nature, I'm trying to figure out how to begin the report. Plus I have writers block.  Bear with me  :ricky:
You start at home and remember you being a foreigner you are allowed to posts tits without any consequinces. :peepwall: ;) >:D



I think the problem is not whether 'foreigners' are allowed to post titties, it's that we local forum readers are not allowed to see them!  :xxbah:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: westfrogger on November 15, 2017, 02:56:54 pm
Note to self: don't ever play Snooker against Big Oil (not after what he said about his lack of photography skills  :o).

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 15, 2017, 03:20:03 pm
Note to self: don't ever play Snooker against Big Oil (not after what he said about his lack of photography skills  :o).

 :thumleft:

Indeed....  :patch:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: DRAZIL on November 15, 2017, 04:58:41 pm
I wonder if we have anything like Crawfish here in SA....?

Seem to remember i have seen some somewhere..... Eestern Cape maybe? Anyone?

I haven't seen any on my travels but they do look like great bait  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: frankmac on November 15, 2017, 05:03:55 pm
I believe we only have freshwater shrimps.

The Aussies have a similar crustacean called a yabbie.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on November 15, 2017, 06:24:54 pm
good grief man ......... hurrrrrrrrrrry upppp

nice pics so far

i have a dream to one day travel america ....................  but i am fat already , so they may not let me in  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bliknêrs on November 15, 2017, 07:09:07 pm
Get on with it ffs.
  :patch:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: skydiver on November 15, 2017, 08:08:01 pm
This is unfair....you start off showing some interesting photos which might be considered as "fore play" and then...............nothing.  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on November 15, 2017, 08:55:05 pm
This is unfair....you start off showing some interesting photos which might be considered as "fore play" and then...............nothing.  :lol8:

 yeah , he is just a teaser
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 16, 2017, 05:44:11 am
BIG OIL, Stop slipping in the oil and move on with this RR! :pot: :peepwall:
 :lamer: :lamer: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :deal: :deal: :drif: :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on November 16, 2017, 07:22:56 am
BIG OIL, Stop slipping in the oil and move on with this RR! :pot: :peepwall:
 :lamer: :lamer: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :spitcoffee: :deal: :deal: :drif: :sip:

Thanks for that mental image of big oil covered in baby oil, like those mud/oil wrestling babes  :eek7: :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 16, 2017, 02:54:59 pm
Okay, okay, I'll be posting soon.

I will NOT be providing any pics of me covered in baby oil, I like you all too much to put you through such misery!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 16, 2017, 03:03:16 pm

Without a doubt, they are delicious.  I like them when they've been prepared with a ridiculous amount of pepper and seasoning.

There are different ways to eat them.  Some folks squeeze the head while sucking the brains and juices, some don't suck.  I am a head sucker.  Wait  :scratch:, that didn't sound right.  I suck the head of a crawfish to taste the delicious brains and juices.  Yeah, that sounds better  :imaposer:

A video on how to eat them.  I eat them using the same method as the man displays from :56-1:30, but I dip the meat in hot melted butter or shrimp sauce before eating.
We get red taters here now as well. All these peculiar fruits 'n veggies are showing up on our virgin shores...  :eek7:
You should eat some sheep's head when you visit South Africa :thumleft:
Which means a visit to @VaalBaas in Gouda - I think he's the head sheep-head sucker in SA  :pot:

I'd try sheep head, heck I'm the type that will try just about any food.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 16, 2017, 03:08:09 pm

Without a doubt, they are delicious.  I like them when they've been prepared with a ridiculous amount of pepper and seasoning.

There are different ways to eat them.  Some folks squeeze the head while sucking the brains and juices, some don't suck.  I am a head sucker.  Wait  :scratch:, that didn't sound right.  I suck the head of a crawfish to taste the delicious brains and juices.  Yeah, that sounds better  :imaposer:

A video on how to eat them.  I eat them using the same method as the man displays from :56-1:30, but I dip the meat in hot melted butter or shrimp sauce before eating.
We get red taters here now as well. All these peculiar fruits 'n veggies are showing up on our virgin shores...  :eek7:
You should eat some sheep's head when you visit South Africa :thumleft:
Which means a visit to @VaalBaas in Gouda - I think he's the head sheep-head sucker in SA  :pot:

I'd try sheep head, heck I'm the type that will try just about any food.
its bladdy horrible.  :deal: well the cheeks and tongue arent so bad but the eyes and brain...  :patch: although some hardened old men around here love it and force feed the sweet young innocent bikers with it... story usually starts with when i was young and and barefoot and and.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Takashi on November 16, 2017, 04:11:41 pm
Definitely subscribed to this thread.

big oil, you should change your name to big tease.....  Where is the rest of this ride report?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 16, 2017, 05:56:28 pm
Let me take you back to summer 2016.  For the first time in my life I bought a cruiser type bike, a Hog aka Harley Davidson.  I bought it for all the wrong reasons.  My friends filling my head with lines like, "a Harley will get you laid" and "a Harley is all American".  So, I know a girl at the dealership whom works in the office, so I bypass the salesmen, and negotiate a killer deal on a Street Glide and a handy in the back building.  Unfortunately at the time of pickup there were people in the back warehouse and I could not recieve the handy.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0314%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0314%202.jpg.html)

They were right about getting me laid, wrong about the bike being all American. So many of the components are now outsourced.  The clothing and accessory chrome are all made overseas.  Here in the US, riding a HOG automatically puts you in a club of some hardcore riders, but more poseurs than hardcore.  The type of poseurs who claim to be the real deal, when all they do is fire up their hog occasionally and ride to the local tavern and back. The type of riders who pick on me when I practice ATGATT (all the gear all the time). 

2009, in the village of Hell, Michigan at the Hell Tavern.  My steed, an 09' GS Adventure (don't hold that against me, I didn't know any better back then  :pot:).  Actually, I loved the bike, mounting a Blitzkrieg in many states on her, even if her sticking fuel injectors made me want to pull my hair out on some mornings.  On cool mornings,  one or both of the injectors would stick.  I used to have to remove the injectors, hook wire leads from a 9V battery to the injector leads, and pulse the injectors until they got hot.  Then hurry up and install the injectors and start the bike.  Doing this on trips in the morning before my first cup of covfefe pissed me off royally.  BMW blamed the ethanol in our fuel.  Funny, none of the Japanese bikes and other European machines had an issue with our fuel.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/BMW%20R1200%20GS%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/BMW%20R1200%20GS%202.jpg.html)

Anyway, back to Hell.  I'm dressed in Cordura head to toe.  I walk up to the deck, I think yous call it a stoep.  Harley rider in flippies, shorts, and a t-shirt, with 3 teeth protruding from his mouth, says to me, "hey arrr yous a fire min or arrr yous going up on the next space shuttle"  :lol8: Me being a quick witted smart ass, I replied, "well, I started a fire in your mamas panties last night and was scheduled to go up in the shuttle, but your mom begged me to stay on Earth".  It's just the way we talk to one another around here!

Back to HOG ownership.  As soon as I bought the Hog, I left on a ride representing Downs Syndrome Awareness through the New England states and through the Canadian provinces of Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, back through Nova Scotia to Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Quebec, and finally back through Ontario to home.  16 days, with 8 days of frigid North Atlantic rain.  Here I am in Clarenville, Newfoundland, awaking to another day of frigid temps and rain.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg.html) 

16 days, 4,416 miles or 7,106 kilometers through some of the most beautiful country I've ever seen.  Perhaps another RR someday.  When I returned home, I felt as if I'd been beat up by a gang before being run over by a Mack truck.  I grew up riding dirt bikes from a young age.  I like my pegs directly underneath me.  The feet forward design of a cruiser is too unnatural for me, and I'm just too damn tall for any cruiser.  Especially a Street Glide with a 'slammed' rear end with 2.25 inches of suspension travel.

So, a few weeks later once healed, I continue the ride for Downs awareness and leave for a Southern States tour down through Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, to visit my ole' buddy Crazy Bill in Louisiana, another buddy Chef Brian near Fort Worth, Texas.  I also got to meet the little boy with Downs I have been riding for in Dallas, Texas.  What a handsome little baby boy, eh?

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Eli%208%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Eli%208%203.jpg.html)

While visiting the DFW area, my girlfriend began having problems.  One of those girls who just simply cannot be alone, even for a few days without a man in her life.  She was whining and crying that she felt like she was going to die if I didn't come home soon.  ::)  I told her I was not going to be home for at least another couple of weeks.  She said I needed to come home the next day.  I told her that was NOT happening. 

So, the next morning I boarded a plane and flew from Fort Worth to Detroit  :peepwall: storing my HOG in Brian's garage.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on November 16, 2017, 08:50:08 pm

I also got to meet the little boy with Downs I have been riding for in Dallas, Texas.  What a handsome little baby boy, eh?

Cute as a button!!
My niece with DS turned 20 this year, got 2 bronze medals in the South African Special Athletics for Intellectually Impaired - first time she competed!!  - and is participating in a jobs training programme for DS, of which she is the star  8)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 16, 2017, 10:46:51 pm

I also got to meet the little boy with Downs I have been riding for in Dallas, Texas.  What a handsome little baby boy, eh?

Cute as a button!!
My niece with DS turned 20 this year, got 2 bronze medals in the South African Special Athletics for Intellectually Impaired - first time she competed!!  - and is participating in a jobs training programme for DS, of which she is the star  8)

Thanks, he's a ham.

Happy for your niece.  Great for her to be competing and winning.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: I&horse on November 16, 2017, 11:01:40 pm
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 02:33:56 am
Let me back up a little.  Instead of doing a short RR on my first trip down to Texas, I would rather just include a few pics in this RR.  The first day of my ride out of Michigan, my destination for the day was Tennessee, just north of Knoxville.  I made it safely, had a nice dinner, stayed in a comfortable motel room, and made it out early the next morning on my way to the Tail of the Dragon.

The Tail of the Dragon is located in an area of some of best motorcycling roads in our country.  A trip to anywhere near the Tennessee North Carolina border on 2 or 4 wheels normally includes a trip to the Dragon.  The Dragon is a stretch of road with 318 curves in 11 miles.  It is a world class road with fresh tar and all semi traffic has been banned.  All pics borrowed from the web.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/tailofthedragon.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/tailofthedragon.jpg.html)



Sky view of a stretch of the Dragon.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon.jpg.html)




And a google earth image.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20google%20earth%20pic.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20google%20earth%20pic.jpg.html)




Views of tree covered mountains and rivers.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%206.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%206.jpg.html)




Stop off at an overlook to see more mountains like these  :laughing7:

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20mountain%20and%20river%20view.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20mountain%20and%20river%20view.jpg.html)




If you come to America, do yourself a solid and ride this road.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%205.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%205.jpg.html)

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 02:44:50 am
If you're into cars, this road is also a place where you can see some bad ass sports cars.  Different car clubs visit the Dragon.  All pics borrowed from the web.

You may see a Porsche club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%2010.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%2010.jpg.html)




Viper Clubs.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20viper.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20viper.jpg.html)




Mini club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Mini.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Mini.jpg.html)




Honda S2000 club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Honda.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Honda.jpg.html)




Ferrari club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20ferrari.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20ferrari.jpg.html)




Bugatti club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Bugatti.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20Bugatti.jpg.html)




And America's sports car, a Corvette club.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20corvette%20zr1.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20corvette%20zr1.jpg.html)

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20corvette.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/TAil%20of%20the%20dragon%20corvette.jpg.html)




And you never know when you may see a real exotic car like this Pagani Huayra.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Pagoni.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Pagoni.jpg.html)

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 02:54:50 am
Though one must be very careful and remained focused at all times.  Numerous people perish on this stretch of road each year.  Back in 2005, my first visit to the Dragon, iirc, 50 + deaths that year.  Pics borrowed from the web.

Be careful of oncoming 1,000 pound Harley's losing control.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%203.jpg.html)




And the people riding them scraping across the road with no jacket on.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%204.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%204.jpg.html)




You may witness some Harley on Harley action.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%202.jpg.html)




Or someone riding on a Harley ejector seat.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%201.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%201.jpg.html)




Or a rider getting run over by a HOG.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%209.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%209.jpg.html)




Or a squid in tennis shoes, I think yous call them tekkies, riding a sportbike past his skill set.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%207.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%207.jpg.html)

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%208.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%208.jpg.html)

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 03:00:38 am
If you make it through The Dragon, make sure to stop at the south end to view the Cheoh Dam.  The Dam made famous when Harrison Ford jumped off of it (well, his stunt double) in the movie 'The Fugitive'.  Pics borrowed from the web.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20cheoh%20dam.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20cheoh%20dam.jpg.html)

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Harrison%20ford.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Harrison%20ford.jpg.html)

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Harrison%20Ford%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Tail%20of%20the%20dragon%20Harrison%20Ford%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 03:44:28 am
One could spend a week riding all the great roads in this area.  In addition to the Dragon, you can ride the Moonshiner 28, Cherohola Scenic Skyway (my personal favorite), and the Snake Route 226.  If you want gravel, no problem either.  Plenty of riding for on road and off road.

I stopped to photograph the Tree of Shame at the south end of the Dragon.  If one wrecks their motorcycle on the Dragon, you are encouraged to place a piece of your wrecked bike on the Tree of Shame.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0612%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0612%203.jpg.html)




Stopped for a pic with the famous Dragon.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0621%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0621%202.jpg.html)




From the Dragon, I continued South on US129 to Robbinsville, North Carolina to ride what I can honestly say is my favorite stretch of road in the country, The Cherohala Scenic Skyway.  42 miles of nirvana, going from approximately 600 feet above sea level to around 5,200 feet above sea level and then back down to approximately 1,500 feet near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.   No traffic and wide high speed sweepers for miles and miles.

Here's a pic of a beautiful covered bridge near Tellico Plains, Tennessee.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0623%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0623%202.jpg.html)

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on November 17, 2017, 04:41:22 am
Just saw this RR.

I'm along for the ride...  and maybe give one of those cuties a squeeze  :peepwall:  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 17, 2017, 05:21:11 am
Ok, you were not slipping in the oil :pot:
You were just oiling up :thumleft:
You know how to tell a story and put a RR together.
This is great thanks. :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: hedleyj on November 17, 2017, 06:45:26 am
What a way of telling the story. Teasers and titbits (sic, & pun intended) to keep one riveted.

Then some route views as well ( luckily no backroom views)

Keep it coming bud. You have a raw writing talent. Dont blame technology.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: frankmac on November 17, 2017, 06:53:30 am

Anyway, back to Hell.  I'm dressed in Cordura head to toe.  I walk up to the deck, I think yous call it a stoep.  Harley rider in flippies, shorts, and a t-shirt, with 3 teeth protruding from his mouth, says to me, "hey arrr yous a fire min or arrr yous going up on the next space shuttle"  :lol8: Me being a quick witted smart ass, I replied, "well, I started a fire in your mamas panties last night and was scheduled to go up in the shuttle, but your mom begged me to stay on Earth".  It's just the way we talk to one another around here![/center]
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg.html)  [/center]

Nice suit.

If you stand still long enough aircraft could use you as a beacon  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 17, 2017, 07:32:29 am
awesome, a sneak peak into how the other side of the planet do it!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on November 17, 2017, 07:36:52 am

Anyway, back to Hell.  I'm dressed in Cordura head to toe.  I walk up to the deck, I think yous call it a stoep.  Harley rider in flippies, shorts, and a t-shirt, with 3 teeth protruding from his mouth, says to me, "hey arrr yous a fire min or arrr yous going up on the next space shuttle"  :lol8: Me being a quick witted smart ass, I replied, "well, I started a fire in your mamas panties last night and was scheduled to go up in the shuttle, but your mom begged me to stay on Earth".  It's just the way we talk to one another around here![/center]
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/IMG_0463%202_1.jpg.html)  [/center]

Nice suit.

If you stand still long enough aircraft could use you as a beacon  :thumleft:



WHat did he blank out?
What is he hiding?
We should get the Moderators involved!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: OomD on November 17, 2017, 07:39:27 am

WHat did he blank out?
What is he hiding?
We should get the Moderators involved!
Nothing blanked out. I't's a cool new hi-viz paint scheme!  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on November 17, 2017, 08:18:05 am

All those Harley pillions look exceptionally buff and ripped  :eek7:

Is there a subculture of body building amongst the Harley WAGs, or is it from helping pick up the Harley?  :patch:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Rotten on November 17, 2017, 10:13:08 am
Fantastic BO. Keep on rolling
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 02:53:20 pm
I blocked out the letters adhered to my panniers from the Downs Syndrome ride! 

Ri, all types ride HOGS over here, buffed, ripped, and many Hogs riding HOGS  :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on November 17, 2017, 03:18:17 pm
nice pictures , my personal favourite on is the one of the boobies


naaaah  scrap that , my favourite one is of the lil kid , good on you for the support to the organisation  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 17, 2017, 04:21:54 pm
With that suit on even an SA taxi will give way for you. :imaposer:
You are a good hearted gentleman.
Thank you for what you do for the kids.
Respect to you Sir.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 17, 2017, 07:37:06 pm
Thanks everyone for your kind words.  This forum is filled with amazing, creative, intelligent people.  Your country is lucky to have you all as citizens.

I will post more soon.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Sprocketbek on November 17, 2017, 09:49:25 pm
If you come to America, do yourself a solid and ride this road.

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Some amazing roads there!
This section reminds me very much of Tradouw Pass in SA  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Pilchie on November 17, 2017, 10:31:38 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: NoRush on November 18, 2017, 01:15:24 am
Thanks Big Oil for showing us some of your world. You don't have to worry a bit about the RR writing. You are doing a fine job so far.
You guys sure have a beautiful country.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 18, 2017, 01:16:21 am
So, I flew back to Detroit.  My elderly father drove to Detroit Metro Airport, just West of Detroit, to pick me up.  He does not like driving on the Interstate anywhere between Ann Arbor and Detroit, Michigan.  I can't blame him.

Over the next week, I get the girlfriend calmed down, explaining to her that this is my life.  In the back of my mind, I'm chomping at the bit to fly back to Texas and continue my ride.  So after about 1 1/2 weeks, I board a plane back to Fort Worth, Texas.

For the next few days I ride the amazing curvy roads south of Dallas and Fort Worth.  But now I've got my sights on Texas Hill Country to do 3 sisters.  More on the 3 sisters coming up soon.     So I was awake at the butt crack of dawn the next morning, eyes bloodshot from lack of sleep, ground some coffee beans, brewed some coffee so thick, you could eat it with a spoon, slammed a few cups, and headed South from Dallas to between Killeen and San Antonio, Texas.




On my way to THC, I discover Luckenbach, Texas, Est 1849, Population - 3 and a dirty old kitty.  I had no idea I would be anywhere near Luckenbach on my ride south, so this was a unexpected treat. 

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There just happened to be some motocross racing and some old bikes on display, like this beautiful trio of antique Ducatis.

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Luckenbach, Texas was made famous by the legendary Country and Western singers Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson.  Not sure if the Dukes of Hazzard tv series was broadcast in SA, but Waylon was the Balladeer of the show.  Waylon and Willie are/were a couple of old school rough and tough hillbilly's, no worry living, lots of women, weed, and whiskey.







In Luckenbach, there are 2 buildings.  One is a saloon, the other serves as a post office, general store, and saloon all under one roof.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on November 18, 2017, 06:31:50 am
Nice man, thanks for sharing. :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 12:51:21 am
Nice man, thanks for sharing. :ricky:

Thanks for following, Woody  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 01:38:27 am
After enjoying a couple ice cold beers talking with some local Texans in Luckenbach, I continued my journey Southwest.

I rode the Devil's Backbone, before heading to do the 3 Twisted Sisters. 

The 3 Twisted Sisters consists of 3 Texas Ranch Roads.  Remember these numbers if you ever find yourself around Austin or San Antonio, Texas.  Do yourself a solid and go drive or ride these roads.

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On the way to ride the 3 Sisters, I come across the Double Creek Ranch with a Rust in Peace cemetery for old farm implements.  A nice old McCormick Farmall tractor that time has forgotten.  I bet some fresh fuel and a fresh battery could bring her back to life.

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Riding the Three Sisters is approximately a 100 mile or 160 kilometer loop of motorcycling nirvana.  It is as if you're riding a roller coaster.  Up, down, curve, up, curve, down, curve, simply amazing roads and scenery.

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A map containing the location of the Three Sisters ride.  The surrounding area is all beautiful riding as well.  I began the loop in Leakey, TX and rode in a clockwise direction over to Camp Wood, TX.  Then North to HWY 41.  Iirc, the posted speed limit on 41 was 80 or 85mph, or 129 or 137kph.  It is easy to cover a lot of distance at those speeds.  I twisted the throttle on the Harley up to 100-110mph or 161-177kph without a worry in the world.  Texas cops out in the middle of nowhere just simply don't seem to give a shit how fast people are going.  I met an oncoming cop when I was over 100mph and he didn't turn around to chase me or flick on his lights. 

Then turned back south on Ranch Road 336 back to Leakey, TX.  After I completed riding the Three Sisters, I rode back East to Vanderpool, TX and stopped for a beverage, again just shooting the shit with some nice locals. 

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I was proud to finally say I rode the 3 Sisters.  From Vanderpool, I headed Northeast on Farm Market 187 to HWY 39, an amazing stretch as well, to Kerrville, TX where I spent the night in a cheap but kind of a shit-hole motel room with an insect problem.  It was a long day in the saddle at just shy of 1,000 kilometers at 610 miles, but like I said, with getting an early start and with high speed limits, you can cover a lot of distance.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 19, 2017, 06:48:55 am
Nice route.
Does three twisted sisters give you serenity? :pot:
Keep it coming. :spitcoffee:
I will have to catch up at night now as my new phone is no longer as it was affirmative shopped. GRR,
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on November 19, 2017, 07:38:49 am
Some interesting side attractions on that route B.O. looks fun.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on November 19, 2017, 07:41:03 am
Pity I did not know you on my Route 66 trip a few years ago.
I only did it from Las Vegas to Chicago trying to find the old route, but it was difficult.


Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Laban on November 19, 2017, 02:05:15 pm


….extraordinary RR….I’m pillowing... :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 03:45:55 pm
Nice route.
Does three twisted sisters give you serenity? :pot:
Keep it coming. :spitcoffee:
I will have to catch up at night now as my new phone is no longer as it was affirmative shopped. GRR,

Other than dodging an occasional small deer, yes, the route certainly provides serenity!

Thanks for following  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 03:49:24 pm
Pity I did not know you on my Route 66 trip a few years ago.
I only did it from Las Vegas to Chicago trying to find the old route, but it was difficult.

Yes, a pity.

Certainly appears you had a comfortable bike for the ride  :ricky:

I have not ever ridden or driven any part of Route 66, but this spring, I hope to ride a portion of the route in Oklahoma.  I have read it is difficult to follow as you found out as well.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Offshore on November 19, 2017, 03:59:20 pm
Thank you for giving us a Glimpse into your World BO, you certainly have a lot of Space to Ride, it could take a Lifetime. :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 04:07:57 pm
Thank you for giving us a Glimpse into your World BO, you certainly have a lot of Space to Ride, it could take a Lifetime. :ricky:

No problem, I have gotten much enjoyment from reading RR's in Africa, so the right thing to do is return the generosity.

It has taken a lifetime and I'm still not even close to have ridden all 50 states.  I have 16 left.  I am planning now for a trip next year to peel off a few more of the 16 left.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 19, 2017, 04:21:23 pm
Way things are going here, you might even have Zim to tick off when you get a chance to come our side of the world. :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 04:50:28 pm
Way things are going here, you might even have Zim to tick off when you get a chance to come our side of the world. :pot:

It would be nice if that old tyrant meets the devil soon.  Him and Grace have siphoned enough of their country's economy.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 19, 2017, 05:27:07 pm
Way things are going here, you might even have Zim to tick off when you get a chance to come our side of the world. :pot:

It would be nice if that old tyrant meets the devil soon.  Him and Grace have siphoned enough of their country's economy.
They have both been fired out of the party and are officially history, what is going to happen with them now is going to be interesting.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 19, 2017, 05:47:44 pm
Can't wait to see.

Probably exiled to another country to continue living in the lap of luxury, unfortunately. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 21, 2017, 03:49:25 am
The next morning, I awoke early in Kerrville, though not as early as the previous morning.  I was fatigued after the long day in the saddle.  I didn't get on the road heading back to the DFW area until around 10am.

I rode for a couple of hours before stopping for some breakfast.  A colleague of mine had recommended a road side stop as he knew the owners well.  I stopped, only to find out breakfast was not served.  It was a gorgeous sunny day, already very warm.  I ordered a sandwich, bowl of soup, and a beer.  Total = 17 dollars  :eek7:.  This road side stop was turning into a highway robbery.  :patch: :xxbah:  Anyway, I sat down at an outside table and enjoyed the admitted great tasting (it had better taste good) lunch, basking in the warm Texas sun. 

I arrived back in the DFW area late afternoon, ready for a nap.

Over the next couple of days, Chef Brian, myself, and his lovely daughter hung out, went to dinner, made dinner, lounged by the pool.  Just relaxed.

Here's Chef Brian, one of my true good friends, with his beautiful daughter, Alexis, and his handsome son, Drew.

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Alexis is one of those tiny little Texas sweethearts.  Probably 100 pounds, cute as can be, and a wonderful friendly personality.  Some guy will be very lucky to have her as his bride.

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And she knows how to handle a gun as well.  Isn't she cool?  :biggrin:

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We eventually made our way to downtown Dallas, Texas.

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Attended opening day at the Texas State Fair, where we visited Big Tex.  From wiki:  The State Fair of Texas is an annual state fair held in Dallas at historic Fair Park. The fair has taken place every year since 1886 except for varying periods during World War I and World War II.   While the State Fair of Texas considers quantifying its official attendance figures "too much of a hassle", it is still consistently recognized as one of the most highly attended and best state fairs in America as well as Dallas's signature event. 

Big Tex is a 55-foot (16 m) tall statue and marketing icon of the annual State Fair of Texas held at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas.  The Dickie shirt features a 14-foot collar, 23 foot sleeves and weighs 130 pounds (59 kg). The shirt is made from 150 yards (140 m) of awning material. The new Dickie jeans features a 27-foot waist, 22 foot inseam and weighs 100 pounds (45 kg). The jeans are made from 100 yards (91 m) of denim material.

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You can't go to the Texas State Fair without eating a heart attack on a stick, aka a Corn Dog.  A grilled hot dog, then dipped in corn flavored batter, then deep fried. 

Here are some pics to give you an idea on what a corn dog looks like.   :peepwall:

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This sweet little angel obviously likes to take her corn dog deep before biting a piece off.

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Presidential candidate Michele Bachman enjoys just a little tip before biting.

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But, like a well trained woman, she chews and swallows with her mouth closed.

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This little angel appears to be enjoying her corn dog.   :drif:

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This sweet little Asian princess appears to like her corn dogs in the foot-long variety.

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I enjoy a corn dog with a little ketchup and mustard like this lovely woman.

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This little angel likes a vegan corn dog.

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This poor girl is finding out the 'hard' way that sometimes a corn dog can be to big for her mouth.

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Have I explained to you Wild Dog's that I am a very sick and twisted individual?  There is no cure for what ails me.  I can't help it boets, I find a woman eating a corn dog or hot dog very sexy.



Does anyone agree?

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This sweetie pie likes a hot dog on a bun about 1 foot long.

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Here's some daddy's sweet little Texas angel demonstrating the proper method to eat on a corn dog in a size I can relate to and used to carrying around.   :peepwall:

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on November 21, 2017, 04:18:24 am
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I am a very sick and twisted individual?


Yes you are...  :deal:  :dousing:  :pot:



I am relatively new here, but have also found that there is just something about a redneck chick wearing a bikini top, daisy dukes, and cowboy boots, and eating a corn dog that gets my blood rushing...  :drif: :drif: :drif: :peepwall:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Corn dogs can be sooooo tasty!!!  :drif:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: OomD on November 21, 2017, 05:48:18 am
Those are the most educational and uplifting corndog eating pictures I have ever seen! That you so much for sharing!  :drif:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on November 21, 2017, 07:21:37 am
Educational too!

I had no idea there was so many ways to get down on a corn-dog!

Should show the wife!!

No...., Wait....

 :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on November 21, 2017, 07:23:54 am
 :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 21, 2017, 10:34:42 am
in a size I can relate to and used to carrying around.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 21, 2017, 10:17:02 pm
 :laughing4:  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 21, 2017, 10:43:59 pm
Those are the most educational and uplifting corndog eating pictures I have ever seen! That you so much for sharing!  :drif:

 :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 21, 2017, 10:45:18 pm
Educational too!

I had no idea there was so many ways to get down on a corn-dog!

Should show the wife!!

No...., Wait....

 :imaposer:

I suggest you put your helmet on before showing her.  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 21, 2017, 10:49:31 pm
Quote
I am a very sick and twisted individual?


Yes you are...  :deal:  :dousing:  :pot:



I am relatively new here, but have also found that there is just something about a redneck chick wearing a bikini top, daisy dukes, and cowboy boots, and eating a corn dog that gets my blood rushing...  :drif: :drif: :drif: :peepwall:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

Corn dogs can be sooooo tasty!!!  :drif:

It's most likely because of your EMT background, Mr. Zog.  You and I care about these woman and their health.  It gets awfully hot in Texas and Florida and we don't want to see these women overheat.  So always encourage them to wear bikini tops and daisy dukes during high temp weather.  :peepwall:

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 22, 2017, 08:59:06 am
WARNING:  GRAPHIC PICS and VIDEO CONTAINED IN THIS POST.  YOU MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS POST IF YOU HAVE A SENSITIVE STOMACH.



After attending the Texas State Fair, I asked Chef Brian to drive me to Dealey Plaza in downtown Dallas, Texas where on this day, 54 years ago, our President, John F. Kennedy was assassinated.

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Although I was not born when JFK was assassinated, from a young age I could sense the majority of Americans in my environment, loved him very much and still mourned his death, especially the way he died.

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Born May 29, 1917 in Brookline, Massachusetts, John Kennedy loved the ocean.  He served in the United States Navy from 1941-1945.  Later in life he continued his love for sailing.

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As you can see in this pic of him at the helm of his yacht, 'Manitoulin'.

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As President of the USA, JFK had the highest average approval rating of any POTUS in the history of measuring the presidents job approval at 70%.

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A man with a vision of putting a halt to the war machine.  A man who at after being sworn in as the 35th President of the United States of America, in his inaugural address called for all Americans to be active citizens when he said, "Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country."  He went on to ask all nations of the world to join together to fight what he called the "common enemy of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war".

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John graduated from the esteemed Harvard College.  Americans fell in love with his handsome looks and his eloquent speaking ability.  Not all Americans loved him, however.  Deep South states deeply entrenched with Jim Crow segregation laws despised JFK.

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He married his sweetheart, Jacqueline Bouvier in 1953 when John was a United States Senator representing Massachusetts at age 36.

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What a lovely pair.  I find Jacqueline very beautiful.  I like the wide between the eyes look.  I call girls with such width between the eyes, 'hammerhead sharks'.

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Jacqueline adored John, easy to see in these pics.  She may not have liked him very much after learning of his affairs, but she still loved and adored her man.

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The love birds had two children.  Here's a pic of JFK with daughter Caroline.

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A pic of President Kennedy with son, John F. Kennedy Jr.  JFK, Jr. is playing under the Resolute desk in the Oval Office of the White House.  You can see him in the opening of the trap door.

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President JFK and First Lady, Jackie, getting seated in the beautiful long black Lincoln convertible limousine at the airport, shortly after arriving in Dallas, Texas.

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Shortly after entering the Lincoln, the Presidential Motorcade began driving to downtown Dallas.  They entered Dealey Plaza.

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A closer look at Dealey Plaza and the Texas School Book Depository on the left where witnesses allegedly heard the fatal shots come from.

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The former Dallas County Courthouse not far away.  It is now a museum.  If you're ever near Dallas, I suggest you go see the architecture.

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The Presidential Limo turned left traveling South in front of the Texas School Book Depository.

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A short time after turning left, apparently 2 shots were heard.  The first shot hit our President in the back, exiting his throat and then entering Governor of Texas, John Connelly, also shot apparently by the one bullet.  A few seconds later, shot 2 hit our President directly in the head, blowing off approximately 1/4 of his head and brain, as seen in the following video.  After the head shot, Jackie can be seen crawling onto the trunk of the Lincoln to gather pieces of her husbands brain and scalp.





Leaving our beloved President in this condition.

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A few days later, our President was laid to rest.  This pic shows the Kennedy family at the funeral procession in Washington, DC.  Caroline to mom Jackie's right and John Jr. nicknamed John John saluting his fathers casket.   :'(  I'll not ever understand the mindset or evil it must take to kill someone in cold blood, especially a father of 2 young children.

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A few of my favorite JFK quotes:

"I believe in an America where the separation of church and state is absolute — where no Catholic prelate would tell the President (should he be Catholic) how to act, and no Protestant minister would tell his parishoners for whom to vote — where no church or church school is granted any public funds or political preference — and where no man is denied public office merely because his religion differs from the President who might appoint him or the people who might elect him."




"I believe in an America where religious intolerance will someday end — where all men and all churches are treated as equal — where every man has the same right to attend or not attend the church of his choice — where there is no Catholic vote, no anti-Catholic vote, no bloc voting of any kind — and where Catholics, Protestants and Jews, at both the lay and pastoral level, will refrain from those attitudes of disdain and division which have so often marred their works in the past, and promote instead the American ideal of brotherhood."



"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty."




"Terror is not a new weapon. Throughout history it has been used by those who could not prevail, either by persuasion or example. But inevitably they fail, either because men are not afraid to die for a life worth living, or because the terrorists themselves came to realize that free men cannot be frightened by threats, and that aggression would meet its own response. And it is in the light of that history that every nation today should know, be he friend or foe, that the United States has both the will and the weapons to join free men in standing up to their responsibilities.

I come here today to look across this world of threats to a world of peace. In that search we cannot expect any final triumph — for new problems will always arise. We cannot expect that all nations will adopt like systems — for conformity is the jailor of freedom, and the enemy of growth. Nor can we expect to reach our goal by contrivance, by fiat or even by the wishes of all.
But however close we sometimes seem to that dark and final abyss, let no man of peace and freedom despair. For he does not stand alone. If we all can persevere, if we can in every land and office look beyond our own shores and ambitions, then surely the age will dawn in which the strong are just and the weak secure and the peace preserved.

Ladies and gentlemen of this Assembly, the decision is ours. Never have the nations of the world had so much to lose, or so much to gain. Together we shall save our planet, or together we shall perish in its flames. Save it we can — and save it we must — and then shall we earn the eternal thanks of mankind and, as peacemakers, the eternal blessing of God."



"Mankind must put an end to war or war will put an end to mankind."



"The weapons of war must be abolished before they abolish us."

























Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 22, 2017, 11:32:16 pm
I apologize if the previous post was too negative or graphic.  My intention was to give you insight on the assassination and to give you a feel for how JFK's death still affects Americans today.

Hopefully this post is more positive and cheerful!

I was quite sore from saddling the HOG for so many miles in Texas.  With the weather turning cold in Michigan and the fact that my home state was receiving periods of freezing rain and snow, I decided to garage the HOG in Texas over the winter months, and fly back to Detroit.

I spent the winter staying as warm as possible.  Went on I think 1 or 2 snowmobile trips to the Upper Peninsula.  Over the winter months I began seeing pictures of the new KTM 1290 Super Adventure R.   :drif:

As I said before, I grew up riding off-road.  I missed riding sand and gravel.  There's so little traffic here in the US on gravel roads and little to no traffic on the sandy seasonal roads in my home state.

My last adventure touring bike was a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere.  Loved the bike, the Yammie was as reliable as an anvil.  Slightly overweight and not enough power to get my blood boiling though.  I'm a horsepower fanatic or junkie.  Here's a pic of my Super Ten.  I had lots of fun riding her.  Turning the TC off and steering with the rear on gravel roads was fairly easy because the Yammie was very stable.

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Spring of 2017 came around, us Michigan residents were slowly thawing.  I was chomping at the bit to start riding again, so I decided it was time to go back to Dallas and retrieve the HOG so I could bring the bike back to Michigan and decide to keep her or let her go.

Instead of coming directly back to Michigan, I decided to go over and visit Crazy Bill in Louisiana for a few days.  Like a lot of Louisianans, he's crazy, but a lot of fun.  Bill and I did contract work for the same company and worked together on the same projects.  Once I got promoted, Bill worked for me on my team.  He's one of those contractual workers who needs a long leash.  If you micro-manage Bill, he won't do his work.  He couldn't be trusted to even be working when he was supposed to be.  He might have been on a 3 day gambling binge in Las Vegas when he was supposed to be on project. 

Management wanted me to fire Bill.  I refused.  Management called Bill in for a meeting a few days later.  Bill called me to let me know of the meeting.  I drove about 100 mph to get to the office to find out that management had had enough of his antics and were going to fire him.  Bill had been billing days for being on-project when he was off somewhere in another state gambling!!  Luckily I saved his job, but had to put my behind on the line in doing so.  They explained to Bill that the only reason he still had a job was because I put my job on the line for him.

From that day, he showed loyalty.  I knew Bill had a gambling addiction and couldn't help himself, but when it came to meeting with landowners to secure land for pipeline projects, Bill was one of the best.  I knew he was still getting on a plane to go gamble, but when it came to crunch time and I explained to him that he had to get the impossible done in a short amount of time, Bill did it.   I understood that Bill lives like a rock-star.  Drugs, alcohol, and gambling, but when the shit hit the fan, Bill was the most loyal to me and did what no other man on my team could do.  How do you fire a guy like that?

Here's Bill grilling him, I, and a few members of his family some delicious Hamburgers and Sausage.

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Bill no longer works in the oil industry.  He is now part owner of a heavy equipment rental business.  They rent Bulldozers, Track-Hoes, Front-end Loaders, all the way down to small stuff such as lawn mowers and Ditch Witches.  The business is doing quite well.




The next day, Bill and I went to West Monroe, Louisiana to sight see.  I'm not sure if 'Duck Dynasty' is televised in SA, but West Monroe is the city where the show is filmed and the Duck Dynasty crews business and museum, Duck Commander, is located.  The boys on 'Duck Dynasty' golf at the Country Club behind Bill's house.   He showed me where he went to high school, the main river that runs through town, then we stopped at the best place in town to eat Mud Bugs aka Crawfish.  We went to Cormier's Cajun Catering and Restuarant. http://cormierscajuncatering.com/restaurant-menu/   The place serves Boiled Shrimp and Boiled Mud Bugs so spicy they will make your mouth burn.  Just the way I like them.  We ordered 5 pounds of Mud Bugs, which come with boiled Redskin taters and corn.

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A pound of Shrimp with all the cocktail sauce and hot melted butter one desires......

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and a bucket of 6 beers, 2 of which were already open and 1/2 way gone, it was so hot outside.  Well, it was hot for this polar bear anyway, not the locals.  I always get laughed at and picked on when I go down to Texas and Louisiana.  Nothing changed in the Spring of 2017.  I couldn't stand the heat, felt like I could not breathe it was so hot.  All my friends are laughing and saying it's not even summer yet, the high temps have not even begun yet. Well, you could have fooled me.  I cannot imagine hell itself, being much hotter. 

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After dinner, we went back to Bill's to drink until we passed out.  What a great day!




Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on November 23, 2017, 04:30:02 am
Awesome food!  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

And speaking of food, Happy Thanksgiving buddy. Enjoy the holidays.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 23, 2017, 07:41:12 am
Awesome food!  :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif: :drif:

And speaking of food, Happy Thanksgiving buddy. Enjoy the holidays.  :thumleft:

Thanks Zog, Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mrs. Zog as well.  :thumleft:

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: NoRush on November 24, 2017, 08:05:44 pm
BO, thank you for sharing he may very well have changed things for the better and that must have pissed off quite a few guys. Those girls sure look hot in their boots and shirts.
I also live in an area where we see very high humid condition and it does'nt take long for me to sweat like a pig. We are already approaching December and have'nt seen one HOT day
yet.The humidity makes terrible riding weather.  Happy Thanksgiving.. BigOil and family.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 24, 2017, 09:05:16 pm
Thanks @NoRush, we had a great Thanksgiving, close family and our pets, could not have asked for more.

I ate too much though!!

The heat is something I struggle with, especially high temps and humidity.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 25, 2017, 08:53:31 am
I awoke the next morning a little later then my normal time, a few too many beers and whiskey apparently.

Bill wanted to drive West a few hours to Shreveport, Louisiana to the casino.  I enjoy playing poker and taking friends money, but I loathe casinos here in the US.  I can't take all the second-hand smoke.  Bill asked me if I wanted to go, I told Bill to go phuck himself!  He laughed.  Don't hate on me, it is just the way a lot of us talk to good friends here.

So, Bill headed West, I decided to head East to Birmingham, Alabama to visit the Barber Motorsports Museum where George Barber has a collection of apparently, 1,700 motorcycles or more.  Nobody knows the real count.  I have a thread on this forum of my visits to the museum in 2016 & 2017.  It may take years before I have all the pics I took posted of George's bikes, but if you'd like to see some cool bikes, please visit my thread here:  http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?
topic=210112.0

It was smooth cruising across Louisiana.  I made a rest stop to use the bathroom at a Vicksburg, Mississippi rest area.  Vicksburg is located on a high bluff overlooking the mighty Mississippi River.

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The Ameristar Riverwalk Casino on the Mississippi river.

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Vicksburg, MS was a key battle site during our ugly Civil War.

May 18 - July 4, 1863
The Battle of Vicksburg

In the summer of 1863, Maj. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant’s Army of the Tennessee converged on Vicksburg on the Mississippi River, investing the city and trapping a Confederate army under Lt. Gen. John Pemberton. The city was located on a high bluff, and Union occupation of the town was critical to control of the strategic river. Grant's bold 6-week campaign began in early June and took his army south through Arkansas opposite Vicksburg, crossed the river 30 miles below the city, captured the Mississippi capital of Jackson, turned west and pushed Pemberton's army into Vicksburg itself.

By mid-May, Pemberton's men had constructed a series of trenches, forts, redans, and artillery lunettes in a 7-mile ring surrounding the city.  Grant's army surrounded Pemberton and outnumbered him two to one. Wasting no time, Grant launched two major assaults on May 19th and 22nd and was repulsed with heavy casualties.  On May 25th, Grant decided to besiege the city. With no reinforcements coming, food and supplies nearly gone, and after holding out for more than forty days, Pemberton finally surrendered on July 4th.

Grant's Vicksburg campaign was one of the most brilliant of the war. With the loss of Pemberton’s army at Vicksburg and the Union victory at Port Hudson five days later, the Union controlled the entire Mississippi River and the Confederacy was effectively split in half. Grant's victory boosted his reputation, leading ultimately to his appointment as General-in-Chief of the Union armies.

It is one of the more remarkable campaigns of the American Civil War. For many a hard fought month, Ulysses S. Grant and his Army of the Tennessee had been trying to wrest away the strategic Confederate river fortress of Vicksburg, Mississippi. Previous, direct attempts to take this important town high above the Mississippi River were blocked by deft rebel counter moves and some of the most pernicious terrain in the entire Western theater.

In late April 1863, Grant undertook a new and bold campaign against Vicksburg and the Confederate defenders under John Pemberton. After conducting a surprise landing below Vicksburg at Bruinsburg, Mississippi, Grant’s forces moved rapidly inland, pushing back the threat posed by Joseph E. Johnston’s forces near Jackson. Once his rear was clear, Grant again turned his sights on Vicksburg.

Union victories at Champion Hill and Big Black Bridge weakened Pemberton’s forces, leaving the Confederate chief with no alternative but to retreat to Vicksburg's defenses. The Federals assailed the Rebel stronghold on May 19 and 22, but were repulsed with such great loss that Grant determined to lay siege to the city to avoid further loss of life. Soldiers and civilians alike endured the privations of siege warfare for 47 days before the surrender of Pemberton’s forces on July 4, 1863. With the Mississippi River now firmly in Union hands, the Confederacy's fate was all but sealed.

Union Victory

COMMANDERS

UNION - Ulysses S. Grant

CONFEDERATE - John C. Pemberton

FORCES ENGAGED = 110,000

Union- 77,000
 
Confederate - 33,000

TOTAL ESTIMATED CASUALTIES - 37,273

Union - 4,910

806 killed
3,940 wounded
164 missing & captured


Confederate - 32,363

805 killed
1,938 wounded
29,620 missing & captured

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I continued East towards Jackson, Mississippi when I saw an exit sign for Natchez Trace Parkway.  The NTP is a famous National Scenic Byway ran by our National Park Service.

From the web:  The Natchez Trace Parkway leads you 444 miles through three states and 10,000 years of North American history. This scenic parkway links Natchez with Nashville and crosses some of the most beautiful terrain in the states of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee. The Parkway has been declared a National Scenic Byway and an All-American Road, and has been chosen as one of America’s 10 best biking roads. Open year-round for motorists, hikers and bikers, it provides visitors the opportunity for an unhurried trip through time.

Established as a unit of the National Park System in 1938 and officially completed in 2005, the Parkway is currently headquartered in Tupelo, Mississippi and continues to be maintained and administered by NPS. The Natchez Trace commemorates the most significant highway of the Old Southwest.

The natural travel corridor that became the Natchez Trace dates back many centuries. It bisected the traditional homelands of the Natchez, Chickasaw, and Choctaw nations. As the United States expanded westward in the late 1700s and early 1800s, growing numbers of travelers tramped the rough trail into a clearly marked path. The ”sunken” sections you can walk along today are clear signs of historic use. In 1801 President Thomas Jefferson designated the Trace a national postal road for the delivery of mail between Nashville and Natchez.

Gen. Andrew Jackson, Jefferson Davis, James Audubon, Meriwether Lewis (who died on the Trace in 1809), and Ulysses S. Grant are among the famous Americans to have traveled the Natchez Trace.

Most travelers were anonymous working folks. In the early 1800s through the mid-1820s, “Kaintucks” from the Ohio River Valley floated cash crops, livestock, and other materials down the Mississippi River on wooden flatboats. At Natchez or New Orleans, they sold their goods, sold their boats for lumber, and walked or rode horseback toward home via the Old Trace. As the road was improved, stands (inns) provided lodging, food, and drink to Trace travelers.

Today the Natchez Trace provides a near-continuous greenway from the southern Appalachian foothills of Tennessee to the bluffs of the lower Mississippi River. Along the way are sites like Emerald Mound, a national historic landmark and one of the largest American Indian mounds in the United States; and Mount Locust, one of only two surviving stands.

The Natchez Trace also crosses four ecosystems and eight major watersheds, and provides habitat for nearly 1,500 species of plants, 33 mammal species, 134 bird species, and 70 species of reptiles and amphibians. Also designated as a National Scenic Byway and All-American Road, the parkway encourages modern travelers to experience historic and scenic landscapes at a leisurely pace.




A video of the NTP:  https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=9A0FEBAF-1DD8-B71B-0BA6802BAAF198A0



The NTP runs from Nashville, Tennessee to Natchez, Mississippi.

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I exited Interstate 20 West of Jackson, Mississippi to travel on the NTP.  I stopped at the Clinton Visitor Center in Clinton, Mississippi to learn more about the NTP, unfortunately it was closed.  I shot some pics of the beautiful brick building and the site on which it sits.

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A pic of the land the visitor center sits on.

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A nice statue on the property.

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A nice creek runs through the property.

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I did not stay on the NTP long as the speed limit is 45-50 mph and I wanted to get to Birmingham, Alabama and still had quite a ways to go.  I hit a traffic jam West of Tuscaloosa, Alabama that was 40-50 miles long, so I exited the highway and made my way heading East and going through some large towns with many traffic lights.  I'd rather wait at traffic lights for a few minutes than possibly wait for hours on the Interstate highway.

I finally arrived at my hotel near Birmingham, Alabama around 5pm.  I stayed at a hotel near the entrance road to Barber Motorsports Museum.  I took a little cat nap then a shower and went across the road to a huge Bass Pro Shops I'd asked the hotel attendant about.  She had told me it was huge. 

Upon entrance one is greeted by this:

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A close-up of the moose.  I don't think there are any moose in this part of the country so this moose was mostly likely hunted much further north or in Canada.  Moose tastes excellent if prepared correctly.  This shoulder mount moose really is not that big.

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Black Crappie - 4 pounds 5 ounces caught by Shelley Meadows, Mentone, Alabama.

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Largemouth Bass - 16 pounds 8 ounces caught by Thomas Burgin of Birmingham, Alabama.

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Blue Catfish - 111 pounds caught by WM. McKinley of Elkmont, Alabama.

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Spotted Bass - 8 pounds 15 ounces caught by Phillip C. Terry of Decatur, Alabama.

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Smallmouth Bass - 10 pounds 8 ounces caught by Owen F. Smith of Fairfield, Alabama.

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A small Warthog.  They have become an enormous problem in some southern states, especially Texas.  They reproduce like mice and destroy crops.  Texas has had to start shooting them from helicopters to help control the population.

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These hogs get enormous, like this 500 pound + example.  Web pic.

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A mountain lion.  These critters are normally afraid of humans and run away.  Though, hikers have been attacked and killed by them.  They normally attack woman and small children, rarely a man for some reason.  It is said one will never be attacked by a mountain lion if one simply wears a face mask on the back of their head.  The lion will only attack from behind, so the faced mask screws them up and they will not attack.  I don't ever want to find out if this is true or not.

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A fairly large Grizzly Bear.  Most likely not taken anywhere near Alabama as they're mostly found out West and Western Canada and also Alaska.  A very powerful animal, they can decapitate or disembowel a human with one swipe.  You cannot outrun them, they run at about 30 mph.  You cannot out climb them because of their claws and strength.  People claim to play dead lying on your stomach.  I'm not going out like that.  Indians have told me in Canada the best thing to do is actually to walk towards them waving your arms, yelling loud, and appear as big as you can and it will scare them off. 

If the bear is badly injured or if you are walking on a trail and surprise a mother bear and her cubs are nearby, say your goodbyes if you don't have a large caliber weapon.

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And finally, have a look at this prehistoric fish.  It is called an Alligator Gar and they get enormous.  My pics don't do this fish justice, it is over 7 feet long.

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And the guy who caught it.

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Another example.

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After leaving the Bass Pro Shops store/museum, I decided to ride up a very curvy road to the summit to capture a photograph of dusk.  Notice the cows in the valley.

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And the sun going down behind the mountain.

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Rode back down the mountain through a few small villages looking for a tavern.  Nothing to be found.  I was starting to get the shakes!  I phoned the hotel attendant to ask wtf is going on.  Just my luck, I'm staying in a dry county.  Jissus what in the %*#$.

So, I decided to hit up a restaurant and eat some Prime Rib beef and a tasty Sweet Tater.  I like it cooked rare if you can't tell.  This one is cooked just to my liking.  I like it when you can give it a good slap and it shakes a little from still being alive!

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After my belly was full, I went back to the hotel and got in bed early.  All that Prime Rib had me feeling like a beached whale.


Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 25, 2017, 09:19:27 am
Interesting country and way of showing it.
Keep it coming!
I have wildebees and kudu halfmounts in my lounge, much to my wife's dismay.
I did not shoot them though, got them as a present.
I shot smaller game. :peepwall:
Nice to see pics of areas that I only read about in cowboy books. :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 25, 2017, 10:52:19 am
interesting. a dry stop over though? poor planning. get out there quick! 🤣

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 25, 2017, 08:18:09 pm
Interesting country and way of showing it.
Keep it coming!
I have wildebees and kudu halfmounts in my lounge, much to my wife's dismay.
I did not shoot them though, got them as a present.
I shot smaller game. :peepwall:
Nice to see pics of areas that I only read about in cowboy books. :imaposer:

Glad you are enjoying my report, Mr. Oubones  :thumleft:

I love shooting and owning guns, but I do not hunt.  I killed some small game when I was a teenager but I'm too much of a softy.  I will eat wild game though.   I'm the type that will remove a spider from the house without killing it  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 26, 2017, 06:25:17 am
interesting. a dry stop over though? poor planning. get out there quick! 🤣

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Very poor planning  :lol8:  Could not find a beer or shot of whiskey anywhere.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ganjora on November 26, 2017, 06:40:19 am
Could not find a beer or shot of whiskey anywhere.

I would have kept on riding.
It's a lucky thing you did not die of thirst.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on November 26, 2017, 07:05:02 am
Could not find a beer or shot of whiskey anywhere.

I would have kept on riding.
It's a lucky thing you did not die of thirst.
The rust the rust, if no anti-rust taken! :imaposer:
BO, must be strong as he survived. :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on November 27, 2017, 05:23:58 am
I like that you eat your steak properly prepared. A really good veterinarian could still save it...  :imaposer:


But stopping over in a "dry" town.... unforgiveable  :eek7:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 27, 2017, 06:53:13 am
Could not find a beer or shot of whiskey anywhere.

I would have kept on riding.
It's a lucky thing you did not die of thirst.
Could not find a beer or shot of whiskey anywhere.

I would have kept on riding.
It's a lucky thing you did not die of thirst.
The rust the rust, if no anti-rust taken! :imaposer:
BO, must be strong as he survived. :pot:


I like that you eat your steak properly prepared. A really good veterinarian could still save it...  :imaposer:


But stopping over in a "dry" town.... unforgiveable  :eek7:  :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

"A  really good vet could still save it"  :imaposer:  I have to remember that line, thanks!  :lol8:



I was curious, so I looked at a Alabama wet/dry map.  The municipality of Leeds, Alabama is located in 3 counties- St. Clair, Jefferson, and Shelby, which are all WET counties but do not offer Draft sales.  Therefore, the hotel attendant was wrong, though in her defense she told me she did not drink alcohol, but I probably could have found beer at a Convenience Store if she could have pointed me to a place that sold it.  Oh well, I survived........................barely!

http://abcboard.alabama.gov/(S(zm2byk4bm5lbr5riyaqwelc0))/wet_dry_map.aspx
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 27, 2017, 09:40:33 am
 WET counties

I lived in Tyler Texas for a couple of months. Dry county. Run by the 100 or what churches in town.Every road leading out of it has where the next country starts a gas station and a couple of booze shops.
Here is the stupid rule though. You could buy alcohol in town at a club or restuarant IF you buy a year membership for one dollar.And then you could get lekke pissed at that there pub or club and then drive home :lol8: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 28, 2017, 03:44:03 am
WET counties

I lived in Tyler Texas for a couple of months. Dry county. Run by the 100 or what churches in town.Every road leading out of it has where the next country starts a gas station and a couple of booze shops.
Here is the stupid rule though. You could buy alcohol in town at a club or restuarant IF you buy a year membership for one dollar.And then you could get lekke pissed at that there pub or club and then drive home :lol8: :imaposer:

Yeah, some things make no sense.  Michigan has no wet or dry counties, so it comes as a shock when I'm traveling and encounter such a thing. 

How did like Texas, Chris?  Did you make it up to Dallas?  Forth Worth stockyards?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on November 28, 2017, 05:27:52 am
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"A  really good vet could still save it"  :imaposer:  I have to remember that line, thanks!  :lol8:

another one...

You can almost hear it go "moo" when you bite into it...  :thumleft: O0
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on November 28, 2017, 05:31:00 am
WET counties

I lived in Tyler Texas for a couple of months. Dry county. Run by the 100 or what churches in town.Every road leading out of it has where the next country starts a gas station and a couple of booze shops.
Here is the stupid rule though. You could buy alcohol in town at a club or restuarant IF you buy a year membership for one dollar.And then you could get lekke pissed at that there pub or club and then drive home :lol8: :imaposer:

Yep, our company did a power plant in a dry county in Texas a few years ago, so everybody joined "The Banana Boat Club" same story, drink anytime you wanted.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 28, 2017, 10:45:23 am
How did like Texas, Chris?  Did you make it up to Dallas?  Forth Worth stockyards?

Liked it there and could have stayed as I was offered a job. I worked at Mea Nurseries, still in business. The manager then (1991) was a south african. He had a business that he ran from home. When farms are sold in the US a whole big study and report has to be done before the sale goes through. At the time there was a lot of farms being sold in Illinions,Indianna and Ohio. Rumor was Johnny Cash was the money behind all the buying.
Anyway I'd drive up from Texas stay two weeks in those states and do as many farms as I could.Staying in motels wherever I was and ate at diners.I got fat!! :eek7:
When I was starting to feel the itch to move on from Texas this guy offered me the job, but I was homesick for SA and my year was nearly  done and I still wanted to see California.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: 1ougat on November 28, 2017, 11:53:55 am
 :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 28, 2017, 01:28:45 pm
Quote
"A  really good vet could still save it"  :imaposer:  I have to remember that line, thanks!  :lol8:

another one...

You can almost hear it go "moo" when you bite into it...  :thumleft: O0

 :lol8:  Thanks  :thumleft:  More ammo for my arsenal.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 28, 2017, 02:29:11 pm

Liked it there and could have stayed as I was offered a job. I worked at Mea Nurseries, still in business. The manager then (1991) was a south african. He had a business that he ran from home. When farms are sold in the US a whole big study and report has to be done before the sale goes through. At the time there was a lot of farms being sold in Illinions,Indianna and Ohio. Rumor was Johnny Cash was the money behind all the buying.
Anyway I'd drive up from Texas stay two weeks in those states and do as many farms as I could.Staying in motels wherever I was and ate at diners.I got fat!! :eek7:
When I was starting to feel the itch to move on from Texas this guy offered me the job, but I was homesick for SA and my year was nearly  done and I still wanted to see California.


Gosh, you are old  :peepwall: :pot:  I was still in high school in 1991  :imaposer:

What was the most scenic area you visited?

Where were the friendliest Americans from the places you visited?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 28, 2017, 04:10:02 pm

Liked it there and could have stayed as I was offered a job. I worked at Mea Nurseries, still in business. The manager then (1991) was a south african. He had a business that he ran from home. When farms are sold in the US a whole big study and report has to be done before the sale goes through. At the time there was a lot of farms being sold in Illinions,Indianna and Ohio. Rumor was Johnny Cash was the money behind all the buying.
Anyway I'd drive up from Texas stay two weeks in those states and do as many farms as I could.Staying in motels wherever I was and ate at diners.I got fat!! :eek7:
When I was starting to feel the itch to move on from Texas this guy offered me the job, but I was homesick for SA and my year was nearly  done and I still wanted to see California.


Gosh, you are old  :peepwall: :pot:  I was still in high school in 1991  :imaposer:

What was the most scenic area you visited?

Where were the friendliest Americans from the places you visited?
Must say I liked the people where I worked for four months on a dairy farm in Virginia. About hour an a half east out of DC. People would ask me questions about where I am from as if they know where it is.
In Texas people were friendly but I did not like it that every second oke acted as if he is a cowboy of some sort although he has never been a day on a farm.
Most scenic? Liked most of the US that I passed through. Even Arizona and the fact that there is less people and smaller towns and cities.
Where would I have liked to stay? Where the winter is not that severe. New-Mexico on a ranch or small town would be good.
Liked Kentucky too. Feels farmy.

Did not like Florida or Louisiana much. Too many bridges and water.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on November 28, 2017, 05:29:33 pm

Liked it there and could have stayed as I was offered a job. I worked at Mea Nurseries, still in business. The manager then (1991) was a south african. He had a business that he ran from home. When farms are sold in the US a whole big study and report has to be done before the sale goes through. At the time there was a lot of farms being sold in Illinions,Indianna and Ohio. Rumor was Johnny Cash was the money behind all the buying.
Anyway I'd drive up from Texas stay two weeks in those states and do as many farms as I could.Staying in motels wherever I was and ate at diners.I got fat!! :eek7:
When I was starting to feel the itch to move on from Texas this guy offered me the job, but I was homesick for SA and my year was nearly  done and I still wanted to see California.


Gosh, you are old  :peepwall: :pot:  I was still in high school in 1991  :imaposer:

What was the most scenic area you visited?

Where were the friendliest Americans from the places you visited?
Must say I liked the people where I worked for four months on a dairy farm in Virginia. About hour an a half east out of DC. People would ask me questions about where I am from as if they know where it is.
In Texas people were friendly but I did not like it that every second oke acted as if he is a cowboy of some sort although he has never been a day on a farm.
Most scenic? Liked most of the US that I passed through. Even Arizona and the fact that there is less people and smaller towns and cities.
Where would I have liked to stay? Where the winter is not that severe. New-Mexico on a ranch or small town would be good.
Liked Kentucky too. Feels farmy.

Did not like Florida or Louisiana much. Too many bridges and water.

For me Colorado. 8)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 28, 2017, 05:33:04 pm
For me Colorado

I went through there in winter so all frozen up.
Guess Utah and Colorado and Montana would be stunning places to live in summer. :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on November 28, 2017, 05:35:08 pm
For me Colorado

I went through there in winter so all frozen up.
Guess Utah and Colorado and Montana would be stunning places to live in summer. :thumleft:

And people Tulsa, Oklahoma was great, but not the scenery of Colorado.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 29, 2017, 07:14:43 am
 :thumleft: ill be in Colorado in 3 weeks! lookin forward to it.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on November 29, 2017, 07:25:10 am
:thumleft: ill be in Colorado in 3 weeks! lookin forward to it.

Enjoy, if you have a chance go to Colorado Springs and do the Pikes Peak train from near Manitou Springs.    :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 29, 2017, 08:31:52 am

Must say I liked the people where I worked for four months on a dairy farm in Virginia. About hour an a half east out of DC. People would ask me questions about where I am from as if they know where it is.
In Texas people were friendly but I did not like it that every second oke acted as if he is a cowboy of some sort although he has never been a day on a farm.
Most scenic? Liked most of the US that I passed through. Even Arizona and the fact that there is less people and smaller towns and cities.
Where would I have liked to stay? Where the winter is not that severe. New-Mexico on a ranch or small town would be good.
Liked Kentucky too. Feels farmy.

Did not like Florida or Louisiana much. Too many bridges and water.

Yeah, I've met many geographically challenged Americans that think South Africa means you're from the Southern portion of the African continent.  I was lucky, mama made me study a globe ;) and I grew up watching "The Big Easy" and "The Iceman" on the PGA tour.  Now, one of my top 5 faves is "Louis" which we've talked about before.

The Texan cowboys that fake the rough n tough cowboy persona we have a slogan for:  "Big hat, no cattle" or "All hat, no cattle"  :lol8:

I've been planning a trip to New Mexico and Arizona Spring of 18'.  I have several hundred miles of loops already mapped and I'd like to ride the New Mexico Backcountry Discovery Route, from South to North and take side trips along the way.  The NM BDR is just over 2000 kilometers (80% off-road/20% paved road) in length and runs from Dell City, Texas and ends just over the NM & CO border in Antonito, Colorado.

I enjoy Florida and Louisiana but only when it is not humid.  Parts of Louisiana has a swamp smell I don't care for, but I enjoy the culture and food.  Though, I have zero desire to ever visit New Orleans.

When you were in Virginia, did you find time to visit any of the sites in WDC or Arlington Virginia (White House, Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, Vietnam Memorial Wall, or Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery)? 

Since 1937, regardless of weather including lightning, Sentinels have kept a continuous guarding of The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, this was quite an emotional experience for me.  No talking is allowed, which some people around us got an ass chewing for.  Never cross the barrier and walk on the tomb.  One must stand at all times.

An example of what happens when you talk, laugh, or giggle at the Tomb:



Here is a changing of the guard ceremony:




Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 29, 2017, 08:41:52 am
What was the most scenic area you visited?

For me Colorado. 8)

The Western portion has amazing scenery.  The Eastern half of Colorado is to boring for me.

I toured Colorado back in 2009 on a GSA.  Coldest night I've ever spent in a tent.  I had to ride through several inches of snow on the way to the summit of Cinnamon Pass at 14,000+ feet of elevation.  Luckily I met a bulldozer clearing the roads or it would have been hell getting to Silverton, Co.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 29, 2017, 08:42:54 am
:thumleft: ill be in Colorado in 3 weeks! lookin forward to it.

Christmas in Colorado sounds nice, dirtyXT.

Any sightseeing plans while there?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 29, 2017, 09:47:48 am
we going to Florida first for 4 days, then Colorado for 3 weeks then a week in London. Pagosa Springs. i expect a lot of hiking and skiing around wolf creek, 

haven't really planned any sight seeing yet, pretty much secured accommodation and travel. probably plan on the fly. i can spend time just floating around, i get lost in the different world and imagining what life would be like there and enjoy meeting average people to talk to. usually avoid tourist traps. any recommendations of the area? we were debating driving to Daytona Beach for day while in Florida. been to Miami/ key west and Florida extensively before so looking at seeing something new. dragging my 9 month old baby girl with so somewhat limited. but have grandparents on hand.

long and short survive the flight, and pub crawl as much as possible.  :deal: hopefully not broken legs. balance is not my strong suit so anticipate wiping out spectacularly down a snowy mountain.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on November 29, 2017, 10:33:25 am
When you were in Virginia, did you find time to visit any of the sites in WDC

In the four months I worked on the dairyfarm I was off four days. Those were not sundays which we milked twice , but the rest of the day was normally spent washing and going to town to get groceries for the week.

One day we were taken to DC to visit as many museums as we can cram into one day. Twas very interesting.
Two of my other days I took the bakkie (pickup) and drove up to Pennselvania to have a look at how the Amish do things. I'd sit there in the bakkie and watch a farmer plow for hours. They are masters at handling horses. It is a hard life they lead just because they interpret the bible the way they do.
The fourth day off I went to some agricultural show with a tractor pull. Loved that.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on November 30, 2017, 03:07:41 am
we going to Florida first for 4 days, then Colorado for 3 weeks then a week in London. Pagosa Springs. i expect a lot of hiking and skiing around wolf creek, 

haven't really planned any sight seeing yet, pretty much secured accommodation and travel. probably plan on the fly. i can spend time just floating around, i get lost in the different world and imagining what life would be like there and enjoy meeting average people to talk to. usually avoid tourist traps. any recommendations of the area? we were debating driving to Daytona Beach for day while in Florida. been to Miami/ key west and Florida extensively before so looking at seeing something new. dragging my 9 month old baby girl with so somewhat limited. but have grandparents on hand.

long and short survive the flight, and pub crawl as much as possible.  :deal: hopefully not broken legs. balance is not my strong suit so anticipate wiping out spectacularly down a snowy mountain.

Congratulations on your new little angel  :occasion14:

I'll have to think about Colorado points of interest this time of year.  Be careful skiing man, don't get in over your head.  Those slopes are nothing to laugh at.

There is a scenic drive by Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach.  http://www.ormondscenicloopandtrail.com/Map-with_header_and_text_v5.pdf

It's a tourist trap during the summer months, but I don't think it will be loaded with tourists this time of year.  If you have not visited before, Kennedy Space Center is a must stop.  I had no idea just how big those rockets are until I saw them in person.  The actual size is a mouth drop experience.  If you get there early, you can fit in much of what there is to see, but a multi-day visit is more comfortable.  It's only an hour drive from DB traveling Interstate 95 to the 405,  about an hour and 45 minutes if you travel down the much more scenic Highway 1 to the 405.

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on November 30, 2017, 07:49:39 am
we going to Florida first for 4 days, then Colorado for 3 weeks then a week in London. Pagosa Springs. i expect a lot of hiking and skiing around wolf creek, 

haven't really planned any sight seeing yet, pretty much secured accommodation and travel. probably plan on the fly. i can spend time just floating around, i get lost in the different world and imagining what life would be like there and enjoy meeting average people to talk to. usually avoid tourist traps. any recommendations of the area? we were debating driving to Daytona Beach for day while in Florida. been to Miami/ key west and Florida extensively before so looking at seeing something new. dragging my 9 month old baby girl with so somewhat limited. but have grandparents on hand.

long and short survive the flight, and pub crawl as much as possible.  :deal: hopefully not broken legs. balance is not my strong suit so anticipate wiping out spectacularly down a snowy mountain.

Congratulations on your new little angel  :occasion14:

I'll have to think about Colorado points of interest this time of year.  Be careful skiing man, don't get in over your head.  Those slopes are nothing to laugh at.

There is a scenic drive by Ormond Beach, just north of Daytona Beach.  http://www.ormondscenicloopandtrail.com/Map-with_header_and_text_v5.pdf

It's a tourist trap during the summer months, but I don't think it will be loaded with tourists this time of year.  If you have not visited before, Kennedy Space Center is a must stop.  I had no idea just how big those rockets are until I saw them in person.  The actual size is a mouth drop experience.  If you get there early, you can fit in much of what there is to see, but a multi-day visit is more comfortable.  It's only an hour drive from DB traveling Interstate 95 to the 405,  about an hour and 45 minutes if you travel down the much more scenic Highway 1 to the 405.

https://www.kennedyspacecenter.com/

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great thanks, will look into this. cant wait to get to Colorado. feedback ie gotten its on of the most attractive states!  :thumleft: might print a few copies of my CV and drop of them off as it also seems to be HQ for a lot of global tech Giants.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 01, 2017, 07:41:04 am
When you were in Virginia, did you find time to visit any of the sites in WDC

In the four months I worked on the dairyfarm I was off four days. Those were not sundays which we milked twice , but the rest of the day was normally spent washing and going to town to get groceries for the week.

One day we were taken to DC to visit as many museums as we can cram into one day. Twas very interesting.
Two of my other days I took the bakkie (pickup) and drove up to Pennselvania to have a look at how the Amish do things. I'd sit there in the bakkie and watch a farmer plow for hours. They are masters at handling horses. It is a hard life they lead just because they interpret the bible the way they do.
The fourth day off I went to some agricultural show with a tractor pull. Loved that.

Glad you got to enjoy a few days.

When I was living in Pittsburgh, PA, I had many Amish clients in Ohio.  They made me feel very welcome and showed me many of their ideas implemented.   I was honored when they would invite me for dinner on numerous occasions, also allowing me to sit at the main table, as they mostly don't trust non-amish in the business world easily.  I have great respect for the Amish community down in Ohio and the communities within a couple of miles from my place. 

My dad is long retired but, though Amish hire him to drive them wherever they need to go.  Just last week he had to travel 3 hours south to an Indiana town to pick up an elderly Amish couple and chauffeur them back to Michigan. 

Hey, I enjoy tractors pulls as well, from the small lawn mower sized with modified VW beetle engines to the big boy tractors with 4 Dodge Hemi's or Chrysler Elephant engines running 8000-10,000 horsepower each.  Or single turbo-diesels running 3.250 horsepower each:  :drif:



Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 01, 2017, 08:11:14 am
The pulling is kind of getting outrageous, maybe a little over the top.  We're seeing more multiple helicopter engine, gigantic multi-turboed diesel engines, and military jet boat engines powering tractor sled pullers in Europe and the USA.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 02, 2017, 02:27:56 pm
After spending most of the day at Barber Motorsports Park and Museum, only taking 1 break to leave and go get food and charge my camera battery, it was around 4:30 pm when I decided to head north towards Michigan.



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It was raining quite heavily when I entered traffic filled downtown Birmingham, Alabama, but had stopped raining before I exited North Birmingham.  I started feeling the anxiety of just wanting to be home in my own bed with my own pillow.  I know many of us distance riders go through this, but I need to work on this.

I ended up dead heading to Franklin, Kentucky, skipping two spots on the map I wanted to check out, downtown Nashville, Tennessee and the Jack Daniels Distillery in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

This is one thing I wish I could change about myself.  In my anxiety and stress of thinking about home, normally in the latest stages of a trip, I end up skipping things I originally wanted to see.  After I'm home for a couple of days, I could kick my own ass for not taking an extra day to see these places I had intended to.  I know I'm not the only one like this, but I get this itch really bad and can't seem to control it.  I wish I could take a deep breath, calm myself, and stick to the original plan.  I wish I had stayed in Huntsville, Alabama, went to Lynchburg, TN and stayed a night in Nashville, TN for I'm sure would've been a great time.  I guess there's next time, eh?

Anyway, I arrived in Franklin, Kentucky safely.  Fueled up, got a hotel room, and went for a nice meal at Cracker Barrel.  CB serves down home southern style food.  Not the most healthy option, but stick to your bones kind of food.  I failed to get a pic of my meal, but I ate Chicken Fried Chicken (a deep fried breaded chicken breast with gravy on top), green beans, redskin taters, and a tossed salad. 

I did not sleep well.  The hotel was too close to the interstate highway and the windows didn't do a good enough job of insulating an occupant from semi-traffic noise.  Sounds a little pompous, but I was hoping for a good nights sleep.  The next morning I planned to visit the National Chevrolet Corvette Museum just north of Franklin, KY in Bowling Green, KY, where the Chevy Corvette aka America's sports car, is manufactured.  After visiting the museum, the plan was to stop at two of my favorite Bourbon Distillery's, Makers Mark and Jim Beam along the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky.  Again, from most likely a lack of quality sleep, the anxiety set in to just get home.  So I skipped the museum and distilleries and dead-headed all the way back home, except for fuel, food, and 2 naps at road side rest areas.   Unfortunately, in my rush to get home, I didn't take 1 picture along the way.



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Over the next month or so, I start thinking again about how much the Harley Street Glide hurts me a little too much to ride her.  I'm simply too tall for the bike.  And, like many motorcycle manufacturers, HD is guilty of charging top dollar for their bikes, while allowing them to leave the factory with cheap suspension components.  I take a lot of heat for being vocal about this in my local community.  I bet 99% of the motorcycling community in my local towns are exclusively riding HD.  Many of these riders are very close minded and wouldn't even have the thought of riding any other brand, wouldn't even allow themselves a test ride on a Euro or Japanese bike.  I find it troubling but to each their own, I don't sign their paychecks.  So, you can just imagine the response and attitude I receive when I'm at the breakfast round table telling these die hard HD riders that, I could buy a better set of shocks out of a used shock bin from a back alley in Bangkok, than what comes from the factory, it pisses them off royally.  Oh well, they'll get over it!

I do have to admit, HD has come a long long way in the past 15 years.  The fuel injection calibration is flawless.  No on/off feeling at the throttle on an FI HD.  While the engines vibrates at a stop sign, as soon as you take off, the engine is buttery smooth, one of few bikes I've owned that never made my hands go to sleep.  For a 900 pound bike, she got excellent fuel economy.  She never let me down, she was as reliable as an anvil, though admittedly the bike only had 11,000 miles on her, a little shy of 20,000 kilometers.  With our long winters, not a bad total for only riding the bike for a handful of months.

I longed to get back riding gravel and made the mistake of going look at the new KTM Super Adventure 1290 R model  :drif:  I began negotiating a trade, my HOG for the KTM, but the dealer wanted me to come up with money for the new KTM  :imaposer:.  That wasn't happening considering what a new HD Street Glide costs.  It was none of their business I had gotten a screaming deal on it new.  I understand business, so I wasn't surprised at their beginning offer for my HOG, but NO DEAL stealership.  Over the course of the next week, we went back in forth on price.  No deal unless I get the brand new KTM and walk out with some money in my pocket.  I had to be realistic though, because my HOG had a small scratch on the fuel tank and the panniers were badly scratched and rubbed from my waterproof Ortlieb duffel bag rubbing against the pannier lids.  Also, those letters I had adhered to my panniers for the Downs Syndrome Awareness ride had bleached the paint, so even after removal of said letters, you could clearly see what letters were adhered.

After a week of going back and forth trying to reach a number happy for both parties, we made it happen.  I took my time getting to the stealership, taking a nice country cruise to Kalamazoo, Michigan.



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Traded this flat black sinister American beauty

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with only a little over 11,000 miles on her.....

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for this odd faced zero mileage Austrian.

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And rode home with a grin from ear to ear on my new Austrian babe, thinking how much lighter she felt between my legs.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 02, 2017, 02:31:06 pm
 thinking how much lighter she felt between my legs.

and that be a normal feeling for you? :peepwall: ;) >:D :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 02, 2017, 02:53:49 pm
thinking how much lighter she felt between my legs.

and that be a normal feeling for you? :peepwall: ;) >:D :lol8:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

No, I was born with my own kickstand  :peepwall:  :pot:  >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 02, 2017, 05:18:38 pm
thinking how much lighter she felt between my legs.

and that be a normal feeling for you? :peepwall: ;) >:D :lol8:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

No, I was born with my own kickstand  :peepwall:  :pot:  >:D
O ok, I thought you were still one of the suicide shifter models :imaposer:
Sometimes it took two hands to shift up a gear :pot: :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 03, 2017, 01:05:58 am
 :lol8:  I have not had the opportunity to ride a 'suicide shift' bike.  Maybe someday.  I'd like to at least try it once.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 03, 2017, 05:34:21 am
I very nearly had one all over my garage. :imaposer:
One of my customers father had an 1950's Harley running frame and the rest in shelves in his garage for assembly.
He gave it to his Son in law in the UK and if he could not get it exported it would have come to me.
It is now in the UK. >:(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 03, 2017, 05:52:24 am
Bummer, that would have been a nice project, @Oubones.

What is parts availability like for HD parts in SA?

Has HD sold bikes there for a long time?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 03, 2017, 06:14:32 am
I am not that clued up on HD as I have never owned one, but they have been around for ever.
My dad had one in the 50's and used to ride it in the Upington area to the farms.
That is serious sand area!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on December 03, 2017, 06:40:45 am
A buddy of mine owns this one, ita 1942 or 43 I think, quite rare as it was always civilian, most are ex WD from that era. 8)

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 03, 2017, 06:54:22 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on December 03, 2017, 07:08:13 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 03, 2017, 03:27:18 pm
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Must be nice.  I won't be riding for at least 4 months.  Maybe I should get the hell out of here now and go ride in Mexico.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on December 05, 2017, 08:58:52 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Must be nice.  I won't be riding for at least 4 months.  Maybe I should get the hell out of here now and go ride in Mexico.

Predictably, since I said that it is going to rain for the next 24 hours... :biggrin: ::)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 05, 2017, 02:49:57 pm
The rain fell all night here with some gusty winds.

In a couple of weeks the rain will turn to snow.

Current temp here at 7 am is 3C.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on December 05, 2017, 10:12:30 pm
Hey hey get to the point about why you had to change from bad to worse, i.e. from the KTM to Ducati  >:D  8)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 06, 2017, 03:07:54 am
Hey hey get to the point about why you had to change from bad to worse, i.e. from the KTM to Ducati  >:D  8)

 :lol8:  Coming up soon.

I'll not ever understand why Ducati gets such a bad rap for reliability.

I've owned 4 in my life:  2005 ST3, 2006 Multistrada 1000S, 2007 Sport 1000S, and now my 2003 ST4s ABS. Neither has ever failed me or needed a repair of any kind.  Just oil, filters, lots of tires, belts, and valve inspections.  For me anyway, they've all been as reliable as an anvil.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on December 06, 2017, 05:27:32 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Must be nice.  I won't be riding for at least 4 months.  Maybe I should get the hell out of here now and go ride in Mexico.

or Florida  :peepwall:  :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 06, 2017, 05:55:29 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Must be nice.  I won't be riding for at least 4 months.  Maybe I should get the hell out of here now and go ride in Mexico.

or Florida  :peepwall:  :ricky:

It would be nice to meet you and Mrs. Zog.  For sure someday hopefully.

I have a friend I graduated with in Daytona Beach.  She's been living down there for quite a few years and loves it down there.

I have an old colleague somewhere near Ft. Myers I could try to find.

And an old manager on Marco Island.

That's about it for any Florida contacts.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 06, 2017, 06:11:55 am
When I arrived at home with the new KTM, I began checking visible bolts for tightness.  Just a light scan to make sure everything was okay.  Gave the chain a nice rub with some chain lotion.  Then, it was time to pack.  It was a Saturday.  I desperately needed to get out of town and clear my head after what had transpired the day before.

I have been considering whether or not to mention this, trying to remain positive, but it is something I went through, so I'll mention it.  My report anyway, right?  The day before I picked up my new KTM, my beloved Chocolate Labrador Retriever, Grizzly, died unexpectedly after a routine check up at the vet.  He hated going to the vet, loathed having his nails clipped and anyone touching him near his rear end outlet.  I brought him home from the vet, he was foaming at the mouth, I knew something was terribly wrong.  A few minutes later, he collapsed and died.  He was only 9 years old.  It was as if he just said phucket, I'd rather die than to go through that again. 

This is what helped me make the decision to buy the KTM.  I was severely depressed after he died.  Sometimes I face problems head-on, but sometimes I run from my problems as well.  I just wanted to disappear for awhile, clear my head, and find myself and the road ahead.


My familia back in 2008.  Wife Stephanie (ex-wife actually, but I allowed the Hammerhead Shark to come back home), Daisy Chocolate Puddins (Labrador/Weimaraner mix), Grizzly Bear (English Labrador Retriever puppy), and my then KTM 990 Adventure, before leaving on a long trip.

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Daisy did not want me to leave her.  She wanted to come too.

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Look at how cute that fat little cub bear was.

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We wondered at the time whether or not he'd ever grow into his paws!

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008014.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008014.jpg.html)




He could not have given 2 shits whether I was leaving or not.  All he wanted to do was eat, sleep, and poop, and then repeat.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008015.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008015.jpg.html)




"When is my next feeding, or poop, or nap mommy"?

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008016.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/UpperPeninsulaBiketrip2008016.jpg.html)




Within a year, he grew into this.  Check out the package I've grown dad, I've gotta big red rocket and balls like you daddy!

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/002.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/002.jpg.html)




What a gigantic noggin, we were wondering if his head was ever going to stop growing.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/004.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/004.jpg.html)




Dad, would you mind preparing my lunch while I relax and receive this belly scratch?

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/005.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/005.jpg.html)




"How long do we have to pose for a treat dad?"

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/006.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/006.jpg.html)




"Hey, a deer, lets chase it, Daisy".

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/007.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/007.jpg.html)




"Okay, I'm sitting, now give me the bloody treat daddy."

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/008.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Daisy%20Chocolate%20Puddins%20%20Grizzly%20Bear/008.jpg.html)




May you be resting in doggy heaven, my Grizzly Bear, I love you and miss you terribly still, but I hope you are having the time of your life and humping all the female dogs you can find.  Daddy taught you well!

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 06, 2017, 06:42:27 am
Very aptly named and handsome dog. I'm so sorry for your loss...
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ClimbingTurtle on December 06, 2017, 07:04:24 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Except yesterday.
Yesterday was THAT ONE DAY....
50mm of rain yesterday - light rain solidly for 18 hours....
 :eek7:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 06, 2017, 07:22:26 am
Very aptly named and handsome dog. I'm so sorry for your loss...

Thank you kindly, Miss Ri.

Writing the post about trading my HD for the KTM, brought back memories of losing my cub bear.  I don't care if they grow up, It takes no time to remember them as a baby.

I've been reminiscing of my babies the last day or two.  Adopting dogs and cats and have them live a life without a care in the world is what I love to do.  Animals are one of life's greatest gifts.



Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 06, 2017, 08:07:06 am
Very aptly named and handsome dog. I'm so sorry for your loss...

Thank you kindly, Miss Ri.

Writing the post about trading my HD for the KTM, brought back memories of losing my cub bear.  I don't care if they grow up, It takes no time to remember them as a baby.

I've been reminiscing of my babies the last day or two.  Adopting dogs and cats and have them live a life without a care in the world is what I love to do.  Animals are one of life's greatest gifts.

:laughing4: Read out loud, that sounds like the title of a certain bestselling horror.

Animals are wonderful. Lost my cats many years ago but the heartache still surfaces.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 10:19:11 am
Okay, fellow Dogs, now that I've gotten the above off my chest, shall I carry on with a more positive outlook?

Or are all of you bored with the report thus far?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on December 08, 2017, 10:28:35 am
Gooi..  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on December 08, 2017, 10:29:15 am
Waiting for the Google translation results. :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 08, 2017, 11:10:05 am
add some more beautiful women that you met on your trips.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 11:15:20 am
add some more beautiful women that you met on your trips.

Most of the pics I posted earlier were borrowed from the web to give an idea on what one see's in the warm states.

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, single unattached beautiful woman are far and few between, unless I were to visit a university, for which I'm much too old for those kind of shenanigans.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 08, 2017, 11:17:55 am
shenanigans.

long word for sex you have in Michigan!! :lol8: ;)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Slim Jim on December 08, 2017, 11:20:54 am
Realy enjoing this report , please carry on.It is so nice to read of what other ADV bikers get up to and that take the time to post.Just got my workshop killer , One mean hound , Animals will always know you with no judging and that's what i love about them.Rock on budd
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 05:24:32 pm
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Except yesterday.
Yesterday was THAT ONE DAY....
50mm of rain yesterday - light rain solidly for 18 hours....
 :eek7:

That's great news is it not?  Haven't you all been dealing with drought, or is the drought only in a portion of your beautiful country?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 05:32:40 pm
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 05:41:31 pm
shenanigans.

long word for sex you have in Michigan!! :lol8: ;)

One of those words that has several meanings  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 08, 2017, 05:49:20 pm
Realy enjoing this report , please carry on.It is so nice to read of what other ADV bikers get up to and that take the time to post.Just got my workshop killer , One mean hound , Animals will always know you with no judging and that's what i love about them.Rock on budd

Thanks for you kind words, Sir Slim Jim.

I cherish every dog I've owned, they are wonderful creatures.

And, you've found yourself a lovely looking dog there.  With all his spots and markings, and colors, he's a looker.  Here's to many years together with your new side-kick.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on December 08, 2017, 06:47:26 pm
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 09, 2017, 03:21:03 am
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:

Ahh, thanks  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 09, 2017, 05:47:13 am
Gooi..  :imaposer:

Sorry, I got nothing  :laughing4:

Gooi = ? in english

Literally, pitch or throw.

In context, he gave you his permission to proceed with the report  :lol8:

Ahh, thanks  :thumleft:
So why are we waiting?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on December 09, 2017, 06:29:50 am
Wow  :drif: :drif:

And in Jo,burg you can ride pretty much 365 days a year.  :biggrin:

Except yesterday.
Yesterday was THAT ONE DAY....
50mm of rain yesterday - light rain solidly for 18 hours....
 :eek7:

That's great news is it not?  Haven't you all been dealing with drought, or is the drought only in a portion of your beautiful country?

The drought is mainly the southern and central regions not up north where we are.  8)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 09, 2017, 11:25:16 am
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 09, 2017, 11:37:09 am
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
The wheat,barley,oats and canola crops in the coastal regions were not good at all BO.
However it is the sheep farmers in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cap that suffers most.
Further more there is a irrigation dam near the twon of Clanwilliam that only has about 38% water in at the moment and the summer lies ahead. Dayly temps from now on is 40+ until end Feb.
This dam gives a lot of towns water and all the farms for a distance of about 150 kms along the banks of the Eliphants river. Chech it out with google earth. All the green you see will be either vineyards, potatoes, beans,tomatoes of veggies. A dear friend of mine farms in that area. They allowcated him just enough water for his 8 hectares of grapes and two hectares of seed beans. In a normal year he would have had 18 ha of beans and ten ha of tomatoes and last of the season 5 ha of squash.
None of that this year. Lots of farm workers and casual laborers been layed off. :(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Welsh on December 09, 2017, 12:24:22 pm
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?

Never mind the crops, the cities will run DRY by March.  :'(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 09, 2017, 05:04:56 pm
Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?
The wheat,barley,oats and canola crops in the coastal regions were not good at all BO.
However it is the sheep farmers in the Eastern Cape and Northern Cap that suffers most.
Further more there is a irrigation dam near the twon of Clanwilliam that only has about 38% water in at the moment and the summer lies ahead. Dayly temps from now on is 40+ until end Feb.
This dam gives a lot of towns water and all the farms for a distance of about 150 kms along the banks of the Eliphants river. Chech it out with google earth. All the green you see will be either vineyards, potatoes, beans,tomatoes of veggies. A dear friend of mine farms in that area. They allowcated him just enough water for his 8 hectares of grapes and two hectares of seed beans. In a normal year he would have had 18 ha of beans and ten ha of tomatoes and last of the season 5 ha of squash.
None of that this year. Lots of farm workers and casual laborers been layed off. :(

Working on the next entry, @Oubones  :thumleft:

The crops didn't make it in the south and central regions this year @Welsh ?

Never mind the crops, the cities will run DRY by March.  :'(

Sad man, sad  :'(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 09, 2017, 06:56:25 pm
Sunday morning has come.  I awoke at the crack of dawn, excited to mount the new Austrian horse and fly fly away.  Destination for the day = somewhere in the Leelanau Peninsula. 

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2034.png) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2034.png.html)




It is a nice crisp cool morning, at around 15C, with the sun shining, perfect for a morning ride.  Forecast for the next couple of days has sunny skies and high temps of 26-29C.  Couldn't ask for better weather.

The plan is to go away for 2-3 days, then come back south to home so I can have the 1000 kilometer service performed at the stealership, excuse me, dealership  ;)

I leave Concord and set out for Ionia, Michigan for breakfast.  On the way, I see a few deer grazing in the wheat and bean fields.  Enjoying the bike, especially the increased suspension travel over the HD I traded.  On the following route, Ionia is the spot just before Saranac.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2026.png) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2026.png.html)



I decide on fast food, so I enter the local McDonald's, many of us say Mickey D's (deez).  On my approach to the counter to place my order, I see a young early twenties lovely lass sweeping the floor over by the beverage center.  We make eye contact, so I give her a nice little wink to say good morning.  After my order is placed, I walk over to the beverage center to fill up.  The young lass is awaiting my arrival, smiling from ear to ear, waiting for me with a cup, lid, and straw.  Amazing what a nice little wink will get ya sometimes.  >:D

When things like this happen to me, it gives me hope for our future generation.  Once my meal is ready, I go over and find a seat.  Wouldn't you know it, the young lass starts sweeping the floor near my table.  We talk for quite a few minutes, she's a real sweetheart and she claims she loves motorcycles.  Unfortunately, I did not get a photograph, but I should have.  I had to go and get on the road. 

First stop after breakfast, is Saranac.  My local school is doing a summer challenge.  The goal is to visit all of Michigan's 5?? municipalities.  I noticed that some of these cities are on my route north, so I stop for a photograph of the bike in front of a Saranac landmark.

Then on to Belding to scratch another city off our summer challenge list.  Loving the new bike but being careful not to rev her past 5,000 rpm during run-in.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1605%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1605%202.jpg.html)




Also in Belding, I stop to get a pic of a couple of bridges running across the river that flows through town.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1606%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1606%202.jpg.html)




Upon exiting town, here is the same river.  Notice how you can see the bottom through all that clear water.  Several people floating down river on inflatables with the mandatory alcohol!

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1607%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1607%202.jpg.html)




From Belding, I'm heading due north towards Canadian Lakes, Michigan when I spot this beautiful horse grazing in the field with her foal, but the foal is not moving and lying down.  I'm thinking oh no, I hope the foal has not passed.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1609%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1609%202.jpg.html)




A few taps of the KTM's very underwhelming horn, the foal is up on it's legs and walking towards the mare.  I take a nice deep breath with the relief in knowing the foal is okay.  Look at the young foal, it is all legs!

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1610%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1610%202.jpg.html)




A few miles north and I arrive at the south side of Canadian Lakes, Michigan.  As you can see on the map it is a series of inland lakes.  A very scenic area of the Lower Peninsula of Michigan with two amazing golf courses.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2032.png) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/Screenshot%2032.png.html)




Here's a pic of the first lake I came to on the south side.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1612%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1612%202.jpg.html)




A few miles east and I stop for a pic in front of the obligatory landmark for the summer challenge.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1614%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1614%202.jpg.html)




After Canadian Lakes, I continue heading due north when I ride past a nice VFW post (Veterans of Foreign Wars), with a nice helicopter display on an elevated platform.  Had to get a pic of the Katoom with the copter.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1615%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1615%202.jpg.html)




Then I notice the pilot and co-pilot at the controls of the helicopter.  I cannot for the life of me understand why they would want to sit up there all day like this in the hot weather  :dontknow:

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1616%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1616%202.jpg.html)




From the VFW post, I continue due north until I reach the town of Evart, Michigan.  I notice what appears to be an old schoolhouse that has been renovated and transformed into a small municipal center.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1617%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1617%202.jpg.html)




From Evart, I head north northwest towards Le Roy, Michigan.  I know of a nice small pub there with excellent food, cold beer, all at excellent prices.  It had been about 3 hours since breakfast and starting to get warm.  I was famished and needed a couple of cold beers to stop the shakes.  On the way to the pub, I see an old shop.  I'm a sucker for old automotive repair shops because that was the family business when I was growing up.  Had to get a pic of the Katoom in front of this old relic.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1618%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1618%202.jpg.html)




After getting my belly full of protein and wet yeast, barley, and hops, I continued east through Luther, Michigan on some gravel, sand, and curvy tar.  I was a little charged up from the beer so I looked for a date in Scottsville. 

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1622%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1622%202.jpg.html)


Don't knock it til you try it  :ricky:  Going by the senior center brought back memories of one of the funniest stories a friend had told me years ago.  He was cutting an elderly woman's yard.  Once he completed the yard, the elderly woman invited him in the house.  They began discussing how much money she would have to pay for the grass cutting.  He threw out a number and she explained that she couldn't afford that much money, would there be another way to pay.  He asked her what she had in mind.  She was sitting at her table in the kitchen.  She told him to come closer, he obliged.  She told him she'd figured out how she was going to repay him. 

As she reached for his zipper with one hand, he said she removed her dentures with the other hand, and went to town on his wiener.  He claimed it was the best blow job he'd ever received cause there were no teeth in the way  :imaposer:  I told him he was crazy, he replied, "don't knock it til you try it"  :imaposer:





Another obligatory pic for the summer challenge at the Fountain, Michigan fire department. 

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1623%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Leelanau%20Peninsula/IMG_1623%202.jpg.html)




After Fountain, the sun was starting to go down.  I needed cash and a place to rest my head for the night, so I decided that somewhere near Manistee, Michigan would be my final destination for the day.  Upon entering the port city, I noticed a fairly large vessel in the distance docked, so stopped for a pic.

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I found an ATM, replenished cash, and went to retrieve a couple of beers from the party store (convenience store).  Bagged and iced the two beers, bought some biltong, and went to sit at a beach on Lake Michigan for a few minutes.  One of those life is good moments.  Thinking life would not be worth living if I ever didn't have a motorcycle in my life.

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Sat on this bench with a cold beer in hand, basking in the late evening sun.

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Then, I decided I'd better get my ass moving and find a place to setup my tent.  I stopped by a government campground on Lake Michigan, price was $32 usd just to set up a tent  :eek7: :xxbah:.  I'm much to cheep for that.  No, I would not have a hot shower the next morning, but I'd be $32 dollars richer by bush camping.  So, I continued north a few miles until I saw my chance.  I saw a natural gas pipeline route, so I followed it for a few miles inland and found a perfect spot to setup my tent for free  :biggrin:  I had to leave my helmet on while setting up the tent, the mozzies were so thick, they tried to lift me and fly away.  One more beer, a long pee, and it was time for bed.  What a nice first day on my new steed.  Rode around 426 kilometers for the day.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 09, 2017, 07:58:12 pm
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 09, 2017, 09:35:33 pm
exactly! litter free. beautiful. we are ravaged by litter and rubbish.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on December 10, 2017, 08:03:05 am
Thanks for the GOOI !  :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 10, 2017, 02:52:42 pm
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Is your son still practicing Karate?  If so, how's he doing?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 10, 2017, 03:03:18 pm
exactly! litter free. beautiful. we are ravaged by litter and rubbish.

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We have areas like that here too, in all honesty.  Though mostly in the metro areas in certain neighborhoods.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 10, 2017, 03:08:09 pm
Thanks for the GOOI !  :laughing4:

 :thumleft:  Will do, Woody1.  Next installment coming soon.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: TornadoF5 on December 10, 2017, 03:27:05 pm
Really super report BO appreciate time and effort taken mate
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 10, 2017, 03:33:51 pm
Really super report BO appreciate time and effort taken mate

Thanks, Sir TornadoF5.  Much more riding and reporting to come on this trip.  Enjoy  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 10, 2017, 10:55:22 pm
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Is your son still practicing Karate?  If so, how's he doing?
Yes and he got one silver and one bronze at his last tournament!
Very good discipline for the youngster.
You should have been here today, we went into the valley to a waterfall, plenty deep rivercrossings, mud, stones and a nearly 2m ledge where you had to ramp the front up and then we manhandled the rest up!
I need to start acting my age, I took my one and only 650 dakar and went with the plastics and youngsters!
Man am I tired! :ricky: :thumleft:
I posted a photo or two in the where has your bike taken you today thread of noneking
 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 10, 2017, 11:19:41 pm
Now that is what I had been waiting for.
It is so clean and tidy there.
Beautiful area!
Keep it coming :thumleft:

Thanks Oubones  :thumleft:

Is your son still practicing Karate?  If so, how's he doing?
Yes and he got one silver and one bronze at his last tournament!
Very good discipline for the youngster.
You should have been here today, we went into the valley to a waterfall, plenty deep rivercrossings, mud, stones and a nearly 2m ledge where you had to ramp the front up and then we manhandled the rest up!
I need to start acting my age, I took my one and only 650 dakar and went with the plastics and youngsters!
Man am I tired! :ricky: :thumleft:
I posted a photo or two in the where has your bike taken you today thread of noneking

Good to hear about your son.
He must enjoy learning Karate.

Sounds like a tough but fun day riding.

On my way to see your pics in noneking's thread.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 11, 2017, 02:55:00 pm
My bush camping spot turned out to be not so good.  I had ridden too far inland on the pipeline route.  I was not more than a 200 meters from a main highway, so I was forced to listen to semi-truck traffic all night long.  On top of this the skeeters (mozzies) were salivating at the mouth to swallow my blood.  They were swarming my tent all night long.  If that wasn't enough, there was a buck (male whitetail deer) or a bear snorting throughout the evening, which kept me vigilant.  All total, I bet I slept for a whopping 1 hour.

I awoke looking and feeling like death warmed over, very untypical for a male model caliber looker like myself.  ::)  I longed for a 'cup of mud', but had forgotten my Jet-Boil  :xxbah:

I quickly stuffed my tent and sleeping bag in stuff sacks, mounted the Keep Throwing Money, and started the mission of finding coffee and breakfast.  I figured I'd stop near Onekama, Michigan for both.  Nope, nothing open yet.  No worries, I'm alive........barely, I'll stop in Arcadia.  Nope, nothing.   Okay, no worries, I'll stop in Frankfort or Elberta.  Nope, nothing open yet. 

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No worries, the riding is perfect.  Fresh curvy asphalt roads, deer in every field, the sun is peaking up over the horizon.  Certainly, there will be a place to get some brek and covfefe around Crystal or Platte Lake.  No restaurants that I could find.  No worries, the riding is incredibly beautiful on M-22, certainly there will be something open by now, farther north in Empire.

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I arrive in Empire.  I see a restaurant with one car parked at the side.  I'm thinking, oh my lord, finally, a hot breakfast with some boiling mud.  The cook is inside, but they don't open until 8am.   :angryfire:  :BangHead: :BangHead:  Just wtf is this world coming too?  8am and can't get a cup of mud yet.  Half the fricken day is over by 8am  >:(  Okay, breathe you prick, it's your fault you forgot the Jet-Boil, I'm telling myself. 

I see a cool museum across the street, so I ride over to scope it out, certainly they'll have some coffee brewing.  Museum doesn't open until 9am.  :angry5:  At least I get a pic of this kids wagon parked in front.  Cannot figure out for the life of me why they would put such giant wheels on a kids wagon and have them sit on the axle.  :dontknow:  Well, at least it has a roof on it to keep the little lads and lass's dry.  Okay, by the time I arrive in Glen Arbor, certainly they'll be something open for brek n coffee.

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Riding north, I decide to stop and get you WD's a pic of the east side of Sleeping Bear Dunes. 

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The ticket booth for admission to climb the dune is closed, so I could have climbed for free, but I did not have a defibrillator attached to my back, so I declined.  Climbing the dunes is not easy.  Even folks in excellent condition struggle to make it back up from the Lake Michigan side of the dune.  People have to be rescued often because the sand is sugary.  Sometimes you climb 1 foot and fall back down 2 feet. 

Yes, since I was on a KTM and not a GS :pot:, I could have climbed to the top, but I don't think the Rangers in the Ranger station would have liked that very much and given me a big fine.

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Here is a pic from the west side of the dune overlooking Lake Michigan from a previous trip.  The pic does not do the slope or length any justice. 

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After exiting the parking lot for Sleeping Bear Dunes, I soon arrived in Glen Arbor and the search continued for brek and coffee.  I had at last found the local tavern open for breakfast.  I was unaware just how much that breakfast and coffee would cost...........................

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 11, 2017, 09:30:21 pm
I really didn't care how much it cost at this point, I had to have it.  And, with the supply of restaurants open in the area, they could pretty much charge what they want.  Turns out Glen Arbor is one of those little resort towns adjacent to Lake Michigan and property is a gazillion dollars per acre next to the beautiful blue waters. 

Now, down where I live, 2 eggs, potatoes, meat, toast or pancakes, with coffee, runs $5.95.  Twenty miles away at a chain restaurant, about $8-$9.  Granted, it was very delicious and the coffee tasted great, my waitress took good care of me, she could tell I'd had a rough night.  She placed the bill on my table, I almost sheet a brick, just shy of $14 for brek.  Oh well, I sat there and drank coffee until I was about to burst and the homemade toast and homemade jams did taste amazing, but I paid for it!



After my delicious breakfast, I headed towards the tip of the Leelanau Peninsula, fueling up in Northport.

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After riding up to Leelanau State Park, I turned South along Grand Traverse Bay.  I stopped to capture this photograph of some sailboats moored near a breakwall.  By the way, all the pics so far on this Leelanau Peninsula trip were taken with my iPhone 6.  Later in the report I'll have my DSLR, so the pic quality will improve hopefully.

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A few miles south, I stopped to capture a pic facing north.  Notice the pretty wildflowers growing along the shoreline.

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A few minutes more, I was about to cross the 45th parallel.

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In Suttons Bay, I see this nice little stone building.  Had to get a pic.  Someone has renovated the historic building and now uses it as a Title Insurance business.

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I stopped in Traverse City, to look up an old boss.  By now, it was very hot, by my standards, not you WD's, who are used to high temps.  At 30C, I was overheating from my polar bear skin.  I had just missed my old boss, he was heading to the country club for some afternoon golf.  So, I headed south-southwest towards Fife Lake.

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Saw a small sailboat with a kicker motor anchored just off the shoreline.  I'm a sucker for sailboat pics.

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Some fellas out throwing a line in the water.  I'm not sure what they're fishing for.  I normally don't have any luck fishing in the middle of the day, especially if the sun is shining bright.

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A pic of Fife Lake.

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I've often wondered what causes the foam, anyone know?

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Now, I was trying to decide on whether to spend the night up north or ride on south to home.  After last nights sleep, or lack thereof, I decided I wanted my own bed!  I'm a wimp like that.  I stopped to eat in Mount Pleasant.  At lunch, I scheduled my 1000 kilometer service and ordered my oil and oil filter so I could perform that part of the service to save money.  On my way south, I rode some wonderful sand and gravel roads, going way too fast, but it is such a thrill.  Gosh, I couldn't be happier having a bike suited for this kind of riding.  I love to steer with the rear, yous know what I mean.

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Arriving home after a 595 kilometer day on 1 hour sleep, I was exhausted.  Made myself a stiff bourbon and coke, relaxed in front of the tv for a few minutes and was out, sleeping like a log for several hours.

I awoke the next morning at the butt crack of dawn.  My oil and oil filter arrived by courier by 11am, so I got started checking bolts on the bike for tightness while the oil drained.  Always makes me feel good to service my own bike.  One of the rewarding parts of ownership for me.  The next day, Wednesday, I mounted the big Austrian ugly and headed to Kalamazoo to have the remaining part of the 1000 kilometer service performed and have my heated grips installed.  Around $150 dollars later, the bike was issued to me with a clean bill of health and ready for the Upper Peninsula trip.  So, back home to rest up some more before leaving for da UP, eh!



This video will give you an idea on what 'Yoopers' are like and how they talk.  Even though there's not much distance between Detroit and the Upper Peninsula, the people sound much much different.  Because we gave them the name 'Yoopers', they assigned Lower Peninsula inhabitants the name 'Trolls' because we live under da bridge (Mackinaw Bridge).  The MB separates the Lower from the Upper.




And, another video where Skinnerdee Nault demonstrates Yooper Noodling  :imaposer:







Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 11, 2017, 09:39:11 pm
I've often wondered what causes the foam, anyone know?

It's all the pee in the water!! :peepwall: :P ;) :lol8:

People drink a lot of beer on them yachts. :deal: ;)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 11, 2017, 09:48:15 pm
I've often wondered what causes the foam, anyone know?

It's all the pee in the water!! :peepwall: :P ;) :lol8:

People drink a lot of beer on them yachts. :deal: ;)

 :imaposer:  It does happen!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on December 12, 2017, 03:47:18 am
How do you know if a KTM rider has an iPhone?  :sip:



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By the way, all the pics so far on this Leelanau Peninsula trip were taken with my iPhone 6.



He'll tell you...  :deal:  :imaposer: :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 12, 2017, 07:40:56 am
 :thumleft: to my understanding and when i see it this side i think its human waste/pollution that causes that to happen. i was about to ask why you not going on backroads. and then you went on a few. did you not take many pics of that side? would be interested to see what your back roads and surrounds look like.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Clockwork Orange on December 12, 2017, 09:00:15 am
My understanding on the foam in the water is that it is a protein build up from the waste from the marine life and plant and animal decay. Waves act as natural protein skimmers that deposit the excess protein on the shore.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Slim Jim on December 12, 2017, 10:01:11 am
Hey Dude , loving this , not many ADV riders get up and go with little or no planning , that's the I ride , have way points and take it like a man. Oh by the way my mean workshop stoep kaker [dog]is tearing my workshop apart , He has eaten my speeker wires twice now , I have rags and toilet paper everywhere, what Ifined amuising he doesn't walk , he runns like hell everywhere, iesh nothing is safe with him around, oh shit there goes my washing sponges
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Pistonpete on December 12, 2017, 10:02:52 am
Wiki

Sea foam, ocean foam, beach foam, or spume is a type of foam created by the agitation of seawater, particularly when it contains higher concentrations of dissolved organic matter (including proteins, lignins, and lipids) derived from sources such as the offshore breakdown of algal blooms.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 12, 2017, 10:03:07 am
a protein build up from the waste from the marine life and plant and animal decay.

Fish pee. :deal:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 12, 2017, 12:35:28 pm
How do you know if a KTM rider has an iPhone?  :sip:

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By the way, all the pics so far on this Leelanau Peninsula trip were taken with my iPhone 6.

He'll tell you...  :deal:  :imaposer: :pot:

 :biggrin:  Is there any other brand of cell phone?  iPhone for life  :pot:

Normally I have my Canon DSLR accompanying me on trips, but didn't bother to take it on the Leelanau portion this time.  But, I did take it to the UP so better pics to come hopefully.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 12, 2017, 12:47:26 pm
:thumleft: to my understanding and when i see it this side i think its human waste/pollution that causes that to happen. i was about to ask why you not going on backroads. and then you went on a few. did you not take many pics of that side? would be interested to see what your back roads and surrounds look like.

I did not.  It's easy to take riding the sandy and gravel roads for granted because there are so many of them.  I'm starting to get the feel though that people actually want to see pics of those types of roads more than pavement or places.  I do have some pics of some gnarly places I had to take the Ducati later in the report.  I think you'll be quite surprised at what kind of terrain I had to ride through on the Duc after getting terribly lost.

Next report though, I can already tell that I need more terrain pics. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 12, 2017, 12:50:37 pm
yes. i think that is primarily what we want to see. the off the beaten path stuff. as that is what we try and do the most. get away and find something remote to explore. the more dirt and the lessor known and dangerous the better. if i car cannot get there then you get the full 10 out of 10.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 12, 2017, 01:24:08 pm
Hey Dude , loving this , not many ADV riders get up and go with little or no planning , that's the I ride , have way points and take it like a man. Oh by the way my mean workshop stoep kaker [dog]is tearing my workshop apart , He has eaten my speeker wires twice now , I have rags and toilet paper everywhere, what Ifined amuising he doesn't walk , he runns like hell everywhere, iesh nothing is safe with him around, oh shit there goes my washing sponges

 :lol8:  Puppy destroy everything.

My puppies destroyed a hot tub.  None of the wood frame was left after they got done with it.  I believe they would have eaten the tub, but one of them must have chewed into a 220 volt wire because all of sudden they just stopped chewing on the hot tub  :imaposer:

I didn't have waypoints on the first portion, just a map.  I like those kind of trips, you just leave and don't have any real destination planned, just ride  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 14, 2017, 07:36:09 pm
where's the rest of this trip? don't get sucked into religion and politics threads. it's a black hole of confusion and misery. where's the next installment?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on December 14, 2017, 07:40:45 pm
 a black

hey watchit no colour mentioning here on the forum!! :deal: :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on December 14, 2017, 07:43:39 pm
a black

hey watchit no colour mentioning here on the forum!! :deal: 8:
hahahaha. a hole then. an unassuming hole.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 14, 2017, 08:43:23 pm
where's the rest of this trip? don't get sucked into religion and politics threads. it's a black hole of confusion and misery. where's the next installment?

Next installment coming soon.  I completed picture editing last night, now just to come up with the words.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 15, 2017, 05:21:27 am
With the Katoom freshly serviced with Castrol and a clean bill of health from the dealership, it was time to embark on my adventure to the Upper Peninsula.  I was up before dawn, relaxed with a few cups of mud so I could open my lids.  Destination for the day was somewhere in the northern Lower Peninsula or just north of the Mackinaw Bridge separating the LP from the UP.  Here is the route I took for the day.

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I figured I'd mark a few more cities off the summer challenge list, our local community schools had started, so my first stop is Rosebush, Michigan.  I stopped at the entrance of town to gather a pic of a landmark.  The crops are growing nicely and there's a nice John Deere baler.  I like JD tractors and farm implements.

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After exiting Rosebush, I decided it was time to find some gravel.  I'd dead headed to Rosebush on the main highway.  Enough of that, I found a nice groomed gravel road heading north.

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After riding the nicely groomed gravel road for several miles north, I saw this old farm with a nice International sitting in the field.

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Once I arrived in Gladwin, I was starting to get hungry for breakfast.  I found a small diner just off of Highway 61 East of Gladwin.  Had a fabulous tasting breakfast for about $7.  After leaving the diner, I noticed a sign that had the word 'tit', so I had to stop for a pic.

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The Tittabawassee River is a stream which flows in a generally southeasterly direction through the Lower Peninsula of the U.S. state of Michigan. The river begins at Secord Lake in Clement Township, at the confluence of the East Branch and the Middle Branch. From there it flows through Gladwin, Midland and Saginaw counties where, as a major tributary of the Saginaw River it flows into it at Saginaw. Some of its tributaries include the Chippewa, Pine, and Tobacco rivers.

Significant communities located on or near the Tittabawassee River include Saginaw, Midland, and Sanford. At Edenville, the river is impounded by the hydroelectric Edenville Dam to create Lake Wixom. In Saginaw County, the river flows through Tittabawassee Township which is named for the river and contains the unincorporated community of Freeland.

The main river is 72.4 miles (116.5 km) long[2] and drains an area of 2,471 square miles (6,400 km2)
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Looks like some folks have a nice view of the river and enjoy floating on their pontoon, ski, or fishing boats.

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Another view of a portion with a softer bottom.

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I was making my way East towards Lake Huron when I spotted the famous Au Gres (pronounced Aww Grey) river.  The Au Gres River is a river in Michigan. Its mouth is at Lake Huron in the city of Au Gres, Michigan. It flows through Arenac, Iosco and Ogemaw counties. It formerly had an eastern branch, which was severed from the parent river and rerouted along the Whitney Drain to Lake Huron north of Au Gres. The main stream is 46.7 miles (75.2 km) long.

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Notice how crystal clear the water.

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With the clear water in many spots, it makes a nice river for fly fishing.

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The mouth of the river begins in the city of Au Gres.  The Saginaw Bay of Lake Huron waters creates the route for some monster fish.

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Like this Steelhead.

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Steelhead are sometimes more colorful like this monster.  Steelhead is the name given to a migratory Rainbow Trout.  These fish always return to where they spawned.

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Brown Trout are also caught in these waters like this nice one here.

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A beautiful Brook Trout.

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I'm not sure there is anything more peaceful than standing in the middle of a river like this, slinging a little fly onto the surface of the water.

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After spending a few minutes taking in the scenery on the Au Gres river, I continue on my journey.  I found this old grain bin interesting.

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I continue heading east toward East Tawas, Michigan on the western shores of one of our 5 Great Lakes, Lake Huron.

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I have finally arrived to capture a few pics of the freshwater Lake Huron.

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A pic of the shores of Lake Huron.  You can see an RV trailer camp in the distance.  Old Glory is flying fast from the wind coming off Lake Huron.

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Another pic of Lake Huron from East Tawas, MI.

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Canada is a long way across this huge freshwater lake.  Can you see Canada?  I cannot.

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This marks approximately the 1/2 way point of day 1 on my way to the Upper Peninsula.  Feeling good, the sun is out, comfortable temperature.  Riding is beautiful.  Day 1 to be continued........
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 15, 2017, 05:36:55 am
That is a serious lake, must get nice big waves on it when the wind pumps.
Did you see any marina's or sailing vessels?
Is freshwater sailing big there?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 15, 2017, 07:29:57 am
Enjoying the photo's and descriptions  :thumleft:

What is the purpose of the summer challenge by the community schools? How does it work? Who comes up with it and who all participate?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 15, 2017, 03:58:35 pm
That is a serious lake, must get nice big waves on it when the wind pumps.
Did you see any marina's or sailing vessels?
Is freshwater sailing big there?


Big waves for sure, it is like an ocean.  Many vessels lost. 


One can see anything on these enormous lakes, ore freighters, shipping freighters, powerboats, offshore race boats, yachts, large and small commercial fishing vessels, all the way down to small sailboats.


There are 5 Great Lakes:  Lake Superior, Lake Michigan, Lake Huron, Lake Erie, and Lake Ontario.



Lake Huron

Lake Huron (French: Lac Huron) is one of the five Great Lakes of North America. Hydrologically, it comprises the easterly portion of Lake Michigan–Huron, having the same surface elevation as its westerly counterpart, to which it is connected by the 5-mile-wide (8.0 km), 20-fathom-deep (120 ft; 37 m) Straits of Mackinac. It is shared on the north and east by the Canadian province of Ontario and on the south and west by the state of Michigan in the United States. The name of the lake is derived from early French explorers who named it for the Huron people inhabiting the region. The Huronian glaciation was named due to evidence collected from Lake Huron region. The northern parts of the lake include the North Channel and Georgian Bay. Across the lake to the southwest is Saginaw Bay. The main inlet is the St. Marys River and the main outlet is the St. Clair.



Geography

By surface area, Lake Huron is the second-largest of the Great Lakes, with a surface area of 23,007 square miles (59,590 km2) — of which 9,103 square miles (23,580 km2) lies in Michigan; and 13,904 square miles (36,010 km2) lies in Ontario — making it the third-largest fresh water lake on Earth (or the fourth-largest lake, if the Caspian Sea is counted as a lake).  By volume however, Lake Huron is only the third largest of the Great Lakes, being surpassed by Lake Michigan and Lake Superior.  When measured at the low water datum, the lake contains a volume of 850 cubic miles (3,500 km3) and a shoreline length (including islands) of 3,827 mi (6,159 km).

The surface of Lake Huron is 577 feet (176 m) above sea level.  The lake's average depth is 32 fathoms 3 feet (195 ft (59 m)), while the maximum depth is 125 fathoms (750 ft (230 m)).  It has a length of 206 statute miles (332 km; 179 nmi) and a greatest breadth of 183 statute miles (295 km; 159 nmi).



Geology

Lake Huron has the largest shore line length of any of the Great Lakes, counting its 30,000 islands.

Lake Huron is separated from Lake Michigan, which lies at the same level, by the 5-mile-wide (8.0 km), 20-fathom-deep (120 ft; 37 m) Straits of Mackinac, making them hydrologically the same body of water (sometimes called Lake Michigan-Huron and sometimes described as two 'lobes of the same lake').   Aggregated, Lake Huron-Michigan, at 45,300 square miles (117,000 km2), "is technically the world's largest freshwater lake."  When counted separately, Lake Superior is 8,700 square miles (23,000 km2) larger than Huron and higher. Lake Superior drains into the St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie which then flows southward into Lake Huron. The water then flows south to the St. Clair River, at Port Huron, Michigan and Sarnia, Ontario.

The Great Lakes Waterway continues thence to Lake St. Clair; the Detroit River and Detroit, Michigan; into Lake Erie and thence – via Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River – to the Atlantic Ocean.

Like the other Great Lakes, it was formed by melting ice as the continental glaciers retreated toward the end of the last ice age. Before this, Lake Huron was a low-lying depression through which flowed the now-buried Laurentian and Huronian Rivers; the lake bed was criss-crossed by a large network of tributaries to these ancient waterways, with many of the old channels still evident on bathymetric maps.



History

The extent of development among Eastern Woodlands Native American societies on the eve of European contact is indicated by the archaeological evidence of a town on or near Lake Huron that contained more than one hundred large structures housing a total population of between 4,000 and 6,000.  The French, the first European visitors to the region, often referred to Lake Huron as La Mer Douce, "the fresh-water sea". In 1656, a map by French cartographer Nicolas Sanson refers to the lake by the name Karegnondi, a Wyandot word which has been variously translated as "Freshwater Sea", "Lake of the Hurons", or simply "lake". The lake was generally labeled "Lac des Hurons" (Lake of the Huron) on most early European maps.



Storm of 1913

On November 9, 1913, a great storm in Lake Huron sank ten ships and more than twenty were driven ashore. The storm, which raged for 16 hours, killed 235 seamen.

Matoa had passed between Port Huron, Michigan, and Sarnia, Ontario, just after midnight. On November 9, just after six in the morning, Senator pushed upstream. Less than an hour later, Manola passed through. Captain Frederick W. Light of Manola reported that both the Canadian and the American weather stations had storm flag signals flying from their weather towers.  Following behind at 7:00 a.m. that Sunday, Regina steamed out of Sarnia into the northwest gale. The warnings now had been up for four hours.  Manola passed Regina off Port Sanilac, 22 statute miles (19 nmi; 35 km) up the lake. Captain Light determined that if it continued to deteriorate, he would seek shelter at Harbor Beach, Michigan, another 30 statute miles (26 nmi; 48 km) up the lake. There, he could seek shelter behind the breakwater. Before he reached Harbor Beach, the winds turned to the northeast and the lake began to rise. It would be noon before he reached Harbor Beach and ran for shelter. The waves were so violent that Manola touched bottom entering the harbor. With help from a tugboat, Manola tied up to the break wall with eight lines. It was about 3:00 p.m. when Manola was secured and the crew prepared to drop anchor. As they worked, the cables began to snap from wind pressure against the hull. To keep from being pushed aground, they kept their bow into the wind with the engines running half to full in turns, yet the ship still drifted 800 feet (240 m) before its movement was arrested.  Waves breaking over the ship damaged several windows and the crew reported seeing portions of the concrete break wall peeling off as the waves struck it.

Meanwhile, fifty miles farther up the lake, Matoa and Captain Hugh McLeod had to ride out the storm without a safe harbor.  Matoa would be found stranded on the Port Austin reef when the winds subsided.  It was noon on Monday before the winds let up and not until 11:00 p.m. that night before Captain Light determined it to be safe to continue his journey.



Shipwrecks

More than a thousand wrecks have been recorded in Lake Huron. These purportedly include the first European vessel to sail the Great Lakes, Le Griffon, built in 1679 on the eastern shore of Lake Erie, near Buffalo, New York. Robert Cavalier, Sieur de la Salle navigated across Lake Erie, up the Detroit River, Lake St. Clair and the St. Clair River out into Lake Huron. Passing the Straits of Mackinac, La Salle and Le Griffon made landfall on Washington Island, off the tip of the Door Peninsula on the Wisconsin side of Lake Michigan. Here, La Salle filled Le Griffon with pelts and in late November 1679 sent Le Griffon back to the site of modern-day Buffalo, never to be seen again.

Two wrecks have been identified as Le Griffon, although neither has gained final verification as the actual wreck. Blown by a fierce storm after leaving, Le Griffon ran aground before the storm. The people of Manitoulin Island say that the wreck in Mississagi Straits at the western tip of the island is that of Le Griffon.  Meanwhile, others near Tobermory, say that the wreck on Russell Island, 150 miles (240 km) farther east in Georgian Bay is that of Le Griffon.



Thunder Bay

The 448-square-mile (1,160 km2) Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary and Underwater Preserve is home to 116 historically significant shipwrecks. It is the 13th National Marine Sanctuary designated by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, established in 2000.[34] Glass-bottom boat tours depart from Alpena, Michigan, providing tourists with views of some of the famous shipwrecks in Thunder Bay.



Saginaw Bay

Within the waters of Saginaw Bay are 185 of 1,000+ wrecks.  Matoa, a propeller freighter weighing 2,311 gross tons, was built in Cleveland in 1890, and was wrecked in 1913 on Port Austin Reef.



Georgian Bay, North Channel

Georgian Bay, the largest bay on Lake Huron, contains 212 of the 1,000 sunken vessels in the lake.

Manola, a propeller freighter of 2,325 gross tons, was built in 1890 by the Globe Shipping Company of Cleveland, Ohio. It was operated by the Minnesota Steamship Company (Cleveland) from 1890 to 1901, and by the Pittsburgh Steamship Company from 1901 to 1918. On January 25, 1918, Manola was sold to the U.S. Shipping Board. It was sold again in 1920 to the Canada Steamship Lines, Ltd., and renamed Mapledawn. The vessel became stranded on November 20, 1924, on Christian Island[38] in Georgian Bay. Headed for Port McNichol, Ontario, it was declared a total loss after two weeks. Salvagers were able to recover approximately 75,000 bushels of barley for delivery to Midland, Ontario
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 15, 2017, 04:06:12 pm
Enjoying the photo's and descriptions  :thumleft:

What is the purpose of the summer challenge by the community schools? How does it work? Who comes up with it and who all participate?

Thank you, Ri  :thumleft:

I think the purpose was to get families away from the TV by traveling around our beautiful state, spend time together road tripping, camping, hiking, biking, etc.

Michigan has 533 incorporated municipalities, anyone whom lives or went to school in the community could participate, the only rule was one had to take a photograph of a landmark for each municipality.  I'm not sure whom came up with the idea.  Not to toot my own horn, but this old biker marked off the most municipalities by far, somewhere around 150-200/533  :ricky:   Our community did not reach all 533, I think we ended up with a total of around 450-475.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 16, 2017, 10:49:51 pm
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: J-dog on December 17, 2017, 12:01:26 pm
 :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 18, 2017, 03:56:46 pm
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?

A woman I graduated high school with was linked to the little boy with DS.  She runs marathons in his honor, so I decided to do the ride last year in his honor.

The reason:  although I cannot disagree with nor do I believe it is my place to judge whether or not parents choose to abort DS babies, I just wanted to give awareness to the mother of the little boys FB page, so parents can see firsthand what it is like to raise such a child.  Unfortunately, OBGYN's in our country recommend abortion 100% of the time when babies are deemed DS through prenatal testing.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 18, 2017, 05:50:41 pm
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?

A woman I graduated high school with was linked to the little boy with DS.  She runs marathons in his honor, so I decided to do the ride last year in his honor.

The reason:  although I cannot disagree with nor do I believe it is my place to judge whether or not parents choose to abort DS babies, I just wanted to give awareness to the mother of the little boys FB page, so parents can see firsthand what it is like to raise such a child.  Unfortunately, OBGYN's in our country recommend abortion 100% of the time when babies are deemed DS through prenatal testing.

:thumleft:

Those tests aren't always 100% either :(
My sister, in this day and age, was told by the OBGYN to put her daughter with Down Syndrome into a home and forget about her. Now she's winning athletic medals and training for work.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 19, 2017, 03:29:54 am
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?

A woman I graduated high school with was linked to the little boy with DS.  She runs marathons in his honor, so I decided to do the ride last year in his honor.

The reason:  although I cannot disagree with nor do I believe it is my place to judge whether or not parents choose to abort DS babies, I just wanted to give awareness to the mother of the little boys FB page, so parents can see firsthand what it is like to raise such a child.  Unfortunately, OBGYN's in our country recommend abortion 100% of the time when babies are deemed DS through prenatal testing.

:thumleft:

Those tests aren't always 100% either :(
My sister, in this day and age, was told by the OBGYN to put her daughter with Down Syndrome into a home and forget about her. Now she's winning athletic medals and training for work.

I love reading stories about DS kids like your niece becoming successful and accomplishing goals.  Sounds like yous love her, DS people grow on ya as they have the purest hearts.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on December 19, 2017, 07:08:26 am
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?

A woman I graduated high school with was linked to the little boy with DS.  She runs marathons in his honor, so I decided to do the ride last year in his honor.

The reason:  although I cannot disagree with nor do I believe it is my place to judge whether or not parents choose to abort DS babies, I just wanted to give awareness to the mother of the little boys FB page, so parents can see firsthand what it is like to raise such a child.  Unfortunately, OBGYN's in our country recommend abortion 100% of the time when babies are deemed DS through prenatal testing.

:thumleft:

Those tests aren't always 100% either :(
My sister, in this day and age, was told by the OBGYN to put her daughter with Down Syndrome into a home and forget about her. Now she's winning athletic medals and training for work.

I love reading stories about DS kids like your niece becoming successful and accomplishing goals.  Sounds like yous love her, DS people grow on ya as they have the purest hearts.

Ours is stubborn as a mule, can't tell her anything - nothing like her biddable aunt ::)  She has plans to become an actress and play in an award-winning local soapie (dear Lord preserve us!) but I suspect domestic bliss will claim her first. She's decided to marry her boyfriend, and will inform him soon :lol8:

So proud of her :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 19, 2017, 07:18:07 am
That's not shabby. Interesting initiative. Just in case you needed an excuse to ride  ;)

Also curious: How did you become involved in riding to raise awareness for that cute boy with Down Syndrome? And why did you need to, considering that Europe and America are streets ahead of SA when it comes to integration of and opportunities for people with Down Syndrome ?

A woman I graduated high school with was linked to the little boy with DS.  She runs marathons in his honor, so I decided to do the ride last year in his honor.

The reason:  although I cannot disagree with nor do I believe it is my place to judge whether or not parents choose to abort DS babies, I just wanted to give awareness to the mother of the little boys FB page, so parents can see firsthand what it is like to raise such a child.  Unfortunately, OBGYN's in our country recommend abortion 100% of the time when babies are deemed DS through prenatal testing.

:thumleft:

Those tests aren't always 100% either :(
My sister, in this day and age, was told by the OBGYN to put her daughter with Down Syndrome into a home and forget about her. Now she's winning athletic medals and training for work.

I love reading stories about DS kids like your niece becoming successful and accomplishing goals.  Sounds like yous love her, DS people grow on ya as they have the purest hearts.

Ours is stubborn as a mule, can't tell her anything - nothing like her biddable aunt ::)  She has plans to become an actress and play in an award-winning local soapie (dear Lord preserve us!) but I suspect domestic bliss will claim her first. She's decided to marry her boyfriend, and will inform him soon :lol8:

So proud of her :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 20, 2017, 05:19:40 am
From East Tawas, I continued north on Hwy 23 following the Lake Huron shoreline.  A beautiful ride with the incredible blue waters.  I was riding along in the zone when I saw a sign out by the road that said Althaver on it.  Not a very common surname, I was quite surprised to see this name.  I went to school from pre-school to graduating high school with a lovely girl with the same surname.  She was my partner during Homecoming week, where a male student and female student are crowned King and Queen from students voting.

I photographed the sign and posted the pic on FB asking the girl I attended school with if she knew who these people were.  She said yes, that's is my parents  :imaposer:.  Small world.  When her parents saw on FB that I was in the area, they commented to feel free to stop in the next time I'm in the area.  Man, I probably missed out on some amazing cookies.

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I rode for awhile heading north, when I noticed the water turning a lovely shade of blue, so I stopped and took some time admiring this incredibly beautiful high quality H2O. 

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I decided to turn in land on Hwy 72 as I used to visit a cabin west of my position for canoeing, kayaking, fishing, and snowmobiling.  But as you can see the road is straight as an arrow for miles and miles, so I quickly turned north in a search for sand or gravel.

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I saw Lost Lake Woods on my map and thought to myself sounds like a nice place to ride and check out.  Unfortunately upon arrival I quickly determined LLW is a private club.

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Same story with Canada Creek Ranch.  Saw the place on my map, so I went to scope it out.  I turned onto the entrance road which was quite sandy.  I was having a ball until a few miles later I came to this sign and not much further a gate and booth without anyone manning the booth.  It appeared to be a hunting club.  I decided not to chance my encounter, so I turned around and rode back to the main road.

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I rode north and found a small village named Ossineke.  For a small village it had some cool antique looking buildings like this one here with Paul Bunyan at the top.

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For those of you not familiar with the myth, Paul Bunyan was a logger, a giant of a man with his blue oxen named Babe.  Several cities around Michigan, Minnesota, Maine, and Wisconsin claim to be the birthplace of Paul Bunyan!  Ossineke, Michigan is one of these cities!

Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack in American folklore.  His exploits revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors,  and he is customarily accompanied by Babe the Blue Ox. The character originated in the oral tradition of North American loggers, and was later popularized by freelance writer William B. Laughead (1882–1958) in a 1916 promotional pamphlet for the Red River Lumber Company.  He has been the subject of various literary compositions, musical pieces, commercial works, and theatrical productions.  His likeness is displayed in several statues across North America

Etymology

There are many hypotheses about the etymology of the name Paul Bunyan. Much of the commentary focuses on a Franco-Canadian origin for the name. Phonetically Bunyan is similar to the Québécois expression "bon yenne!" expressing surprise or astonishment. The English surname Bunyan is derived from the same root as bunion in the Old French bugne, referring to a large lump or swelling. Several researchers have attempted to trace Paul Bunyan to the character of Bon Jean of French Canadian folklore.

In all of these tales, Paul Bunyan is made out to be of incredible size and strength and his lumberjack skills unrivaled.

Here's a statue in Bangor, Maine.

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Or a restaurant in Wisconsin.

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What a large man, it is said he could fell an acre of trees per hour.

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There are statues of Paul Bunyan all across our land in the lumber producing states.  Although I have not yet traveled to California or the Pacific Northwest, I've read there are statues in those states as well.

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Kids in northern lumber states all love Mr. Paul Bunyan.  Just look at how he could handle enormous pine trees.

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Rode through a little town called Posen.  Apparently this is where a potato festival is held annually.  We Americans love our potatoes.

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And our Blue Gill as can be eaten at an annual festival in St. Helen annually.

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Blue Gills fresh out of ice cold water

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Pan fried to perfection with some fresh veggies makes me happier than a pig in shit.

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I rode through a small town called Lewiston, which brought back memories of one of the coldest nights of my life.  As a group we would leave the cabin in Lovells, MI and snowmobile over to Lewiston, MI to eat at an incredible buffet called Charboneaux's.  They had an array of delicious foods including fish, crab legs, lobster, prime rib, etc.  While eating and drinking for a couple of hours one evening, a cold front was heading in an easterly direction across Lake Michigan to our west.  Unbeknownst to us, the temperature dropped to around -35F or -37C.  Although the ride wasn't incredibly far, about 20 miles by trail, it was unbearable.  I'll never forget the ride, it is permanently burned into my brain.  Luckily, cold weather clothing has come along ways since then.

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I then headed towards the Mackinaw Bridge, so I could enter the Upper Peninsula and begin searching for a reasonable priced place to camp.  I found a nice privately owned campground on the shores of Lake Huron for $12 a night.  After setting up camp, I rode back south to St. Ignace, Michigan near the Mackinaw Bridge to acquire a few beers.  While there, I decided to go photograph the bridge.

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Zoomed in to give you an idea on the size of this man made structure.  Notice how small the semi-trucks pulling 80 foot trailers look traversing the bridge.

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A Jet boat (impeller) shoots a rooster tail under the bridge en route to ferry passengers to Mackinaw Island.

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A photograph of the bay near the bridge near dusk.

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Five men died during the construction of the bridge back in the 1950's.

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A statue of an iron worker from the era.

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Here is a link to a historical construction album:  http://www.mackinacbridge.org/history/historical-construction-album/


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The Mackinac Bridge (/ˈmækɪnɔː/ MAK-in-aw) is a suspension bridge spanning the Straits of Mackinac to connect the Upper and Lower Peninsulas of the U.S. state of Michigan. Opened in 1957, the 26,372-foot (4.995 mi; 8.038 km) bridge (familiarly known as "Big Mac" and "Mighty Mac")  is the world's 19th-longest main span and the longest suspension bridge between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.  The Mackinac Bridge is part of Interstate 75 and the Lakes Michigan and Huron components of the Great Lakes Circle Tours across the straits; it is also a segment of the U.S. North Country National Scenic Trail. The bridge connects the city of St. Ignace on the north end with the village of Mackinaw City on the south.

Envisioned since the 1880s, the bridge was designed by the engineer David B. Steinman and completed in 1957 only after many decades of struggles to begin construction.

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Length

The bridge opened on November 1, 1957,  connecting two peninsulas linked for decades by ferries. A year later, the bridge was formally dedicated as the "world's longest suspension bridge between anchorages", allowing a superlative comparison to the Golden Gate Bridge, which had a longer center span between towers, and the San Francisco–Oakland Bay Bridge, which had an anchorage in the middle.

It remains the longest suspension bridge with two towers between anchorages in the Western Hemisphere.   Much longer anchorage-to-anchorage spans have been built in the Eastern Hemisphere, including the Akashi Kaikyō Bridge in Japan (12,826 ft or 3,909 m). But the long leadups to the anchorages on the Mackinac make its total shoreline-to-shoreline length of 5 miles (8 km) longer than the Akashi-Kaikyo (2.4 mi or 3.9 km).

The length of the bridge's main span is 3,800 feet (1,158 m), which makes it the third-longest suspension span in the United States and 19th longest suspension span worldwide. It is also one of the world's longest bridges overall.

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Early History

The Algonquian peoples who lived in the straits area prior to the arrival of Europeans in the 17th century called this region Michilimackinac, which is widely understood to mean the Great Turtle. This is thought to refer to the shape of what is now called Mackinac Island. This interpretation of the word is debated by scholars. Trading posts at the Straits of Mackinac attracted peak populations during th
e summer trading season; they also developed as intertribal meeting places.

As exploitation of the state's mineral and timber resources increased during the 19th century, the area became an important transport hub. In 1881 the three railroads that reached the Straits, the Michigan Central, Grand Rapids & Indiana, and the Detroit, Mackinac & Marquette, jointly established the Mackinac Transportation Company to operate a railroad car ferry service across the straits and connect the two peninsulas.

Improved highways along the eastern shores of the Lower Peninsula brought increased automobile traffic to the Straits region starting in the 1910s. The state of Michigan initiated an automobile ferry service between Mackinaw City and St. Ignace in 1923; it eventually operated nine ferry boats that would carry as many as 9,000 vehicles per day. Traffic backups could stretch as long as 16 miles (26 km).



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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 20, 2017, 05:22:37 am
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Plans for the bridge

After the opening of the Brooklyn Bridge in 1883, local residents began to imagine that such a structure could span the straits. In 1884, a store owner in St. Ignace published a newspaper advertisement that included a reprint of an artist's conception of the Brooklyn Bridge with the caption "Proposed bridge across the Straits of Mackinac".

The idea of the bridge was discussed in the Michigan Legislature as early as the 1880s. At the time, the Straits of Mackinac area was becoming a popular tourist destination, especially following the creation of Mackinac National Park on Mackinac Island in 1875.

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At a July 1888 meeting of the board of directors of the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Cornelius Vanderbilt II proposed that a bridge be built across the straits, of a design similar to the one then under construction across the Firth of Forth in Scotland. This would advance commerce in the region and help lengthen the resort season of the hotel.

Decades went by with no formal action. In 1920, the Michigan state highway commissioner advocated construction of a floating tunnel across the Straits. At the invitation of the state legislature, C. E. Fowler of New York City put forth a plan for a long series of causeways and bridges across the straits from Cheboygan, 17 miles (27 km) southeast of Mackinaw City, to St. Ignace, using Bois Blanc, Round, and Mackinac islands as intermediate steps.


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Formal planning

In 1923, the state legislature ordered the State Highway Department to establish ferry service across the strait. More and more people used ferries to cross the straits each year, and as they did, the movement to build a bridge increased. Chase Osborn, a former governor, wrote,

"Michigan is unifying itself, and a magnificent new route through Michigan to Lake Superior and the Northwest United States is developing, via the Straits of Mackinac. It cannot continue to grow as it ought with clumsy and inadequate ferries for any portion of the year."

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By 1928, the ferry service had become so popular and so expensive to operate that Michigan Governor Fred W. Green ordered the department to study the feasibility of building a bridge across the strait. The department deemed the idea feasible, estimating the cost at $30 million (equivalent to $2.11 billion in 2016).

In 1934, the Michigan Legislature created the Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority to explore possible methods of constructing and funding the proposed bridge. The Legislature authorized the Authority to seek financing for the project. In the mid-1930s, during the Great Depression, when numerous infrastructure projects received federal aid, the Authority twice attempted to obtain federal funds for the project but was unsuccessful. The United States Army Corps of Engineers and President Franklin D. Roosevelt endorsed the project but Congress never appropriated funds. Between 1936 and 1940, the Authority selected a route for the bridge based on preliminary studies. Borings were made for a detailed geological study of the route.

The preliminary plans for the bridge featured a 3-lane roadway, a railroad crossing on the underdeck of the span, and a center-anchorage double-suspension bridge configuration similar to the design of the San Francisco – Oakland Bay Bridge. Because this would have required sinking an anchorage pier in the deepest area of the Straits, the practicality of this design may have been questionable.[citation needed] A concrete causeway, approximately 4,000 feet (1,219 m), extending from the northern shore, was constructed in shallow water from 1939 to 1941. However, a unique engineering challenge was created by the tremendous forces that operate against the base of the bridge, because the lakes freeze during the winter, causing large icebergs to place enormous stress on the bridge.

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At that time, with funding for the project still uncertain, further work was put on hold because of the outbreak of World War II. The Mackinac Straits Bridge Authority was abolished by the state legislature in 1947, but the same body created a new Mackinac Bridge Authority three years later in 1950. In June 1950, engineers were retained for the project. By then, it was reported that cars queuing for the ferry at Mackinaw City did not reach St. Ignace until five hours later, and the typical capacity of 460 vehicles per hour could not match the estimated 1600 for a bridge.

After a report by the engineers in January 1951,[14] the state legislature authorized the sale of $85 million (equivalent to $2.08 billion in 2016) in bonds for bridge construction on April 30, 1952. However, a weak bond market in 1953 forced a delay of more than a year before the bonds could be issued.




Engineering and construction

David B. Steinman was appointed as the design engineer in January 1953 and by the end of 1953, estimates and contracts had been negotiated. A Civil Engineer at the firm, Abul Hasnat, did the preliminary plans for the bridge. Total cost estimate at that time was $95 million (equivalent to $2.23 billion in 2016[12]) with estimated completion by November 1, 1956. Tolls collected were to pay for the bridge in 20 years.[15] Construction began on May 7, 1954. The American Bridge Division of United States Steel Corporation was awarded a contract of more than $44 million (equivalent to $1.05 billion in 2016[12]) to build the steel superstructure.

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Construction, staged using the 1939–41 causeway, took three and a half years (four summers, no winter construction) at a total cost of $100 million and the lives of five workers. Contrary to popular belief, none of them are entombed in the Bridge.  It opened to traffic on schedule on November 1, 1957, and the ferry service was discontinued on the same day. The Bridge was formally dedicated on June 25, 1958.

G. Mennen Williams was governor during the construction of the Mackinac Bridge. He began the tradition of the governor leading the Mackinac Bridge Walk across it every Labor Day.  U.S. Senator Prentiss M. Brown has been called the "father of the Mackinac Bridge,"  and was honored with a special memorial bridge token created by the Mackinac Bridge Authority.

The bridge officially achieved its 100 millionth crossing exactly forty years after its dedication, on June 25, 1998.   The 50th anniversary of the bridge's opening was celebrated on November 1, 2007 in a ceremony hosted by the Mackinac Bridge Authority at the viewing park adjacent to the St. Ignace causeway.

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History of the bridge design

The design of the Mackinac Bridge was directly influenced by the lessons from the first Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which failed in 1940 because of its instability in high winds. Three years after that disaster, Steinman had published a theoretical analysis of suspension-bridge stability problems, which recommended that future bridge designs include deep stiffening trusses to support the bridge deck and an open-grid roadway to reduce its wind resistance. Both of these features were incorporated into the design of the Mackinac Bridge. The stiffening truss is open to reduce wind resistance. The road deck is shaped as an airfoil to provide lift in a cross wind, and the center two lanes are open grid to allow vertical (upward) air flow, which fairly precisely cancels the lift, making the roadway stable in design in winds of up to 150 miles per hour (240 km/h)


This area can also be a great spot to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights)

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Facts & Figures


The Mackinac Bridge is currently the fifth longest suspension bridge in the world.  The bridge opened to traffic on November 1, 1957.  The following facts and figures are quoted from David Steinman’s book “Miracle Bridge at Mackinac”.



LENGTHS

Total Length of Bridge (5 Miles)          26,372 Ft   8,038 Meters
Total Length of Steel Superstructure          19,243 Ft.   5,865 Meters
Length of Suspension Bridge (including Anchorages)     8,614 Ft.   
Total Length of North Approach         7,129 Ft.   2,173 Meters
Length of Main Span (between Main Towers)        3,800 Ft.   1,158 Meters



HEIGHTS AND DEPTHS

Height of Main Towers above Water          552 Ft   168.25 Meters
Maximum Depth to Rock at Midspan         Unknown   Unknown
Maximum Depth of Water at Midspan        295 Ft.   90 Meters
Maximum Depth of Tower Piers below Water    210 Ft.   64 Meters
Height of Roadway above Water at Midspan     199 Ft.   61 Meters
Underclearance at Midspan for Ships        155 Ft.   47 Meters
Maximum Depth of Water at Piers           142 Ft.   43 Meters
Maximum Depth of Piers Sunk through Overburden          105 Ft.   32 Meters



CABLES

Total Length of Wire in Main Cables           42,000 Miles   67,592 km
Maximum Tension in Each Cable        16,000 Tons   14,515,995 kg
Number of Wires in Each Cable       12,580   
Weight of Cables         11,840 Tons   10,741,067 kg
Diameter of Main Cables           24 1/2 Inches   62.23 cm
Diameter of Each Wire        0.196 Inches   .498 cm



WEIGHTS

Total Weight of Bridge          1,024,500 Tons   929,410,766 kg
Total Weight of Concrete     931,000 Tons   844,589 kg
Total Weight of Substructure       919,100 Tons   326,931,237 kg
Total Weight of Two Anchorages       360,380 Tons   326,931,237 kg
Total Weight of Two Main Piers          318,000 Tons   288,484,747 kg
Total Weight of Superstructure     104,400 Tons   94,710,087 kg
Total Weight of Structural Steel          71,300 Tons   64,682,272 kg
Weight of Steel in Each Main Tower          6,500 Tons   5,896,701 kg
Total Weight of Cable Wire        11,840 Tons   10,741,067 kg
Total Weight of Concrete Roadway         6,660 Tons   6,041,850 kg
Total Weight of Reinforcing Steel        3,700 Tons   3,356,584 kg



RIVETS AND BOLTS

Total Number of Steel Rivets      4,851,700
Total Number of Steel Bolts       1,016,600



DESIGN AND DETAIL DRAWINGS

Total Number of Engineering Drawings      4,000
Total Number of Blueprints      85,000



MEN EMPLOYED

Total, at the Bridge Site       3,500
At Quarries, Shops, Mills, etc.     7,500
Total Number of Engineers      350



IMPORTANT DATES

Mackinac Bridge Authority Appointed        June, 1950
Board of Three Engineers Retained          June, 1950
Report of Board of Engineers      January, 1951
Financing and Construction Authorized by Legislature       April 30, 1952
D.B. Steinman Selected as Engineer           January, 1953
Preliminary Plans and Estimates Completed      March, 1953
Construction Contracts Negotiated    March, 1953
Bids Received for Sale of Bonds       December 17, 1953
Began Construction           May 7, 1954
Open to traffic       November 1, 1957
Formal dedication        June 25-28, 1958
50 millionth crossing           September 25, 1984
40th Anniversary Celebration     November 1, 1997
100 millionth crossing        June 25, 1998

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on December 20, 2017, 05:33:03 am
Another very interesting bit of history.
Those bluegills, do they not have a lot of bones?
Our "Kurpers" here are full of small bones that makes them suitable for curry fish but not panfried?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 20, 2017, 05:41:44 am
Another very interesting bit of history.
Those bluegills, do they not have a lot of bones?
Our "Kurpers" here are full of small bones that makes them suitable for curry fish but not panfried?


Thanks  :thumleft:

Some filet them to remove bones, some don't.  If you pan fry them with skin and bones, they increase moisture and flavor some say.  I prefer mine filet with a skin on one side.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on December 20, 2017, 06:25:03 am
Wow! What a great read with my first morning coffee.  :thumleft:




.............and magnificent pictures too!!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Slim Jim on December 20, 2017, 07:48:38 am
Wow , the northen lights is on my bucket list one day,awsome read budd ,  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on December 20, 2017, 08:51:01 am
Very interesting read, thanks!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: BMWPE on December 20, 2017, 07:45:54 pm
Thanks for posting very interesting  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 20, 2017, 08:43:18 pm
Wow , the northen lights is on my bucket list one day,awsome read budd ,  :thumleft:

Good, make it happen Slim Jim  :thumleft:

Bring along your favorite bottle of Scotch and add a few pulls off a Mary Jane cigarette for a magical experience viewing the northern lights  :lol8:


Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 20, 2017, 08:45:36 pm
Wow! What a great read with my first morning coffee.  :thumleft:
.............and magnificent pictures too!!


Thanks jaybiker, much more to come.



Very interesting read, thanks!


Thanks Fudge, much more interesting things to come.  Enjoy  :thumleft:



Thanks for posting very interesting  :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:


Thanks BMWPE, I'm just getting started, much more cool things coming up. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on December 21, 2017, 07:42:44 am
hey BO

great stories and pics

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 21, 2017, 10:47:09 pm
hey BO

great stories and pics

 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thanks Punsher, I hope you're feeling better!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 28, 2017, 06:11:31 pm
This RR is like payday. Lots of action on the day ........and then nothing until next payday.

Come on Yankee-doodle-dum where is the rest?

Sent from my SM-J510F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 28, 2017, 06:13:01 pm
O by the way thanks for posting your RR.

Sent from my SM-J510F using Tapatalk

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 29, 2017, 12:40:42 pm
This RR is like payday. Lots of action on the day ........and then nothing until next payday.

Come on Yankee-doodle-dum where is the rest?



Hey snappa hed  :kermit:, apparently I didn't realize I was editing pics and posting according to your timeline  :jerk: :jerk: :clock: :pot: 8) >:D  :peepwall:  8)  >:D >:D :lol8:

Of what incestry, excuse me, ancestry does your bloodline lie?  And how tall are you, Skaiidawg?  :pot:

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on December 29, 2017, 12:45:22 pm
O by the way thanks for posting your RR.


You're welcome sweetie pie, now put it back in your pants, soldier. 

You keep talking to me like this and I am going to start thinking you're going to pucker up like a snare drum and ask me to dinnna.  :pot: :pot:  :3some:  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on December 29, 2017, 01:06:06 pm
O by the way thanks for posting your RR.


You're welcome sweetie pie, now put it back in your pants, soldier. 

You keep talking to me like this and I am going to start thinking you're going to pucker up like a snare drum and ask me to dinnna.  :pot: :pot:  :3some:  :biggrin:
Yeah normally I bring out the best of yer old manly folks feminine side  :biggrin:... so get on yer 2 finger keyboard and start posting Yooper boy  :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 02, 2018, 08:39:00 am
O by the way thanks for posting your RR.


You're welcome sweetie pie, now put it back in your pants, soldier. 

You keep talking to me like this and I am going to start thinking you're going to pucker up like a snare drum and ask me to dinnna.  :pot: :pot:  :3some:  :biggrin:
Yeah normally I bring out the best of yer old manly folks feminine side  :biggrin:... so get on yer 2 finger keyboard and start posting Yooper boy  :laughing4:

SIR, YES SIR. 

Working on pics, next installment should be ready in a few days.

I've been preoccupied over the holidays.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 02, 2018, 09:52:17 am
Pre-occupied or pretty occupied or occupied by pretty?
Waiting impatiently!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 03, 2018, 11:01:34 am
Pre-occupied or pretty occupied or occupied by pretty?
Waiting impatiently!

All of the above  :ricky:

I'm working on getting the next post ready. 

I love to read about your country, so I want you Dogs to enjoy reading about mine, so I try to come up with informative selections to add to the report.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 12:01:46 pm
I awoke at the butt crack of dawn, colder than a witches tit in a brass bra.  My tent was not more than 30 yards from the cold Lake Huron waters.  I should have found a camp spot more inland.  The first thing I did was fire up my Jetboil to warm my hands, then boiled some fresh water, added some fresh ground coffee named 'Campfire Dark Roast', and used my French press.  Oh it was delicious, must have been about 120 octane.

After a giant mug of the high octane coffee, I wrapped up camp, and was on my way via M134 to the most eastern point in Upper Peninsula Michigan, afaik, Drummond Island.  As you will see in the map below, the boundary line between Ontario, Canada and Michigan, USA is on the waters in Lake Huron between Drummond Island and Cockburn Island.  What a name for an island, lol.  Which Canuck came up with the name Cockburn for an island??

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Detour village is found on the eastern most point of the mainland Upper Peninsula.  It's a nice little port village.

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I rode down to the ferry to see if I could board the vessel to Drummond Island.  There was already a line waiting, but they weren't going to set off for another 45 minutes.  It was nice seeing 'Old Glory' flying proudly on the bow and near the wheelhouse.

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The waters had an early morning calm.

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A quarry on the western shoreline of Drummond Island.

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Drummond Island Township, Michigan

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is a civil township of Chippewa County in the U.S. state of Michigan. The population was 1,058 at the 2010 census.

The township consists of Drummond Island, one of the largest islands in Lake Huron.  M-134 runs through the western portion of the island. The highway connects with the mainland portion via the Drummond Island Ferry, which runs between De Tour Village and the island.

On the east side of Drummond Island, the Canada–United States border passes through the False Detour Channel. On the other side of that channel, the Canadian Cockburn Island separates Drummond from Manitoulin Island.

Drummond is an unincorporated community within the township, situated on Potagannissing Bay on the northwest side of the island at 46°01′12″N 83°43′52″W.   M-134 ends south of the community.

The township and island are named after Gordon Drummond, who was the first Canadian-born officer to command the military and the civil government of British Canada. As Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada, Drummond distinguished himself on the Niagara front in the War of 1812 and later became Governor-General and Administrator of Canada.  The Ojibwe name for the island is Bootaagan-minising (syncope as Bootaagan-mnising  recorded as "Potagannissing"),  meaning "at the Mill Island". 




History

The history of Drummond Island dates back centuries, but more recent history of the past 200 years relates to the British occupation of the island during and after the War of 1812. The island was the last British outpost on American soil following the Treaty of Ghent (1814). It was finally returned to American hands in 1828.  Drummond Island is the only island in the Manitoulin island chain which is part of the United States.

British and American negotiators to the 1814 Treaty of Ghent ended the War of 1812 by offering no territorial concessions to either side, but returned to those boundaries set by the Treaty of Paris of 1783. But, in order to resolve territorial claims that had precipitated the war, negotiators at Ghent established a process whereby commissioners would survey the boundary to determine the borders envisioned in the original treaty.

St. Joseph, Drummond and Cockburn islands and the placement of the international boundary agreed to in 1822 and 1842
Beginning in August 1820, two teams of surveyors, including British explorer and cartographer David Thompson, mapped the area of St. Joseph Island, Drummond Island, and Lesser and Greater Manitou Islands (today Cockburn and Manitoulin islands). Mapping this corner of Lake Huron was a challenge given that little was known about the shores and depths of the channels between the islands. The agent for the United States survey team, Major Joseph Delafield, complained, "No map that I have seen has any truth as it respects the position of Drummond's or the other islands about St. Marys. We entered this bay without a pilot, but are told we cannot proceed up river without one."

Based on the surveys taken in the summers of 1820 and 1821, and guided by the Commission's two principles that the boundary would not divide islands and that the number of islands would be apportioned equally between the two countries,  in November and December 1821, commissioners agreed to grant St. Joseph Island and Cockburn Island to Canada and Drummond Island, which lies between them, to the United States.




Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the township has a total area of 249.0 square miles (644.9 km2), of which 128.9 square miles (333.9 km2) is land and 120.1 square miles (311.0 km2), or 48.23%, is water.  The island is dominated by forest, with cliffs on the eastern side, which are part of the Niagara Escarpment.

Over two thirds of the island is a state park whose land is owned by the state of Michigan.  The island hosts a very rare environment known as alvar, a grassy limestone plain found only in a few places worldwide.




Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 992 people, 467 households, and 309 families residing in the township. The population density was 7.7 per square mile (3.0/km²). There were 1,476 housing units at an average density of 11.4 per square mile (4.4/km²). The racial makeup of the township was 90.83% White, 0.20% African American, 4.84% Native American, 0.10% from other races, and 4.03% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.71% of the population.




After visiting De Tour Village, I turned around and rode west towards Port Dolomite, Michigan.  I stopped at the enormous Carmeuse Lime & Stone quarry to snap a few pics of the operation.  I wonder what kind of minerals they process? :dontknow: 

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Carmeuse Lime & Stone Corporation.  Did any of you notice what is located at the bottom middle of the pic above?

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Can you see the Loon in the pic below?  Loon is located just above the tallest weeds in the foreground of the pic. 

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Loons are a majestic bird with a lovely sounding call.

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Loon with her chick swimming close by.

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Loon chicks saddling their mother.  Appears the chicks are bickering at one another about who received the biggest portion of food at last feeding!!

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Loon call.  When camping near a lake in Michigan or Canada, you will most likely hear them call, sometimes during the night.  What a beautiful call they have.






A couple of zoomed in pics of the quarry.

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If I were to name this picture, I'd name it; "Nature Will Find a Way".  Trees growing from gravel.

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By the way, I was wondering above if you'd noticed the enormous ore freighter docked at the quarry dock.

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You can actually see the minerals being dumped into one of the several holds in this pic.

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This riding day to be continued.  I have the report ready, though I'll wait until this page fills with comments as to not clog the page with too many pickchas.....................






Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on January 05, 2018, 12:59:10 pm
I wonder what kind of minerals they process? :dontknow: 

From Wiki I got this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Limestone_and_Chemical_Company

Uses
The limestone produced at Michigan Limestone is high quality and almost pure white.[8] Steel mills added limestone to molten iron in the blast furnaces. It is used to carry away impurities in the process of making steel.[8] The material is also in widespread use in making cement. The limestone also produces just pure lime, which is used in everything from glass manufacturing, paint fabrication, baking powder assembly and ammonia production.[8]
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 05, 2018, 01:06:52 pm
And here's me, reading up on "crazy as a loon"... ::). If you're wondering: https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/crazy-as-a-loon/ (https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/crazy-as-a-loon/)

Thanks for da pictures and history  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 01:39:50 pm
I wonder what kind of minerals they process? :dontknow: 

From Wiki I got this https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michigan_Limestone_and_Chemical_Company

Uses
The limestone produced at Michigan Limestone is high quality and almost pure white.[8] Steel mills added limestone to molten iron in the blast furnaces. It is used to carry away impurities in the process of making steel.[8] The material is also in widespread use in making cement. The limestone also produces just pure lime, which is used in everything from glass manufacturing, paint fabrication, baking powder assembly and ammonia production.[8]

Thanks for your contribution, Sir Skaiidawg.  I was joking when I posted that question.  The quarry does in fact excavate dolomite and limestone. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 01:43:01 pm
And here's me, reading up on "crazy as a loon"... ::). If you're wondering: https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/crazy-as-a-loon/ (https://idiomation.wordpress.com/2014/01/27/crazy-as-a-loon/)

Thanks for da pictures and history  :thumleft:

I'm a bit looney sometimes myself, Madam Ri, sounds better than Miss RI misery  :biggrin:

You're very welcome.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on January 05, 2018, 04:57:43 pm
I was joking when I posted that question.
Serious?....I thought you were joking!  :imaposer:

   
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on January 05, 2018, 05:00:24 pm
That bird does indeed have a lovely call. Thanks for posting .. keep it coming  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 05:26:22 pm
I was joking when I posted that question.
Serious?....I thought you were joking!  :imaposer:

 

Seriously  :thumleft:  I was hoping someone would say, hey you dumbphuck, BO, I would assume Carmeuse Lime in Port Dolomite, Michigan digs Limestone and Dolomite. 

You dogs are too nice to me.  I'm not used to this type of kindness  :imaposer: 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 05:28:23 pm
That bird does indeed have a lovely call. Thanks for posting .. keep it coming  :thumleft:

Oh yes they do.  They are such a beautiful bird to view and their call is so different from anything I've ever heard from a bird or goose.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 05, 2018, 05:48:35 pm
I'm a bit looney sometimes myself, Madam Ri, sounds better than Miss RI misery  :biggrin:

Aren't we all  >:D And at the end of a long, tiring and trying day, Ms Ri is exactly what I feel :lol8:

Here's the call of Africa:


There is a breeding pair in Zevenwacht, just over the hill from where I live, and I often hear their calls. Not as eerily beautiful as the loon (and vaguely similar to wolf howl), but also striking.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 05, 2018, 06:32:08 pm
I'm a bit looney sometimes myself, Madam Ri, sounds better than Miss RI misery  :biggrin:

Aren't we all  >:D And at the end of a long, tiring and trying day, Ms Ri is exactly what I feel :lol8:


There is a breeding pair in Zevenwacht, just over the hill from where I live, and I often hear their calls. Not as eerily beautiful as the loon (and vaguely similar to wolf howl), but also striking.

Very cool.  Thanks for sharing.  Beautiful eagle.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 05, 2018, 08:00:49 pm
Ok that page is now filled, why are we waiting? :peepwall: :pot:
I enjoy your reports. :thumleft:
Thanks for giving us insight into your world!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 05, 2018, 09:12:44 pm
I'm a bit looney sometimes myself, Madam Ri, sounds better than Miss RI misery  :biggrin:

Aren't we all  >:D And at the end of a long, tiring and trying day, Ms Ri is exactly what I feel :lol8:


There is a breeding pair in Zevenwacht, just over the hill from where I live, and I often hear their calls. Not as eerily beautiful as the loon (and vaguely similar to wolf howl), but also striking.

Very cool.  Thanks for sharing.  Beautiful eagle.

I'm only responding to fill up the page, see? So you can continue your report :biggrin:

The fish eagle is huge! A young one sadly drowned in a dam on my brother-in-law's farm in the Northern Cape, and he'd thrown it over a nearby bush. I went to have a look, and grabbing it by the talons, holding it waist height, it's head almost touched the ground, and it wasn't even fully grown :o

Heartbreaking to see such a majestic animal dead  :'(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 08:24:51 am
Ok that page is now filled, why are we waiting? :peepwall: :pot:
I enjoy your reports. :thumleft:
Thanks for giving us insight into your world!

I traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan aka Cereal City yesterday.  Nicknamed Cereal City because the 2 largest cereal corporations in our country are located there, Kellogg's Cereal Co. and Post Cereal Co.  Kellogg's began by accident back in the 1800's when the founder and his brother accidentally flaked wheat berry.  That led to the ability to flake corn wheat and the rest is history.  The company has revenues of close to $15 billion usd per year while net income is around $2 billion usd per year.

A little reading about each, if you wish, Sir Oubones:

Kellogg's-

https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/who-we-are/our-history.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellogg%27s

Post-

https://www.postconsumerbrands.com/timeline/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Consumer_Brands
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 08:27:57 am
I'm a bit looney sometimes myself, Madam Ri, sounds better than Miss RI misery  :biggrin:

Aren't we all  >:D And at the end of a long, tiring and trying day, Ms Ri is exactly what I feel :lol8:


There is a breeding pair in Zevenwacht, just over the hill from where I live, and I often hear their calls. Not as eerily beautiful as the loon (and vaguely similar to wolf howl), but also striking.

Very cool.  Thanks for sharing.  Beautiful eagle.

I'm only responding to fill up the page, see? So you can continue your report :biggrin:

The fish eagle is huge! A young one sadly drowned in a dam on my brother-in-law's farm in the Northern Cape, and he'd thrown it over a nearby bush. I went to have a look, and grabbing it by the talons, holding it waist height, it's head almost touched the ground, and it wasn't even fully grown :o

Heartbreaking to see such a majestic animal dead  :'(

I have seen Bald Eagles up close.  It is difficult to grasp just how long their wingspans and how large the talons.  Majestic animals.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 06, 2018, 08:44:21 am
Ok that page is now filled, why are we waiting? :peepwall: :pot:
I enjoy your reports. :thumleft:
Thanks for giving us insight into your world!

I traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan aka Cereal City yesterday.  Nicknamed Cereal City because the 2 largest cereal corporations in our country are located there, Kellogg's Cereal Co. and Post Cereal Co.  Kellogg's began by accident back in the 1800's when the founder and his brother accidentally flaked wheat berry.  That led to the ability to flake corn wheat and the rest is history.  The company has revenues of close to $15 billion usd per year while net income is around $2 billion usd per year.

A little reading about each, if you wish, Sir Oubones:

Kellogg's-

https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/who-we-are/our-history.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellogg%27s

Post-

https://www.postconsumerbrands.com/timeline/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Consumer_Brands
Yip Kellogs is one off the examples of being good and being successful!
Only one thing wrong there, I eat weetbix :imaposer: :pot:
Very interesting though, time for you to travel now! :thumleft: :sip:
I have my Coffee and Weetbix.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 09:09:52 am
From Port Dolomite, Michigan, I continued riding east toward Les Cheneaux Islands.  On the way I stopped to photograph the northern shores of Lake Huron, at a roadside park.

As you can see, the sun is just coming up, its rays sending some much needed warmth to my body.  I found this spot to be spectacular.  Eerily quiet, just the sound a few birds flying around in the pine trees nearby.  I sat on the park bench without a care in the world, basking in natures glory, taking it all in.  Watching the calm breeze move the lovely colorful flowers with such fluidity.  Feeling grateful for life and the ability to ride a motorbike to faraway places. 

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Is there a better way to travel?  The ability to fly like a bird through the crisp cool air, smelling the pine forests that seem endless, seeing all the beauty to the sides, above, front with no walls or glass obstructing my view, keeping a light grasp on the handlebars, feeling the road through my hands and feet, while hearing the engine produce its internal combustion symphony.  All 5 senses working with perfect continuity, brain flooded with serotonin, heartbeat gets faster with a tug on the throttle. 

Glorious feeling it is, right WildDogs?  Yeah, that's what I'm thinking on that little bench next to the magnificent body of water before my eyes.

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A lone island in the distance.  Wondering how nature can withstand the violent storms with massive waves these vast bodies of water can produce. 

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The beautiful blue waters formed millennia ago by massive polar ice melting.  A sailboat in the distance, simply propelled by wind, moves across the blue horizon.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 09:15:47 am
Ok that page is now filled, why are we waiting? :peepwall: :pot:
I enjoy your reports. :thumleft:
Thanks for giving us insight into your world!

I traveled to Battle Creek, Michigan aka Cereal City yesterday.  Nicknamed Cereal City because the 2 largest cereal corporations in our country are located there, Kellogg's Cereal Co. and Post Cereal Co.  Kellogg's began by accident back in the 1800's when the founder and his brother accidentally flaked wheat berry.  That led to the ability to flake corn wheat and the rest is history.  The company has revenues of close to $15 billion usd per year while net income is around $2 billion usd per year.

A little reading about each, if you wish, Sir Oubones:

Kellogg's-

https://www.kelloggs.com/en_US/who-we-are/our-history.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kellogg%27s

Post-

https://www.postconsumerbrands.com/timeline/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Post_Consumer_Brands
Yip Kellogs is one off the examples of being good and being successful!
Only one thing wrong there, I eat weetbix :imaposer: :pot:
Very interesting though, time for you to travel now! :thumleft: :sip:
I have my Coffee and Weetbix.

Coffee sounds good.  Now, I must go to the kitchen, brew a pot, heat a little cream, and add a splash of Kentucky Bourbon to get my day started off right  ;) :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 11:19:50 am
Okay, where was I?  Yes, carry on with the reporting.

From the roadside park, I continued east via M-134 to the Les Cheneaux Islands.

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Nice signage adjacent to the road, welcoming visitors to such a beautiful area.  Appears the sign has lost an 'O'.


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Aerial G map view.

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Sky view.  Pics borrowed from the net.

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Les Cheneaux Islands

 (French: "The Channels") are a group of small islands, some inhabited, along 12 miles of Lake Huron shoreline on the southeastern tip of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the United States. The name is French for "the Channels", noting the many channels between the islands in the group. They are about 30 miles northeast of Mackinac Island and about 35 miles south of Sault Ste. Marie. The islands are a popular resort and boating and kayaking area. The nearby communities of Hessel and Cedarville on the mainland offer marinas, camping, lodging, restaurants, and shopping. The Les Chenaux Islands Antique Boat Show & Festival of the Arts has been held on the second Saturday of each August since 1976 in Hessel. It is the world's largest antique wooden boat show.

Les Cheneaux Ensign Class: Fleet 31

The Les Cheneaux Islands are home to Fleet 31 of the Ensign Class. The fleet sails out of the Les Cheneaux Yacht Club  located on Marquette Island. It is the largest fleet of ensigns worldwide, featuring 64 boats sailing as of summer 2008. Fleet 31 hosted the 2008 Ensign Class Region V Championships on July 10–12, 2008. Fleet 31 was selected by the Ensign Class Association to host the National Ensign Regatta in 2010.



Origin of Les Cheneaux Island Names

Alligator Island
From its shape, also known as Echo Island.

Bear Island
Origin of name unknown — probably on account of some early adventure of a hunter with a bear.

Birch Island
From a former dense growth of birch trees on this island.

Boot Island
From its shape.

Coryell Island
From W. H. Coryell, owner, an early pioneer and homesteader.

Dollar Island
From the fact that it was first bought at government sale at that price.

Dot Island
From its small size and circular shape, ad-joins St. Ledger’s Island.

East Entrance
One of the three channels navigable for large boats, east of Boot Island. The other two are Middle Entrance and West Entrance.

Echo Island
Opposite Club Point, so named by early Les Cheneaux club members by reason of the echo heard from the club house grounds before a fire destroyed part of the timber, known also as Alligator Island on account of its shape.

Goose Island
So called as early as 1784, — probably from the abundance there at one time of wild geese. Formerly known as “Isle aux Outardes” — an early French name for Goose Island that likely references the former “Point Aux Outardes,” near Hessel, mentioned by Henry R. Schoolcraft, in an account of his September 1825 voyage from Mackinac Island to Sault Ste. Marie in “Thirty Years with the Indian Tribes.” Schoolcraft was stormbound in the Les Cheneaux Islands, on a point he called “Outard” (possibly Point Brulee or Fuyards), and he wrote a poem about the experience entitled “Outard Point.”

Fenlon’s Island
Opposite Hessel – from Mr. Edward P. Fenlon, present owner, son of the pioneer of the same name. Known also as Haven Island.

Grover’s Island
From Frank R. Grovcr, who obtained the patent from the government, — same as Grover and Wheeler’s Island, and so appearing on the government map.

Government Island
Same as “Island No. 6.” Owned and used by the United States in the construction of Spectacle Reef and Martin Reef lighthouses, as well as the quarrying of rock for lighthouse purposes. Name of “Government Dock” (a former dock) on the east side of this island same origin. Here the rock for Spectacle Reef lighthouse was quarried and shipped, while parts of the lighthouses were constructed on the island. On the government map of the land surveys of 1840-46 appears the notation “Island No. 6 permanently reserved for lighthouse purposes.” Government Island is now part of the Hiawatha National Forest, and is used for recreation and is completely open to the public.

Haven Island
Opposite Hessel, formerly known as Fenlon’s Island.

Hill’s Island
From Mason Hill. (also Hill Island)

Islands Number
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 — so named upon maps of government surveys (of 1840 and 1845), as one informant says, “when the surveyors ran out of names.”

“Kee-way-din” Island
(The Home of the’ North West Wind) — from Hiawatha, same as Rogers Island:

Lake Huron
From the Huron Indian nation: called also by Champlain “Mer Douce” (freshwater sea): Shown on Hennepin’s map as “Lake Huron or Karegnondi,” the latter designation the Indian name in 1679 according to Hennepin; known also by very early writers as “Lake Orleans.”

Little Island
Near St. Ledger Island, former property of Mrs. Nathalie Buchanan, of Louisville, Kentucky.

La Salle and Little La Salle Islands
From the explorer, date first so called unknown, probably from very early
times. Outline (but not name) shown on Jesuit maps of 1 6707 1. The larger one of the two islands designated upon the maps of government survey of 1840 and 1845 as ‘”La Salle Island.”

Lone Susan Island
From Susan Gesish, an Indian woman who camped there. Name first given by Capt. C. K.
Brandon of Detroit, former Vice-President of Les Cheneaux Club, one of its most respected members, now deceased, who built the first cottage at Club Point, and was a charter member of Les Cheneaux Club.

Long Island
From its shape, known also as Seiberling’s from its former owner, Mr. Frank A. Seiberling, of Akron, Ohio. Its original name is “Isle Cauk-gb-nah-gwah” an Ojibway name for the fish commonly known as the bull Head, as the outline of this island closely resembles the shape of that fish, and the bay at southerly end of the island representing the open mouth of the fish.

Marquette Island
From Father Marquette, date first so called unknown, but quite accurately designated (but not by name) on maps drawn by Father Marquette himself in 1670 and 1673, designated upon maps of U. S. land surveys of 1840 and 1845 as “Marquette Isle.” Now home of the Aldo Leopold Preserve, named for the renowned naturalist who spent his summers here as a boy.

Middle Entrance
One of the three channels navigable for large boats and located between Marquette and Little LaSalle Islands.

Pollock’s Island
A small reef due north of Club Point— from John Pollock, a former Les Cheneaux Club caretaker and marshal, owner of an adjacent farm on the mainland, who claims title by right of first discovery and possession (in a year of low water).

Roger’s Island
From its owner, Mr. James H. Rogers, of Cleveland, Ohio; same as “Kee-way-din” Island.

Rover Island
Origin unknown.

St. Ledger Island
From Michel Saint Ledger, a fisherman, so named by first Les Cheneaux Club officers as a compliment to St. Ledger.

West Entrance
One of the three channels navigable for large boats, between Point Brulee and Coats Point.

White Loon Island
Near and adjoining Saint Ledger’s Island, formerly the property of Mrs. Nathalie Buchanan, of Louisville, Ky.



The island chain forms many bays, harbors, and inland lakes, including:



Can you remember all these island, bays, lakes, and harbors?  There will be a quiz at the end of the report.  Anyone that can recite all the Les Cheneaux island, bay, lake and harbor names will be provided an all expense paid fine dining experience with me at Wimpy's when I visit South Africa. 





I stopped for a little break at a museum to view a collection of old shipping, dredging, and sailing relics.  Per the story of my life, it was not open yet.  Oh well, I'll enjoy what they have on display outside and not have to deal with any tourists. 

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Buoys.  I was thinking about how much beer one of these could hold.

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My what a big chain you have anchor.  I hear that a lot  :laughing7:  :peepwall:

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An old lifeboat on display?  I don't know for sure.

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I stood there admiring this contraption.  Scratching my head really, could not for the life of me figure out why they would need such a large propeller to power a wooden pole through water.  And just look at the clearance between the bore and the output shaft,  Not very tight tolerances if you ask me.  Certainly much room for improvement.

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And flying proudly, Old Glory, Michigan State Flag, and the flag representing our beloved neighbors to the north, Canada.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: BMWPE on January 06, 2018, 11:54:36 am
Can you remember all these island, bays, lakes, and harbors?  There will be a quiz at the end of the report.  Anyone that can recite all the Les Cheneaux island, bay, lake and harbor names will be provided an all expense paid fine dining experience with me at Wimpy's when I visit South Africa. 


 :laughing4: :laughing4: :laughing4:

Fine dining at Wimpy      :laughing4:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 08:48:49 pm
Can you remember all these island, bays, lakes, and harbors?  There will be a quiz at the end of the report.  Anyone that can recite all the Les Cheneaux island, bay, lake and harbor names will be provided an all expense paid fine dining experience with me at Wimpy's when I visit South Africa. 


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Fine dining at Wimpy      :laughing4:

 :lol8:  I'm cheap, what can I say  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 06, 2018, 09:13:11 pm
Question time.
BO, do you know Spur Steak Ranches?
Levi from USA did not know them at all.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 06, 2018, 10:28:19 pm
Question time.
BO, do you know Spur Steak Ranches?
Levi from USA did not know them at all.

Never heard of them.

When WD's say met at the Spur, is that what restaurant they are talking about?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 06, 2018, 10:40:18 pm
Question time.
BO, do you know Spur Steak Ranches?
Levi from USA did not know them at all.
Oubones the Spur is a SA franchise not US at all. There is none in the US. :deal:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur_Steak_Ranches
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 06, 2018, 11:40:55 pm
Chris, that is what Levi said.
I was just not sure if it was not just in his area.
He was fascinated by the whole Indian and feathers theme.
BO, yes it is a common gathering or meeting place.
There was a big issue due to racism a while ago, but it seems to have died down.
One of my protégés is now married to a very senior guy in the Spur group and the whole thing was a bit of an unnessary issue.
It is like McDonalds, same menu, same food at any outlet.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on January 07, 2018, 03:21:37 am
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Which Canuck came up with the name Cockburn for an island??

It was the middle son of the Lieutenant Governor Gordon Drummond who first dabbled outside the lines...

Seems the young Peter Drummond had the hots for the youngest daughter of the Ojibwe Chief.(they met at a soiree in the honor of the Chief's third wife) Young Peter was discovered dipping his wick in the young lady's fountain. Of course this was still frowned upon in those dark days, and to prevent a diplomatic conflagaration the young Peter was banished to Porter Island across the way.

Unfortunately after a day or three it came to pass that  young master Peter found another stirring in his loins. However this time it wasn't for the lust of the gorgeous young Ojibwe maiden, it was from a dose of the clap she had given him. Young Peter wasn't the first, or the last, it would seem.

Daddy Dearest dispatched his surgeon across the waters to attend to the issue at hand, and upon his arrival at the camp where the young Peter had pitched his tent the surgeon discovered the young Peter lying in the frigid waters, his itching and burning member being soothed by the water.

When the surgeon arrived back at the Governor's residence, he related the tale with much mirth to Gordon, who fell to the floor he was laughing so much.

And hence, ever since, Porter island was known as Cockburn Island.  :sip: :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 07, 2018, 07:29:20 am
It is like McDonalds, same menu, same food at any outlet.

Beg to differ. The only thing I'd eat from a McDonalds menu is sno-conetm, fries or breakfast bun with hash brown.

The Spur decor, menu and all-waiters-aboard raucous birthday song are the same all over, but quality depends very much on management, as noted in the Spur thread on this very forum.  :deal:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 07, 2018, 10:25:31 am
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Which Canuck came up with the name Cockburn for an island??

It was the middle son of the Lieutenant Governor Gordon Drummond who first dabbled outside the lines...

Seems the young Peter Drummond had the hots for the youngest daughter of the Ojibwe Chief.(they met at a soiree in the honor of the Chief's third wife) Young Peter was discovered dipping his wick in the young lady's fountain. Of course this was still frowned upon in those dark days, and to prevent a diplomatic conflagaration the young Peter was banished to Porter Island across the way.

Unfortunately after a day or three it came to pass that  young master Peter found another stirring in his loins. However this time it wasn't for the lust of the gorgeous young Ojibwe maiden, it was from a dose of the clap she had given him. Young Peter wasn't the first, or the last, it would seem.

Daddy Dearest dispatched his surgeon across the waters to attend to the issue at hand, and upon his arrival at the camp where the young Peter had pitched his tent the surgeon discovered the young Peter lying in the frigid waters, his itching and burning member being soothed by the water.

When the surgeon arrived back at the Governor's residence, he related the tale with much mirth to Gordon, who fell to the floor he was laughing so much.

And hence, ever since, Porter island was known as Cockburn Island.  :sip: :biggrin:

 :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 07, 2018, 12:05:33 pm

Okay, where did I leave off.  Oh yes, Les Cheneaux Islands.  I mounted my Austrian steed and made my way to Cedarville, the main village of where Les Cheneaux island residents go for goods n services.

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I'd read of a fabulous museum with antique vessels I wanted to visit.  I found the museum fairly easily.  I was pumped, I read the museum had free admission.  I like free!!

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Though, it was not to be.  Per the norm, the story of my life, the museum was closed.  I was too early.   :BangHead:

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Oh well, time to move on in life.  I continued West towards Ponchatrain Shores, leaving the magnificent beauty of the Lake Huron shoreline, to the magnificent beauty of the Lake Michigan shoreline.  If you'll recall earlier in this report, Lake Huron and Lake Michigan are separated by the Straits of Mackinac, where the Mackinac bridge is located separating the Lower Peninsula and Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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Continuing west on US2, I found this Michigan Historical Site sign.

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Along the way, a few pics of the beautiful Lake Michigan shoreline. 

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A pit stop at one of my favorite roadside rest areas with bathroom facilities in the Upper Peninsula.  I enjoy the log cabin design.

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It was time for brek, I was famished having only had the big mug of coffee and some powdered mini donuts thus far that morning.  I decided it was time to stop n eat, so I chose my favorite breakfast spot in Manistique, MI, the 3 Seasons Cafe.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: OomD on January 07, 2018, 02:33:27 pm
That lake is huge! Damn...
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 07, 2018, 03:06:42 pm
Interesting, I nearly built my house with logs as I also like the atmosphere it creates.
Those stone walls in the other pic, is that cladded or stone walls?
In SA it was a big craze to clad existing walls with rock,stone or brick finishes.
In the eastern part of the old Transvaal there are some old farmhouses that have very thick stone walls.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 07, 2018, 03:21:53 pm
Question time.
BO, do you know Spur Steak Ranches?
Levi from USA did not know them at all.
Oubones the Spur is a SA franchise not US at all. There is none in the US. :deal:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur_Steak_Ranches
not so quick! had lunch at lone spur cafe in durango this week. as close to the original spur in rsa as you will find. with matching seat covers. slightly more authentic than spur itself!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: XRRX on January 07, 2018, 04:32:06 pm
Very interesting Big Oil - thanks!! Bringing us some real American images and facts, and not just those spruced-up media publicity nonsense ...
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 07, 2018, 09:15:12 pm
That lake is huge! Damn...

I have some facts coming up soon about Lake Michigan, stay tuned  :thumleft:  But yes, it is enormous.

The 5 Great Lakes of North America. 

One can sail from either to the Atlantic ocean via the St. Lawrence River.

Largest group of freshwater lakes on Earth by surface area = 244,106 KM2.

Combined, the 5 GL's hold 21% of the worlds surface freshwater = 22,671 KM3.

1.  Lake Superior
2.  Lake Michigan
3.  Lake Huron
4.  Lake Erie
5.  Lake Ontario

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 07, 2018, 09:22:40 pm
Interesting, I nearly built my house with logs as I also like the atmosphere it creates.
Those stone walls in the other pic, is that cladded or stone walls?
In SA it was a big craze to clad existing walls with rock,stone or brick finishes.
In the eastern part of the old Transvaal there are some old farmhouses that have very thick stone walls.

The 3 Season Cafe with the magenta colored trim is stone affixed to an existing wall.

The Les Cheneaux Museum is old school log home construction with concrete cinching in between.  There are people who still choose to have their log homes built this way, though now, they normally put insulating foam in between the logs and then cinch concrete over the foam.

The road side rest area log home is tongue n groove log construction.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on January 08, 2018, 07:23:33 am
Thanks for sharing AGAIN... :thumleft:

What is amazing is how CLEAN everything looks.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 11:44:53 am
Thanks for sharing AGAIN... :thumleft:

What is amazing is how CLEAN everything looks.

My pleasure  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 12:11:15 pm
After getting my belly full at 3 Seasons Cafe, I decided to ride across the street to the Lake Michigan shoreline to grab a few pics and let my food settle. 

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I found a nice lighthouse to photograph.  A woman in the foreground enjoying the view.

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Lake Michigan

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Lake Michigan

is one of the five Great Lakes of North America and the only one located entirely within the United States. The other four Great Lakes are shared by the U.S. and Canada. It is the second-largest of the Great Lakes by volume and the third-largest by surface area, after Lake Superior and Lake Huron (and is slightly smaller than the U.S. state of West Virginia). To the east, its basin is conjoined with that of Lake Huron through the wide Straits of Mackinac, giving it the same surface elevation as its easterly counterpart; the two are technically a single lake.  Lake Michigan is shared, from west to east, by the U.S. states of Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, and Michigan. Ports along its shores include Chicago; Milwaukee; Green Bay, Wisconsin; Gary, Indiana; and Muskegon, Michigan. The word "Michigan" originally referred to the lake itself, and is believed to come from the Ojibwe word michi-gami meaning "great water".



History

Some of the earliest human inhabitants of the Lake Michigan region were the Hopewell Indians. Their culture declined after 800 AD, and for the next few hundred years, the region was the home of peoples known as the Late Woodland Indians. In the early 17th century, when western European explorers made their first forays into the region, they encountered descendants of the Late Woodland Indians: the Chippewa; Menominee; Sauk; Fox; Winnebago; Miami; Ottawa; and Potawatomi. The French explorer Jean Nicolet is believed to have been the first European to reach Lake Michigan, possibly in 1634 or 1638.  In the earliest European maps of the region, the name of Lake Illinois has been found in addition to that of "Michigan", named for the Illinois Confederation of tribes.

Lake Michigan is joined via the narrow, open-water Straits of Mackinac with Lake Huron, and the combined body of water is sometimes called Michigan–Huron (also Huron–Michigan). The Straits of Mackinac were an important Native American and fur trade route. Located on the southern side of the Straits is the town of Mackinaw City, Michigan, the site of Fort Michilimackinac, a reconstructed French fort founded in 1715, and on the northern side is St. Ignace, Michigan, site of a French Catholic mission to the Indians, founded in 1671. In 1673, Jacques Marquette, Louis Joliet and their crew of five Métis voyageurs followed Lake Michigan to Green Bay and up the Fox River, nearly to its headwaters, in their search for the Mississippi River, cf. Fox–Wisconsin Waterway. The eastern end of the Straits was controlled by Fort Mackinac on Mackinac Island, a British colonial and early American military base and fur trade center, founded in 1781.

With the advent of European exploration into the area in the late 17th century, Lake Michigan became part of a line of waterways leading from the Saint Lawrence River to the Mississippi River and thence to the Gulf of Mexico.  French coureurs des bois and voyageurs established small ports and trading communities, such as Green Bay, on the lake during the late 17th and early 18th centuries.

In the 19th century, Lake Michigan played a major role in the development of Chicago and the Midwestern United States west of the lake. For example, 90% of the grain shipped from Chicago traveled east over Lake Michigan during the antebellum years, and only rarely falling below 50% after the Civil War and the major expansion of railroad shipping.

The first person to reach the deep bottom of Lake Michigan was J. Val Klump, a scientist at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee. Klump reached the bottom via submersible as part of a 1985 research expedition.

In 2007, a row of stones paralleling an ancient shoreline was discovered by Mark Holley, professor of underwater archeology at Northwestern Michigan College. This formation lies 40 feet (12 m) below the surface of the lake. One of the stones is said to have a carving resembling a mastodon. So far the formation has not been authenticated



Geography

Lake Michigan is the only one of the Great Lakes wholly within the borders of the United States; the others are shared with Canada.  It lies in the region known as the American Midwest.



Statistics and bathymetry

Lake Michigan has a surface area of 22,404 sq.mi (58,026 km2); (13,237 square miles, 34,284 km2 lying in Michigan state,  7,358 square miles, 19,056 km2 in Wisconsin, 234 square miles, 606 km2 in Indiana, & 1,576 square miles, 4,079 km2 in Illinois) making it the largest lake entirely within one country by surface area (Lake Baikal, in Russia, is larger by water volume), and the fifth-largest lake in the world. It is the larger half of Lake Michigan–Huron, which is the largest body of fresh water in the world by surface area. It is 307 miles (494 km) long by 118 miles (190 km) wide with a shoreline 1,640 miles (2,640 km) long. The lake's average depth is 46 fathoms 3 feet (279 ft; 85 m), while its greatest depth is 153 fathoms 5 feet (923 ft; 281 m).  It contains a volume of 1,180 cubic miles (4,918 km³) of water. Green Bay in the northwest is its largest bay. Grand Traverse Bay in its northeast is another large bay. Its deepest region, which lies in its northern-half, is called Chippewa Basin (named after prehistoric Lake Chippewa) and is separated from South Chippewa Basin, by a relatively shallower area called the Mid Lake Plateau.




Cities

Twelve million people live along Lake Michigan's shores, mainly in the Chicago and Milwaukee metropolitan areas. The economy of many communities in northern Michigan and Door County, Wisconsin is supported by tourism, with large seasonal populations attracted by the beauty and recreational opportunities offered by Lake Michigan.[citation needed] Seasonal residents often have summer homes along the waterfront and return home for the winter. The southern tip of the lake near Gary, Indiana is heavily industrialized.




Connection to ocean and open water

The Saint Lawrence Seaway and Great Lakes Waterway opened the Great Lakes to ocean-going vessels. Wider ocean-going container ships do not fit through the locks on these routes, and thus shipping is limited on the lakes. Despite their vast size, large sections of the Great Lakes freeze in winter, interrupting most shipping. Some icebreakers ply the lakes.

The Great Lakes are also connected by the Illinois Waterway to the Gulf of Mexico via the Illinois River (from Chicago) and the Mississippi River. An alternate track is via the Illinois River (from Chicago), to the Mississippi, up the Ohio, and then through the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway (combination of a series of rivers and lakes and canals), to Mobile Bay and the Gulf. Commercial tug-and-barge traffic on these waterways is heavy.

Pleasure boats can also enter or exit the Great Lakes by way of the Erie Canal and Hudson River in New York. The Erie Canal connects to the Great Lakes at the east end of Lake Erie (at Buffalo, NY) and at the south side of Lake Ontario (at Oswego, NY).




Beaches

Lake Michigan has many beaches. The region is often referred to as the "Third Coast"  of the United States, after those of the Atlantic Ocean and the Pacific Ocean. The sand is often soft and off-white, known as "singing sands" because of the squeaking noise (caused by high quartz content) it emits when walked upon. Some beaches have sand dunes covered in green beach grass and sand cherries, and the water is usually clear and cool, between 55 and 80 °F (13 and 27 °C),  even in the late summer months. However, because prevailing westerly winds tend to move the surface water toward the east, there is a flow of warmer water to the Michigan shore in the summer.

The sand dunes located on the east shore of Lake Michigan are the largest freshwater dune system in the world. In fact, in multiple locations along the shoreline, the dunes rise several hundred feet above the lake surface. Large dune formations can be seen in many state parks, national forests and national parks along the Indiana and Michigan shoreline. Some of the most expansive and unique dune formations can be found at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Saugatuck Dunes State Park, Warren Dunes State Park, Hoffmaster State Park, Silver Lake State Park, Ludington State Park, and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Small dune formations can be found on the western shore of Lake Michigan at Illinois Beach State Park and moderate sized dune formations can be found in Kohler-Andrae State Park and Point Beach State Forest in Wisconsin. A large dune formation can be found in Whitefish Dunes State Park in Wisconsin in the Door Peninsula. Lake Michigan beaches in Northern Michigan are the only place in the world, aside from a few inland lakes in that region, where one can find Petoskey stones, the state stone.[citation needed]

The beaches of the western coast and the northernmost part of the east coast are often rocky, with some sandy beaches due to local conditions; while the southern and eastern beaches are typically sandy and dune-covered. This is partly because of the prevailing winds from the west (which also cause thick layers of ice to build on the eastern shore in winter).

The Chicago city waterfront is composed of parks, beaches, harbors and marinas, and residential developments connected by the Chicago Lakefront Trail. Where there are no beaches or marinas, stone or concrete revetments protect the shoreline from erosion. The Chicago lakefront is quite walkable; it is possible to stroll past parks, beaches, and marinas for about 24 miles (39 km) between the city's southern and northern limits along the lake.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 12:26:55 pm
Lake Michigan cont'd

Ferries

Two passenger and vehicle ferries operate ferry services on Lake Michigan, both connecting Wisconsin on the western shore with Michigan on the east. From May to October, the historic steam ship, SS Badger, operates daily between Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and Ludington, Michigan,  connecting U.S. Highway 10 between the two cities. The Lake Express, established in 2004, carries passengers and vehicles across the lake between Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and Muskegon, Michigan.




Hydrology

The Milwaukee Reef, running under Lake Michigan from a point between Milwaukee and Racine to a point between Grand Haven and Muskegon, divides the lake into northern and southern basins. Each basin has a clockwise flow of water, deriving from rivers, winds, and the Coriolis effect. Prevailing westerly winds tend to move the surface water toward the east, producing a moderating effect on the climate of western Michigan. There is a mean difference in summer temperatures of 5 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit (2 to 5 degrees Celsius) between the Wisconsin and Michigan shores.

Hydrologically Michigan and Huron are the same body of water (sometimes called Lake Michigan-Huron), but are normally considered distinct. Counted together, it is the largest body of fresh water in the world by surface area. The Mackinac Bridge is generally considered the dividing line between them. Both lakes are part of the Great Lakes Waterway.

Historic High Water

The lake fluctuates from month to month, with the highest lake levels typically experienced in the summer. The normal high-water mark is 2.00 feet (0.61 m) above datum 577.5 ft (176.0 m). In the summer of 1986, Lakes Michigan and Huron reached their highest level during the period during which records have been kept, at 5.92 ft (1.80 m) above datum. The high water records began in February 1986 and lasted through the year, ending with January 1987. Water levels ranged from 3.67 ft (1.12 m) to 5.92 feet (1.80 m) above Chart Datum.  On February 21, 1986, the waters neared the all-time maximum for the period during which records have been kept.

Historic Low Water

Lake levels tend to be the lowest in winter. The normal low water mark is 1.00 foot (0.30 m) below datum 577.5 ft (176.0 m). In the winter of 1964, Lakes Michigan and Huron reached their lowest level at 1.38 feet (0.42 m) below datum.  As with the highwater records, monthly low water records were set each month from February 1964 through January 1965. During this twelve-month period water levels ranged from 1.38 feet (0.42 m) to 0.71 feet (0.22 m) below Chart Datum.
In January 2013, Lake Michigan's monthly mean water levels dipped to an all-time low of 576.2 ft (175.6 m),  reaching their lowest ebb since record keeping began in 1918. The lakes were 29 in (0.74 m) below their long-term average and had declined 17 inches since January 2012.[30] Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' district office in Detroit, explained that biggest factors leading to the lower water levels in 2013 were a combination of the "lack of a large snowpack" in the winter of 2011/2012 coupled with very hot and dry conditions in the summer of 2012.




Drinking water


Lake Michigan, like the other Great Lakes, supplies drinking water to millions of people in bordering areas. The lakes are collectively administered by the state and provincial governments adjacent to them pursuant to the Great Lakes Compact.

Environmental problems can still plague the lake. Steel mills and refineries operate near the Indiana shoreline. The Chicago Tribune reported that BP is a major polluter, dumping thousands of pounds of raw sludge into the lake every day from its Whiting, Indiana, oil refinery.  In March 2014 BP's Whiting refinery was responsible for spilling more than 1,600 US gallons (6,100 l) of oil into the lake.   :angry4: :angry5: :angry4: :angry5:




Fishing

Lake Michigan is home to a wide variety of fish species and other organisms. It was originally home to lake whitefish, lake trout, yellow perch, panfish, largemouth bass, smallmouth bass and bowfin, as well as some species of catfish. As a result of improvements to the Welland Canal in 1919, an invasion of sea lampreys and overharvesting, there has been a decline in native lake trout populations, ultimately causing an increase in the population of another invasive species, the alewife. As a result, salmonids, including various strains of brown trout, steelhead (rainbow trout), coho and chinook salmon, were introduced as predators in order to decrease the alewife population. This program was so successful that the introduced population of trout and salmon exploded, resulting in the creation of a large sport fishery for these introduced species. Lake Michigan is now stocked annually with steelhead, brown trout, and coho and chinook salmon, which have also begun natural reproduction in some Lake Michigan tributaries. However, several introduced invasive species, such as lampreys, round goby, zebra mussels and quagga mussels, continue to cause major changes in water clarity and fertility, resulting in knock-on changes to Lake Michigan's ecosystem, threatening the vitality of native fish populations.   :angry4: :angry5: :angry4: :angry5:


Commercial fisheries

Fisheries in inland waters of the United States are small compared to marine fisheries. The largest fisheries are the landings from the Great Lakes, worth about $13 million in 2003.  Michigan’s commercial fishery today consists mainly of 150 tribe-licensed commercial fishing operations through the Chippewa-Ottawa Resource Authority (CORA) and tribes belonging to the Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission (GLIFWC), which harvest 50 percent of the Great Lakes commercial catch in Michigan waters, and 45 state-licensed commercial fishing enterprises. The prime commercial species is the lake whitefish (Coregonus clupeaformis). The annual harvest declined from an average of 11 million pounds (5,000,000 kg) from 1981 through to 1999 to more recent annual harvests of 8 to 9.5 million pounds (3,600,000 to 4,300,000 kg). The price for lake whitefish dropped from $1.04/lb. to as low as $.40/lb during periods of high production.

Sports fishing

Sports fishing includes salmon, whitefish, smelt, lake trout and walleye being major catches. In the late 1960s, successful stocking programs for Pacific salmon led to the development of Lake Michigan’s charter fishing industry.




Shipping

Like all of the Great Lakes, Lake Michigan is today used as a major mode of transport for bulk goods. In 2002, 162 million net tons of dry bulk cargo were moved via the Lakes. This was, in order of volume: iron ore, grain and potash. The iron ore and much of the stone and coal are used in the steel industry. There is also some shipping of liquid and containerized cargo, but most container vessels cannot pass the locks on the Saint Lawrence Seaway because the ships are too wide. The total amount of shipping on the lakes has been on a downward trend for several years.

Port of Chicago

The Port of Chicago, operated by the Illinois International Port District, has grain (14 million bushels) and bulk liquid (800,000 barrels) storage facilities along Lake Calumet. The central element of the Port District, Calumet Harbor, is maintained by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.




Tourism and recreation

Tourism and recreation are major industries on all of the Great Lakes:

A few small cruise ships operate on Lake Michigan, including a couple of sailing ships.

Many other water sports are practiced on the lakes, such as yachting, sea kayaking, diving, kitesurfing and lake surfing.

The Great Lakes Circle Tour, a designated scenic road system, connects all of the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River.
 
Great Lakes passenger steamers have been operating since the mid-1800s. Several ferries currently operate on the Great Lakes to carry passengers to various islands, including Beaver Island and Bois Blanc Island (Michigan). Currently, two car ferry services traverse Lake Michigan from around April to November: the SS Badger, a steamer from Ludington, Michigan, to Manitowoc, Wisconsin, and the Lake Express, a high speed catamaran from Milwaukee to Muskegon, Michigan.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 12:53:42 pm
From the lighthouse, I continued west from Manistique via US-2.  I had a couple villages to check off my list for our local school's summer challenge = Garden and Garden Corners, so I headed south southwest from US-2.

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During this time, I saw hundreds of wind generators and thousands of yard signs in favor and against such turbines.  I have not ever spent much time around them, though according to the locals against wind turbines, they create too much noise and kill many birds throughout the year.  Of course the land owners that are receiving payment for said turbines are in favor.  Apparently this area of Michigan is a hotbed for controversy surrounding wind power generation.

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Heading north back to US-2, I shot a couple of pics of Big Bay De Noc.

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There's more Tannin in the water in the bay versus the open waters of Lake Michigan.  Big Bay De Noc is a popular fishing destination in my state for anglers.  Walleye, Pike, and Perch are abundant in this bay.  I sat on the bench for awhile hydrating and resting, taking in the scenery and the wonderful cool breeze blowing across the bay.

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A pic of our famous pure freshwater.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 05:47:09 pm
After sitting on the bench for awhile on the shore of Big Bay De Noc, I continued west towards Escanaba, MI.  Decided it was time to find a camp or motel.  I ended up finding a cheap motel in Escanaba for 30 bucks.  As you can see on the map below, Escanaba is located on the western shoreline or Little Bay De Noc.

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Checked in, took a hot shower, then took a much needed early afternoon nap.  I awoke feeling nice and rested, so I thought I'd leave my luggage and go out for a nice afternoon to early evening ride.  Perhaps mark a few more villages off our school's summer challenge list.  I made it to Daggett, MI.

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After Daggett, I rode west to try and find a road to Norway, MI.  Ever come across a road that you've not ever ridden and it turns out to be nirvana?  That's what happened to me.  I had not ever been down in this area prior to this trip, so it was quite a treat to have discovered this long stretch of nothing but high speed wide sweeping curves.  Never met another car the whole stretch.  I was clipping along at 80-110 mph or 130-180 kph, only slowing for the tighter curves, for miles and miles.

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I was having so much fun, adrenaline pumping so hard, I had to stop to slow my heartbeat down some in fear of cardiac arrest.  I stopped at this wheat field for what turned out to be a zen like experience.  I don't know about you Dogs, but this field looked so peaceful and beautiful to me.  It was eerily quiet, felt like I was the only soul on earth.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 05:49:53 pm
Question time.
BO, do you know Spur Steak Ranches?
Levi from USA did not know them at all.
Oubones the Spur is a SA franchise not US at all. There is none in the US. :deal:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spur_Steak_Ranches
not so quick! had lunch at lone spur cafe in durango this week. as close to the original spur in rsa as you will find. with matching seat covers. slightly more authentic than spur itself!

Since it is legal in Colorado, did you smoke any wacky tobaccy during your stay?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 08, 2018, 05:50:25 pm
Very interesting Big Oil - thanks!! Bringing us some real American images and facts, and not just those spruced-up media publicity nonsense ...

My pleasure, Sir.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 08, 2018, 07:27:04 pm
 I stopped at this wheat field

Oats. :deal: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 08, 2018, 08:52:53 pm
I stopped at this wheat field

Oats. :deal: :thumleft:

 :laughing4:  Still sowing his
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 08, 2018, 11:22:41 pm
I stopped at this wheat field

Oats. :deal: :thumleft:

 :laughing4:  Still sowing his
No no Ri that is Wild Oats you dirty minded woman you!! :eek7: :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 09, 2018, 02:04:53 am
I stopped at this wheat field

Oats. :deal: :thumleft:

 :laughing4:  Still sowing his
No no Ri that is Wild Oats you dirty minded woman you!! :eek7: :lol8:

I'm not sure I'll ever stop sowing my wild oats  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 09, 2018, 02:16:06 am
After I was done riding Nirvana road, it was time for a break to gather my composure and allow my erection to subside.  I decided to stop at an Iron Mining museum to photograph Big John the iron miner.

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And learn about iron mining in the museum.  No way that's going to happen for me though, the museum and mine tour shop was closed.  No luck, I tell ya.

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No worries, I continued west towards Norway and decided it was time for some ice cold mountain spring water from The Norway Spring.

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The lowdown on The Norway Spring.

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And some lovely flowers planted near the spring.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: landieman on January 09, 2018, 06:12:45 am
wow,thanks for sharing BO,very cool place of the world that you live in  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 09, 2018, 03:48:24 pm
wow,thanks for sharing BO,very cool place of the world that you live in  :thumleft:

Thanks, landieman, several more days of riding to go and many more places to report on. 

Thanks for following :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 10, 2018, 01:48:25 am
After hydrating at the Norway Spring, I continued just a few miles west until I discovered Fumee Falls near Iron Mountain, Mi.  It was a nice feeling listening to the waterfall and reading about the history of the location.  How loved ones and town folk would gather there and be festive.  Drink, eat, occasionally fight, you know, fun stuff.

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Turned around and saw my KTM and thought man, this is a great bike, I was feeling very satisfied with my purchase so far, so I felt like photographing the big Katoom.

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I saw one last village in the southwest corner of the UP on our school's summer challenge list.  It was quite a ways further west, but I was feeling good, having fun, so I thought what the heck, I'll ride up to Alpha, MI and then ride all the way back to my room in Escanaba.  I'd rather ride than sit in the motel in the evening twittling my thumbs.  I arrived in Alpha in a little over an hour at a high rate of speed.  Kind of fitting that I'm riding the Alpha adventure touring bike  :peepwall: :pot: in a village named Alpha. 

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I looked up in the sky to the west and saw a huge thunderstorm moving in an easterly direction.  So, I hightailed it back to Escanaba at a high rate of speed.  It's funny how the weatherman can claim a thunderstorm is moving at 40 miles per hour and I'm riding at 80-100 mph and cannot outrun the storm.  I ended up having to ride through a deluge, but we have all been there, no big deal.

I arrived back at my motel after dark, wet, a little cold, so I took a hot shower and ate a few chunks of biltong for dinner and went to bed feeling accomplished for the day.  I covered a good amount of territory for the day at 744 kilometers.

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It is funny how life can be going so well one day and turn to shit the next day.  Well, that's what happened.  Tragedy reared its ugly head to me and the big powerful Katoom the very next day.

To be continued...............................
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on January 10, 2018, 03:49:11 am
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Rat Man on January 10, 2018, 07:34:04 am
Hi Big Oil, really enjoying this RR, thanks for going through all the detail :thumleft:
Keep it coming please
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 10, 2018, 03:06:31 pm
Hi Big Oil, really enjoying this RR, thanks for going through all the detail :thumleft:
Keep it coming please

My pleasure, Sir Rat Man  :thumleft:

Thank you for following.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 14, 2018, 11:22:00 pm
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 15, 2018, 05:16:26 am
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?
BO, he is making a biltong dryer so just maybe.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 15, 2018, 07:02:33 pm
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?
BO, he is making a biltong dryer so just maybe.

Yeah, I read that.  Looking forward to see his design.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on January 15, 2018, 07:41:29 pm
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?
BO, he is making a biltong dryer so just maybe.

Yeah, I read that.  Looking forward to see his design.
So do we have to wait for him to make biltong before you continue your trip? :ricky: :peepwall: :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 16, 2018, 02:38:49 am
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?
had some jerky on my trip! not the worst thing in the world but very sweet! seems as if the USA inject sugar into alot of things. picture this : in a sealed bag, postage stamp size squares of meat, very wet and sweet. tastes like very tough sweet ham squares. worth a try but landed back home 07:30 Friday and had a bag of the real deal by 9am I was so lus for it.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 17, 2018, 11:11:10 pm
So do we have to wait for him to make biltong before you continue your trip? :ricky: :peepwall: :sip:

Yes  :lol8:  I hope he sends me a batch.

I did receive a nice card from Mr. and Mrs. Zog and the Zog doggies.  Made my day.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 17, 2018, 11:13:54 pm
Please note that beef jerky is not biltong.

Not by the wildest stretch of the imagination....  :deal:



I am standing by waiting to read the next instalment  :thumleft:

I understand, I didn't know if the wonderful Saffers following my report had ever heard the terms 'Beef Jerky' so I substituted to help them understand. 

I've eaten both.  An old chap in a nearby town used to dry slabs of beef in a small building outside of his home.  It was delicious.

You can purchase real Biltong online in the USA but it is awfully expensive.  Biltong USA sells it for around 30 bucks per pound shipped.  Wally World .com sells Biltong for around 40 bucks per pound shipped.

New business for ya Zog?
had some jerky on my trip! not the worst thing in the world but very sweet! seems as if the USA inject sugar into alot of things. picture this : in a sealed bag, postage stamp size squares of meat, very wet and sweet. tastes like very tough sweet ham squares. worth a try but landed back home 07:30 Friday and had a bag of the real deal by 9am I was so lus for it.

Like most things, quality depends on who makes the jerky or where you buy it.  Jack Links store bought jerky is way different than a local butchers jerky.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 18, 2018, 09:02:10 am
Next morning I awoke late.  Didn't sleep well as there were some drunks or meth heads in the room next to me.  Sometimes it just doesn't pay to stay in the cheapest place in town.  This was the worst motel I'd stayed in since summer of 2016 at a roach motel in New Brunswick, Canada. 

Oh well, I fired up the jetboil and made a large mug of high octane mud.  Swallowed a few powdered donuts and got on the road around 11:00 am, disappointed in myself I'd slept in that long.  Destination; Gwinn, Michigan to go have a nice lunch at one of my favorite restaurants in the Upper Peninsula.

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A little after noon I arrived at the restaurant, it's named The UP North Lodge.  Famous for their BBQ Ribs.  I wasn't that hungry, so I just ordered a blue cheese n bacon hamburger and fries, I think yous call them chips.

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The UP North Lodge from the backside.

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While eating lunch, I noticed some White Tail Deer walking from the woods, so I grabbed my camera.  A little yearling spike (1 year old 2 point buck or male deer).

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And a yearling dough ( 1 year old female deer).  I spooked her when I walked out on the rear patio to get a closer shot.

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So she ran over to the woods to join her mates.

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Bye bye little deer, hope you find lots to eat so you get fat before winter.

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After lunch, I made my way north towards Ishpeming, Michigan.  I wanted to find a camp ground after last nights experience and just take a nap and relax.  On the way I found a rare sight, an above ground pipeline.

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Most probably don't like the site of such a pipeline, I love it.  Thank you John D. Rockefeller for coming up with such an idea to safely transport oil and gas.

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A few miles further north, I came to a lovely inland lake, so I stopped to grab a pic.

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Do you see the female moose?

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I found a state forest campground on my map, so I headed in that direction when tragedy struck me and my brand new week and a half old KTM 1290 SAR.







Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 18, 2018, 09:16:19 am
thanks! haha. yes we call them chips. i asked for chips with my burger at the lone spur, and they literally took a bag of crisps the kind in a packet and put it on my plate! they did give me fries anyway but they were soggy and miserable as far as fries go.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on January 18, 2018, 09:27:38 am
thanks! haha. yes we call them chips. i asked for chips with my burger at the lone spur, and they literally took a bag of crisps the kind in a packet and put it on my plate! they did give me fries anyway but they were soggy and miserable as far as fries go.

Yes, in the states, chips are potato chips, not french fries.

I love soggy greasy fries, perhaps my arteries don't love them, but oh well  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on January 18, 2018, 10:42:49 am
Interesting, though maybe not so surprising how true is the statement, "We are two nations, separated by a common language".  :deal:

Could be wrong, but I think that came from Winston Churchill.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: cocky on January 18, 2018, 11:13:45 am
@Mr BigOil,
 I have spent the past few hours pouring through your RR, to say that I'm amazed would be understating it massively. You write with passion about your country and the places you visit, a passion that many of your countryman should share. I feel like I have ridden this journey with you, you have done more for your country than that clown with the comb-over could ever do, I thank you sir!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Roxtar on January 18, 2018, 11:22:57 am
If i ever HAD to emigrate it would be to the USA....... stuff OZ / nz /UK and the others......... :biggrin: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Buddy on January 18, 2018, 12:31:39 pm

Roxy, you're from a shithole country, they don't want you there.  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: landieman on January 18, 2018, 05:55:20 pm

Roxy, you're from a shithole country, they don't want you there.  :lol8:
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on January 20, 2018, 04:08:17 am
It's going to be a long 2-month wait for the next installment  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on January 20, 2018, 06:55:32 pm
It's going to be a long 2-month wait for the next installment  :sip:

:lol8:

Can't he send the updates and you can post on his behalf? :deal:

He must be bored stiff, with no one to harass :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on January 21, 2018, 03:25:39 pm
It's going to be a long 2-month wait for the next installment  :sip:

:lol8:

Can't he send the updates and you can post on his behalf? :deal:





Mods are gonna say "defeating the ends of justice".  :-\
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Buddy on January 23, 2018, 01:06:39 pm
Gonas, and here I was on this lekker ride and it's come to a dead stop!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 23, 2018, 01:09:43 pm
Where is BO?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 23, 2018, 01:18:56 pm
banned for 2 months for upsetting someone.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on January 23, 2018, 03:26:07 pm
banned for 2 months for upsetting someone.  :thumleft:
Did the person not like tits or is it something else?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 23, 2018, 09:07:12 pm


banned for 2 months for upsetting someone.  :thumleft:
Did the person not like tits or is it something else?

hahaha. I believe someone was accused of NOT liking tits in fact!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ian in Great Brak River on January 24, 2018, 01:06:21 am
Hey BO, once you are back online from your involuntary WD winter break ... I have a question about Rules of the US Roads.

When can one “filter” through traffic and when can you not? I know each state has its own rules about this but earlier you mention waiting in line in traffic ... can you not just slowly make your way to the front of the line or does this create drama?

Thanks. Ian
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on January 24, 2018, 04:43:39 am
Hey BO, once you are back online from your involuntary WD winter break ... I have a question about Rules of the US Roads.

When can one “filter” through traffic and when can you not? I know each state has its own rules about this but earlier you mention waiting in line in traffic ... can you not just slowly make your way to the front of the line or does this create drama?

Thanks. Ian

Hey Ian,

Quite simple really. Some States allow it, others don't. In the states that don't allow it, it is illegal and will get you pulled over. Trying to filter in the States that don't allow it also causes issues. Motorists block bikes, even to the point of aiming at them if they try to filter. I have personally seen this. The mindset of "don't even THINK about breaking the law" ...while he texts on his phone while driving...   :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on January 24, 2018, 03:08:14 pm
Another reason why I love this 'lawless' country. I just don't have it in me to obey a no lane splitting rule in town, despite being slow, doddery and almost 103 years old.

Yesterday I took a ride and got thoroughly bogged down in deep sand where I wasn't supposed to be. After nearly killing myself straining and heaving to get the bike out and turned around, then nearly wrenching off my arms holding it through several near washouts getting back to the tar, I hit the home going traffic jam.

In a thoroughly black evil mood at my pathetic lack of sand skills, I thought, "No way I'm sitting behind these bloody bozos". So I took no prisoners and zapped 'em all.  :angry5: >:D

Reckless. Irresponsible. Danger to myself and others.  :patch: But I arrived home in a totally elated frame of mind having stuck it to the bastards. Sometimes lane splitting can gain you more than just places in the traffic queue.  >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 24, 2018, 03:17:30 pm
 :laughing4: :thumleft: awesome! i hope im like you when i get to 103 years old!  :peepwall: keep it up. although im sure i will be bed ridden by the time im 50 with all the abuse ive taken. tomorrow ill an up and take the bike to work, the rain scared me this morning you see.  :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on January 31, 2018, 09:24:18 am
Is it nearly two months yet?  :sip: :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on January 31, 2018, 09:32:52 am
i think BO is planning his clandestine trip to rsa now. im sure he wants to have some face to face time with a few of us...  :pot:

dont forget your prohep BO.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: EssBee on February 01, 2018, 08:41:40 am
Is it nearly two months yet?  :sip: :biggrin:

I've only just cottoned on to this amazing RR...so this gives me some catch up time to read it ;D

Thanks BO ( hope you eventually see this ) truly brilliant RR.  And...the fact that my GF's daughter and fam live in Michigan makes it all the more intersting.

BO, did you not go over to the Mackinac island, just to the east of the bridge? Well...not good material for a RR though because the only permissable modes of transport are bicycle and horse  :-\
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: funky_munky on February 02, 2018, 02:25:25 pm
Awesome RR. Looks like a place to visit. away from the cities...

Thanks for including us on your ride.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Pilchie on February 05, 2018, 07:56:10 pm
 :crybaby2: :crybaby2: missing my bedside reading
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Buddy on February 14, 2018, 03:10:39 pm

Donner man! I'm sitting in the middle of Michigan with no-where to go until BO gets back.............
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Buddy on February 28, 2018, 11:51:01 am

Hasn't BO's sentence been shortened due to need of finishing this ride report?  :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on February 28, 2018, 12:01:39 pm

Hasn't BO's sentence been shortened due to need of finishing this ride report?  :sip:

Yea, also need to find out what went wrong with the KTM! Come on mods!!!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on March 06, 2018, 08:48:22 am
Surely must be nearly two months now.  ??? :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Rotten on March 20, 2018, 12:13:10 pm
Surely tome for BO to be let out of the cage
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 20, 2018, 03:45:06 pm
I have feeling he's not coming back. :(
Still do not know why he got banned?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ri on March 20, 2018, 05:36:37 pm
I have feeling he's not coming back. :(
Still do not know why he got banned?

Agreed, also have that feeling. Strange, because he called us the best bikers forum he ever came across.

Apparently he became overly personal, imaginative and descriptive on one of the R&P threads... I noticed he seems to run on a short fuse  :P
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on March 20, 2018, 08:05:06 pm
I am just sad that I did not get an alternative contact for him, now he is lost in the wilderness! :tearyeyed:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 20, 2018, 10:29:23 pm
I am just sad that I did not get an alternative contact for him, now he is lost in the wilderness! :tearyeyed:
Ek pm jou sy naam sodat jy hom kan kontak op Vleisboek. Sê hom sommer om terug te kom, hy het nog werk om te doen. :deal:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: landieman on March 21, 2018, 10:42:56 am
Nee wat,hoop ook BO maak die ding klaar
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on March 22, 2018, 02:58:56 am
Big Oil needs to come finish what he started here...

I know he's back, he already posted in the other thread about the motorcycle museum...  :pot:  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 22, 2018, 06:59:40 pm
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on March 22, 2018, 07:27:57 pm
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I'm happy! :laughing4: :thumleft: :spitcoffee: :sip:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ktmmer on March 22, 2018, 07:31:58 pm
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I'm happy! :laughing4: :thumleft: :spitcoffee: :sip:

I'm sleepy !
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 22, 2018, 09:23:06 pm
Okay, where was I?  Oh yes, a 60 day stint in the Wild Dog Penitentiary for Conservatives!! 

Now, back to the rest of the story.

Without a rideable motorbike, well, in all truthfulness, the big ugly Austrian was rideable, just not very easily with a broken clutch perch.  Don't think I'm simply making excuses, but whomever designed the wrap around design of the OEM clutch perch should receive 10 lashings!!  Said perch is also made of very weak pot metal.  KTM, can we please go back to a 2 bolt design old fashion steel or high strength aluminum clutch perch?  At $17,995 usd suggested retail, I'm not going to not buy the bike if the price increases to $17,996.00 usd with a traditional perch!

Well well, just what the phuck do I do now.  I have over 10 days to kill before I start a new job.  Do I tuck my tail between my legs, give up and quit, and go home and twittle my thumbs for 10 days, doing the old knuckle shuffle on my piss pump every other hour?  Not my style.  NEVER QUIT, NEVER GIVE UP, unless you're severely outnumbered, then retreat and live to fight another day.  Kids reading this, write that down.  I need to make a plan, then execute.

I have an old Ducati ST4s ABS in my barn that hasn't been started in.............hell, I don't know how long!!  I just remember dumping stabilizer and an enzyme treatment in the gas tank, hooking a float charger to the bat tree, and covering it.  So, I rent a pickup, aka bakkie in Saffer speak, load the Katoom and head South..................................868 kilometers East and South.  My home state is yuuuuuge.

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I arrived home, tired and weary, so I decide not to mess with the Duck.  I'm going inside, fix myself a sammich, make a bourbon on the rocks, heavy on the bourbon, and watch tv.  Next morning, I walk out to the barn, wondering if my Italian mistress will give me any flack for not giving her a proper rogering in so long.  She's one temperamental bitch, you see.  When you ride her hard, fast, and often, she'll love you back like you cannot believe, but let her sit without any attention for a week and a half, and she'll protest like an Italian psycho.  I love her. 

I uncover her.  The light on the float charger is green, not blinking, so I should plenty of bat tree juice to turn the bitch over.  I choke and sneeze from all the dust on her cover.  I'd left the key in her ignition to let her know I was coming back for her someday.  I turn the key to the 'on' position, I hear the fuel pump scream, injecting a small load of go go juice into her lungs, hit the start button, the starter engages, and...my mistress came to life in less than a second, blowing a lovely Italian Desmodromic symphony out of her Fast by Feracci pipes, a sound no other motorcycle can imitate.  Thank you, Dr. Fabio Taglioni, may you be resting in eternal peace with your masterpiece on display next to you.  I had not heard this symphony in so long, I instantly developed a bone so big, I had to waddle out of the barn, my legs walking around the bone, to get some fresh air.  Needless to say, I'm happier than a pig in shit. 

Only one problem, I look down at the rear tire and I estimate I have about 1,500 miles of rear tire left.  There's no way I'm going to be able to ride back to the U.P., ride where I want to ride, and make it back down the L.P. on the tread I have left.  No worries, I've ridden up and back down too many times to count anyway, so I'll drive back to the U.P. with my bakkie, with the Duck riding on my hitch mounted motorbike carrier.  After the KTM tragedy and all of the anxiety the past 2 days, the thought of driving my big GMC with air conditioned seats sounds too luxurious to pass up.  Also, if anything were to go wrong again, the GMC offers piece of mind I will not get stranded so far away from home, with a new job beginning soon.

I decide I will leave the next morning bright n early, so I get everything loaded up, throw my bags in the GMC, and then go in and relax the rest of the day and evening for the long drive the next day.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 23, 2018, 04:05:45 am
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Up early and on the road again, heading due North, I arrive at the Mighty Mac with sun shining bright.  The following pic shot through my GMC's windshield.

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Mackinac Island.

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St. Ignace, city on the north side of the Mackinac Bridge.  Pictured are the homes along the point.  A ferry traveling to St. Ignace from Mackinac Island.

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A slight wait on the Mackinac Bridge to enter the Upper Peninsula.

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A couple more pics of the point off the city of St. Ignace on the Lake Huron side of the Mackinac Bridge.

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The Lake Michigan side of the Mackinac Bridge.

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Michigan State Police, St. Ignace Post. 

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Getting closer to the toll booths.

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Bridge Fares.

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Mackinac Island in the distance.  Boat sitting on the breakwall for maintenance.

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Just a few more minutes.

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Front entrance to the Michigan State Police, St. Ignace Post.

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Yayyyyyy, I'm back in da U.P. with da Yoopers, eh!!

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Castle Rock offers quite the view.  I don't go up there anymore, I'm too afraid that old rock formation may crumble.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on March 23, 2018, 04:42:05 am
A Good morning!
Pic of the Italian mistresss?
You guys also pay car tolls for bikes or not?
I see you gained some weight :imaposer: you scared to go on the rock. :peepwall:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 23, 2018, 04:53:55 am
A Good morning!
Pic of the Italian mistresss?
You guys also pay car tolls for bikes or not?
I see you gained some weight :imaposer: you scared to go on the rock. :peepwall:

Good morning to ya, Oubones.  Hope you and yours are well  :thumleft:

Pics of my Italian bird coming up soon.

Yes, they charge bikes the same amount as a car, why, I have no idea.  Seems as though it would be 1/2 price from a car.

I'm a fairly stout man, just my luck that old rock would topple over when I'm on it!!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on March 23, 2018, 05:03:50 am
A Good morning!
Pic of the Italian mistresss?
You guys also pay car tolls for bikes or not?
I see you gained some weight :imaposer: you scared to go on the rock. :peepwall:

Good morning to ya, Oubones.  Hope you and yours are well  :thumleft:

Pics of my Italian bird coming up soon.

Yes, they charge bikes the same amount as a car, why, I have no idea.  Seems as though it would be 1/2 price from a car.

I'm a fairly stout man, just my luck that old rock would topple over when I'm on it!!
Jaja, then we name you big splat! :imaposer:
Will wait impatiently for the next instalment.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: landieman on March 23, 2018, 03:27:35 pm
That's more like it,welcome back BO
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 23, 2018, 05:55:29 pm
That's more like it,welcome back BO

Thank you Sir landieman  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on March 23, 2018, 06:09:03 pm
welcoms back dude
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 23, 2018, 06:26:39 pm
welcoms back dude

 :thumleft:

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 23, 2018, 07:24:40 pm
Hey you dirty wild dogs, the following few posts will be dedicated to Mackinac Island.  Almost all the pics, if not all pics, are from the web.  I did not go to the island on this trip.  I've stayed or visited extensively in the past.

Mackinac (MACK-in-awe) became one of the nation’s favored summer resort destinations during the Victorian era. Vacationers arrived in large lake excursion boats from Buffalo, Cleveland, Chicago and Detroit seeking the cooler weather on Mackinac Island. They danced to Strauss’ waltzes, listened to Sousa’s stirring marches, dined on whitefish and strolled along the broad decks. To accommodate overnight guests, boat and railroad companies financed the building of Grand Hotel.

Mackinac Island is a true gem in our country.  Whether you're poor, middle class, rich, or mega rich, there's something for everyone on the island.  People from all over the world travel to stay on Mackinac Island during the spring, summer, and fall months.  Motorized travel has been prohibited since 1898, except by emergency vehicles and snowmobiles during winter months.  Snowmobiles can travel to the island on a natural ice bridge connecting the island to the mainland.  The only methods to travel around the island in spring, summer, and autumn are by horse-drawn carriage, bicycle, or foot.  The State of Michigan has a Governor's Mansion on the island for our governor to reside during the summer months!!  Must be nice!!   Allow me to give you a tour through the pics and dialogue. 

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First, in order to get to the island, one must park in either St. Ignace North or Mackinac City South of the Mackinac Bridge.

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One can fly to the island, though most board a Hydro-jet vessel such as this one from Shepler's Ferry Service.

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Or a Hydro-jet Catamaran from Arnold Transit.

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When arriving by ferry, the first landmark your eyes are drawn to is the enormity of The Grand Hotel.  The Grant Hotel is one of the most famous hotels and or landmarks in the world.  It has the longest porch of any building on the globe.

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Since 1887 Grand Hotel beckons guests to a bygone era of old-world hospitality and charm. Experience the tradition of Afternoon Tea in the Parlor, dressing up for dinner, nightly dancing to the sounds of the Grand Hotel Orchestra, and sitting in a rocking chair on the world’s longest porch with views of the Straits of Mackinac.

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Family-owned for three generations, this National Historic Landmark has always embraced its rich history, while keeping up with current times. That means today, guests enjoy modern amenities while the hotel’s original architecture and charm have been tastefully preserved. Contributing greatly to the hotel’s ambiance is the relaxed atmosphere of Mackinac Island, where cars are not allowed and the horse and carriage and bicycle are favored modes of transportation.

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The Musser Family

Grand Hotel has been owned for three generations by the Musser family. President R.D. (Dan) Musser III runs the hotel alongside his sister Mimi Cunningham and mother Amelia Musser. Since 1933, the Musser family has made it their mission to give every guest a grand experience.

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393 Rooms and No Two Are the Same

Grand Hotel has been decorated by esteemed interior designer, Carleton Varney of Dorothy Draper & Co. Each of the hotel’s 393 guest rooms feature their own unique style and theme.

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A Top Destination for Families

Thanks to many activities and children’s programs, the readers of Travel + Leisure Family magazine rate Grand Hotel as one of the 10 kid-friendliest resorts in the U.S. and Canada. Grand Hotel was also recognized as a top resort in the family category in the 2015.

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A Distinctive Destination

America’s True Grand Hotel was named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as One of a Dozen Distinctive Destinations. Grand Hotel has also received a number of distinguished awards.

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One of the many gardening events held during the summer months.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: dirtyXT on March 23, 2018, 09:22:47 pm
wow.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: BMWPE on March 24, 2018, 10:43:35 am
 :thumleft: :thumleft: :thumleft:

Impressive 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 24, 2018, 09:16:08 pm
Grand Hotel front view from garden.  The Grand Hotel is for people and families that want to experience what top tier living was like during the late 1,800's to early 1,900's Victorian stage.

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Another frontal view from Lake Huron.

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Historic Site Plaque. 

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Gardens.

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Another garden where these two idiots are taking the plunge.  Kidding!!

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Green Velvet Couches in main lobby.

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Main lobby.

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Hotel main dining rooms.

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Ballroom and stage.

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Typical room of the Grand Hotel.
Category 1 smaller rooms with interior views cost between $583-$651 per night during peak season plus taxes, fees, children over 9 years old!
Category 2 larger rooms or smaller rooms with lake view cost between $651-$723 per night peak season plus taxes, fees, children over 9 years old!
Category 3 Deluxe larger rooms with lake view and balcony cost between $835-$919 per night peak season plus taxes, fees, children over 9 years old!
One bedroom suites with parlour and fully stocked bar cost around $1,500 per night plus..................!
Two bedroom suites with parlour and fully stocked bar cost between $2,500-$3,000 per night plus...................!

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Named suites, such as the Jacqueline Kennedy suite below, cost between $909-$1,070 per night peak season plus taxes, fees, ................!

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Vanderbuilt Suite

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Tea Store/Room

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 24, 2018, 09:31:31 pm
If you can't imagine dealing with other hotel patrons and you want your own residence on Grand Hotel grounds, you can rent the 4 bedroom Masco Cottage for up to 8 people.  The nightly rate includes the following:


Nightly:
$4,250.00
Weekly:
$24,900.00
Monthly:
$88,000.00

Plus fees and taxes :biggrin:

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 24, 2018, 10:01:13 pm
If you want to start a small fire in your mistress's, girlfriend's, or wife's panties  >:D, I'd encourage you to order a horse-drawn carriage ride around the island.  Don't forget her favorite bottle of wine.  ;)

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Here's a picture of Minxy and I after a long day's ride.  She couldn't resist my American charm, so we decided to marry.   :peepwall:

I'm dre dre dre..., excuse me, dreaming of course  :imaposer: :pot: :ricky:

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If you'd like to have more privacy on your carriage ride, get one of the enclosed carriages, that way you can start nibbling on her appetizer before dinner.   >:D

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If dining at one of the many restaurants on the island or the dining hall at the Grand Hotel isn't your bag baby, take your lady to dinner at the Wood's Restaurant.  Fine dining with a Bavarian theme.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 27, 2018, 01:14:51 am
Fort Mackinac, also on the island and established by the British Army in 1780 is a former British and American military outpost garrisoned from the late 18th century to the late 19th century in the city of Mackinac Island, Michigan, on Mackinac Island. The British built the fort during the American Revolutionary War to control the strategic Straits of Mackinac between Lake Michigan and Lake Huron, and by extension the fur trade on the Great Lakes. The British did not relinquish the fort until fifteen years after American independence.

Fort Mackinac later became the scene of two strategic battles for control of the Great Lakes during the War of 1812. During most of the 19th century, it served as an outpost of the United States Army. Closed in 1895, the fort has been adapted as a museum on the grounds of Mackinac Island State Park.


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American Revolutionary War

Before 1763, the French used Fort Michilimackinac on the mainland south shore of the Straits of Mackinac to control the area. After the Treaty of Paris (1763), the British occupied the French fort but considered the wooden structure too difficult to defend. In 1780/1781, its lieutenant governor Patrick Sinclair constructed a new limestone fort on the 150-foot limestone bluffs of Mackinac Island above the Straits of Mackinac.  The British held the outpost throughout the American Revolutionary War. Captain Daniel Robertson commanded the garrison on Mackinac Island from 1782 to his death in 1787. Despite the terms of the Treaty of Paris (1783), the British did not officially relinquish the fort to the United States until 1796.


War of 1812

In June 1812, at the start of the War of 1812, British General Isaac Brock sent a canoe party 1,200 miles (1,900 km) to confirm that a state of war existed. This party returned with an order to attack Fort Mackinac, then known as Fort Michilimackinac.

A minimal United States garrison of approximately sixty men under the command of Lieutenant Porter Hanks then manned Fort Mackinac. Although a diligent officer, Hanks had received no communication from his superiors for months. On the morning of 17 July 1812, a combined British and Native American force of seventy war canoes and ten bateaux under the command of British Captain Charles Roberts attacked Fort Mackinac. British Captain Roberts came from Fort St. Joseph (Ontario) and landed on the north end of Mackinac Island, 2 miles (3 km) from the fort. The British removed the village inhabitants from their homes and trained two cannons at the fort. The Americans, under Lieutenant Hanks, were taken by surprise and Hanks perceived his garrison was badly outnumbered. The officers and men under Roberts numbered about two hundred; a few hundred Native Americans of various tribes supported him.

Fearing that the Native Americans on the British side would massacre his men and allies, American Lieutenant Hanks accepted the British offer of surrender without a fight. The British paroled the American forces, essentially allowing them to go free after swearing to not take up arms in the war again. They made the island inhabitants swear an oath of allegiance as subjects of the United Kingdom.

Shortly after the British captured the fort, two American vessels arrived from Ft. Dearborn (Chicago), unaware of the start of the War of 1812, or the fort's capture by British forces. The British raised the American flag and when the vessels tied up at the pier, the British captured the two sloops as prizes of war. The ships were the Erie (Capt. Norton) and Friends Good Will (Capt. Lee), the latter being taken by the British into service as HMS Little Belt. The schooner Mary and the Salina, anchored at port, were sent by the British to Detroit as cartels carrying the prisoners they had taken.

After capturing the island, the British under the command of Colonel Robert McDouall of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment built Fort George, a stockade and blockhouse on the highest point of the island, to prevent the Americans from re-capturing the island using the same strategy. Lieutenant Hanks made his way to Detroit and the American military post there. Upon his arrival, superiors charged him with cowardice in the surrender of Fort Mackinac. Before the court martial of Lieutenant Hanks could begin, British forces attacked Fort Detroit. A British cannonball ripped through the room where Hanks was standing, cutting him in half and killing the officer next to him as well.

United States Army Colonel George Croghan and his superior General William Henry Harrison designed a major campaign to take control of the Great Lakes and sever the fur trade alliance between the British and the tribes of the region; as part of this campaign, the Americans attempted to retake Mackinac Island in July 1814. The two-pronged campaign also included an assault on Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, located on the upper [Mississippi River].


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Battle of Mackinac Island (1814)

On 26 July 1814, a squadron of five United States ships arrived off Mackinac Island, carrying a landing force of 700 soldiers under the command of Colonel Croghan. This landing began the Battle of Mackinac Island. To his dismay, Colonel Croghan discovered that the new British blockhouse stood too high for the naval guns to reach, forcing an unprotected assault on the wall of Fort George. The Americans shelled Fort George for two days with most shells falling harmlessly in vegetable gardens around the fort.

A dense fog forced the Americans back from Mackinac Island for a week. Major Andrew Holmes led the American forces in returning; they landed at the north end of the island near the location of the British assault in 1812. The Americans worked their way to the fort through dense woods, which Native American allies of the British protected, finally emerging into a clearing below Fort George.

British Colonel McDouall had placed a small force bearing muskets, rifles, and two field guns behind low breastworks at the opposite end of the clearing. When the Americans emerged from the woods into the clearing, the British guns targeted them easily. British soldiers killed 13 Americans, including Major Holmes and two other officers, and wounded 51 others. The heavy losses compelled US Colonel Croghan to order his men to retreat back through the woods to the beach. The Americans rowed back to their ships and retreated.

The American defeat in the Battle of Mackinac Island left the island and its forts in the hands of the British through the end of the War of 1812. Following the Treaty of Ghent, American forces reoccupied Fort Mackinac in July 1815. They renamed Fort George as Fort Holmes, in honor of Major Holmes, killed in the 1814 attack. After the War of 1812 and settlement of the northern border and tensions with Britain, Fort Mackinac gradually declined in military significance.


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Later years

No longer needed as a front line border defense against the British in Canada, the fort was used as a strategic troop reserve. The Army essentially could deploy troops to Fort Mackinac until a need arose to transfer them to other locations of military importance. The Army nearly abandoned Fort Mackinac between such uses. It was also used as a fur trading post, as Mackinac Island was an important fur post. From 1816 to 1821 the post was commanded by Benjamin Kendrick Pierce, the older brother of President Franklin Pierce.  He married the daughter of Magdelaine Laframboise, a prominent fur trader of Ojibwe and French descent.

On 6 June 1822, a fur trader named Alexis St. Martin waited to trade in his furs when a gun accidentally discharged just inches from him, blowing a hole in his abdomen. The post surgeon, Doctor William Beaumont, attended to him. Dr. Beaumont cared for the presumably doomed St. Martin the best he could. To his surprise, the man appeared to make a recovery. Beaumont took St. Martin into his home, caring for him for several years. St. Martin healed although his stomach had a hole. Beaumont seized the opportunity and began observing and conducting experiments on the man. Through these experiments, Beaumont described the process of digestion in detail, unlocking its mysteries. Beaumont wrote a book about his experiments and later became known as "The Father of Gastric Physiology."

The fort developed as an important staging area for US exploration of the northern Michigan Territory, including the expedition in 1832 under the command of Lewis Cass to explore the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Henry Rowe Schoolcraft held the post of United States Indian agent at Fort Mackinac for a time in the 1830s. He did extensive study of the Native American languages and culture of the region, aided by his marriage to Jane Johnston, the Ojibwe-British daughter of Johnston, a wealthy British fur trader at Sault Ste. Marie. Both her parents' families were prominent among the elite of the region.

During the Mexican–American War and for long periods during the Civil War, the Army left the care and upkeep of Fort Mackinac to an ordnance sergeant. Despite these periods of relative inactivity, the fort played a small role in the Civil War, briefly used as a prison for three Confederate political prisoners. Brought to Mackinac Island and the fort during the summer months, these three men enjoyed relative freedom, guarded only by a volunteer militia. When faced with the prospect of enduring a long, harsh winter on the island, two of the prisoners signed loyalty oaths and obtained release. The third Confederate refused, and the Army ultimately transferred him to another post.


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Mackinac National Park

To improve conditions and boost morale, the Army constructed a bathhouse at the fort (in which every man at the fort was required to bathe at least once a week), a post toilet (complete with flush toilets), and a post canteen (where the men could read current magazines, play pool, and buy beer and wine). They wanted Fort Mackinac to be a "desirable station." Soldiers also had regular military duties, drilling on the parade ground and taking target practice at least once a week on either a 600- or 1000-yard rifle range. The skills learned at the fort later proved important for many troops who were posted at other locations in the still-dangerous American West.




Decommissioning

State administration

In 1895, Congress closed Fort Mackinac and Mackinac National Park. It transferred the fort and park to the State of Michigan, which created Mackinac Island State Park, the first state park in Michigan. The semi-autonomous Mackinac Island State Park Commission in 1895 began governing Fort Mackinac and the other surrounding historic sites on or near Mackinac Island: Colonial Michilimackinac, Historic Mill Creek, the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse, and Mackinac Island State Park. The Governor of Michigan appoints members of the Commission, who meet many times during the course of a year to govern Mackinac State Historic Parks. The commission and historic parks preserve, protect, and present the rich and natural history of Mackinac Island and the Straits area.

In the 1950s, Mackinac Island State Park Commission developed a new way of financing its park, based on the system that financed the Mackinac Bridge. Michigan financed construction of Mackinac Bridge through revenue bonds repaid from the cash flow of toll fees from the bridge after it opened in 1957. Mackinac Island State Park Commission modified this idea for park restoration purposes, with Fort Mackinac admission fees serving as the cash flow. More than three-fourths of budget of Mackinac Island State Park Commission now comes from admission fees and other self-generated cash flow. Most United States parks-and-recreation agencies instead depend upon public subsidies. Mackinac Island State Park Commission operates one of the largest parks in United States that generates a significant majority of its own operating budget.



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The Fort today

The current museum at the park includes 14 historic buildings.

Today, Fort Mackinac is a popular heritage tourist destination. Situated on 150-foot bluffs above the Straits of Mackinac, it is one of the few surviving American Revolutionary War forts and one of the most complete early forts in the country. In 2015, Fort Mackinac celebrated 235 years standing guard over Mackinac Island.

During the main tourism summer months (June through August), visitors ascend into a bustle of activity within the old British-built stone walls of old Fort Mackinac after entering its weathered gates. Costumed interpreters greet visitors, portray life in the 1880s, answer questions, pose for pictures, and lead tours throughout the day. Some of the "soldiers" carry original 45-70 Springfield Model 1873, the type used at the fort during the 1880s. Others play music or greet and mingle with the crowds of visitors.




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Extant buildings

There are 14 original buildings as part of the fort museum:

1. Commissary Building: Once used for food storage; today houses a video program.
2. Post Headquarters: Used for the paymaster and offices.
3. Quartermaster's Storehouse: Held any and all equipment needed by the soldiers during the Fort's history.
4. Post Bathhouse: The newest building, built in 1885, housing 6 baths for the soldiers' comfort.
5. Soldiers Barracks: Used to house the 100+ soldiers stationed there, but today houses a museum and the gift shop called the Sutler's Store.
6. Post Schoolhouse: Provided education for soldiers
7. Hill Quarters: Many lieutenants lived in these officers' quarters. Rank was rewarded.
8. Post Hospital: Where the post doctor/surgeon treated patients until a new hospital was built in 1860.
9. Officer's Stone Quarters: Michigan's oldest building (1780), used to house officers. Today holds the Kids Quarters and the Tea Room.
10. Wood Quarters: Used for various purposes over the life of the building, including officers' quarters and a post canteen that served Schlitz beer, but no whiskey.
11. Post Guardhouse: Prisoners were held on this site for over a century.
12-14: North, East, and West Blockhouses: Stone towers built by the first Americans garrisoning Fort Mackinac.




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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 27, 2018, 01:35:26 am
If Grand Hotel is not your bag, there are numerous B and B's located on the island near downtown, such as:

Bay View B n B

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I can't remember the name B and B

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Island House Inn

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The Inn at Mackinac

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Cottage Inn

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All located near downtown

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Arch rock is a short hike from downtown.

Arch Rock is a geologic formation on Mackinac Island in Michigan. It is a natural limestone arch formed during the Nipissing post-glacial period, a period of high Lake Huron levels following the end of the Wisconsin glaciation. To this day Arch Rock stands on the Lake Huron shoreline 146 feet (45 m) above the water.

Limestone breccia is not an ideal material for natural bridges, and this type of formation is quite rare in the North American Great Lakes region. The Native Americans saw Arch Rock as a place of numinous power, and told many stories and legends about it.

Euro-Americans did not share many of the taboos of their Native predecessors, and treated Arch Rock as a curiosity to be admired. One early chronicler was Alexis de Tocqueville who wrote of the "Giant's Arch" "of extraordinary shape" during his visit in August, 1831.

Its presence was a major element in the decisions to create Mackinac National Park in 1875 and its successor, Mackinac Island State Park, in 1895. Arch Rock has been a part of the State Park ever since. Today Arch Rock is a focus of Mackinac Island tourism, and is seen by many visitors to the Island. Several trails and paved roads, including the aptly named Arch Rock Road and Arch Rock Bicycle Trail, lead to the formation.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 28, 2018, 09:18:44 pm
Last post on Mackinac Island, Michigan, I promise, I can't help it, the place holds a special place in my heart for many reasons.  Many a good time I've had there.  Then back to the actual ride report and what happened with my KTM!

For you Saffers that may be interested in retiring in one of the most beautiful places on the globe, there are a couple of homes on the market at this time.  Residences on Mackinac Island rarely come up for sale.  Investing in a home on Mackinac Island is a no lose situation, it's not like property values will decrease.  In my opinion, a purchase would be a no lose investment.  With that said, here are a couple for sale.

Cairngorm Cottage

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Cairngorm is a gorgeous Victorian Cottage which was built in 1888 and truly exemplifies the elegance of an earlier time. This classic home has been impeccably restored in every possible way and renovated with modern conveniences included central heat and air conditioning.

The cottage comes completely appointed and professionally decorated with incredible furnishings collect by the previous owner for the last 75 years.  This well respected 8000 sq. ft. West Bluff property includes the fully furnished 7 bedrooms, 6 baths main cottage, plus completely furnished 2 bedroom, 2 bath Carriage house behind ready for horses or caretakers quarters.

The back yard is beautifully landscaped with swimming pool, Jacuzzi, gazebo and stone terraced gardens totally secured and very private.  Excellent location with fine dining, golf, spa, shopping, horses and plenty of amenities all within walking distance of Mackinac’s famous Grand Hotel.

Can be yours for only 68,912,122.50 Rand.




Also for sale at this time is probably my favorite home on Mackinac Island.

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3821 Cedar Point Lane,  Mackinac Island, MI 49757 

Mackinac Island has been a bucket list destination for over a century. Located just over a mile from the busy downtown area, this immaculate home sits on a small bluff on the southwest part of the island. Views overlook Lake Huron and the Mackinaw Bridge, which provide those million dollar sunsets. Five bedrooms, 3.5 baths, and 4,500sqft of living space create ample room to entertain friends and family. The 60' porch is perfect for enjoying a cocktail or beverage anytime of the day. No detail was missed inside or out.

All for only 30,568,710.75 Rand.






Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on March 28, 2018, 10:47:46 pm
Also for sale at this time is probably my favorite home on Mackinac Island.

Love all the wood in that home. :thumleft:
If my calculations is right it's on the market for 2.5 million USD?If so it looks as if it should be more.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 29, 2018, 03:36:52 pm
Also for sale at this time is probably my favorite home on Mackinac Island.

Love all the wood in that home. :thumleft:
If my calculations is right it's on the market for 2.5 million USD?If so it looks as if it should be more.

Yes, just shy of 2.6 million at 2.595.

The Cairngorm Cottage is listed at 5.85 million.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: cocky on March 29, 2018, 04:06:12 pm
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Welcome again back, good to have you here :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 29, 2018, 04:20:05 pm
Back to the RR.  My destination for the day was Van Riper State Park.  A nice government campground with clean bathroom and shower facilities a short walk from any of the campsites.  I reserved 2 nights at the campground for around $20 usd.

On the way west across the UP, I started to get the shakes, so I had to stop and drink a couple of beers at a small town tavern.  It was like going back in time.  Each beer was only $1.50.  With the shakes now subsided, I decided to make a stop at K.I. Sawyer AFB and shoot some pics for you dogs of some old relics on display.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 29, 2018, 04:21:36 pm
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Welcome again back, good to have you here :thumleft:

Thanks Mr. Cocky, I appreciate your support. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on March 29, 2018, 04:23:29 pm
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The McDonnell ADM-20 Quail was a subsonic, jet powered, air-launched decoy cruise missile built by McDonnell Aircraft Corporation. The Quail was designed to be launched by the Boeing B-52 Stratofortress strategic bomber and its original United States Air Force designation was GAM-72 (GAM standing for Guided Aircraft Missile).



Development

In 1955 the USAF started a major effort to construct decoy missiles. The goal of this effort was to improve the ability of strategic bombers to penetrate air-defense systems. The projects initiated under this effort included the MX-2223 which produced the XSM-73 Goose a long range ground-launched jet-powered, decoy cruise missile, MX-2224 which produced the XGAM-71 Buck Duck an air-launched rocket powered decoy missile to equip the Convair B-36.

The USAF was at the same time developing the XQ-4 as a supersonic target drone to support the Bomarc Missile Program. A requirement was established by the USAF Power Plant Laboratory at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base to support follow-on production of the XQ-4. This requirement called for a small jet engine in the 2,000 lbf (8.9 kN) thrust class with a high thrust-to-weight ratio of 10:1. On November 28, 1954 General Electric was awarded a USAF development contract to construct the XJ-85-GE-1. The USAF designated the XJ85 project MX-2273.

During April 1955, the USAF began a program to develop a short range air-launched decoy missile to simulate the radar cross section of a bomber. On January 18, 1956, the USAF released General Operational Requirement (GOR) 139.



Design

McDonnell Aircraft Corporation submitted a design which included a cropped-delta-wing decoy constructed largely of fiberglass and carried internally within a B-52. The following month on February 1, 1956, the McDonnell Aircraft Corporation was awarded a contract to develop Weapon System 122A which included the GAM-72 Green Quail missile. In June 1956 General Electric was selected as the engine contractor for the GAM-72. Guidance components were built by Summers Gyroscope and the countermeasures equipment by Ramo-Wooldridge Corporation.

The GAM-72 was designed with a high-mounted delta wing and no horizontal stabilizer. A slab-sided fuselage and two sets of vertical stabilizers contributed to the GAM-72s ability to simulate the radar cross section of a bomber. Initially the GAM-72 was powered by a YJ85-GE-3. This jet engine produced 2,450 lbf (10.9 kN) of thrust with a thrust-to-weight ratio goal of (6:1).

The GAM-72s guidance system could be pre-programmed on the ground to execute two turns and one speed change during a flight time of 45 to 55 minutes. Flight duration depended on altitude. The GAM-72 was designed to operate at altitudes between 35,000 ft (10,668 m) to 50,000 ft (15,240 m) at speeds between Mach 0.75 to Mach 0.9. Range varied between 357 nm and 445 nm (661 to 716 km), also depending on altitude.

Two GAM-72s with folded wings and stabilizers were packaged together for mounting in the bomber weapons bay. Before launch the bomber's radar navigator lowered the GAM-72 using a retractable arm from the airplane's weapons bay into the slipstream below the aircraft. The wings and stabilizers of the GAM-72 were unfolded, the jet engine was started, and the missile was launched.

Flight testing of the XGAM-72 began in July 1957 at Holloman Air Force Base and the adjacent White Sands Missile Range. Initially testing involved the XGAM-72 being captively carried by a B-52. The first glide flight of the XGAM-72 occurred in November 1957. Three test launches were completed in 1957. The first successful powered flight of the XGAM-72 occurred in August 1958. This flight lasted 14 minutes and covered 103 nautical miles (191 km). A total of ten test flights occurred in 1958, seventeen flights in 1959, with the final four flights being completed in 1960. Operational testing then moved to Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, United States where the 4135th Strategic Wing launched a GAM-72 on June 8, 1960.

McDonnell Aircraft received a production contract for the GAM-72A on December 31, 1958. Reliability problems encountered during testing resulted in McDonnell replacing the J85-GE-3 with the J85-GE-7 engine in the production GAM-72A. The GAM-72A was also about 200 lb (90 kg) heavier than the GAM-72. This increase in weight when combined with a slightly smaller wing area reduced the maximum range of the GAM-72A to 402 statute miles (647 km). The first production GAM-72A flight was in March 1960. The final GAM-72A was delivered by McDonnell Aircraft on May 28, 1962. A total of 585 GAM-72A missiles were produced by McDonnell Aircraft. The inventory of GAM-72As in the USAF peaked at 492 in 1963.

During 1963 all remaining GAM-72A missiles were modified to the GAM-72B configuration.

In 1963 the GAM-72 was re-designated the ADM-20




Operational history

Although originally planned for deployment with the B-47 and the B-52, the GAM-72A was only deployed with the B-52.

The first production GAM-72A was delivered to the 4135th Strategic Wing, at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, on September 13, 1960. Initial operational capability was reached on February 1, 1961, when the first squadron of the 4135th Strategic Wing was equipped with the GAM-72A. On January 1, 1962 B-52 aircraft carried the GAM-72A decoy on airborne alert for the first time. Full operational capability was reached when the GAM-72A was deployed with the fourteenth and final B-52 squadron on April 15, 1962.

The operational version of the GAM-72 carried internal radar reflectors facing forward and to each side of the aircraft. Up to 100 lb (45 kg) of payload could be accommodated internally by the GAM-72. This internal space could be used to house a radar repeater or a chaff dispenser. An infrared burner in the tail could produce intense heat to simulate the heat signature of a bomber. The GAM-72 was not armed.

Eight GAM-72A decoys could be accommodated in the B-52s weapons bay but the normal decoy load was two.

Ground radar continued to improve, and the effectiveness of the GAM-72B, redesignated in 1963 as the ADM-20C, decreased over time. The AGM-69 Short Range Attack Missile (SRAM) allowed bombers to attack air-defense systems from a distance. By 1971, the USAF no longer considered the ADM-20C a credible decoy. The commander of the Strategic Air Command wrote the Chief of Staff of the United States Air Force "that the Quail was only slightly better than nothing." The last ADM-20C operational test was flown at Eglin Air Force Base on July 13, 1972. On June 30, 1978, the last ADM-20C came off alert status. The last ADM-20C was removed from the United States Air Force inventory on December 15, 1978.
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General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark

The General Dynamics F-111 Aardvark was a supersonic, medium-range interdictor and tactical attack aircraft that also filled the roles of strategic nuclear bomber, aerial reconnaissance, and electronic-warfare aircraft in its various versions. Developed in the 1960s by General Dynamics, it first entered service in 1967 with the United States Air Force. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) also ordered the type and began operating F-111Cs in 1973.

The F-111 pioneered several technologies for production aircraft, including variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines, and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight. Its design influenced later variable-sweep wing aircraft, and some of its advanced features have since become commonplace. The F-111 suffered a variety of problems during initial development. Several of its intended roles, such as an aircraft carrier-based naval interceptor with the F-111B, failed to materialize.

USAF F-111 variants were retired in the 1990s, with the F-111Fs in 1996 and EF-111s in 1998. The F-111 was replaced in USAF service by the F-15E Strike Eagle for medium-range precision strike missions, while the supersonic bomber role has been assumed by the B-1B Lancer. The RAAF was the last operator of the F-111, with its aircraft serving until December 2010.




Early requirements

The May 1960 U-2 incident, in which an American CIA U-2 spy plane was shot down over the USSR, stunned the United States government. Besides greatly damaging US-Soviet relations, the incident showed that the Soviet Union had developed a surface-to-air missile that could reach aircraft above 60,000 feet. The United States Air Force Strategic Air Command (SAC) and the RAF Bomber Command's plans to send subsonic, high-altitude B-47 and V bomber formations into the USSR were now much less viable.

By 1960, SAC had begun moving to low-level penetration which greatly reduced radar detection distances. At the time, SAMs were ineffective against low-flying aircraft, and interceptor aircraft had less of a speed advantage at low altitudes.   The Air Force's Tactical Air Command (TAC) was largely concerned with the fighter-bomber and deep strike/interdiction roles. TAC was in the process of receiving its latest design, the Republic F-105 Thunderchief, which was designed to deliver nuclear weapons fast and far, but required long runways.   A simpler variable geometry wing configuration with the pivot points farther out from the aircraft's centerline was reported by NASA in 1958, which made swing-wings viable.   This led Air Force leaders to encourage its use.   In June 1960, the USAF issued specification SOR 183 for a long-range interdiction/strike aircraft able to penetrate Soviet air defenses at very low altitudes and high speeds.  The specification also called for the aircraft to operate from short, unprepared airstrips.

In the 1950s, the United States Navy sought a long-range, high-endurance interceptor aircraft to protect its carrier battle groups against long-range anti-ship missiles launched from Soviet jet bombers and submarines. The Navy needed a fleet air defense (FAD) fighter with a more powerful radar, and longer range missiles than the F-4 Phantom II to intercept both enemy bombers and missiles.  Seeking a FAD fighter, the Navy started with the subsonic, straight-winged aircraft, the Douglas F6D Missileer in the late 1950s. The Missileer was designed to carry six long-range missiles and loiter for five hours, but would be defenseless after firing its missiles.   The program was formally canceled in 1961.  The Navy had tried variable geometry wings with the XF10F Jaguar, but abandoned it in the early 1950s. It was NASA's simplification which made the variable geometry wings practical.  By 1960, increases in aircraft weights required improved high-lift devices, such as variable geometry wings.  Variable geometry offered high speeds, and maneuverability with heavier payloads, long range, and the ability to takeoff and land in shorter distances.




Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX)

The U.S. Air Force and Navy were both seeking new aircraft when Robert McNamara was appointed Secretary of Defense in January 1961.  The aircraft sought by the two armed services shared the need to carry heavy armament and fuel loads, feature high supersonic speed, twin engines and two seats, and probably use variable geometry wings.  On 14 February 1961, McNamara formally directed the services to study the development of a single aircraft that would satisfy both requirements. Early studies indicated that the best option was to base the design on the Air Force requirement, and use a modified version for the Navy.   In June 1961, Secretary McNamara ordered the go ahead of Tactical Fighter Experimental (TFX), despite Air Force and Navy efforts to keep their programs separate.

The Air Force and the Navy could agree only on swing-wing, two-seat, twin-engine design features. The Air Force wanted a tandem-seat aircraft for low-level penetration ground-attack, while the Navy wanted a shorter, high altitude interceptor with side-by-side seating to allow the pilot and radar operator to share the radar display.  Also, the Air Force wanted the aircraft designed for 7.33 g with Mach 2.5 speed at altitude and Mach 1.2 speed at low level with an approximate length of 70 ft (21.3 m). The Navy had less strenuous requirements of 6 g with Mach 2 speed at altitude and high subsonic speed (approx. Mach 0.9) at low level with a length of 56 ft (17.1 m). The Navy also wanted the aircraft with a nose large enough for a 48 in (1.2 m) diameter radar dish.

McNamara developed a basic set of requirements for TFX based largely on the Air Force's requirements and, on 1 September 1961, ordered the Air Force to develop it.   A request for proposals (RFP) for the TFX was provided to industry in October 1961. In December, proposals were received from Boeing, General Dynamics, Lockheed, McDonnell, North American and Republic. The evaluation group found all the proposals lacking, but Boeing and General Dynamics were selected to submit enhanced designs. Boeing's proposal was recommended by the selection board in January 1962, with the exception of the engine, which was not considered acceptable. Switching to a crew escape capsule, instead of ejection seats and alterations to radar and missile storage were also needed. Both companies provided updated proposals in April 1962. Air Force reviewers favored Boeing's offering, while the Navy found both submissions unacceptable for its operations. Two more rounds of updates to the proposals were conducted, with Boeing being picked by the selection board.

In November 1962, McNamara selected General Dynamics' proposal due to its greater commonality between Air Force and Navy versions. The Boeing aircraft shared less than half of the major structural components. General Dynamics signed the TFX contract in December 1962. A Congressional investigation followed, but could not change the selection.




Design phase

The F-111A and B variants used the same airframe structural components and Pratt & Whitney TF30-P-1 turbofan engines. They featured side-by-side crew seating in an escape capsule as required by the Navy. The F-111B's nose was 8.5 feet (2.59 m) shorter so as to fit on existing carrier elevator decks, and had 3.5 feet (1.07 m) longer wingtips to improve on-station endurance time. The Navy version would carry an AN/AWG-9 Pulse-Doppler radar and AIM-54 Phoenix missiles. The Air Force version would carry the AN/APQ-113 attack radar and the AN/APQ-110 terrain-following radar and air-to-ground armament.   A team of engineers at General Dynamics was led by Robert H. Widmer.

Lacking experience with carrier-based fighters, General Dynamics teamed with Grumman for the assembly and testing of the F-111B aircraft. In addition, Grumman would also build the F-111A's aft fuselage and the landing gear.  The General Dynamics and Grumman team faced ambitious requirements for range, weapons load, and aircraft weight.   The F-111 design also included new features on a production military aircraft, such as variable-geometry wings and afterburning turbofan engines.

The F-111A mockup was inspected in September 1963. The first test F-111A was rolled out of Plant 4 of General Dynamics' Fort Worth, Texas facility on 15 October 1964. It was powered by YTF30-P-1 turbofans and used a set of ejector seats as the escape capsule was not yet available.   The F-111A first flew on 21 December 1964 from Carswell Air Force Base, Texas, U.S.  The first F-111B was also equipped with ejector seats and first flew on 18 May 1965.

Initially there were compressor surge and stall issues in certain parts of the flight regime. NASA, the Air Force, and General Dynamics studies resulted in the engine inlet design being modified in 1965-66, ending with the "Triple Plow I" and "Triple Plow II" designs.

The F-111A achieved a speed of Mach 1.3 in February 1965 with an interim intake design.  Cracks in the F-111's wing attach points were first discovered in 1968 during ground fatigue testing - an F-111 crashed the following year due to this issue. The attach structure required redesign and testing to ensure adequate design and workmanship.  Flight testing of the F-111A ran through 1973.

The F-111B was canceled by the Navy in 1968 due to weight and performance issues, along with the need for additional fighter requirements.  The F-111C model was developed for Australia. Subsequently, the improved F-111E, F-111D, F-111F models were developed for the US Air Force. The strategic bomber FB-111A and the EF-111 electronic warfare versions were later developed for the USAF.  Production ended in 1976  after 563 F-111 aircraft were built





Armament

Weapons bay

The F-111 featured an internal weapons bay that could carry bombs, a removable 20 mm M61 cannon, or auxiliary fuel tanks.  For bombs, the bay could hold two 750 lb (340 kg) M117 conventional bombs, one nuclear bomb or practice bombs. The F-111B for the US Navy was to carry two AIM-54 Phoenix long-range air-to-air missiles in the bay. The cannon had a large 2,084-round ammunition tank, and its muzzle was covered by a fairing; however, it was rarely fitted on F-111s.

The F-111C and F-111F were equipped to carry the AN/AVQ-26 Pave Tack targeting system on a rotating carriage that kept the pod protected within the weapons bay when not in use. Pave Tack featured a forward looking infrared (FLIR) sensor, optical camera and laser rangefinder/designator. The Pave Tack pod allowed the F-111 to designate targets and drop laser-guided bombs on them.  Australian RF-111Cs carried a pallet of sensors and cameras for aerial reconnaissance use.

The FB-111 could carry two AGM-69 SRAM air-to-surface nuclear missiles in its weapons bay.   General Dynamics trialed an arrangement with two AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles carried on rails in a trapeze arrangement from the bay, but this was not adopted.   Early F-111 models had radars equipped to guide the AIM-7 Sparrow medium-range air-to-air missile, but it was never fitted.


External ordnance

Each wing was equipped with four underwing pylons. The inner two pylons on each wing rotated to align with the fuselage, while the outer two were fixed. Each pylon had a capacity of 5,000 pounds (2,300 kilograms). Various bombs and missiles could be carried on the pylons. Auxiliary fuel drop tanks with 600 US gallons (2,300 litres) capacity each could be fitted.

The design of the F-111's fuselage prevented the carriage of external weapons under the fuselage, but two stations were available on the underside for electronic countermeasures (ECM) pods and/or datalink pods; one station was on the weapons bay, and the other on the rear fuselage between the engines.  The F-111's maximum practical weapons load was limited, since the fixed pylons could not be used with the wings fully swept.

Tactical F-111s were fitted with shoulder rails on the four inner swiveling pylons to mount AIM-9 Sidewinder air-to-air missiles for self-defense.   Australian F-111Cs were equipped to launch the Harpoon anti-ship missile, and the Popeye stand-off missile.  FB-111As could carry the same conventional ordnance as the tactical variants, but their wing pylons were more commonly used for either fuel tanks or strategic nuclear gravity bombs. They could carry up to four AGM-69 SRAM nuclear missiles on the pylons.





Operational history

U.S. Air Force

The first of six initial production F-111s was delivered on 17 July 1967 to fighter squadrons at Nellis Air Force Base.  These aircraft were used for crew training. 428th Tactical Fighter Squadron achieved initial operational capability on 28 April 1968.

After early testing, a detachment of six aircraft were sent in March 1968 to Southeast Asia for Combat Lancer testing in real combat conditions in Vietnam. In little over a month, three aircraft were lost and the combat tests were halted. It turned out that all three had been lost through a malfunction in the horizontal stabilizer, not by enemy action.  This caused a storm of criticism in the U.S. It was not until 1971 that 474 TFW was fully operational. 

September 1972 saw the F-111 back in Southeast Asia, stationed at Takhli Air Base, Thailand. F-111As from Nellis AFB participated in the final month of Operation Linebacker and later the Operation Linebacker II aerial offensive against the North Vietnamese.  They also supported regional aerial operations against other communist forces such as Operation Phou Phiang III during the Laotian Civil War in Laos.  F-111 missions did not require tankers or ECM support, and they could operate in weather that grounded most other aircraft. One F-111 could carry the bomb load of four McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom IIs. The worth of the new aircraft was beginning to show; F-111s flew more than 4,000 combat missions in Vietnam with only six combat losses.

From 30 July 1973 F-111As of the 347th Tactical Fighter Wing (347th TFW) were stationed at Takhli Air Base. The 347th TFW conducted bombing missions in Cambodia in support of Khmer Republic forces until 15 August 1973 when US combat support ceased in accordance with the Case–Church Amendment.[57] The 347th TFW was stationed at Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base from 12 July 1974 until 30 June 1975. In May 1975 347th TFW F-111s provided air support during the Mayaguez incident. 

On 14 April 1986, 18 F-111s and approximately 25 Navy aircraft conducted air strikes against Libya under Operation El Dorado Canyon. The 18 F-111s of the 48th Tactical Fighter Wing and the 20th Tactical Fighter Wing flew what turned out to be the longest fighter combat mission in history.[61] The round-trip flight between RAF Lakenheath/RAF Upper Heyford, United Kingdom and Libya of 6,400 miles (10,300 km) spanned 13 hours. One F-111 was lost over Libya, probably shot down.

F-111s participated in the Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) in 1991. During Desert Storm, F-111Fs completed 3.2 successful strike missions for every unsuccessful one, better than any other U.S. strike aircraft used in the operation.  The group of 66 F-111Fs dropped almost 80% of the war's laser-guided bombs, including the GBU-15 and the penetrating, bunker-buster GBU-28.
 Eighteen F-111Es were also deployed during the operation.  The F-111s were credited with destroying more than 1,500 Iraqi tanks and armored vehicles.  Their use in the anti-armor role was dubbed "tank plinking".

The F-111[N 1] was in service with the USAF from 1967 through 1998. The Strategic Air Command had FB-111s in service from 1969 through 1992. At a ceremony marking the F-111's USAF retirement, on 27 July 1996, it was officially named Aardvark, its long-standing unofficial name.[67] The USAF retired the EF-111 electronic warfare variant in 1998.




Royal Australian Air Force

The Australian government ordered 24 F-111C aircraft to replace the RAAF's English Electric Canberras in the bombing and tactical strike role.[  While the first aircraft was officially handed over in September 1968, structural issues delayed the entry into service.  The first F-111C was accepted at Nellis Air Force Base on 15 March 1973.  The RAAF's first six F-111Cs arrived at Amberley on 1 July 1973, and three subsequent flights of six F-111s arrived on 27 July, 28 September and 4 December.   F-111Cs were allocated to No. 1 Squadron and No. 6 Squadron, under the control of No. 82 Wing. In Australia, the F-111 was affectionately known as the "Pig", due to its long snout and terrain-following ability.



The purchase proved to be highly successful for the RAAF. Although it never saw combat, the F-111C was the fastest, longest range combat aircraft in Southeast Asia.   Aviation historian Alan Stephens has written that they were "the preeminent weapons system in the Asia-Pacific region" throughout their service and provided Australia with "a genuine, independent strike capability". Benny Murdani, Indonesian defense minister in the 1980s, told his Australian counterpart Kim Beazley that when others became upset with Australia during Indonesian cabinet meetings, Murdani told them "Do you realise the Australians have a bomber that can put a bomb through that window on to the table here in front of us?"

Australian F-111s were bombed-up at RAAF Base Tindal ready to attack Indonesian forces and command systems during the tension in 1999 during the establishment of East Timor's independence and the deployment of the Australian-led International Force for East Timor.

In 2006, an RAAF F-111 was chosen to scuttle the North Korean ship Pong Su that had been seized in 2003 in one of the largest drug hauls in Australia. The Pong Su was sunk on 23 March 2006 by two GBU-10 Paveway II laser-guided bombs. 

The draw-down of the RAAF's F-111 fleet began with the retirement of the F-111G models operated by No. 6 Squadron in late 2007. There was controversial procurement of 24 F/A-18F Super Hornets as an interim replacement for the F-111s while the F-35 program suffered delays.  One of the reasons given for the F-111s' retirement was the high maintenance time required for every flight hour.  The last F-111s were retired on 3 December 2010.
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McDonnell F-101 Voodoo

The McDonnell F-101 Voodoo was a supersonic jet fighter which served the United States Air Force (USAF) and the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF).

Initially designed by McDonnell Aircraft as a long-range bomber escort (known as a penetration fighter) for the Strategic Air Command (SAC), the Voodoo was instead developed as a nuclear-armed fighter-bomber for the Tactical Air Command (TAC), and as a photo reconnaissance aircraft based on the same airframe. An F-101A set a number of world speed records for jet powered aircraft, including fastest airspeed, attaining 1,207.6 miles (1,943.4 km) per hour on 12 December 1957.  They operated in the reconnaissance role until 1979.

Delays in the 1954 interceptor project led to demands for an interim interceptor aircraft design, a role that was eventually won by the B model of the Voodoo. This required extensive modifications to add a large radar to the nose of the aircraft, a second crewmember to operate it, and a new weapons bay using a rotating door that kept its four AIM-4 Falcon missiles or two AIR-2 Genie rockets hidden within the airframe until it was time to be fired. The F-101B entered service with Air Defense Command in 1959 and the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1961. US examples were handed off to the Air National Guard where they served until 1982. Canadian examples remained in service until 1984.




Background


The Voodoo's career as a fighter-bomber was relatively brief, but the reconnaissance versions served for some time. Along with the US Air Force's Lockheed U-2 and US Navy's Vought RF-8 Crusaders, the RF-101 reconnaissance variant of the Voodoo was instrumental during the Cuban Missile Crisis and saw extensive service during the Vietnam War.[4] Interceptor versions served with the Air National Guard until 1982, and in Canadian service they were a front line part of NORAD until their replacement with the CF-18 Hornet in the 1980s.

While the Voodoo was a moderate success, it may have been more important as an evolutionary step towards its replacement in most roles, the F-4 Phantom II, one of the most successful Western fighter designs of the 1960s. The Phantom would retain the twin engines, twin crew for interception duties, and a tail mounted well above and behind the jet exhaust but was an evolution of the F3H Demon while the Voodoo was developed from the earlier XF-88 Voodoo.




Design and development

Initial design on what would eventually become the Voodoo began just after World War II in response to a USAAF Penetration Fighter Competition in 1946. This called for a long-range, high-performance fighter to escort a new generation of bombers, much as the North American P-51 Mustang had escorted the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses and Consolidated B-24 Liberators in World War II. Several companies responded with designs, and the Air Force provided funds for several of them to produce prototypes.

After being awarded a contract (AC-14582) on 14 February 1947, McDonnell built two prototypes, designated the XF-88 Voodoo.  The first prototype (serial number 46-6525), powered by two 3,000 lbf (13.3 kN) Westinghouse XJ34-WE-13 turbojets, flew from Muroc on 20 October 1948.[6] Preliminary testing revealed that while handling and range was adequate, the top speed was a disappointing 641 mph (1,032 km/h) at sea level.  After fitting McDonnell-designed afterburners to the second prototype, thrust was increased to 3,600 lbf (16.1 kN) with corresponding performance increases in top speed, initial rate of climb and reduced takeoff distance. Fuel consumption was greatly increased by use of the afterburners, however, reducing the range.

Although the XF-88 won the "fly-off" competition against the competing Lockheed XF-90 and North American YF-93, the detonation of the first nuclear weapon by the Soviet Union resulted in the USAF (created in 1947) re-evaluating its fighter needs, with interceptors being more important and bomber escorts being of reduced priority, and it terminated the Penetration Fighter program in 1950.  Analysis of Korean War missions, however, revealed that contemporary USAF strategic bombers were vulnerable to fighter interception. In 1951, the USAF issued a new requirement for a bomber escort with all major US manufacturers submitting designs. The McDonnell design was a larger and higher powered version of the XF-88, and won the bid in May 1951. The F-88 was redesignated the F-101 Voodoo in November 1951.





Operational history

F-101A / RF-101G

Despite SAC's loss of interest, the aircraft attracted the attention of Tactical Air Command (TAC), and the F-101 was reconfigured as a fighter bomber, intended to carry a single nuclear weapon for use against tactical targets such as airfields. With the support of TAC, testing was resumed, with Category II flight tests beginning in early 1955. A number of problems were identified during development, with many of these fixed. The aircraft had a dangerous tendency toward severe pitch-up at high angle of attack that was never entirely solved.  Around 2,300 improvements were made to the aircraft in 1955–56 before full production was resumed in November 1956.



The first F-101A was delivered on 2 May 1957 to the 27th Strategic Fighter Wing, which transferred to TAC in July that year,[13] replacing their F-84F Thunderstreak. The F-101A was powered by two Pratt & Whitney J57-P-13 turbojets,   allowing good acceleration, climb-performance, ease in penetrating the sound barrier in level flight, and a maximum performance of Mach 1.52. The F-101's large internal fuel capacity allowed a range of approximately 3,000 mi (4,828 km) nonstop.[18] The aircraft was fitted with an MA-7 fire-control radar for both air-to-air and air-to-ground use, augmented by a Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) system for delivering nuclear weapons,[12] and was designed to carry a Mk 28 nuclear bomb. The original intended payload for the F-101A was the McDonnell Model 96 store, a large fuel/weapons pod similar in concept to that of the Convair B-58 Hustler, but was cancelled in March 1956 before the F-101 entered service. Other operational nuclear payloads included the Mk 7, Mk 43, and Mk 57 weapons. While theoretically capable of carrying conventional bombs, rockets, or Falcon air-to-air missiles, the Voodoo never used such weapons operationally.  It was fitted with four 20mm M39 cannon, with one cannon often removed in service to make room for a TACAN beacon-receiver.

The F-101 set a number of speed records, including: a JF-101A (the ninth F-101A modified as a testbed for the more powerful J-57-P-53 engines of the F-101B) setting a world speed record of 1,207.6 mph (1,943.4 km/h) on 12 December 1957 during "Operation Firewall",   beating the previous record of 1,132 mph (1,811 km/h) set by the Fairey Delta 2 in March the previous year. The record was then subsequently taken in May 1958 by a Lockheed F-104 Starfighter. On 27 November 1957, during "Operation Sun Run," an RF-101C set the Los Angeles-New York City-Los Angeles record in 6 hours 46 minutes, the New York to Los Angeles record in 3 hours, 36 minutes, and the Los Angeles to New York record in 3 hours 7 minutes.

A total of 77 F-101As were built. They were gradually withdrawn from service starting in 1966.   Twenty-nine survivors were converted to RF-101G specifications with a modified nose, housing reconnaissance cameras in place of cannons and radar. These served with the Air National Guard through 1972.




RF-101A

In October 1953, the USAF requested that two F-101As be built as prototype YRF-101A tactical reconnaissance aircraft. These were followed by 35 RF-101A production aircraft.   The RF-101A shared the airframe of the F-101A, including its 6.33 g (62 m/s²) limit, but replaced the radar and cannons with up to six cameras in the reshaped nose.  Like all other models of the F-101, it had provision for both flying boom and probe-and-drogue in-flight refueling capability, as well as for a buddy tank that allowed it to refuel other aircraft.  It entered service in May 1957, replacing the RB-57 Canberra.

USAF RF-101As from the 363d Tactical Reconnaissance Wing at Shaw AFB, SC flew reconnaissance sorties over Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis in October 1962.

In October 1959, eight RF-101As were transferred to Taiwan, which used them for overflights of the Chinese mainland. These ROCAF RF-101A with modified C-model vertical fins with air intake. The intake is used to cool the drag chute compartment and eliminates the 5-minute limit on using the afterburners on the A model.  Two were reportedly shot down.




F-101C / RF-101H

The F-101A fighter-bomber had been accepted into Tactical Air Command (TAC) service despite a number of problems. Among others, its airframe had proven to be capable of withstanding only 6.33 g (62 m/s²) maneuvers, rather than the intended 7.33 g (72 m/s²).   An improved model, the F-101C, was introduced in 1957. It had a 500 lb (227 kg) heavier structure to allow 7.33-g maneuvers as well as a revised fuel system to increase the maximum flight time in afterburner.  Like the F-101A it was also fitted with an underfuselage pylon for carrying atomic weapons, as well as two hardpoints for 450-gallon drop tanks.   A total of 47 were produced.

Originally serving with the 27th Tactical Fighter Wing at Bergstrom AFB, Texas, the aircraft were transferred in 1958 from TAC to the 81st Tactical Fighter Wing, part of United States Air Forces in Europe (USAFE) which operated three squadrons from the twin RAF air stations Bentwaters & Woodbridge. The 78th Tactical Fighter Squadron was stationed at Woodbridge, while the 91st and 92nd were stationed at Bentwaters. The 81st TFW served as a strategic nuclear deterrent force, the Voodoo's long range putting almost all of the Warsaw Pact countries, and targets up to 500 miles deep into the Soviet Union within reach.

Both the A and C model aircraft were assigned to the 81st TFW, and were used interchangeably within the three squadrons. Operational F-101A/C were upgraded in service with Low Angle Drogued Delivery (LADD) and Low Altitude Bombing System (LABS) equipment for its primary mission of delivering nuclear weapons at extremely low altitudes. Pilots were trained for high speed, low level missions into Soviet or Eastern Bloc territory, with primary targets being airfields. These missions were expected to be one-way, with the pilots having to eject behind Soviet lines.

The F-101C never saw combat and was replaced in 1966 with the F-4C Phantom II.[13] Thirty-two aircraft were later converted for unarmed reconnaissance use under the RF-101H designation. They served with Air National Guard units until 1972.




RF-101C

Using the reinforced airframe of the F-101C, the RF-101C first flew on 12 July 1957,[13] entering service in 1958. Like the RF-101A, the RF-101C had up to six cameras in place of radar and cannons in the reshaped nose and retained the bombing ability of the fighter-bomber versions. 166 RF-101Cs were built, including 96 originally scheduled to be F-101C fighter-bombers.

The 1964 Project "Toy Tiger" fitted some RF-101C with a new camera package and a centerline pod for photo-flash cartridges. Some were further upgraded under the Mod 1181 program with automatic control for the cameras.

The RF-101C saw service during the Cuban Missile Crisis and soon followed the North American F-100 Super Sabres in October 1961, into combat when RF-101s from the 67th Tactical Reconnaissance Wing deployed to Vietnam. The RF-101C was deployed operationally during the Vietnam War, sustaining losses with the first F-101 being lost in November 1964 to ground fire. From 1965 through November 1970, its role was gradually taken over by the RF-4C Phantom II. In some 35,000 sorties, 39 aircraft were lost, 33 in combat, including five to SAMs, one to an airfield attack, and one in air combat to a MiG-21 in September 1967. The RF-101C's speed made it largely immune to MiG interception. 27 of the combat losses occurred on reconnaissance missions over North Vietnam. In April 1967, ALQ-71 ECM pods were fitted to provide some protection against SAMs. Although the Voodoo was again able to operate at medium altitudes, the added drag and weight decreased the speed enough to make RF-101 vulnerable to the maneuverable (and cannon-equipped) MiGs and thus requiring fighter escort.

On 27 November 1957 during Operation Sun Run, an RF-101C piloted by then-Captain Robert Sweet set the Los Angeles-New York City-Los Angeles record in 6 hours 46 minutes, and the New York to Los Angeles record in 3 hours, 36 minutes. Another RF-101C, piloted by then-Lieutenant Gustav Klatt, set a Los Angeles to New York record of 3 hours 7 minutes.

After withdrawal from Vietnam, the RF-101C continued to serve with USAF units through 1979.

In service, the RF-101C was nicknamed the "Long Bird;" it was the only version of the Voodoo to see combat.




F-101B / CF-101B / EF-101B

In the late 1940s, the Air Force had started a research project into future interceptor aircraft that eventually settled on an advanced specification known as the 1954 interceptor. Contracts for this specification eventually resulted in the selection of the F-102 Delta Dagger, but by 1952 it was becoming clear that none of the parts of the specification other than the airframe would be ready by 1954; the engines, weapons and fire control systems were all going to take too long to get into service. An effort was then started to quickly produce an interim supersonic design to replace the various subsonic interceptors then in service, and the F-101 airframe was selected as a starting point.

Although McDonnell proposed the designation F-109 for the new aircraft (which was to be a substantial departure from the basic Voodoo),[35] the USAF assigned the designation F-101B. It was first deployed into service on 5 January 1959, with the 60th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron. The production ended in March 1961.[2] The Voodoo featured a modified cockpit to carry a crew of two, with a larger and more rounded forward fuselage to hold the Hughes MG-13 fire control radar of the F-102. It had a data link to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) system, allowing ground controllers to steer the aircraft towards its targets by making adjustments through the plane's autopilot. The F-101B had more powerful Pratt & Whitney J57-P-55 engines, making it the only Voodoo not using the −13 engines. The new engines featured a substantially longer afterburner than J57-P-13s. To avoid a major redesign, the extended afterburners were simply allowed to extend out of the fuselage by almost 8 ft (2.4 m). The more powerful engines and aerodynamic refinements allowed an increased speed of Mach 1.85.

The F-101B was stripped of the four M39 cannons and carried four AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles instead, arranged two apiece on a rotating pallet in the fuselage weapons bay.  The initial load was two GAR-1 (AIM-4A) semi-active radar homing and two GAR-2 (AIM-4B) infrared-guided weapons with one of each carried on each side of the rotating pallet.  After the first two missiles were fired, the door turned over to expose the second pair. Standard practice was to fire the weapons in SARH/IR pairs to increase the likelihood of a hit. Late-production models had provision for two 1.7-kiloton MB-1/AIR-2 Genie nuclear rockets on one side of the pallet with IR-guided GAR-2A (AIM-4C) on the other side. "Project Kitty Car" upgraded most earlier F-101Bs to this standard beginning in 1961.

-101B missile doorFrom 1963–66, F-101Bs were upgraded under the Interceptor Improvement Program (IIP; also known as "Project Bold Journey"), with a fire control system enhancement against hostile ECM and an infrared sighting and tracking (IRST) system in the nose in place of the in-flight refueling probe.

The F-101B was made in greater numbers than the F-101A and C, with a total of 479 being delivered by the end of production in 1961.   Most of these were delivered to the Air Defense Command (ADC) beginning in January 1959.  The only foreign customer for the F-101B was Canada.  For more details on the history of the Voodoo in Canada, see McDonnell CF-101 Voodoo.

The F-101B was withdrawn from ADC service from 1969 to 1972, with many surviving USAF aircraft transferred to the Air National Guard (replacing F-102s), serving until 1982. The last Voodoo in US service (F-101B-105-MC, AF Ser. No. 58-300) was finally retired by the 2nd Fighter Weapons Squadron at Tyndall AFB, Florida on 21 September 1982.




TF-101B / F-101F / CF-101F

Some of the F-101Bs were completed as dual-control operational trainer aircraft initially dubbed TF-101B, but later redesignated F-101F. Seventy-nine new-build F-101Fs were manufactured, and 152 more existing aircraft were later modified with dual controls. Ten of these were supplied to Canada under the designation CF-101F. These were later replaced with 10 updated aircraft in 1971.




RF-101B

In the early 1970s, a batch of 22 former Royal Canadian CF-101Bs were returned to the US Air Force and converted to RF-101B reconnaissance aircraft with their radar and weapons bay replaced with a set of three KS-87B cameras and two AXQ-2 TV cameras. An in-flight refueling boom receptacle was also fitted. These aircraft served with the 192d Tactical Reconnaissance Squadron of the Nevada Air National Guard through 1975. They were expensive to operate and maintain and had a short service life.

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Role:   Interceptor
Manufacturer:      Convair
First flight:   26 December 1956
Introduction:         June 1959
Retired:      August 1988 (ANG); 1998 (NASA)
Primary users:       United States Air Force and Air National Guard
Number built:   342 (2 prototypes, 277 F-106A, 63 F-106B)
Unit cost:      US$4.7 million (1973)  $25.1 million (2014)
Developed from:   Convair F-102 Delta Dagger



The Convair F-106 Delta Dart was the primary all-weather interceptor aircraft of the United States Air Force from the 1960s through the 1980s. Designed as the so-called "Ultimate Interceptor", it proved to be the last dedicated interceptor in U.S. Air Force service to date. It was gradually retired during the 1980s, with the QF-106 drone conversions of the aircraft being used until 1998 under the Pacer Six Program.





Design and development

The F-106 was the ultimate development of the USAF's 1954 interceptor program of the early 1950s. The initial winner of this competition had been the F-102 Delta Dagger, but early versions of this aircraft had demonstrated extremely poor performance, limited to subsonic speeds and relatively low altitudes. During the testing program the F-102 underwent numerous changes to improve its performance, notably the application of the area rule to the fuselage shaping and a change of engine, and the dropping of the advanced MX-1179 fire control system and its replacement with a slightly upgraded version of the MX-1 already in use on subsonic designs. The resulting aircraft became the F-102A, and in spite of being considered barely suitable for its mission, the Air Force sent out a production contract in March 1954, with the first deliveries expected the next year.

By December 1951 the Air Force had already turned its attention to a further improved version, the F-102B. Initially the main planned change was the replacement of the A-model's Pratt & Whitney J57 (itself replacing the original J40) with the more powerful Bristol Olympus, produced under license as the Wright J67. By the time this would be available, the MX-1179 was expected to be available, and was selected as well. The result would be the "ultimate interceptor" the Air Force wanted originally. However, while initial work on the Olympus appeared to go well, by August 1953 Wright was already a full year behind schedule in development. Continued development did not resolve problems with the engine, and in early 1955 the Air Force approved the switch to the Pratt & Whitney J75.

The J75 was somewhat larger than the J57 in the F-102A, and had greater mass flow. This demanded changes to the inlets to allow more airflow, and this led to the further refinement of using a variable-geometry inlet duct to allow the intakes to be tuned to best performance across a wide range of supersonic speeds. This change also led to the ducts being somewhat shorter. The fuselage grew slightly longer, and was cleaned up and simplified in many ways. The wing was slightly enlarged in area, and a redesigned vertical tail surface was used. The engine's 2-position afterburner exhaust nozzle was also used for idle thrust control. The nozzle was held open reducing idle thrust by 40% giving slower taxiing and less brake wear.

A mock-up with the expected layout of the MX-1179, now known as the MA-1, was inspected and approved in December 1955. With growing confidence that the aircraft was now improving, an extended production contract for 17 F-102Bs was sent out on 18 April 1956. On 17 June, the aircraft was officially re-designated as the F-106A.

The first prototype F-106, an aerodynamic test bed, flew on 26 December 1956 from Edwards Air Force Base, with the second, fitted with a fuller set of equipment, following 26 February 1957.
 Initial flight tests at the end of 1956 and beginning of 1957 were disappointing, with performance less than anticipated, while the engine and avionics proved unreliable. These problems, and the delays associated with them, nearly led to the abandoning of the program, but the Air Force decided to order 350 F-106s instead of the planned 1,000. After some minor redesign, the new aircraft, designated F-106A, were delivered to 15 fighter interceptor squadrons along with the F-106B two-seat combat-capable trainer variant, starting in October 1959.

On 15 December 1959, Major Joseph W. Rogers set a world speed record of 1,525.96 mph (2,455.79 km/h) in a Delta Dart at 40,500 ft (12,300 m).  That year, Charles E. Myers flew the same model aircraft at 1,544 mph (2484 km/h).  Nevertheless, Major Rogers received the award because cold war pressures dictated that a military pilot should be recognized.

The F-106 was envisaged as a specialized all-weather missile-armed interceptor to shoot down bombers. It was complemented by other Century Series fighters for other roles such as daylight air superiority or fighter-bombing. To support its role, the F-106 was equipped with the Hughes MA-1 integrated fire-control system, which could be linked to the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment (SAGE) network for ground control interception (GCI) missions, allowing the aircraft to be steered by controllers. The MA-1 proved extremely troublesome and was eventually upgraded more than 60 times in service.

Similar to the F-102, the F-106 was designed without a gun, or provision for carrying bombs, but it carried its missiles in an internal weapons bay for clean supersonic flight. It was armed with four Hughes AIM-4 Falcon air-to-air missiles, along with a single GAR-11/AIM-26A Falcon nuclear-tipped semi-active radar homing (SARH) missile (which detected reflected radar signals), or a 1.5 kiloton-warhead AIR-2 (MB-2) Genie air-to-air rocket intended to be fired into enemy bomber formations.  Like its predecessor, the F-102 Delta Dagger, it could carry a drop tank under each wing.  Later fighters such as the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II and McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle carried missiles recessed in the fuselage or externally, but stealth aircraft would re-adopt the idea of carrying missiles or bombs internally for reduced radar signature.





Ejection seats

The first ejection seat fitted to early F-106s was a variation of the seat used by the F-102 and was called the Weber interim seat. It was a catapult seat which used an explosive charge to propel it clear of the aircraft. This seat was not a zero-zero seat and was inadequate for ejections at supersonic speeds as well as ground level ejections and ejections at speeds below 120 knots (140 miles per hour; 220 kilometres per hour) and 2,000 feet (610 metres). The second seat that replaced the Weber interim seat was the Convair/ICESC (Industry Crew Escape System Committee) Supersonic Rotational B-seat, called the supersonic "bobsled", hence the B designation.  It was designed with supersonic ejection as the primary criterion since the F-106 was capable of Mach-2 performance. Fighter pilots viewed high speed ejections as the most important. Seat designers viewed an ejection at low altitude and slow speed as the most likely possibility. The ejection sequence with the B-seat was quite complicated and there were some unsuccessful ejections that resulted in pilot fatalities. The third seat, that replaced the Convair B-seat, was the Weber Zero-Zero ROCAT (for ROcket CATapult) seat. Weber Aircraft Corporation designed a "zero-zero" seat to operate at up to 600 knots (690 miles per hour; 1,100 kilometres per hour). High-altitude supersonic ejections were rare and ejections at relatively low altitudes and low speeds were more likely. The Weber “zero-zero” seat was satisfactory and was retrofitted to the F-106 after 1965.





Operational history

The F-106 served in the continental US, Alaska, and Iceland, as well as for brief periods in Germany and South Korea. The F-106 was the second highest sequentially numbered P/F- aircraft to enter service under the old number sequence (the F-111 was highest), before the system was reset under the 1962 United States Tri-Service aircraft designation system. In service, the F-106's official name, "Delta Dart," was rarely used, and the aircraft was universally known simply as "The Six."

Although contemplated for use in the Vietnam War the F-106 never saw combat, nor was it exported to foreign users. Following the resolution of initial teething problems – in particular an ejection seat that killed the first 12 pilots to eject from the aircraft   – its exceptional performance made it very popular with its pilots. After the cancellation of their own Avro Arrow, the Canadian government briefly considered purchasing the F-106C/D.

In an effort to standardize aircraft types, the USAF was directed to conduct Operation Highspeed, a flyoff competition between the USAF F-106A and the U.S. Navy F4H-1 (F-4B) Phantom, which was not only as capable as the F-106 as a missile-armed interceptor, but could also carry as large a bomb load as the Republic F-105 Thunderchief fighter-bomber.  The Phantom was the winner, but would first be tasked to escort and later replace the F-105 fighter-bomber in the late 1960s before replacing older interceptors in Air Defense Command in the 1970s.

The F-106 was progressively updated in service, with improved avionics, a modified wing featuring a noticeable conical camber, an infrared search and track system, streamlined supersonic wing tanks which provided virtually no degradation to overall aircraft performance, better instrumentation, and features like an inflight refuelling receptacle and an arrestor hook for landing emergencies.

Air-to-air combat testing suggested "The Six" was a reasonable match for the McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II in a dogfight, with superior high-altitude turn performance and overall maneuverability (aided by the aircraft's lower wing loading). However, the Phantom had better radar – operated by an additional crewman – and could carry a load of up to four radar-guided Sparrow and four infrared Sidewinder missiles, while the Falcon missiles proved a disappointment for dogfighting over Vietnam.   The F-4 had a higher thrust/weight ratio, superior climb performance, and better high speed/low-altitude maneuverability, and could be used as a fighter-bomber. Air combat experience over Vietnam showed the need for increased pilot visibility and the utility of a built-in gun, which had been added to the "E" variant of USAF Phantoms.

In 1972, some F-106As were upgraded in Project Six Shooter that involved fitting the F-106 with a new bubble canopy, a canopy without the metal bracing along the top.  This greatly improved pilot visibility. Also added was an optical gunsight, and provision for a single M61 Vulcan 20 mm cannon. The M61 Vulcan had 650 rounds of ammunition in the center weapons bay and it replaced the AIM-26 Super Falcon or Genie.

The F-15A started replacing the F-106 in 1981, with "The Sixes" typically passed on to Air National Guard units. The F-106 remained in service in various USAF and ANG units until 1988.





Retirement and conversion into drones

Between 1 June 1983 and 1 August 1988 the Delta Darts were incrementally retired and sent to the Military Storage and Disposition Center in Arizona.  When the need for a high performance Full Scaled Aerial Target Drone was required the USAF began withdrawing Delta Darts from storage. Starting in 1986, 194 of the surviving surplus aircraft were converted into target drones and these were designated QF-106As and used for target practice vehicles under the Pacer Six Program by the Aerial Targets Squadron.  The last was destroyed in January 1998.  The drones were still capable of being flown as manned aircraft, such as for ferrying to a test; during the test they were flown unmanned.  The QF-106 replaced the QF-100 Super Sabre drone; the last shoot down of a QF-106 (57-2524) took place at Holloman AFB on 20 February 1997 after which the QF-106 was superseded by the QF-4S and QF-4E Phantom II drone.



NASA research and test aircraft

Six F-106s were retained by NASA for test purposes through 1998. An F-106B two-seat trainer was operated by NASA Langley Research Center between 1979 and 1991.   This Delta Dart was used in research programs ranging from testing supersonic engines to improving maneuverability of fighters. Between 1980 and 1986 the aircraft was modified for the purpose of lightning strike research and became known as the Lightning Strike Plane and was struck 714 times without damage.   On one hour-long flight at 38,000 feet (12,000 metres) in 1984, lightning struck the research aircraft 72 times.   One significant modification was the replacement of the composite nose radome by a metallic radome. Although the maximum speed of the F-106 was Mach 2.3, during the lightning experiments it was flown at subsonic speeds into clouds at 300 knots (350 miles per hour; 560 kilometres per hour) from 5,000 feet (1,500 metres) to 40,000 feet (12,000 metres).  The aircraft was equipped with optical sensors which consisted of a video camera and a light detector. Data acquisition was performed with 1980’s state of the art digital waveform recorders.





Eclipse project

NASA used six drones in its Eclipse Project which ran from 1997-1998.   The Dryden Flight Research Center supported project Eclipse which sought to demonstrate the feasibility of a reusable Aerotow-launch vehicle. The objective was to tow, inflight, a modified QF-106 aircraft with a C-141A transport aircraft. The test demonstrated the possibility of towing and launching a space launch vehicle from behind a tow plane.



The Cornfield Bomber

On 2 February 1970, an F-106 of the 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, piloted by Captain Gary Foust, entered a flat spin over Montana. Foust followed procedures and ejected from the aircraft. The resulting change of balance caused the aircraft to stabilize and later land "wheels up" in a snow-covered field, suffering only minor damage. The aircraft, promptly nicknamed "The Cornfield Bomber", was then sent back to base by rail, repaired and returned to service, and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Mr Zog on April 02, 2018, 04:51:34 am
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The Cornfield Bomber

On 2 February 1970, an F-106 of the 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, piloted by Captain Gary Foust, entered a flat spin over Montana. Foust followed procedures and ejected from the aircraft. The resulting change of balance caused the aircraft to stabilize and later land "wheels up" in a snow-covered field, suffering only minor damage. The aircraft, promptly nicknamed "The Cornfield Bomber", was then sent back to base by rail, repaired and returned to service, and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :eek7:   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
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Post by: Oubones on April 02, 2018, 07:08:30 am
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The Cornfield Bomber

On 2 February 1970, an F-106 of the 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, piloted by Captain Gary Foust, entered a flat spin over Montana. Foust followed procedures and ejected from the aircraft. The resulting change of balance caused the aircraft to stabilize and later land "wheels up" in a snow-covered field, suffering only minor damage. The aircraft, promptly nicknamed "The Cornfield Bomber", was then sent back to base by rail, repaired and returned to service, and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :eek7:   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Maybe we need to buy some of those for our airforce. :imaposer:
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Post by: big oil on April 03, 2018, 01:38:37 am
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The Cornfield Bomber

On 2 February 1970, an F-106 of the 71st Fighter-Interceptor Squadron, piloted by Captain Gary Foust, entered a flat spin over Montana. Foust followed procedures and ejected from the aircraft. The resulting change of balance caused the aircraft to stabilize and later land "wheels up" in a snow-covered field, suffering only minor damage. The aircraft, promptly nicknamed "The Cornfield Bomber", was then sent back to base by rail, repaired and returned to service, and is now on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.  :imaposer: :imaposer:

 :eek7:   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Maybe we need to buy some of those for our airforce. :imaposer:


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 06, 2018, 05:41:28 am
After visiting K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base, it was time to make the drive to the campground and setup camp.  I arrived a Van Riper State Park, a State Campground near Michigamme.

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Upon arrival to the campground, I checked in and purchased some firewood the campground offers for cheap.  I quickly setup my tent and inflated my air mattress.  I was chomping at the bit to ride a few miles, so I unloaded my Ducati and decided to head West towards the village of Michigamme.  Just shot this pic of the welcome sign in the small village, turned around and rode back to the campground, intoxicated by the sound of the Italian L-twin.  Dusk was arriving fast and I don't like to ride in the U.P. after dark, too many whitetail deer, bear, moose, elk, Yeti's, or Sasquatch to worry about hitting.

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After returning to the campground, I felt like a nice long hot shower, so I visited the bathroom and shower facilities a short hike from my campsite.  After the invigorating shower, I started a fire with some old branches I found on my hike.  I'm glad I found the old branches because the wood I purchased from the campground was quite green still.  I put a couple dog dicks on my extended camp fork, and sat back an ice cold beer from my ice chest I had in the bed of my bakkie, I think yous call it a bin.  Of course, I let the one of the dog dicks get too close to the fire and split the skin, I hate when I do that!  One of my pet peeves when cooking bratwurst.

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I enjoyed the brats on some hotdog buns with some ketchup and mustard.  I then just enjoyed myself next to the fire for the next couple of hours, cracking open a few more cans of barley n hopps sleep medication.  After a long drive, I slept like a log in my tent and awoke refreshed the next morning looking forward to straddling the Duc and gliding down the road.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 03:24:24 am
I got a fairly early start, trying to get used to the Ducati, as I hadn't ridden the old girl in quite some time, other than the short ride I took the night before.  I decided to head towards Marquette.  On the way, I was contemplating whether to climb Mt. Marquette with my Ducati.  I thought to myself the only way I'd probably make it to the overlook on top of the mountain was to ride the snowmobile trail, a mix of gravel and hard packed sand, with a few loose sand spots up and down, as there is no paved road to the top.  Nothing a proper off-road tire like a worn Michelin Pilot Sport 2CT can't handle.  :peepwall:



Near Negaunee and Ishpeming, I stopped to grab a pic of Teal Lake facing East. 

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I arrived at the bottom of Marquette Mountain, trying to decide whether or not it was worth it to risk the climb to the overlook, especially considering that side-panels for an '03 Ducati St4s are unobtanium.  Not exactly legal for me to be on the snowmobile trail in the summer, did I mention it is a one-way trail, and I was traveling in the opposite direction of the one-way route?  I decided to make a go of it.  With a couple slips of the clutch on the way up, I made it.

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The overlook is above the Ducati in this pic. 

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The following pics are overlooking downtown Marquette and Lake Superior.

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In this pic, you can see an old ore dock, no longer in use.  Also, a couple of breakwalls to keep the water and waves down in order to control erosion on shore.


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Zoomed in on the old ore dock.

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In this pic, the domed building is Northern Michigan University's hockey arena, a magnificent structure, with enormous curved wooden beams.

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A nice looking sailboat sailing in the bay, along with a couple fishing vessels.

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My Duc, waiting patiently for the trip down the mountain.

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Here's a snapshot of road conditions going down.  Nothing like a 90 degree turn to the left at the bottom of the hill with ABS screaming in protest.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 04:53:08 am
After making my way down the mountain, I was on pavement again.  I moved North through downtown, then around the harbor where I stopped to photograph some very nice sailboats anchored in the harbor.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on April 09, 2018, 04:54:41 am
Nice trip, those simple quiet fires and food clears your mind and are enjoyable.
It must have been interesting to do the gravel on such a long geared roadbike.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:15:06 am
Marquette, Michigan



Marquette is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan and the county seat of Marquette County. The population was 21,355 at the 2010 census, making it the largest city of the state's Upper Peninsula. Marquette is a major port on Lake Superior, known primarily for shipping iron ore, and is the home of Northern Michigan University. In 2012, Marquette was listed among the 10 best places to retire in the U.S. by CBS MoneyWatch.




History

The land around Marquette was known to French missionaries of the early 17th century and the trappers of the early 19th century. Development of the area did not begin until 1844, when William Burt and Jacob Houghton (the brother of geologist Douglass Houghton) discovered iron deposits near Teal Lake west of Marquette. In 1845, Jackson Mining Company, the first organized mining company in the region, was formed.

The village of Marquette began on September 14, 1849, with the formation of a second iron concern, the Marquette Iron Company. Three men participated in organizing the firm: Robert J. Graveraet, who had prospected the region for ore; Edward Clark, agent for Waterman A. Fisher of Worcester, Massachusetts, who financed the company, and Amos Rogers Harlow. The village was at first called New Worcester, with Harlow as the first postmaster. On August 21, 1850, the name was changed to honor Jacques Marquette, the French Jesuit missionary who had explored the region. A second post office, named Carp River, was opened on October 13, 1851 by Peter White, who had gone there with Graveraet at age 18.   Harlow closed his post office in August 1852. The Marquette Iron Company failed, while its successor, the Cleveland Iron Mining Company, flourished and had the village platted in 1854. The plat was recorded by Peter White. White's office was renamed as Marquette in April 1856, and the village was incorporated in 1859. It was incorporated as a city in 1871.

During the 1850s, Marquette was linked by rail to numerous mines and became the leading shipping center of the Upper Peninsula. The first ore pocket dock, designed by an early town leader, John Burt, was built by the Cleveland Iron Mining Company in 1859.  By 1862, the city had a population of over 1,600 and a soaring economy.

In the late 19th century, during the height of iron mining, Marquette became nationally known as a summer haven. Visitors brought in by Great Lakes passenger steamships filled the city's hotels and resorts.

South of the city, K. I. Sawyer Air Force Base was an important Air Force installation during the Cold War, host to B-52H bombers and KC-135 tankers of the Strategic Air Command, as well as a fighter interceptor squadron. The base closed in September 1995, and is now the county's Sawyer International Airport.

Marquette continues to be a shipping port for hematite ores and, today, enriched iron ore pellets, from nearby mines and pelletizing plants. About 7.9 million gross tons of pelletized iron ore passed through Marquette's Presque Isle Harbor in 2005.

The Roman Catholic Bishop Frederic Baraga is buried at St. Peter Cathedral, which is the center for the Diocese of Marquette.




Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 19.45 square miles (50.38 km2), of which 11.39 square miles (29.50 km2) is land and 8.06 square miles (20.88 km2) is water.

The city includes several small islands (principally Middle Island, Gull Island, Lover's Island, Presque Isle Pt. Rocks, White Rocks, Ripley Rock, and Picnic Rocks) in Lake Superior. The Marquette Underwater Preserve lies immediately offshore.

Marquette Mountain, used for skiing, is located in the city, as is most of the land of Marquette Branch Prison of the Michigan Department of Corrections.   Trowbridge Park (an unincorporated part of Marquette Township) is located to the west, and Marquette Township to the northwest of the city.




Climate

Marquette has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with four distinct seasons that is strongly moderated by Lake Superior and is located in Plant Hardiness zone 5b. Winters are long and cold with a January average of 18.8 °F (−7.3 °C). Winter temperatures are slightly warmer than inland locations at a similar latitude due to the release of the heat stored by the lake, which moderates the climate.   On average, there are 11.6 days where the temperature reaches below 0 °F (−18 °C) and most days during winter remain below freezing.  Being located in the snowbelt region, Marquette receives a significant amount of snowfall during the winter months, mostly from lake-effect snow. Because Lake Superior rarely freezes over completely, this enables lake effect snow to persist throughout winter, making Marquette the third snowiest location in the contiguous United States as reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration with an average annual snowfall of 149.1 inches (379 cm).  The snow depth in winter usually exceeds 10 inches (25 cm).

The warmest months, July and August, each average 66.6 °F (19.2 °C), showing somewhat of a seasonal lag. The surrounding lake cools summertime temperatures  and as a result, temperatures above 90 °F (32 °C) are rare, with only 3.4 days per year.  Spring and fall are transitional seasons that are generally mild though highly variable due to the alternation of air masses moving quickly. Spring is usually cooler than fall because the surrounding lake is slow to warm than the land while in fall, the lake releases heat, warming the area.

Marquette receives 29 in (737 mm) of precipitation per year, which is fairly evenly distributed throughout the year, though September and October are the wettest months with January and February being the driest. The average window for nighttime freezes is October 15 thru May 7.   The highest temperature ever recorded in Marquette was 108 °F (42 °C) on July 15, 1901 and the lowest was −33 °F (−36 °C) on February 8, 1861.   Marquette receives an average of 2,294 hours of sunshine per year or 51% of possible sunshine, ranging from a low of 29% in December to a high of 68% in July.




Demographics

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 21,355 people, 8,321 households, and 3,788 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,874.9 inhabitants per square mile (723.9/km2). There were 8,756 housing units at an average density of 768.7 per square mile (296.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 91.1% White, 4.4% African American, 1.5% Native American, 0.9% Asian, 0.3% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.

There were 8,321 households of which 18.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 9.0% had a female householder with no husband present, 3.3% had a male householder with no wife present, and 54.5% were non-families. 38.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.05 and the average family size was 2.71.

The median age in the city was 29.1 years. 12.2% of residents were under the age of 18; 30.6% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 22.3% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 13% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 51.8% male and 48.2% female.




Museums, galleries, and lighthouses

The Marquette Maritime Museum, including the Marquette Harbor Light.
The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum, Baraga Avenue.
The Marquette County History Museum.
The DeVos Art Museum, Northern Michigan University.
The Oasis Gallery for Contemporary Art.





Festivals and events

Art on the Rocks—art festival at Ellwood Mattson Lower Harbor Park
Hiawatha Music Festival Traditional music festival at Tourist Park
Marquette's July 4 Celebration
Marquette's Blueberry Festival
Superior Bike Fest
UP 200 Dog Sled Race
Noquemanon Ski Marathon
Marquette Area Blues Fest
Marquette Scandinavian Midsummer Festival and Wife-Carrying Contest
U.P. Fall Beer Festival- hosted by Michigan Brewers Guild   ;) :biggrin:
Ore to Shore
Marquette Marathon
OutBack Art Fair

Live theatrical productions are also provided through Northern Michigan University's Forest Roberts Theatre and Black Box Theatre, Marquette's Graverate School Kaufman Auditorium and Lake Superior Theatre, a semi-professional summer stock theatre.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:17:31 am
Nice trip, those simple quiet fires and food clears your mind and are enjoyable.
It must have been interesting to do the gravel on such a long geared roadbike.

Thanks.  Yes, felt like I had the campground nearly to myself.

Stock gearing is ridiculously tall from the factory on the ST series. 

I think I'm running 1 tooth down on the countershaft and 4 teeth up on the rear sprocket. 

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:32:47 am
From the harbor, I made my way North along the shoreline, past the US Coast Guard Museum, then stopped at a roadside park to shoot this seagull toilet just offshore.

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The new ore dock in the distance, with a ship being filled with iron ore.

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And that is when I turned around and about shit myself.  A late sixties, early seventies Pontiac GTO Judge with the Ram Air option  :drif: :drif:  Looked like a nice mid 50's maybe early 60's couple driving it, so I had to go introduce myself, and check out this very valuable piece of American history.

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The couple expressed that they do not keep it parked, they drive the historic icon all around the country.  They had driven to the U.P. from Iowa, just spending their days road-tripping.

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Even though not a museum piece, I'd still estimate this car at $75,000-$125,000.  The couple had no issue with exiting the car so I could photograph the car.  They didn't even remove the keys from the ignition while they walked around the park. 

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:37:21 am
Once I was done drooling over The Judge GTO, I moved North towards the iron ore shipping operations.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:46:40 am
Just a little further around the bay, I arrived at one of my favorite spots in the U.P., Presque Isle Park.

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A few folks enjoying the view.

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Facing East, one cannot see Canada.


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Mount Bohemia in the distance.

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I like this spot.  People jump and dive into the water off the rock platform.  The lake bottom appears to be about 3 feet underwater, in reality it's probably 30-40 feet deep.

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Facing South back towards downtown Marquette.

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How can something grow out of what looks like shale?

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 09, 2018, 05:55:50 am
My Italian mistress with her timeless good looks at Sunset Point on Presque Isle.

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Another pic at Sunset Point.  And that's when it dawned on me.  I had one of those deja vu feelings, that I had been in this exact same spot several years earlier with a different Ducati.

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After I returned home, I found a picture taken back in 2007, at the same location, after I'd ridden my 2007 Sport 1000S up to the U.P. on a bike trip and to visit a girl I dated from Marquette.  What's the old saying, as much as things change, they stay the same, or something like that.  A few pounds skinnier, looking fly in my Italian leather suit back in the day!!

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: landieman on April 09, 2018, 10:27:23 am
Thanks for sharing BO
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Thunderlinde on April 10, 2018, 04:03:12 pm
What an entertaining read so far! Thanks BO!  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: mtr89 on April 15, 2018, 07:48:39 pm
I only found thisthreadtoday.
Such a cool report,please post some more,a lot more in fact and do hurry.
Thanks  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 21, 2018, 03:10:38 am
Thanks for sharing BO

What an entertaining read so far! Thanks BO!  :thumleft:

I only found thisthreadtoday.
Such a cool report,please post some more,a lot more in fact and do hurry.
Thanks  :biggrin:


Thanks for following fellow WD's.  Nice to know a few are still finding enjoyment with my report. 

I'll be posting the rest of Day 1 in the U.P. on the Ducati.  Lots more riding and reporting to go for this trip.

I think some may be amazed at what I had to ride through on a street bike in order to find my way back to civilization after getting terribly lost.

Also, what went wrong with the KTM coming up soon!

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on April 21, 2018, 06:54:51 am
Hey glad you back, please carry on with your interesting journey.
I might just be on a roadbike one off these days and find it interesting to see your trip.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: JFE on April 21, 2018, 07:05:10 am
Only now read your thread and it's real good info and insight to your part of the world.
Had a bit of nostalgia early on with the your tour on the Street Glide, makes me miss mine, trade for a newer model Fatboy. But it got me kind of wondering why trade the Glide on the KTM, I convinced my wife that I need both the HD and the KTM, different applications and if I have both, I won't be winding and crying about not haveing the one or the other. Mike sence to me at least.
Planning on touring the lower states within the next two years, or ride down from north to south, still ned to deside. Keep your posts coming.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on April 21, 2018, 07:58:53 am
Thanks for the updates! For some or other reason I thought youve been banned again!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 21, 2018, 10:12:42 am
Hey glad you back, please carry on with your interesting journey.
I might just be on a roadbike one off these days and find it interesting to see your trip.

I'll post an installment later tonight, I have pics edited for the next couple of days of riding.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 21, 2018, 10:16:28 am
Only now read your thread and it's real good info and insight to your part of the world.
Had a bit of nostalgia early on with the your tour on the Street Glide, makes me miss mine, trade for a newer model Fatboy. But it got me kind of wondering why trade the Glide on the KTM, I convinced my wife that I need both the HD and the KTM, different applications and if I have both, I won't be winding and crying about not haveing the one or the other. Mike sence to me at least.
Planning on touring the lower states within the next two years, or ride down from north to south, still ned to deside. Keep your posts coming.

Previous lower back injuries keep me from riding a cruiser type bike. 

In the 11,000 miles I rode the Street Glide, I was never truly comfortable on the bike.

Regardless of make and model, I couldn't ride my dads Yamaha/Star cruiser for more than 50 miles without severe aches and pains.

Too unnatural for me to have my feet in front of me and my knees higher than my rear end.

I'm much more comfortable on bikes with pegs directly below my rear end aka dirt bike position.

@JFE   Are you going to rent or purchase a bike?  Ever head of the Trans American Trail? 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 21, 2018, 10:18:06 am
Thanks for the updates! For some or other reason I thought youve been banned again!

Not quite a ban this time, I was 'muted'  :imaposer:

I could read posts, but not post anything.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 23, 2018, 11:11:52 am
After my deja-vu moment and reminiscing about the trip I'd taken several years prior on a former Ducati I owned, my mind took me back to the good times I had with the young lady I dated from Marquette.  She was a lovely girl, very nice personality, much younger than I, and we never argued about anything.  I eventually broke her warm heart when I told her I loved her dearly, though, only as a friend.  Fortunately, it didn't take her long to get over my dumb ass and she moved to near Dallas, Texas, where she met a nice young man, closer to her age.  They are now married and have two beautiful children.  I contacted her recently, to see if it would be too awkward if her and her husband would join me for dinner on my next trip to Dallas.  She accepted, so if everything works out, I will see her for the first time in several years and get to meet her husband and babies.

Now, back to the ride report, I must stop thinking about her tall slender body walking around in high-heels.

I left Sunset Point and traveled toward the exit of Presque Isle park.  On the way out, I captured the following photo of the mining operation from the north pointing south.

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And the sandy beach area where locals and tourists congregate to enjoy the pure cool freshwater, though you would not know that by the following pic.  I'm not sure where everyone is at.  Maybe rumors flew that there was a Ducati hooligan in town.

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This, Wilddogs is the Presque Isle Pavillion, where the public can reserve for wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc.  It's kept spotless and fortunately, the public doesn't vandalize much in this town.

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I almost forgot to tell you about a local legend that lives here in Marquette.  Some think he's an insane lunatic for surfing Lake Superior in the winter time.  I choose not to judge him, though, if he enjoys himself, why not.  After all, he may think I'm insane for riding motorcycles around curves at high rates of speed.  It is my privilege to introduce you Wilddogs to the legend, Surfer Dan.

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Surfer Dan doesn't get his fill for adventure solely surfing during the warm summer months, he likes to surf the frigid waters during the winter months as well.  Nice head-stand, eh?

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Ride that wave.  Dan is a very experienced surfer.  He has surfed in Japan and Hawaii, but the U.P. is his home and he's been surfing Lake Superior for over 20 years.

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He wears an 8mm wetsuit and 9mm boots if I remember correctly.

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Idolized by many.

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The legendary Surfer Dan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on April 23, 2018, 07:26:57 pm
Hehe, it seems that if you are called Dan, your head is cooked!
2SD is looking nearly normal compared to your Dan! :imaposer:
Google Ben Dekker, you will find that uncle of mine interesting! :peepwall:
Guys like them make this world special.
I had an acquaintance who surfed with two hats on and he always wore two shirts and two pants over each other.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 07:48:21 am
Hehe, it seems that if you are called Dan, your head is cooked!
2SD is looking nearly normal compared to your Dan! :imaposer:
Google Ben Dekker, you will find that uncle of mine interesting! :peepwall:
Guys like them make this world special.
I had an acquaintance who surfed with two hats on and he always wore two shirts and two pants over each other.

I'm not sure who's crazier, it's probably pretty close to a tie between Surfer D and our Wheelchair Express Dan  :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:03:27 am
After my ride up Mount Marquette, then down through the coastal roads, and around Presque Isle, I decided to ride up to Big Bay, Michigan (furthest point north on the following map) to go have a beer at one of my favorite little bars in the U.P.  Once out of Marquette traffic, the road to Big Bay is a long stretch of high speed winding curves.  You'd be lucky if you met more than a couple of cars between the outskirts of Marquette and Big Bay, thus allowing for some high speed fun.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:04:40 am
On my way to Big Baby on this stretch of nirvana, I hit an indicated speed of 140 + mph / 225 + kph, having the time of my life.  The Ohlins shock squirming underneath my arse as the shock is under-sprung for me with me still packing some winter weight.  A few miles before Big Bay, I decided to take a detour and ride into town on the sandy snowmobile trail.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:05:47 am
I arrived in Big Bay and had to find a land mark for the obligatory Summer Challenge for our local community school, so I decided the local post office would work.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:06:25 am
Here I am, looking pretty fly in my Arai  :biggrin: ;)

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:10:24 am
I arrived to find an outdoor festival filled with locals celebrating the towns rescue squad or fire department, I'm not sure which.  I saw a few badges walking around, no place for an outlaw like me, and I my hands were starting to shake, so to alleviate the shakes, it was time to make my way to the famous Lumberjack Tavern on the outskirts of Big Bay.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:15:11 am
The interior of the Lumberjack Tavern is like stepping back in time, when logging was done by men with axe and if you were lucky, a chainsaw.  It had been quite warm on my ride to Big Bay, so I nearly drank 1/2 the bottle of the Busch Light beer with my first gulp, so I had to order another before the first was gone.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: armpump on April 24, 2018, 08:16:06 am
That surfer guy is NUTS.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:18:50 am
The Lumberjack Tavern has been murder free since 1952, luckily.  And this, fellow WD's, is why the landmark is famous.  There was a Hollywood movie made about the murder that took place here, called Anatomy of a Murder, starring James Stewart.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 08:51:06 am
Anatomy of a Murder

Anatomy of a Murder is a 1959 American courtroom drama crime film produced and directed by Otto Preminger. The screenplay by Wendell Mayes was based on the novel of the same name written by Michigan Supreme Court Justice John D. Voelker under the pen name Robert Traver. Voelker based the novel on a 1952 murder case in which he was the defense attorney.

The film stars James Stewart, Lee Remick, Ben Gazzara, Eve Arden, George C. Scott, Arthur O'Connell, Kathryn Grant, Brooks West (Arden's husband), Orson Bean, and Murray Hamilton. The judge was played by Joseph N. Welch, a real-life lawyer famous for berating Joseph McCarthy during the Army-McCarthy hearings. This was one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to address sex and rape in graphic terms. It includes one of Saul Bass's most celebrated title sequences, a musical score by Duke Ellington, who also appears in the film, and has been described by a law professor as "probably the finest pure trial movie ever made".

In 2012, the film was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant".




Plot

In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, small-town lawyer Paul Biegler (Stewart), a former district attorney who lost his re-election bid, spends most of his time fishing, playing the piano, and hanging out with his alcoholic friend and colleague Parnell McCarthy (O'Connell) and sardonic secretary Maida Rutledge (Arden).

One day, Biegler is contacted by Laura Manion (Remick), to defend her husband US Army Lieutenant Frederick "Manny" Manion (Gazzara), who has been arrested for the first-degree murder of innkeeper Bernard "Barney" Quill. Manion does not deny the murder, but claims that Quill raped his wife. Even with such a motivation, getting Manion cleared of murder would be difficult, but Manion claims to have no memory of the event, suggesting that he may be eligible for a defense of irresistible impulse—a version of a temporary insanity defense. Biegler's folksy speech and laid-back demeanor hide a sharp legal mind and a propensity for courtroom theatrics that has the judge busy keeping things under control. However, the case for the defense does not go well, especially since the local district attorney (Brooks West) is assisted by high-powered prosecutor Claude Dancer (Scott) from the Attorney General's office.

Furthermore, the prosecution tries at every instance to block any mention of Manion's motive for killing Quill. Biegler eventually manages to get the rape of Laura Manion into the record and Judge Weaver (Joseph N. Welch) agrees to allow the matter to be part of the deliberations. During cross-examination, Dancer insinuates that Laura openly flirted with other men, including the man she claimed raped her. Psychiatrists give conflicting testimony to Manion's state of mind at the time that he killed Quill. Dancer says that Manion may have suspected Laura of cheating on him because he asked his wife, a Catholic, to swear on a rosary that Quill raped her. This raises doubt as to whether the act was non-consensual.

Quill's estate is to be inherited by Mary Pilant (Kathryn Grant), whom Dancer accuses of being Quill's mistress. McCarthy learns that she is in fact Quill's daughter, a fact she is anxious to keep secret since she was born out of wedlock. Biegler, who is losing the case, tries to persuade Pilant that Al Paquette (Murray Hamilton), the bartender who witnessed the murder, may know if Quill admitted to him of raping Laura but Paquette is covering this up, either because he loves Pilant or out of loyalty to Quill. Through Pilant, Biegler is unable to get Paquette to testify on behalf of Manion.

During the trial, Laura claims that Quill tore off her panties while raping her; the panties were not found where she alleges the rape took place. Pilant, unaware of any details of the case, testifies that she found the panties in the inn's laundry room. Biegler suggests Quill may have attempted to avoid suspicion by dropping the panties down the laundry chute, located next to his room, to avoid suspicion. Dancer tries to establish that Pilant's answers are founded on her jealousy. When Dancer asserts forcibly that Quill was Pilant's lover and that Pilant lied to cover this fact, Pilant shocks everyone by stating that Quill was her father. Manion is found "not guilty by reason of insanity". After the trial, Biegler decides to open a new practice, with a newly sober McCarthy as his partner.

The next day, Biegler and McCarthy travel to the Manions' trailer park home to get Manion's signature on a promissory note which they hope will suffice as collateral for a desperately needed loan. It turns out the Manions have vacated the trailer park, the trailer park superintendent commenting that Laura Manion had been crying. Manion left a note for Biegler, indicating that his flight was "an irresistible impulse", the same justification Biegler used during the trial. Biegler states that Mary Pilant has retained him to execute Quill's estate; McCarthy says that working for her will be "poetic justice".




Inspiration

On July 31, 1952, Lt. Coleman A. Peterson shot and killed Maurice Chenoweth in Big Bay, Michigan.  Voelker was retained as defense attorney a few days later.  The trial started on September 15, 1952,  and Assistant Attorney General Irving Beattie assisted Marquette County Prosecuting Attorney Edward Thomas.   Voelker used a rare version of the insanity defense called irresistible impulse that had not been used in Michigan since 1886.  The jury deliberated for four hours on September 23, 1952, before returning a verdict of not guilty by reason of insanity.  Two days later, after Peterson was examined by a psychiatrist who judged him sane, he was released.  Peterson and his wife were divorced soon after the trial.  Hillsdale Circuit Court Judge Charles O. Arch, Sr. tried the case because of the illness of a local judge.




Cast


James Stewart as Paul Biegler
Lee Remick as Laura Manion
Ben Gazzara as Lt. Frederick Manion
Arthur O'Connell as Parnell McCarthy
Eve Arden as Maida Rutledge
Kathryn Grant as Mary Pilant
George C. Scott as Claude Dancer
Orson Bean as Dr. Matthew Smith
Russ Brown as George Lemon
Murray Hamilton as Alphonse Paquette
Brooks West as Mitch Lodwick
Ken Lynch as Sgt. James Durgo
John Qualen as Deputy Sheriff Sulo
Howard McNear as Dr. Dompierre
Alexander Campbell as Dr. Gregory Harcourt
Ned Wever as Dr. Raschid
Jimmy Conlin as Madigan
Royal Beal as Sheriff Battisfore
Joseph Kearns as Mr. Burke, crime scene photographer
Don Ross as Duke Miller
Lloyd Le Vasseur as Court clerk
James Waters as Army sergeant
Joseph N. Welch as Judge Weaver

Uncredited
Duke Ellington as "Pie-Eye"
Irv Kupcinet as Distinguished gentleman




Production

The film was shot in several locations in the Upper Peninsula (Big Bay, Marquette, Ishpeming, and Michigamme). Some scenes were filmed in the Thunder Bay Inn in Big Bay, Michigan, one block from the Lumberjack Tavern, the site of the 1952 murder that inspired much of the novel.  Though the film was set in and filmed in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, the world premiere for the 1959 film was held at the United Artists Theater in Detroit.




Legal aspects

The film examines the apparent fallibility of the human factor in jurisprudence.  In various ways all of the human components—the counsels for defense and prosecution, the defendant and his wife, and the witnesses have their own differing positions on what is right or wrong, and varying perspectives on integrity, justice, morality and ethics. It is to be noted that the reliance on credibility of witnesses, and the "finding of facts" based upon those determinations, is the "Achilles heel" of the judicial process.

One controversial legal issue in this film is possible witness coaching, a violation of legal canons. The only plausible legal defense Lt. Manion has—the insanity defense—is virtually spelled out to a befuddled Manion by his prospective counsel, who then temporarily suspends the conversation and suggests that Manion rethink his factual/legal position. Witness coaching by the prosecution is even more blatant as they call in other jail inmates awaiting sentencing to testify against Manion, and is portrayed as subornation of perjury to an extent. The first suggests that the defendant may be concealing the truth and manipulating his story in order to obtain the best possible verdict, and the latter that the prosecution dangled a possible lighter sentence through plea bargain as an incentive to perjury.

Thus, there could be a synergy: compounding the inherent fallible nature of the process with the malleability of memory, the potential mendacity of witnesses, the showmanship and "magic tricks" involved in trials and advocacy, and the self-interest, venality, morality, poor perception and recollection, and ethical standards of the participants.




Critical reception

The language used during the film startled Chicago, Illinois, Mayor Richard J. Daley, and his police commissioner. As a result, the film was temporarily banned in the heavily Catholic city.Preminger filed a motion in federal court in Illinois and the mayor's decision was overturned. The film was allowed to be exhibited after the court determined that the clinical language during the trial was realistic and appropriate within the film's context.  In another federal lawsuit in Chicago, the daughter of the real-life murder victim from the 1952 case sued Dell Publishing and Columbia Pictures in July 1960 for libel over accusations that the book and movie "followed [the actual trial] too closely" and portrayed the two women in an unflattering light; the suit was dismissed less than a year later in May 1961.

Anatomy of a Murder has been well received by members of the legal and educational professions. In 1989, the American Bar Association rated this as one of the 12 best trial films of all time. In addition to its plot and musical score, the article noted: "The film's real highlight is its ability to demonstrate how a legal defense is developed in a difficult case. How many trial films would dare spend so much time watching lawyers do what many lawyers do most (and enjoy least)—research?"  The film has also been used as a teaching tool in law schools, as it encompasses (from the defense standpoint) all of the basic stages in the U.S. criminal justice system from client interview and arraignment through trial. The film was listed as No. 4 of 25 "Greatest Legal Movies" by the American Bar Association.

The film earned an estimated $5.5 million in rentals in the U.S. and Canada during its first year of release.

Film critics have noted the moral ambiguity, where a small town lawyer triumphs by guile, stealth and trickery. The film is frank and direct. Language and sexual themes are explicit, at variance with the times (and other films) when it was produced. The black and white palette is seen as a complement to Michigan's harsh Upper Peninsula landscape.  The film is "[m]ade in black-and-white but full of local color".

Bosley Crowther, film critic for The New York Times said, "After watching an endless succession of courtroom melodramas that have more or less transgressed the bounds of human reason and the rules of advocacy, it is cheering and fascinating to see one that hews magnificently to a line of dramatic but reasonable behavior and proper procedure in a court. Such a one is Anatomy of a Murder, which opened at the Criterion and the Plaza yesterday. It is the best courtroom melodrama this old judge has ever seen... . Outside of the fact that this drama gets a little tiring in spots—in its two hours and forty minutes, most of which is spent in court—it is well nigh flawless as a picture of an American court at work, of small-town American characters and of the average sordidness of crime."

Time felt that it was a well-paced, well-acted, and that the explicit language was warranted within the film's context.

In June 2008, the American Film Institute revealed AFI's 10 Top 10, the best 10 films in 10 "classic" American film genres, after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. Anatomy of a Murder was selected as the seventh best film in the courtroom drama genre.

Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 100% of 42 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 8.6/10. The site's consensus states, "One of cinema's greatest courtroom dramas, Anatomy of a Murder is tense, thought-provoking, and brilliantly acted, with great performances from James Stewart and George C. Scott."




Soundtrack

The jazz score of Anatomy of a Murder was composed by Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn and played by Ellington's orchestra. Several of the Ellington band's sidemen, notably Johnny Hodges, Paul Gonsalves, Harry Carney, Russell Procope, and William "Cat" Anderson, are heard prominently throughout the film, and Ellington himself appears briefly as "Pie-Eye," the owner of a roadhouse where Paul Biegler (Stewart) and Laura Manion (Remick) have a confrontation.

Despite being heard "in bits and pieces" the score "contains some of his most evocative and eloquent music... and beckons with the alluring scent of a femme fatale." Including small pieces by Billy Strayhorn, film historians recognize it "as a landmark—the first significant Hollywood film music by African Americans comprising non-diegetic music, that is, music whose source is not visible or implied by action in the film, like an on-screen band." The score avoids cultural stereotypes which previously characterized jazz scores and "rejected a strict adherence to visuals in ways that presaged the New Wave cinema of the '60s."

The soundtrack album, containing 13 tracks, was released by Columbia Records on May 29, 1959. A CD was released on April 28, 1995, and reissued by Sony in a deluxe edition in 1999.




Reception

Detroit Free Press music critic Mark Stryker concluded: "Though indispensable, I think the score is too sketchy to rank in the top echelon among Ellington-Strayhorn masterpiece suites like Such Sweet Thunder and The Far East Suite, but its most inspired moments are their equal."   The score employs a "handful of themes, endlessly recombined and re-orchestrated. Ellington never wrote a melody more seductive than the hip-swaying "Flirtibird", featuring the "irresistibly salacious tremor" by Johnny Hodges on the alto saxophone." A stalking back-beat barely contains the simmering violence of the main title music" The score is heavily dipped in "the scent of the blues and Ellington's orchestra bursts with color."  The AllMusic review by Bruce Eder awarded the album 3 stars calling it "a virtuoso jazz score—moody, witty, sexy, and—in its own quiet way—playful".

Ellington's score won three Grammy Awards in 1959, for Best Performance by a Dance Band, Best Musical Composition First Recorded and Released in 1959 and Best Sound Track Album.




Awards and honors

Wins

New York Film Critics Circle Awards: NYFCC Award Best Actor, James Stewart, Best Screenplay, Wendell Mayes; 1959.

Venice International Film Festival: Volpi Cup; Best Actor, James Stewart; 1959.

Three Grammy Awards

Producers Guild of America Awards: PGA Award; Top Drama; Top Male Dramatic Performance, James Stewart; Top Male Supporting Performance, Arthur O'Connell; 1960.
Michigan Product of the Year.


Nominations

Academy Awards:

Best Actor in a Leading Role: James Stewart

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Arthur O'Connell

Best Actor in a Supporting Role: George C. Scott

Best Cinematography, Black-and-White: Sam Leavitt

Best Film Editing: Louis R. Loeffler

Best Picture: Otto Preminger

Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium: Wendell Mayes; 1960



British Academy Film Awards:

Best Film from any Source Otto Preminger, USA

Best Foreign Actor James Stewart, USA

Most Promising Newcomer Joseph N. Welch, USA; 1960.


Directors Guild of America Awards:

DGA Award Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film, Otto Preminger; 1960.


Golden Globe Awards:

Best Motion Picture, Drama

Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Drama: Lee Remick

Best Director, Motion Picture: Otto Preminger

Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Joseph N. Welch; 1960.


American Film Institute Lists:

AFI's 100 Years...100 Movies: Nominated

AFI's 100 Years...100 Thrills: Nominated

AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores: Nominated

AFI's 10 Top 10: #7 Courtroom Drama

Anatomy of a Murder was one of 25 films added to the National Film Registry in 2012. "The annual selections by the Library of Congress span more than a century of American filmmaking."




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Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 09:02:38 am
And here is where the alleged rapist took his last breath.

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Although, according to local legend, he was shot and killed behind the bar.  The movie people changed the location of the death to out on the main floor.  Also according to local legend, the woman was not raped, she was having an affair, and when her husband confronted her about the affair, she claimed she was raped.
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Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 09:11:07 am
After enjoying a few cold ones at the Lumberjack Tavern, I decided to mount my Italian mistress and head south back to camp.  With the liquid courage I'd just consumed, I rode like a bat out of hell on the way back to Marquette.  I love high speed, it's intoxicating to me to fly through the wind as fast as possible.  Nearing Marquette, I slowed my speed in fear of police presence.  I then rode West on U.S. 41 towards camp, I was thinking how great an afternoon nap would feel back at camp.  On the way, I decided to shoot a few pics of Teal Lake facing West.

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Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 09:11:39 am
Near downtown Negaunee, I shot this pic for you Dogs.  It is home to the United States National Hall of Fame and Museum.  Downhill, Cross-Country, and Ski Jump are very popular forms of skiing in this part of the country.

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Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 09:17:39 am
Upon arriving back at camp, the beers and the noise from the loud Fast by Feracci exhaust I have mounted on my Duc, had made me sleepy, so I took a nap for a couple of hours.  I awoke feeling lazy, didn't feel like riding much anymore, so I drove my bakkie to the nearest convenience store to get some more ice for my ice chest, some diesel for the bakkie, and the most important thing, more beer.  I decided I was just going to relax for the rest of the evening after loading up the Duc on the bakkie, so I could get on the road early the next morning. 


Here's how I relaxed, cooked some brats over an open fire, and a few more cold cold Pabst Blue Ribbon sleep medication and pain reliever!

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Post by: big oil on April 24, 2018, 09:20:33 am
Not a bad day, I had lots of fun riding my old Duc, and she handled some off road riding quite well.  Total mileage for the day wasn't far, only about 213km, but it wasn't the distance that counted, it was the quality of the riding. 

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Post by: landieman on April 26, 2018, 10:35:31 am
thanks for sharing BO,i like the use of bakkie,you sound like a boer seuntjie now
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Post by: armpump on April 26, 2018, 12:13:03 pm
I like the look of the timber in lumberjack tavern
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Post by: eberhard on May 06, 2018, 12:34:38 pm
A pleasure to read! Beautiful pictures. Sooo wish I was there!
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Post by: Bikerboer1973 on May 07, 2018, 10:27:46 am
Still waiting to hear what happend to the KTM.
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Post by: dirtyXT on May 07, 2018, 10:31:19 am
nice touch with the pretend boere wors (farmer sausage). looks legit. :thumleft: keep it coming please
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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:06:52 pm
I slept well, awoke at the butt crack of dawn, and immediately fired up the jet-boil to boil some water for a large mug of mud.  After a few sips of delicious French pressed hair on your chest campfire blend, I was wide awake and chomping on some powdered donuts, the breakfast of champions!

I was happy I’d loaded up the previous afternoon, nothing to do except deflate air mattress, tear down tent, wrap up sleeping bag, toss all in the rear cab of my bakkie and I was on the road again.

First stop was to drain the main vein of some campfire blend, in a small village named L’Anse.

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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:10:51 pm
I was well on my way to my next campground, Twin Lakes State Park, without a care or worry in the world.  It was a gloomy morning, the sun resisting to break through the cloud cover.  I was in no hurry whatsoever, which made for a relaxing drive.

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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:16:22 pm
My second stop for the day was to visit a shrine to ‘The Snowshoe Priest’, Bishop Frederic Baraga 1797-1868.. 

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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:22:12 pm
I always try to stop and tour these grounds when I’m visiting this part of Michigan.  I always feel a sense of peace come over me during my time here, something I don’t feel all that often.  The craftsmanship that went into creating this shrine is second to none.  I find it overwhelmingly beautiful.

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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:23:20 pm
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Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:30:38 pm
This is the view to the north from the shrine.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:45:08 pm
I arrived at Twin Lakes State Park.  Surprisingly, there were numerous other campsites filled with seasonal campers, which was nice.  I drove around looking for which campsite I wanted and found a nice site not far from the lake, with a short hike to bathroom and shower facilities.  Then returned to the self pay kiosk to fill out the short form with CC number to reserve my site as there was no Ranger on duty.

I was chomping at the bit to go for a ride, even though it was dark and gloomy.  I unloaded the Duc, and donned my twat suit.  Fired up the Duc, which I’m quite sure the entire campground heard, lol, because soon after engaging the Duc’s starter button, I had youngin’s walking by to see just what in the hell was making such sounds. With its bucket of nails sounding open dry clutch, they couldn't figure it out.  :imaposer:

Upon exiting the campground, I gave all inhabitants what they wanted baby, what they needed baby, that's right, a symphony of internal Ducati combustion and destruction as I ran the Duc up to about buck twenty.

I had decided I wouldn’t take my heated vest with me  :biggrin:

First stop was the village of Ontanogan to drain the main vein of more Campfire Blend!

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 04:59:33 pm
Ontonaga is the gateway village to the Porcupine Mountains and Porcupine Mountains State Park.

Porcupine Mountains

The Porcupine Mountains, or Porkies, are a group of small mountains spanning the northwestern Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Ontonagon and Gogebic counties, near the shore of Lake Superior. The area is part of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The Porcupine Mountains were named by the native Ojibwa people, supposedly because their silhouette had the shape of a porcupine.


History

The Porcupine Mountains were the site of copper mining in the 19th century. One of these mines is the Nonesuch Mine, which operated sporadically from 1867 to 1912. The Porkies are also the location of a large stand of old growth forest, and home to many black bears. The area is popular among tourists, especially the Lake of the Clouds in the heart of the mountains. There have been numerous bear sightings.




Geology

The most striking geological feature of the Porcupine Mountains is the long basalt and conglomerate escarpment parallel to the Lake Superior shore and overlooking Lake of the Clouds, a continuation of the same copper-bearing bedrock found farther northeast on the Keweenaw Peninsula. A second ridge farther inland, on the other side of Lake of the Clouds, includes Summit Peak, the highest point in the mountains at 1,958 feet (595 m).  Rivers, waterfalls, swamps, and lakes lie between the rocky outcroppings. There are a number of waterfalls on the Presque Isle River in the extreme western side of the park.

The mountains are subject to heavy lake-effect snow from Lake Superior. The relatively high elevation of the mountains and their proximity to the lake provide perfect conditions for lake-effect snow, but no official records are maintained anywhere in the mountains. The closest National Weather Service station is in the coastal community of Ontonagon, where the annual average is about 200 inches (510 cm). Totals of well over 250 inches (640 cm) annually are likely in the higher elevations. It is not uncommon to have 300-inch (760 cm) seasons in this region.




Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park

The Porcupine Mountains are home to the most extensive stand of old growth northern hardwood forest in North America west of the Adirondack Mountains, spanning at least 31,000 acres (13,000 ha). In these virgin forests, sugar maple, American basswood, eastern hemlock, and yellow birch are the most abundant tree species.

Porcupine Mountains State Park was established in 1945 to protect this large stand of old-growth forest, much of "maple-hemlock"type. In 1972, Michigan passed the Wilderness and Natural Areas Act. This act gave the park the new designation of the Porcupine Mountains Wilderness State Park. The facilities provided by the park include an extensive network of backcountry trails for hiking and wilderness backpacking, rustic trailside cabins, modern campgrounds, swimming and boating areas, and various interpretive programs led by park rangers. The North Country Trail passes through the park, making up a portion of the 87 miles (140 km) of hiking trails. In the winter, a ski area also operates within the park. Because of the copper mining history of the park, it is a cooperating unit of Keweenaw National Historical Park.



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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 05:02:55 pm
From an overlook on Lake Superior.  It was so cold near the big lake.  I wish’d I’d brought that heated vest, burrrrrrrr!

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 05:51:01 pm
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:03:23 pm
I made my way to the Lake of the Clouds scenic area visitor center.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:06:37 pm
Parked the Duc, grabbed the Canon out of the tank bag, and made my way up the ramp to begin the hike to the overlook.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:21:05 pm
At the beginning of the hiking trail up to the scenic bluff overlooking Lake of the Clouds, one has two choices to get to the trail start, a ramp or stairs.  I chose the ramp, which just a few minutes prior a large family had used.  As I was walking on the ramp, I looked down and to my surprise I saw a 50 dollar bill wrapped up to about the size of a piece of chewing gum.  I picked it up saying to myself finders keepers, I was so happy thinking about what I’d spend the 50 bucks on, perhaps a couple nice dinners with drinks for the next 2 evenings!

Well, during my hike up to the scenic overlook, which takes quite a bit of time to climb, my conscience kicked in.  Amazing how our conscience works on we humans.  On one shoulder, the little devil saying things like, hey, you found it, it’s yours, keep it, spend it, if you lost a fifty dollar bill, nobody else would give it back, they’d keep it too!!!  The angel standing on the other shoulder saying, it’s not your money, someone else earned the money, it’s their money even if they accidentally dropped it.

So, by the time I’d hiked up to the scenic overlook, my conscience was killing me, the angel won!!

There were probably 30-40 people on the bluff, so I spoke up and said folks, I have an announcement to make.  Knowing full well if I announced I found a 50 dollar bill on the ramp at the bottom of the mountain, who lost it, there’d be many takers, lol, I decided to tell the people I’d found something very small but very valuable on the ramp, but only the rightful owner will know what it is.

Everyone checked their pockets.  Only one person, a nice grandma, spoke up and said, I sure did.  She told me she’d reached in her shorts pocket to retrieve a piece of bubble gum for her granddaughter, and lost a folded up fifty dollar bill.  I handed her the money, everyone present was in amazement I hadn’t just pocketed the money.  She was part of the large family who’d just used the ramp a few minutes before I used it.  Her family told me I had to be one of the most honest people they’d ever met, and nobody does that kind of thing anymore.  It was a feel good moment for me and it WAS the RIGHT thing to do. 
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:33:36 pm
Here’s a few photographs of Lake of the Clouds.  It’s an incredible place visit if you ever happen to find yourself in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

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My pics don’t do the place justice as I had dark n gloomy skies overhead.  When sunlight shines on the Lake it is even more beautiful.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:35:52 pm
Here are pics of the mountain streams feeding Lake of the Clouds.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:44:40 pm
Herewith a few pics of signs containing info on the environment.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 17, 2018, 06:53:23 pm

As I was admiring my surroundings, it dawned on me I did not remember locking up my valuables and removing my ignition key.  I searched every pocket for my ignition key to no avail.  Normally, when my bike is out of sight, or I’m going to be away from my bike for a length of time, I’ll place my tank bag filled with valuables inside a locked pannier.  Same with my Arai helmet.  I could not remember doing either.  Could it be I’d left my Arai on the mirror, tank bag magnetized to the Duc’s gas tank, and panniers unlocked during this entire time?  I’m a very forgetful person by nature.  I have a great long term memory though I suffer with lack of short term memory.



Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on May 18, 2018, 11:24:08 am
Thanks great as always!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 18, 2018, 01:16:00 pm
Thanks great as always!

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 07:31:13 pm
I descended the mountain concerned whether I’d have a helmet, a tank bag, or a motorcycle for that matter since the ignition key was not on my person. 

I was relieved when I found everything intact.  Key in ignition  ::), tank bag unzipped, though nothing taken, even the stash of cash I’d left in there, the pannier door on the chain side was open with my Rukka Argosaurus gloves still sitting there, and as you can see, my Arai still on the mirror.  Shewwwwww, what a relief.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 07:41:11 pm
From Lake of the Clouds, I traveled south out of Porcupine Mountains State Park, destination Ironwood.  Ironwood is one of the furthest western towns, located on the Michigan Wisconsin border.

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On the way I stopped to take a pic in Wakefield, Michigan of the bay from Lake Superior.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 07:43:57 pm
As you can see on the pics above, it was pouring the rain.  And, the rain was frigid.  I could’ve kicked
 my own ass for leaving my heated vest back at camp, I was cold cold cold.  I stopped in a nearby
 parking lot to add a layer and don my balaclava.  Luckily, the inhabitants didn’t know what kind of
outlaw was using their parking lot!!

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Post by: eberhard on May 20, 2018, 07:46:05 pm
Some great pictures there  :thumleft:
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Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 07:51:33 pm
Some great pictures there  :thumleft:

 :laughing4: thanks eberhard  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 07:55:43 pm
The rain would not let up, many motorcyclists were hunkered down at gas stations under the roofs,
 I kept riding just wanting to get to Ironwood for a pic for our Summer School Challenge, and then
 get back to the campground as quick as I could.

I made it to Ironwood, took an iPhone pic at the Industrial Park east of town and turned around,
 and was outta there heading east back to camp.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:03:20 pm
It was a long ride in frigid rain, I stopped in Bruce’s Crossing for gasoline, warmed up inside
the store for a few minutes, then gritted my teeth and headed north back to Twin Lakes State Campground.

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Upon arriving back at camp, I quickly fired up the bakkie to warm the engine, turned the heater
 on high, the heated seats on their hottest setting, and changed clothes.  I sat in my truck shivering
 until the heater and seats warmed my body.  I must have sat in the bakkie for an hour, lol.
 It was like a sauna by the time I was warm, lol.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:05:25 pm
I decided I’d take the bakkie and drive to Houghton, Michigan to my favorite lounge in
the Keweenaw Peninsula, the Ambassador, and eat their famous homemade lasagna. 
On the way I shot a pic of the South Range welcome sign for the Summer School Challenge.

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Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:12:14 pm
A pic from my table inside the Ambassador Lounge.  Not a very good pic.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:19:21 pm
After eating a huge portion of lasagna and 3 beers, I was forgetting about how cold I was just a few hours earlier.

I went down to the Portage Canal and shot a pic of the famous lift bridge and the signs to give you an idea. 

The bridge separates the two cities of Houghton and Hancock. 

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:20:34 pm
A pic of the Portage Lift Bridge.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:22:46 pm
I then traveled south back to Twin Lakes State Park Camp.  Here’s a map of the trip with the bakkie to Houghton and back to camp.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 20, 2018, 08:27:52 pm
Upon arrival back to camp, the nice Yoopers at the neighboring camp asked if I’d like to
 pull up a chair to their raging campfire.  No problem, I enjoyed conversing with them and
 the fire was stick to your bones warm.  I wish I had shot a pic of the fire.  They get a nice
bed of coals going, then they had some huge stumps that they hollow out the center of. 
The stumps burn for hours and the fire coming up through the hollowed out stump is fascinating,
I’d never seen that done previously.

Anyway, here’s a pic of my campsite, where I’d attempt to get a much needed nights sleep.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Tom van Brits on May 20, 2018, 08:51:00 pm
Big Oil I'll subscribe and read this thread/RR once back in SA since I csn unfortunately not see your pics here on Gough Island. Think the host you are using is blocked for us.

Sent from my SM-T231 using Tapatalk

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Nigel X on May 20, 2018, 09:07:01 pm
Love this thread.

Big Oil, I am most impressed by the word 'bakkie' in your report. 😁
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on May 20, 2018, 11:05:37 pm
Nice one, I see you are also AWB! :pot: :peepwall:
Hehe, Not the type with the Nazi notions but an All Weather Biker!
That Ducati is nice.
I am enjoying your viewpoint and the way you do things.
Thanks
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Ama ride ride on May 20, 2018, 11:50:20 pm
 :thumleft: :thumleft:

Nice report.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 02:11:36 am
Big Oil I'll subscribe and read this thread/RR once back in SA since I csn unfortunately not see your pics here on Gough Island. Think the host you are using is blocked for us.

Sent from my SM-T231 using Tapatalk

Cool, Tom, hope you’re well out on Gough and eating your fill of fresh fish  :thumleft:.

Yes, once you’re back I hope you enjoy my report, just expect good pics, not TVB quality pics.  I was wrong about what camera I have.  I previously stated I owned a Canon T3i, after closer inspection, it is a T2i.  Some pics are shot with an iPhone 6s.

Have a safe trip back home and then take a ride on your Honda.   :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 02:14:05 am
Love this thread.

Big Oil, I am most impressed by the word 'bakkie' in your report. 😁

Thanks for positive feedback, Sir Nigel X  :laughing4:

My limited Afrikaans vocabulary consists of maybe 5 words on a good day, bakkie and braai being 2/5  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 02:17:52 am
Nice one, I see you are also AWB! :pot: :peepwall:
Hehe, Not the type with the Nazi notions but an All Weather Biker!
That Ducati is nice.
I am enjoying your viewpoint and the way you do things.
Thanks


Yes, I’m not sure how smart I am for being an AWB.  Normally I wear my Gore-Tex suit when rain is forecasted.  Unfortunately, on that riding day, rain was NOT in the forecast, but Lake Superior can change the weather by the minute. 

Thanks for the Ducati compliment.  I love the old girl, she’s much fun to ride and hear, unfortunately, I feel like a circus bear riding a unicycle when I’m on her.

Hope you’re well, Sir Oubones  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 02:20:05 am
:thumleft: :thumleft:

Nice report.

Thanks, Sir AMA ride ride  :thumleft:

Glad you’re enjoying my report.  About 4 or 5 more days of riding on this trip to report on before conclusion.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:28:10 am
So much for a restful nights sleep  :xxbah: :xxbah:  I had forgotten to turn my ringer off on my iPhone.  At 1am I received a few drunk or crazy text msgs from a friend.  I was in no mood to read or listen, so I shut my ringer off and tried to go back to sleep with zero luck.  I laid there most of the night, listening to the rain, cold, and slightly pissed off.

I got out of my tent to drain the main vein and to see if the neighbors fire was still going, but no luck, the rain had finally extinguished the raging fire by the middle of the night.

Oh well, what can one do.  I added a layer and got back in my sleeping bag and laid there till morning, at least I was warmer now.

Eventually, I couldn’t lie there anymore, got up took a walk around the campground, then went and got the camera, and walked down to the shore to grab you WD’s some pics of the beautiful lake with an early calm.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:34:14 am
A rough night called for some feel good food from one of my favorite spots in the Keweenaw Peninsula, a Finnish restaurant
named Suomi, in downtown Houghton, Michigan, same city I’d eaten at the night before at the Ambassador.

Here’s the Suomi.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:38:50 am
I was frothing at the mouth for some tasty Aamiainen, Finnish for breakfast.  Anything you order
at this restaurant is delicious, with lots of choices on the menu.  If you ever happen to find yourself
 n the Keweenaw Peninsula, do yourself a solid and eat breakfast at the Suomi.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:43:22 am
After filling my belly with delicious food, I went across the Portage Lift Bridge to Porvoo Park to snap some pics of the bridge facing east.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:54:44 am
Portage Lake Lift Bridge



The Portage Lake Lift Bridge (officially the Houghton–Hancock Bridge) connects the cities of Hancock and Houghton, in the US state of Michigan, across Portage Lake, a portion of the waterway which cuts across the Keweenaw Peninsula with a canal linking the final several miles to Lake Superior to the northwest. US Highway 41 (US 41) and M-26 are both routed across the bridge. It is the only land-based link between the north (so-called Copper Island) and south sections of the Keweenaw peninsula.

The original bridge on the same site was a wooden swing bridge built in 1875. The bridge was built by James P. Edward of Fox and Howard Inc. of Chicago. Three local men raised $47,000 in stocks for the toll bridge. Construction began in the spring of 1875 and was finished in the spring of 1876.  This was replaced by a steel swing bridge, the Portage Canal Swing Bridge, built by the King Bridge Company in 1901. The Portage Canal Swing Bridge was damaged when a ship, the Northern Wave, collided with it in 1905. The center swinging section of the bridge was replaced and a similar incident almost occurred again in 1920, but the ship was able to stop by dropping its anchor, which snagged on the bottom of the lake. In 1959, the Portage Canal Swing Bridge was replaced, at a cost of about $11-13 million (sources vary), by the current bridge which was built by the American Bridge Company.


This moveable bridge is a lift bridge with the middle section capable of being lifted from its low point of four feet clearance over the water to a clearance of 100 feet (30 m) to allow boats to pass underneath. The bridge is the world's heaviest and widest double-decked vertical-lift bridge.   More than 35,000 tons of concrete and 7,000 tons of steel went into the bridge, which replaced the narrow 54-year-old swing bridge, declared a menace to navigation on the busy Keweenaw Waterway.  Its center span "lifts" to provide 100 feet (30 m) of clearance for ships.

The original 1959 design by Hazelet and Erdal of Chicago of the bridge's liftspan had roadways constructed on both levels with rails imbedded in the road surface on the lower deck. This allowed the span to be partially raised to allow small and medium boat traffic to pass underneath without disrupting vehicular traffic. From this middle position, the span would then only need to be raised for large ships or lowered to allow trains to cross. With the end of rail service in 1982, the lowest position is no longer needed to allow trains to pass so the bridge is not lowered below the middle position during the summer boating season except for periods of maintenance or repair. In the winter after the lake freezes, the bridge is placed in the lowest position to allow the lower deck to be used by snowmobile traffic.

Hancock and Houghton hold an annual celebration called Bridgefest to commemorate the opening of the bridge which united their two communities.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 03:56:53 am
Michigan Tech University, an esteemed engineering school in our country, has cameras placed all around Houghton Hancock, Michigan.  Here’s a link to their website with a streaming live view of the Portage Lift Bridge.  They also offer stills and time lapse vids.  Neat website.  If you feel like it, click on some of the other cams located on the left side of the web page.

http://www.mtu.edu/webcams/fund/motion.html
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 04:00:18 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 04:48:09 pm
From Porvoo Park, I rode up the mountain exiting Hancock to a bluff and snapped these pics of a building I didn’t know existed.  Still not sure what it is.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 04:50:36 pm
Then I rode a little ways and stopped at the Quincy Steam Hoist used during the copper mining days, now a museum.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 21, 2018, 04:52:31 pm
Some reading and videos on the Quincy Steam Mine Hoist if you wish.

http://www.quincymine.com
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on May 21, 2018, 04:57:41 pm
For a crazy Merican, you are doing a really good job off giving me insight into your part of the world.
Thanks for the enjoyable history lesson! :thumleft:
I trust you are not family of old oilspill :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:35:09 am
For a crazy Merican, you are doing a really good job off giving me insight into your part of the world.
Thanks for the enjoyable history lesson! :thumleft:
I trust you are not family of old oilspill :pot:


Born and bred crazy  :biggrin: and there is NO cure  :imaposer:

There’s no way I’m related to Oilspill, my family tree has more than one branch  :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:40:35 am
From the Quincy Steam Hoist, I rode back down through Hancock, on my way to Hubbell, Michigan.  Along the way, I stopped to snap a pic of this abandoned dredge that time has forgotten. 

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:42:18 am
I then arrived in Hubbell and snapped a pic in front of this fire house.

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And an old Chevrolet fire truck.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:45:18 am
Then I came across these old relics at an outdoor museum.  A beer delivery wagon from the Bosch Brewing company, circa 1874.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:47:20 am
This area of the USA gets so much snowfall, a delivery sleigh was needed to transport goods and dead bodies from the mortuary.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:48:59 am
Another relic, I’m guessing from the mid to late 1800’s.  I’m glad someone kept it and didn’t burn it to be lost forever.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:51:16 am
Sometimes it is too difficult to get the trees to the sawmill, so why not make a sawmill one can drive to the trees.

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And zoomed in slightly.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 04:55:52 am
Continuing north, I arrived in the small village named Lake Linden.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:01:16 am
And then visited this shrine of George Gipp in the village of Calument Laurium.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:06:34 am
Not far away, actually just across U.S. Hwy 41 is the location of the Keweenaw National Historic Park.  If you ever find yourself in the peninsula it’s quite a special place.  Do yourself a solid and make the stop.


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A couple of the buildings on the property.  Aren’t they incredible?  I love the architecture.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:12:01 am
A good sized chunk of Float Copper on the grounds.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:17:44 am
With the amount of snow this peninsula receives each winter, if I remember correctly, the record is just under 40 feet of snow during the winter of 1978-1979, you need some massive snow-removal equipment, even for train tracks.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:21:24 am
A fascinating church in the old part of town in Calumet, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:25:04 am
And now for some negativity from a tradjedy that struck this area.   :-\.

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Why you shouldn’t yell ‘fire’ in a crowded place, unless there is a fire obviously!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:26:13 am
Today, over 100 years later, this is all that remains of the former Italian Hall.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:28:50 am
A little reading on the tragedy.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:30:41 am
Seemed fitting to snap a pic of an Italian bike, manufactured 90 years after the tragedy at the Italian Hall.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 23, 2018, 05:31:24 am
Downtown pic of the old part of Calument, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on May 23, 2018, 05:55:53 am
Interesting and nice places, just not good for biking in winter.
I just wish our downtown areas were as neat and clean.
Here any brandnew building is only neat and clean for a short period.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: armpump on May 23, 2018, 06:40:55 am
Thanks for sharing man.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on May 23, 2018, 07:28:50 am
Amazing area there.  Thanks again for sharing.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 24, 2018, 04:51:03 am
I love those old stone buildings  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 25, 2018, 04:41:06 pm
Thanks for sharing man.

 :thumleft:



Amazing area there.  Thanks again for sharing.  :thumleft:

 :thumleft:




I love those old stone buildings  :thumleft:

Same here.  Built to last centuries with timeless looks.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:18:28 am
From Calumet-Larium, I continued north in the Keweenaw Peninsula.  I decided to leave tarmac for a little trail ride in the Cliff Mine area.  Certainly, a wild looking area.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:30:55 am
It’s a rocky trail, perfect for an off road tire like a Michelin Pilot Power size 190/50/17 rear and 120/70/17 front  :imaposer:


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:32:02 am

Came upon this little stream crossing.  What was I to do, I’m on a street bike not a dual sport or dirt bike.  Will I make it across?


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:34:54 am
Does a bear shit in the woods?  I was relieved to get the Duc back on the tarmac.  Once I arrived back to the tarmac, I saw this sign.  Great.  Luckily, I only had to ride the loose gravel for a few miles.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:36:01 am
A pic of the Duc with Cliff Mountain behind.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:38:09 am
I love my Duc.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 12:39:33 am
A little reading for you WildDog’s about the Cliff Mine.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 01:53:25 am
From Cliff Mine, I continued north to ride a road what can only be described as heavenly.  Five Mile Point road is nothing but curves, roller coaster perfect pavement, and Lake Superior’s beautiful blue waters.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 01:56:08 am
Following pics of the views Five Mile Point road offers.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 01:57:21 am
An Iron Ore freighter in the distance, most likely sailing toward Duluth, Minnesota or Superior, Wisconsin.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 01:58:28 am
Curves, curves, and more curves.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 01:59:38 am
And best of all, hardly any cagers.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:01:54 am
I even rode this stretch of hard packed gravel to practice my TT skills.  Love riding dirt on a non-traction control bike.  No electronic nannies to get in the way of steering with the rear.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:06:24 am
Turned around and rode back towards Eagle River, Michigan.  Decided to stop for a drink break at a roadside picnic area named, WC Veale Park.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:08:25 am
After quenching my thirst, back on Heavenly road aka Five Mile Point Road.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:09:14 am
Back to the main road towards Eagle River, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:11:23 am
This monument shows respect to Douglas Houghton, for which the County is named after.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:14:51 am
Arriving at Eagle River.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:22:43 am
Whoopsie Daisy, I need to back up to Calumet.  I just discovered several pics I didn’t include.

More pics of the amazing church.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:24:45 am
And the fire station.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:27:25 am
A building erected in 1891, now Carmelitas.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:30:13 am
And look what was parked back of Carmelitas.  Appears Bundu was here.

Zoom in on the decal adhered to the chain guard on the old Kawasaki.  :pot:


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:34:24 am
A little more reading on the Italian Hall tragedy.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:37:43 am
I need to back up slightly again, my favorite home on Five Mile Point Road. 

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:40:58 am
Now, back to Eagle River, Michigan.

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Eagle River Museum

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:44:58 am
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I’ve always been fascinated by this bridge.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:47:48 am
When I was admiring the bridge, a couple drove up in this little outfit.  I liked it.  We struck up a convo about the tear-drop trailer.  He said it’s small, easy to pull, and the small Jeep pulls it quite nicely and still provides decent fuel efficiency.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:49:44 am
After our convo ended, I continued north on Lake Shore Drive en route to Eagle Harbor, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:51:57 am
Though not before stopping to snap a few pics of Jacob Falls.

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Unfortunately, with the South African male in the way, I could not obtain an unobstructed pic of the falls.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 02:55:20 am
I was able to snap a pic of the top of the falls just above the giants head.

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And the other side of the road with a pic of the stream and runoff.

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But again, a pic of Jacobs Falls unobstructed was not to be had with the South African sized family enjoying the view.  :pot:

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:00:11 am
A few meters up the road, it was recommended to me by the South African family to stop at the Jampot bakery and get some donuts and sweet-rolls baked by the Monks.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 26, 2018, 03:04:36 am
It can't be a South African male.  :sip:


He isn't wearing long socks with a comb stuck in them  :deal: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:05:04 am
And this Russian type Skete is where the monks rough it, lol.

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The locals hate the monks.  Hate is an understatement, the locals want them dead apparently.  It wasn’t until after I purchased the sweet-rolls that I heard the whole Byzantine Catholic Monk nonsense is all an act, according to the locals.  Apparently, again according to the locals, these monks are a bunch of accountants and tax and land attorneys that swindled the elderly couple who previously owned the Russian Skete out of all their land for pennies on the dollar.   :xxbah:

I must say though, for a bunch of swindlers, they sure know how to make homemade jam and sweet-rolls.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:05:42 am
It can't be a South African male.  :sip:


He isn't wearing long socks with a comb stuck in them  :deal: :imaposer:

I just typed that for shits n giggles.

If I had to guess, he’s a corn fed Ohio farmer.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:10:20 am
After the Monk bakery, I continued north towards Eagle Harbor.  On the way, I snapped a few pics of Lake Superior.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:14:04 am
My location in the Keweenaw Peninsula in case you’re wondering.  The ‘you are here’ is the area where these pics were obtained.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:15:48 am
Stopped at Great Sand Bay to snap a few.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:19:24 am
I think this guy has it all figured out.  What a place for a small cabin.  I really like this small bay on Lake Superior.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:20:41 am
To give you an idea on how curvy the road is.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:26:19 am
A few miles up the road and I arrived in Eagle Harbor bay.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:27:13 am
The beach has some lovely ivory colored sugar sand.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:28:22 am
And another pic of the lovely sand beach.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on May 26, 2018, 03:32:20 am
And yet another pic of the lovely sand beach.

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And that is when I got busted by the lovely young red head.  She knew I was snapping pics of her and she knew I liked what I was snapping pics of.  When she turned back to see if I liked the pose she gave me, I’m sure this is what she saw.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on May 28, 2018, 10:09:27 pm
Lovely beach...  :drif: :peepwall:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on May 29, 2018, 05:47:56 am
Nice big lake, no yachts?
Is it too cold in winter?
I like the twisty road.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: eberhard on June 05, 2018, 07:57:51 pm
Your bitch beach? Nice two piece too.  :thumleft:
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:24:08 am
A couple of photos of the bay the lovely young woman had just swum in.  I enjoy this area as it is a little slice of heaven.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:30:29 am
From the bay, I continued north on Lakeshore drive to Brockway Mountain Drive.  BMD is a stretch of twists and turns up the mountain to the West Bluff, though the quality of the tarmac is abysmal, most likely from the weather the tip of the peninsula receives each winter.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:31:15 am
My location on the peninsula.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:33:58 am
The following pics are from the West Bluff of Brockway Mountain, near the city of Copper Harbor, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:35:45 am
A little reading on the area known as Copper Country.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:37:50 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:38:37 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:43:38 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:45:22 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:46:07 am
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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:46:51 am
A mountain lake named Lake Manganese in the distance. 

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:48:17 am
Golf course in the distance.  If I remember correctly, the name is Keweenaw Mountain Lodge.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:50:40 am
Keweenaw Copper enlightened and changed our world forever.  Copper from this area made its way all across the globe.


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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:54:25 am
An aerial view of the West Bluff.  The gift shop is no longer there.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:55:16 am
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 03:59:58 am
Descending Brockway Mountain, there’s an overlook to park at in order to view Lake Fanny Hooe.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:02:42 am
The small village of Copper Harbor, Michigan.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:03:45 am
A few pics of Copper Harbor.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:04:34 am
Copper Harbor lighthouse in the distance.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:05:14 am
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:06:22 am
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:08:24 am
A couple kayaking the calm and pure Copper Harbor water.  Looks like fun to me.  I’ve yet to purchase a kayak, hoping to in the future.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:10:19 am
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:18:33 am
Fort Wilkins Historic State Park

Fort Wilkins Historic State Park is a historical park operated by the U.S. state of Michigan at Copper Harbor, Michigan. It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, and is a "Cooperating Site" of the Keweenaw National Historical Park.

Copper Harbor is located at the northern tip of the Keweenaw Peninsula, bordering Lake Superior. It is one of the best natural harbors in Keweenaw County and was a quick focus of attention after copper was discovered on the peninsula in the 1830s.

In the early 1840s, a copper rush took place, with fortune-seekers moving from all directions to the peninsula. The U.S. government was concerned about possible disorder and violence, and lake shipping interests asked the government to build an aid to navigation so that essential supplies could be shipped in and the copper moved out.

The U.S. Army occupied Fort Wilkins, located east of Copper Harbor, Michigan on the strait of land between Copper Harbor and northern shore of Lake Fanny Hooe, in 1844. The troops stationed there were intended to help with local law enforcement and to keep the peace between miners and the local Ojibwas; some Chippewa opposed the Treaty of La Pointe that had ceded the area to the United States in 1842-1843.

However, the fort proved to be unnecessary. The Chippewa largely accepted the influx, and the miners were law-abiding. The Army built 27 structures, including a guardhouse, powder magazine, 7 officer's quarters, two barracks, two mess halls, hospital, storehouse, sutler's store, quartermaster's store, bakery, blacksmith's shop, carpenter's shop, icehouse, four quarters for married enlisted men, stables, and a slaughter house, to house the operations of two full-strength infantry companies. Several of these structures still survive. Others have been rebuilt following archaeological excavations.

When it was first garrisoned in 1844, two companies (A and B of the 5th infantry) were stationed there. When war was declared with Mexico, the soldiers were needed elsewhere. Companies A and B were sent to Texas and were replaced by Company K. The next year Company K was also sent to Mexico, and in 1846 the fort was temporarily abandoned, leaving behind a single caretaker, a Sergeant William Wright.

While the passing of Wright in 1855, the fort was subsequently rented by a Dr. Livermore, who hoped to open a health resort for people to come and take the bracing lake air. This plan fell through after his death in 1861. Dr. Livermore's tombstone and that of his daughter can still be found in the Copper Harbor Cemetery.

After the American Civil War, the U.S. army reoccupied Fort Wilkins for three years in 1867-1870. The U.S. Army needed a place for men to serve out the rest of their enlistments from the war. Company E was stationed there from 1867 until May 1869, when they were replaced by Company K First Infantry. The army permanently abandoned the facility at the end of August 1870.


In 1848, the Copper Harbor Lighthouse complex was begun on the tip of the eastern point of land, also sometimes called Hays Point, that sits at the entrance of the harbor. In 1923, the fort and adjacent lighthouse became a Michigan state park.

The historic portion of Fort Wilkins and nearby lighthouse are operated as a unit of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources and Environment's Park and Recreation Division as the immediately adjacent state park.

As of 2010, the facility is open to the public in summer months. For ten weeks each summer (June–August) the fort is staffed with costumed personnel; they are historical interpreters portraying Army life during the fort's final summer as an active post.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:19:55 am
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:22:38 am
Another place in my bucket, Isle Royale National Park.  An abundance of natural wildlife can be found on the island, which is astounding in and of itself, considering the island is 45 miles off the mainland.  Amazing the wolves, bears, moose, and all other animals swam such a distance.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:26:55 am
US 41 begins north of Copper Harbor, Michigan and runs all the way to Miami, Florida, opposite side of the Florida peninsula than our fellow WD’s, Mr. and Mrs. Zog and the Zog doggies.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:29:59 am
Some info on IRNP:  https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isle_Royale_National_Park

How to visit:  https://www.nps.gov/isro/index.htm
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:30:56 am
Closer pics of Copper Harbor lighthouse.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:31:57 am
Zoomed in.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:33:45 am
From Copper Harbor, I then rode back south down the peninsula, loaded up the Duc, and headed East.  A magnificent day of riding.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 04:38:09 am
Ended up driving all the way to Manistique as a hotel room was hard to come by in Marquette or Munising.  That was okay with me, because my favorite mom n pop motel in the U.P. Is in Manistique, and when I called them, they had my favorite room awaiting my arrival, with the A/C set at 62F, just the way I like to sleep, in frigid temps for most people.  Yes, I’m one of those weirdos who sleeps with the window open in the dead of winter. 

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Post by: Oubones on June 07, 2018, 04:56:07 am
Windows open in the cold?
Ok, you are definitely weird. :pot:
You are really privileged to be able to travel in such beautiful places.
Thanks for sharing.
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:05:33 am
Windows open in the cold?
Ok, you are definitely weird. :pot:
You are really privileged to be able to travel in such beautiful places.
Thanks for sharing.

Yes, I’m a polar bear.  I’m in Texas currently, on a multi month motorbike trip.  The weather in North Texas has been unseasonably warm, with high temps over 100 degrees all last week.  This week, the temps have been below 100F, but the heat index (feels like temp) has been well in to the 100’s. 

Yesterday, I went out for a ride for 2 hours and drank 6 liters of water, still wasn’t enough.  I was severely dehydrated last evening, with cramps and muscle spasms. 

It’s only going to get hotter in New Mexico and Arizona, before I can get to the higher elevations of Colorado and California.  I’m looking forward to some 60 degree temps!
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:07:21 am
Your bitch beach? Nice two piece too.  :thumleft:

I wish  ;)
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:15:57 am
And now for a treat I hope you enjoy as much as I do when I visit.  A magical place called Kitch-iti-Kipi, Indian for ‘big cold water’.  Originally called ‘Mirror of Heaven’ by early Indians in the area.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:18:35 am
Kitch-iti-kipi ("KITCH-i-tee-KI-pee" with short "i"s) is Michigan's largest natural freshwater spring.  The name means big cold water and is sometimes referred to as The Big Spring.  Its original name was the "Mirror of Heaven" given to it by the early Native Americans.

Kitch-iti-kipi spring is one of Michigan's Upper Peninsula's major tourist attractions.  It is northwest of Manistique about six miles (9.7 km) west on US Highway 2 and 12 miles (19 km) north on M-149 in Thompson Township, Schoolcraft County at the northern terminus. It is located within the Palms Book State Park.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:21:40 am
Kitch-iti-kipi is an oval pool measuring 300 by 175 feet (91 m × 53 m) and is about 40 feet (12 m) deep with an emerald green bottom.  From the fissures in underlying limestone flows 10,000 US gallons per minute (630 l/s) of spring water throughout the year at a constant temperature of 45 °F (7 °C).

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:24:02 am
Hydraulic  pressure forces the groundwater to the surface. It is not known exactly where this enormous volume of water comes from. The spring's pool bowl is similar to other sinkholes except it is connected with an aquifer (underground stream) to Indian Lake. The small spring pool was created when the top layer of limestone dissolved away and collapsed into the cave already created by the underground water.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:29:53 am
Ancient tree trunks with mineral encrusted branches can be seen, as well as fish that appear to be suspended in the crystal clear waters of the spring.  The fish are lake trout, brown trout and brook trout. On occasion one may spot yellow perch and other species that move between Big Spring and Indian Lake.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:31:29 am
A kaleidoscope effect of ever-changing shapes and forms are caused by the clouds of sand kept in constant motion by the gushing waters that are created by the fast moving waters of Big Spring.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:32:52 am
A self-operated observation raft guides park visitors to vantage points overlooking the underwater features.  This raft is on a cable that is pulled across the spring pool by park visitors or by a park employee. There are viewing windows where visitors can see the fast flowing spring. Visitors can look over the side of the raft for viewing as well. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the raft, dock, concession stand and ranger's quarters with other groups that participated.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:34:32 am
The state of Michigan acquired Kitch-iti-kipi in 1926. History records that John I. Bellaire, owner of a Manistique Five and Dime store, fell in love with the black hole spring when he discovered it in the thick wilderness of Michigan's Upper Peninsula in the 1920s. It was hidden in a tangle of fallen trees and loggers were using the nearby area as a dump.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:35:26 am
John Bellaire.



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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:36:40 am
Bellaire saw its potential as a public recreational spot. He could have purchased the spring and adjoining property himself; however, he persuaded Frank Palms of the Palms Book Land Company to sell the spring and 90 acres (36 ha) to the state of Michigan for $10. The property deed requires the property to be forever used as a public park, bearing the name Palms Book State Park.  The State of Michigan has since acquired adjacent land so the park now encompasses over 300 acres (120 ha).


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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:38:11 am
The following are Native American legends that some say were made up by Bellaire himself to publicize the park.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:40:10 am
One legend goes that Kitch-iti-kipi was a young chieftain of the area. He told his girlfriend that he loved her far more than the other dark-haired maidens dancing near his birchbark wigwam. She claimed she wanted to put him through a test of love and demanded, "Prove it!" The test of his devotion was that he must set sail in his canoe on this spring lake deep in the conifer swamp. She would then leap from an overhanging branch in an act of faith. He was to catch her from his canoe proving his love.  He then took his fragile canoe onto the icy waters of the lake looking for her. Eventually his canoe tipped over in the endeavor. He drowned in the attempt to satisfy the vanity of his love for this Native American maid. It turned out she was back at her village meanwhile with other Native American maidens laughing about his frivolous quest. The spring was then named in his memory.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:41:38 am
Another legend was that they took a drop of honey on a piece of birch bark and dipped it into the spring. This was then presented to a loved one to make them true forever.


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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:44:51 am
Another legend talks about the tamarack trees growing on the banks of the spring. A small piece of the bark was ground in a mortar and pestle. The remnants were then placed in an individual's empty pockets and magically would be replaced by glittering gold at exactly midnight that night.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:47:36 am
Other Native American legends tell of some Chippewa parents who came to the pool seeking names for their newborn sons or daughters. They supposedly found names like Satu (darling), Kakushika (big eye), Natukoro (lovely flower) and We-shi (little fish) in the sounds of the rippling water.   Still other legends say the Chippewa Native Americans had even attributed special healing powers to the spring waters.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:49:15 am
The name Kitch-iti-kipi is said to have many meanings in the Chippewa's language. Some were “The Great Water”, ”The Blue Sky I See”, and “Bubbling Spring”. Other Chippewa Native Americans called it “The Roaring“, "Drum Water”, and the “Sound of Thunder” - even though there is total silence coming from the spring!


Anyone care to take a guess at the depth of the submerged timber?  Closest answer will get an all expense paid breakfast sandwich at Wimpy’s when I visit South Africa next year.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:53:55 am
The forest surrounding Kitch-it’s-kipi.

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:55:47 am
Litter or vandalism will not be tolerated at this magical place.


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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 05:57:53 am
 Go Pro footage of Kitch-iti-kipi






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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 06:07:01 am
Just a short ride day.  After visiting Big Spring, I ate a wonderful Walleye dinner at a local tavern, then went to rest at the mom n pop motel.

Little did I know what I would face the next day.

To be continued...................

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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 06:13:40 am
Here’s a little teaser for the harrowing experience I faced with the Dual Sport Ducati the next day!

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Post by: eberhard on June 07, 2018, 06:59:33 am
Quite some great pictures you've put up there. Thanks.
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 07:01:47 am
Quite some great pictures you've put up there. Thanks.

Thank you, Sir eberhard, nice to know somebody is enjoying my report!  :thumleft:
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Post by: McSack on June 07, 2018, 07:15:54 am
Kitch-iti-kipi looks like it could be an amazing place to dive @big oil
Scuba allowed?
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Post by: woody1 on June 07, 2018, 07:49:06 am
I could settle in any of these places that you are showing us.  What a life to be able to live there.

Thanks for sharing.

And ? did the MUD MONSTER catch you ? :imaposer:
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Post by: Takashi on June 07, 2018, 08:00:06 am
I am guessing the trees in that picture is much deeper than most people would think.

Maybe 12 meters (or about 40 feet for you weirdos who cant make use of the metric system)

Lovely pictures, makes me want to come visit the US.
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Post by: J-dog on June 07, 2018, 01:45:57 pm
Wow, say what you want about 'Merica, but this is just beyond awesome. Not just the natural beauty, but the civility of the whole place. Like paradise. Thanks BO.

I've only been to Atlanta and NYC (Shitholes) but the US country/small town/heritage sites/preservations etc look like god's own country.

Well done to the lot of you for showing the world how things could be done!

P.S. I guess 40m deep for a Wimpy burger.
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Post by: big oil on June 07, 2018, 10:24:34 pm
Kitch-iti-kipi looks like it could be an amazing place to dive @big oil
Scuba allowed?

Howdy McSack,  I would imagine it’d be an amazing place for a dive.

To answer your question:

LAND USE ORDERS OF THE DIRECTOR

Chapter V –State Parks and Recreation Areas

Amendment No 10 of 2007

Palms book state park, prohibited conduct.

(3) A person shall not do any of the following at palms book SP:

(a) Swim, bathe, skin or scuba dive, fish, or boat in the big spring, Kitchitikipi, palms book SP.

(b) Use the department owned raft on the big spring for anything other than viewing.



The Department of Natural Resources sets the rules for Michigan’s State Parks:

https://www.michigan.gov/documents/dnr/07LUOD10_PRD_AlgonacSP_ACTION_Jul07NRC_199469_7.pdf
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Post by: big oil on June 08, 2018, 05:16:29 am
I could settle in any of these places that you are showing us.  What a life to be able to live there.

Thanks for sharing.

And ? did the MUD MONSTER catch you ? :imaposer:

Thanks, Sir Woody1, I’m very thankful for being born and raised in such a beautiful wild State :thumleft:

Lots of mud and deep sand on the wrong type of bike with street tires coming up!
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Post by: big oil on June 08, 2018, 05:20:14 am
I am guessing the trees in that picture is much deeper than most people would think.

Maybe 12 meters (or about 40 feet for you weirdos who cant make use of the metric system)

Lovely pictures, makes me want to come visit the US.

Much deeper than appears  :thumleft:  I’ll provide the answer once a few more guesses come.

Come on over, enjoy my beautiful state, may even be able to give you a guided tour, if you wish and time allows.
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Post by: big oil on June 08, 2018, 05:25:40 am
Wow, say what you want about 'Merica, but this is just beyond awesome. Not just the natural beauty, but the civility of the whole place. Like paradise. Thanks BO.

I've only been to Atlanta and NYC (Shitholes) but the US country/small town/heritage sites/preservations etc look like god's own country.

Well done to the lot of you for showing the world how things could be done!

P.S. I guess 40m deep for a Wimpy burger.

You’re welcome :thumleft:

I have yet to visit NYC, but I agree Hotlanta is a shithole, though some of the roads north of the city are magnificent.  I don’t go into the city, when I ride down that way, most likely never will  :biggrin:

I’ll share the depth of the timber after or if a few more guesses come.
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Post by: Oubones on June 08, 2018, 07:01:40 am
45 ft and I will make you breakfast if you come to SA!
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Post by: BMWPE on June 08, 2018, 07:33:43 am
30 meters
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Post by: Mr Zog on June 09, 2018, 04:14:11 am
150 feet  :sip:

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Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 03:43:29 am
The depth of the springs at the bottom of Kitch-iti-kipi are at a depth of approximately 12 meters.

The timber that has fallen into the water has fallen on the banks underwater created by the springs pushing the sands up.

Although the timber appears to be 2-3 cm and one diving in the water would most definitely hit the timber, the timber is actually at a depth of around 6 meters.  Truly a sight to see in person. 

Out of all the places I’ve ridden on a motorbike in my country and Canada, Kitch-iti-kipi is probably the most beautiful natural wonder I’ve ever laid eyes on.  I really enjoy visiting the ‘Mirror of Heaven’ anytime I’m in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.

It appears Takashi was closest with his guess.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 04:51:24 am
I awoke from a very restful nights sleep at the Colonial Motel.  Fired up the JetBoil for a large mug of French pressed coffee and sat out on the deck adjoined to my room and enjoyed the foggy view of Lake Michigan across the road.

After morning coffee and some powdered donuts, I suited up in my waterproof Rukka Argosaurus suit, thank God I donned my fully waterproof suit for the days ride.  Rain was forecasted, little did I know how much rain I would face throughout the day.

I left Manistique, Michigan, heading due north to just Northeast of Munising, Michigan, for a stop at Miner’s Castle.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3530%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3530%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 04:56:34 am
Miner’s Castle is part of the Pictured Rocks National Shoreline.  Several couples during the summer months choose Miner’s Castle to tie the knot.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3533%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3533%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 04:57:29 am
Miner’s Castle offers breathtaking views of Caribbean green and blue waters.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3537%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3537%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:11:14 am
Here’s what you’d see if you chose to take the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore boat tour running out of Munising, or hiking tours on your own.  It takes approximately 2-2.5 hours round trip.  The following pics were borrowed from the web.  I have taken the boat tour several times, but mostly midday, and my pics aren’t near the quality of the pics I found on the web.

Enjoy.

Again, Miner’s Castle.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/D6736765-BEBA-4AA1-80FF-CE90F8EA8E6C.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/D6736765-BEBA-4AA1-80FF-CE90F8EA8E6C.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:11:50 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/B81BB66D-299A-4FE2-816A-8EEF8E363AE3.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/B81BB66D-299A-4FE2-816A-8EEF8E363AE3.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:12:25 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/90F7584F-AF56-4A05-A81E-178D3762079A.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/90F7584F-AF56-4A05-A81E-178D3762079A.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:14:34 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/1DCE4BC9-A852-4A22-842F-9E4EC67F44DA.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/1DCE4BC9-A852-4A22-842F-9E4EC67F44DA.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:15:34 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/92BF23E7-C6C8-41AD-BD4A-65AA916B4DE0.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/92BF23E7-C6C8-41AD-BD4A-65AA916B4DE0.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:16:17 am
Chapel Rock

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F8D25697-A40C-4E78-A8E9-6679692ABD1E.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F8D25697-A40C-4E78-A8E9-6679692ABD1E.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:16:53 am
Chapel Rock

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/30C4E170-9F8D-443C-BCD0-7B547CBAF502.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/30C4E170-9F8D-443C-BCD0-7B547CBAF502.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:17:24 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F5CA8725-6B79-4073-8D01-588E4D5B4F3B.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F5CA8725-6B79-4073-8D01-588E4D5B4F3B.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:18:00 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/E92A953F-7787-4844-A62A-231FA0AC611A.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/E92A953F-7787-4844-A62A-231FA0AC611A.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:18:35 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/7D60502C-74D0-404F-9F03-12E9B23FD19A.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/7D60502C-74D0-404F-9F03-12E9B23FD19A.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:19:02 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/8D6C13A8-1EA7-4A7D-810F-956C112D999B.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/8D6C13A8-1EA7-4A7D-810F-956C112D999B.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:19:46 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/E3FA8AFF-42DF-4F79-B836-B78E65EED7CD.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/E3FA8AFF-42DF-4F79-B836-B78E65EED7CD.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:20:19 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F2B1EA42-D9A8-4EDF-8F29-5F52AFABC6CE.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/F2B1EA42-D9A8-4EDF-8F29-5F52AFABC6CE.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:20:47 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/3314418C-9441-4D17-AE33-708F818FD9DD.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/3314418C-9441-4D17-AE33-708F818FD9DD.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:21:34 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/FC538A54-CC8F-4C5F-827E-81F8553C9B41.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/FC538A54-CC8F-4C5F-827E-81F8553C9B41.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:22:04 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/5BD9F630-6EAD-4E0A-8F48-79A2B5E1DE8C.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/5BD9F630-6EAD-4E0A-8F48-79A2B5E1DE8C.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:22:32 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/6F1D85B1-3701-45AC-B25D-592255E19C0E.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/6F1D85B1-3701-45AC-B25D-592255E19C0E.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:23:04 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/2F779904-15E4-44A6-9B5B-9C2DBF5EA69F.jpeg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/2F779904-15E4-44A6-9B5B-9C2DBF5EA69F.jpeg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:26:42 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Pictured%20Rocks%201.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Pictured%20Rocks%201.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:27:29 am
(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/Pictured%20Rocks%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/Pictured%20Rocks%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:30:44 am
And now back at the bathroom facilities at Miner’s Castle, I spot a nice looking dog.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3531%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3531%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:32:13 am
So, I decide I’d introduce myself to the great looking Labrador Retriever.

What a magnificent looking old dog.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3532%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3532%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:33:33 am
A pic of our bear proof trash bins we use.

(http://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3539%202.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3539%202.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Nigel X on June 10, 2018, 06:25:04 am
Wow, what amazing beauty!!! Nature at its creative best.

You sure are good with the camera.

Thank you.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on June 10, 2018, 06:34:08 am
Wow! big oil, the thanks is for the entire blog, not just the bin picture, though that's interesting too!

What a great place to explore, and also to live I guess, if I hadn't gone 'soft' in one of the most climatically moderate corners of South Africa.  :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: BMWPE on June 10, 2018, 02:08:33 pm
That brings back a sad time had my Labrador put to sleep last week    :'(
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 03:35:49 pm
Wow, what amazing beauty!!! Nature at its creative best.

You sure are good with the camera.

Thank you.

Thanks for following, Nigel X.

For full disclosure, again, I borrowed some of the Pictured Rocks pics from the web as the vantage points can only be seen by boat or hiking trails bikes aren’t allowed.

All the pics with a black border are mine.

Thanks again for following, my report ends soon.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 03:37:59 pm
Wow! big oil, the thanks is for the entire blog, not just the bin picture, though that's interesting too!

What a great place to explore, and also to live I guess, if I hadn't gone 'soft' in one of the most climatically moderate corners of South Africa.  :biggrin:

Thank you for following, Sir Jaybiker  :thumleft:

There’s nothing soft about a biker your age still riding 2 wheels  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 03:42:54 pm
That brings back a sad time had my Labrador put to sleep last week    :'(

Very sorry you had to say goodbye to your Lab friend, BMWPE.

My Lab died unexpectedly last year after a routine visit with a Vet.

So painful to lose such loyal friends.  Remember all the good times you 2 shared.

I bet he was a lucky dog to have you.

All dogs go to heaven.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on June 10, 2018, 04:53:44 pm
Fok maar dit is mooi.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:02:01 pm
Fok maar dit is mooi.  : :deal:

I’m going to need a translation  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: woody1 on June 10, 2018, 05:06:43 pm
 :laughing4:

Fuck but it is beautiful.   :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 05:09:52 pm
:laughing4:

Fuck but it is beautiful.   :imaposer:

 :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on June 10, 2018, 06:48:50 pm
Amazing colours and formations.
You must come and visit our hole in the wall on the eastern coast.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 10, 2018, 10:43:02 pm
Amazing colours and formations.
You must come and visit our hole in the wall on the eastern coast.

Hopefully sometime next year I will travel to your amazing country  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on June 11, 2018, 04:52:10 am
Amazing colours and formations.
You must come and visit our hole in the wall on the eastern coast.

Hopefully sometime next year I will travel to your amazing country  :thumleft:
Ok, will declare a state of emergency! :peepwall: :imaposer:
Joking, looking forward!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 11, 2018, 06:41:02 am
Amazing colours and formations.
You must come and visit our hole in the wall on the eastern coast.

Hopefully sometime next year I will travel to your amazing country  :thumleft:
Ok, will declare a state of emergency! :peepwall: :imaposer:
Joking, looking forward!

I’d be on my best behavior, though the bar is not set very high  :imaposer:

Hide the single woman  :pot: :peepwall:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on June 11, 2018, 07:12:51 am
Still waiting for the mud story? :spitcoffee:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on June 11, 2018, 07:02:41 pm
Still waiting for the mud story? :spitcoffee:

Coming up soon  :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: eberhard on June 11, 2018, 09:01:07 pm
With those tires on that surface – not easy. Respect.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on July 11, 2018, 02:44:52 am
What a pity BO couldn't keep to the rules.  :(


He certainly did make some stunning contributions here.


and also mightily piss off the mods  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on July 11, 2018, 05:21:45 am
Sad one that, I enjoyed James's renderings.
It gave a good insight.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 11, 2018, 07:06:14 am
What a pity BO couldn't keep to the rules.  :(


He certainly did make some stunning contributions here.


and also mightily piss off the mods  :imaposer:
What was he banned for this time?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Skaiidawg on July 11, 2018, 10:01:30 am
What a pity BO couldn't keep to the rules.  :(


He certainly did make some stunning contributions here.


and also mightily piss off the mods  :imaposer:
What was he banned for this time?
Hy is weg soos die Dodo...permanent

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on July 11, 2018, 10:03:17 am
What a pity BO couldn't keep to the rules.  :(


He certainly did make some stunning contributions here.


and also mightily piss off the mods  :imaposer:
What was he banned for this time?
Hy is weg soos die Dodo...permanent

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Maar hoekom?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on July 11, 2018, 10:04:52 am
Ek het hom nognie gevra, sal by hom hoor
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on July 11, 2018, 10:07:33 am
For creating a fake account whilst being under a ban for a separate offence from what I understand.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 11, 2018, 10:21:39 am
For creating a fake account whilst being under a ban for a separate offence from what I understand.
What was the separate offence to begin with?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on July 11, 2018, 11:48:05 am
Personal attacks, amongst other odds and bobs.

Kamanya explained it here - http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=223646.msg4077009#msg4077009

Quote
We asked him really nicely. Repeatedly. Gave him huge leniency far beyond anything anyone before has got. He was given multiple warnings. It was a drag having to go clean up multiple threads. He was banned repeatedly each time for longer periods. It was made abundantly clear where the line was and after all that, he was again asked nicely on his return from his last warning to play nice. He lasted just over a day before he got himself a permaban.

He clearly liked this place and was a contributor in his other threads. We don't have many active foreigners here, it's a pity that he couldn't play nice.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on July 11, 2018, 02:58:45 pm
Just a question, not disputing the decision, but can somebody not just be banned from certain threads?
For eg. allow him to post his RR’s?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on July 11, 2018, 05:16:30 pm
If memory serves correctly, at one stage he was only banned from posting in R&P, but free to post on other threads.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 16, 2019, 08:07:51 pm
My Ride Report will continue soon.....thanks for your patience.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: eberhard on July 16, 2019, 09:44:10 pm
Welcome back! Great picture there  :thumleft: :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 16, 2019, 09:55:40 pm
Welcome back! Great picture there  :thumleft: :thumleft:

Thanks eberhard
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: windswept on July 16, 2019, 11:26:10 pm
keep it coming big guy :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 16, 2019, 11:40:45 pm
keep it coming big guy :thumleft:


Will do, thank you for following  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on July 17, 2019, 03:36:07 am
You're back!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 17, 2019, 03:51:35 am
You're back!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Yes Sir, how are you, Mrs. Zog, Junior Zog, and Zog doggies?  I hope all is well   :3some:

I'm slightly behind, shall I say, with regards to your Life in America thread.   :)

My niece recently moved to St. Pete, Clearwater, or Tampa, which one escapes me as I just took too many pulls on a lefty  8)

Is it hot down there right now   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: VaalBaas on July 17, 2019, 04:10:30 am
Welcome back :thumleft: :thumleft:  Stay out of R&P this time :biggrin:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 17, 2019, 06:36:09 am
My Ride Report will continue soon.....thanks for your patience.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg.html)
Dammit! But you are slow!
Welcome back
I am going to start a pool to see who can guess how many days you can stay out of a fight!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 17, 2019, 03:35:12 pm
Welcome back :thumleft: :thumleft:  Stay out of R&P this time :biggrin:

Excellent advice, VaalBaas, I will heed said advice by just observing the R&P section  >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 17, 2019, 03:42:36 pm
My Ride Report will continue soon.....thanks for your patience.
Dammit! But you are slow!
Welcome back
I am going to start a pool to see who can guess how many days you can stay out of a fight!

Thank you, Blou Zebu  :thumleft:

I'm on my 2nd day, has anyone lost their bet yet  :biggrin:

Trolls have no power over me anymore  O0

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: punisher on July 17, 2019, 04:01:12 pm
welcome back
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 17, 2019, 04:49:06 pm
welcome back

Thanks punisher  :)

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on July 17, 2019, 05:43:26 pm
Welcome back, missed your contributions.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 17, 2019, 08:03:26 pm
Welcome back, missed your contributions.

Thanks Fudge, I missed your wisdom and intelligence.

Would it be okay if I sent you a PM with some questions I’m certain you can help me with?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Fudge on July 17, 2019, 08:06:03 pm
Fire away.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: 2StrokeDan on July 17, 2019, 08:30:38 pm
big oil, have you seen what's going on in R+P?? :pot: :pot:

Welcome back.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oshkosh on July 17, 2019, 08:38:45 pm
His Alive! !  :thumleft:
Welcome Back Boet!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 17, 2019, 10:57:51 pm
Welcome back Groot Olie!! :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: jaybiker on July 18, 2019, 12:32:40 am
What's with the Eastern Cape location?  Really?  ???
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Mr Zog on July 18, 2019, 02:48:28 am
You're back!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Yes Sir, how are you, Mrs. Zog, Junior Zog, and Zog doggies?  I hope all is well   :3some:

I'm slightly behind, shall I say, with regards to your Life in America thread.   :)

My niece recently moved to St. Pete, Clearwater, or Tampa, which one escapes me as I just took too many pulls on a lefty  8)

Is it hot down there right now   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

St Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa are all really close. So which one isn't really much of an issue  :ricky:

The Zogs are doing great, get caught up on the Zog thread and you'll see what we got up to in the last year or so.

Teaser... think about a house and a motorcycle...  :ricky:

Can't wait to read more about your trips and tours  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Blou Zebu on July 18, 2019, 06:35:34 am
big oil, have you seen what's going on in R+P?? :pot: :pot:

Welcome back.
Yeah! They are all saying Big Oil is a liberal!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Bikerboer1973 on July 18, 2019, 08:27:11 am
What's with the Eastern Cape location?  Really?  ???

Yea also want to know  ???
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 12:20:56 pm
big oil, have you seen what's going on in R+P?? :pot: :pot:

Welcome back.

Thanks boet.  :thumleft:

I have been catching up in the R&P section, though the mods, understandably, have sealed my lips for a little while longer.

In the meantime, I will be adding ammo to my arsenal so I can assist you in enlightening our brothers and sisters on the other side, how the world really works  >:D

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 12:23:10 pm
His Alive! !  :thumleft:
Welcome Back Boet!

 :3some: Thank you, Oshkosh, barely alive, though I'm grateful and happy to be back.  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 12:25:14 pm
Welcome back Groot Olie!! :thumleft:

 >:D Thanks stof ruiter  >:D. I hope that translates to dust rider  :imaposer:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 12:28:30 pm
What's with the Eastern Cape location?  Really?  ???

Unfortunately, no, I thought I chose that section to remain clear, the forum must default to the first choice on the list, Eastern Cape.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: cocky on July 18, 2019, 12:58:09 pm
The return of the  prodigal son, great to have you back.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: ChrisL - DUSTRIDERS on July 18, 2019, 01:20:27 pm
Welcome back Groot Olie!! :thumleft:

 >:D Thanks stof ruiter  >:D. I hope that translates to dust rider  :imaposer:
It does, we will get you to speak Afrikaans very deliciously one of these days!! :deal: ;) :lol8:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 18, 2019, 01:58:23 pm
Pleasant surprise to see you back sir, and please do continue your RR!!
BTW, I am also off to Kansas soon (maybe end of next week I think) since my agriculture farmworker VISA has been approved.
Looking fw to see a part of your beautiful Country  :thumleft:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 04:02:20 pm
You're back!!!  :ricky: :ricky: :ricky:

Yes Sir, how are you, Mrs. Zog, Junior Zog, and Zog doggies?  I hope all is well   :3some:

I'm slightly behind, shall I say, with regards to your Life in America thread.   :)

My niece recently moved to St. Pete, Clearwater, or Tampa, which one escapes me as I just took too many pulls on a lefty  8)

Is it hot down there right now   :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer: :imaposer:

St Pete, Clearwater, and Tampa are all really close. So which one isn't really much of an issue  :ricky:

The Zogs are doing great, get caught up on the Zog thread and you'll see what we got up to in the last year or so.

Teaser... think about a house and a motorcycle...  :ricky:

Can't wait to read more about your trips and tours  :thumleft:

 :imaposer:  That's fricken awesome, I love such humor :imaposer:

Glad to hear you're all doing okay, boet. 

I hope to read you invested in yourself with a home purchase.

I have no doubt wherever you're working, your employer is a lucky man to have a 'Zog of all trades'   :imaposer: something that is becoming increasingly rare in my country. 

Wish more of your boets and soets (is that sister in Afrikaans? :pot:) would come to our country.

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 04:33:18 pm
The return of the  prodigal son, great to have you back.

Thank you, cocky................ I think  :imaposer:

Great to be back, I feel like I'm amongst my boets and soets again  >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 05:02:05 pm
big oil, have you seen what's going on in R+P?? :pot: :pot:

Welcome back.
Yeah! They are all saying Big Oil is a liberal!

Thanks, Blou Zebu, I think   :lol8:

Surely the abnormally intelligent, amazingly articulate, fantastically cultured, extraordinarily educated citizenry of this forum wouldn't believe something so preposterous  :pot:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 05:17:37 pm
What's with the Eastern Cape location?  Really?  ???




Unfortunately no, and I won't be riding with you boets or soets anytime soon  :'(

I can ride, but there's not a snowballs chance in hell I'm coming over there unless I'm on my A game  :pot:

You sons a bit##s would never let me hear the end of it if one of yous got the best of me   :imaposer:

I have to have surgery on my right wrist  :xxbah:

It's Larry Flynt's fault   >:D
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 05:28:16 pm

Yea also want to know  ???

Sorry, won't be anytime soon  :'(

Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 18, 2019, 05:45:37 pm
Pleasant surprise to see you back sir, and please do continue your RR!!
BTW, I am also off to Kansas soon (maybe end of next week I think) since my agriculture farmworker VISA has been approved.
Looking fw to see a part of your beautiful Country  :thumleft:

Thanks, TVB, surprised and grateful to be back with my online family. I've been humbled, I needed it.

I will be concluding this RR soon.

If I can remain in the good graces of the forum, I will be adding an RR of my recent 11,000 mile, 5-month odyssey on my KTM 1290R, where yet again, I began the trip on the Ready to Race monster, but she just couldn't make it all the way back to the Mitten  :imaposer:  I had to depend on a Chevrolet Camaro to haul my arse the 700 miles to home  :xxbah:  Oh well, that's what makes it an adventure I suppose.

Congrats on the job  :thumleft:  Out of curiosity, why Kansas of all states?

If you've time to do any traveling while here, and would like to tour the most beautiful state of all 50, I'm not biased :peepwall:, I have a bike for you to ride, free of charge, it's a KTM, so there's no guarantee you'll return on the same bike you left with  :pot:, but we'll figure out a plan to get ya back to Kansas, and wait, there's more, a free guide that has ridden to all the secret spots in da Mitten baby  :ricky:
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Tom van Brits on July 18, 2019, 06:47:43 pm
Pleasant surprise to see you back sir, and please do continue your RR!!
BTW, I am also off to Kansas soon (maybe end of next week I think) since my agriculture farmworker VISA has been approved.
Looking fw to see a part of your beautiful Country  :thumleft:

Thanks, TVB, surprised and grateful to be back with my online family. I've been humbled, I needed it.

I will be concluding this RR soon.

If I can remain in the good graces of the forum, I will be adding an RR of my recent 11,000 mile, 5-month odyssey on my KTM 1290R, where yet again, I began the trip on the Ready to Race monster, but she just couldn't make it all the way back to the Mitten  :imaposer:  I had to depend on a Chevrolet Camaro to haul my arse the 700 miles to home  :xxbah:  Oh well, that's what makes it an adventure I suppose.

Congrats on the job  :thumleft:  Out of curiosity, why Kansas of all states?

If you've time to do any traveling while here, and would like to tour the most beautiful state of all 50, I'm not biased :peepwall:, I have a bike for you to ride, free of charge, it's a KTM, so there's no guarantee you'll return on the same bike you left with  :pot:, but we'll figure out a plan to get ya back to Kansas, and wait, there's more, a free guide that has ridden to all the secret spots in da Mitten baby  :ricky:

 :spitcoffee:  :imaposer:  :imaposer: Nothing has changed, I love your healthy sense of humor!!  :laughing4:

My son is also farming there, started off in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, now South Dakota and later North and then eventually Illinois Chicago.
He has some friends in Kansas at the farm where I am going, and happened to be around when they needed 3 more guys for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately there will be no time for travel, the farming is basically a 24/7 contract and I plan depending on Visa to give Mr Zog and his Missus a quick visit after.
However; you did not spook me with the KTM  :lol8: , I am sure there are enough 'Comaro's around to depend on  :deal:  :imaposer:
I am sure my time will come to explore the States 'hope! ......as to the best or most beautiful State I have no idea since I have seen so much great footage. of the exceptions on the rule; I can be happy anywhere.
Have seen the most beautiful pictures of Colorado, even awesome scenes in Arizona...California and the never ending list goes on!!
So where would your favorite place be in the States?
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: Oubones on July 19, 2019, 12:17:02 am
Glad you are back safely from your trip and looking forward to catching up on your exploits!
You really need to come to our country at some stage!
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 19, 2019, 12:18:39 am
:spitcoffee:  :imaposer:  :imaposer: Nothing has changed, I love your healthy sense of humor!!  :laughing4:

My son is also farming there, started off in Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, now South Dakota and later North and then eventually Illinois Chicago.
He has some friends in Kansas at the farm where I am going, and happened to be around when they needed 3 more guys for the remainder of the season.
Unfortunately there will be no time for travel, the farming is basically a 24/7 contract and I plan depending on Visa to give Mr Zog and his Missus a quick visit after.
However; you did not spook me with the KTM  :lol8: , I am sure there are enough 'Comaro's around to depend on  :deal:  :imaposer:
I am sure my time will come to explore the States 'hope! ......as to the best or most beautiful State I have no idea since I have seen so much great footage. of the exceptions on the rule; I can be happy anywhere.
Have seen the most beautiful pictures of Colorado, even awesome scenes in Arizona...California and the never ending list goes on!!
So where would your favorite place be in the States?

Sounds like you're going to have quite an experience, hope to read a report of America from your perspective.

Hmm, it's an enormous country, I've lived in my country for over 4 decades and I've still only toured 42/50 states.

After my next trip, I will have 47/50, with North Dakota, Alaska, and Hawaii left to reach my goal of having toured all 50 via motorbike.

Choosing a favorite is difficult, admittedly I'm biased, so my fave place would be my home state of Michigan, specifically the Upper Peninsula and the Leelanau Peninsula, it's a magical and very wild place.
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 22, 2019, 06:36:55 pm
From Miner's Castle, I proceeded North Northeast via H-58 towards Grand Marais, Michigan, an old 1800's logging town. 

Along the route there's a turnoff for Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes.

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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 22, 2019, 06:40:02 pm
The access road to Sable Falls and Grand Sable Dunes is narrow freshly paved curved nirvana, traversing through a tunnel of trees.

(https://i748.photobucket.com/albums/xx123/upsman05/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg) (http://s748.photobucket.com/user/upsman05/media/UP%20Motorcycle%20Trip%202017/Day%208%20in%20the%20UP/IMG_3557%203.jpg.html)
Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 22, 2019, 06:50:47 pm
Once parked, I began the short hike to Grand Sable Dunes to the Log Slide Overlook.  On the way, the National Park Service, apparently since my previous visit, had erected a barn with tools used back in the 1800's logging operations.


In the 1840’s, traditional supplies of New England white pine had been exhausted and new sources were sought for the growing nation. The next state with large forests of the valuable white pine was Michigan.

The state’s early lumber industry was strongly influenced by its geography. Like the lower peninsula, the Upper Peninsula had a network of creeks and streams which played a crucial part in trans- porting logs to the mills.

Waterways also transported the  nished product from the mills to markets on the lower lakes. The lumber would be piled high on the decks of modi ed sailing ships known as “barges” or lumber “hookers.” Later, railroads transported much of the lumber.

It was Michigan white pine that provided the lumber for the building of the Midwest and prairie towns, and frequently was exported to European markets. It was also Michigan pine that rebuilt Chicago after its great fire.

Pine was popular with the loggers because it oated easily and thus could be driven down rivers and streams to the mills, or assembled into rafts and transported over the open lakes. Denser hardwoods like maple could not easily be felled and rapidly dulled the saws in the mills. The unmarketable hardwoods were often burned in local kilns to make charcoal for iron production.

Three Michigan inventions of the 1870s were responsible for increasing the transportation of logs regardless of the weather. The largest of the innovations called “big wheels,” was invented by Cyrus Overpack of downstate Manistee. These ten feet diameter wheels were pulled by a team of oxen or horses and allowed rapid move- ment of logs without the need for snow cover. The high axle clear- ance easily allowed the wheels to move over stumps and rough clear cut ground.

Prior to the big wheels, the logs were normally “skidded out” with oxen or horse teams to the main logging road. There they were loaded onto sleighs and hauled over ice roads to river banks where they were stored until spring. The ice roads were also primarily a Michigan innovation. The unique roads were made by running a sprinkler over a logging road during frigid nights. By morning, the normally rutted and rough trails were turned into sheets of ice. During the day heavy sleighs loaded with logs could rapidly move over them.

The third innovation was the use of a narrow gauge railway to haul the logs instead of sleds or big wheels. First tried in Clare County, Michigan, during the winter of 1876-77 by Win eld Scott Gerrish, the narrow guage railroad rapidly became an industry standard.


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Title: Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
Post by: big oil on July 22, 2019, 07:02:32 pm
Upper Peninsula Cruising

When the first surveyors walked the area of the park, the major forest type was the upland mesic, comprised of sugar maple, beech, yellow birch and hemlock. In the eastern area, north of Kingston Lake and along the lakeshore west to Beaver Lake, white pine and hemlock were predominant. Swamps were generally cedar, black spruce and hemlock. But it was the stands of large white and red pine that attracted the rugged early lumberjacks.

William Burt, a noted Upper Peninsula surveyor, established the majority of the exterior township lines in 1841. The interior lines were established by William Ives and George Adair from 1850 to 1855. The township and section lines were vital for any logging operation. Without them it was impossible to establish proper ownership.

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Logging in the Pictured Rocks Area

The first logging activity in Alger County occurred in 1877 when Joseph Weller began logging operations in the western area of Pictured Rocks. The logs were rafted to Munising Bay and Au Train Bay where they were assembled into booms and towed to Garden Island, Ontario. The logs were then