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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #380 on: April 03, 2018, 01:38:37 am »
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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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« Reply #382 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.





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.




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.



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.
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« Reply #383 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. 






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.






The overlook is above the Ducati in this pic. 






The following pics are overlooking downtown Marquette and Lake Superior.










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.
















Zoomed in on the old ore dock.






In this pic, the domed building is Northern Michigan University's hockey arena, a magnificent structure, with enormous curved wooden beams.





A nice looking sailboat sailing in the bay, along with a couple fishing vessels.






My Duc, waiting patiently for the trip down the mountain.






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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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #384 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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« Reply #385 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.
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« Reply #386 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 (Kppen 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 Rocksart 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.
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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #387 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. 

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« Reply #388 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.






The new ore dock in the distance, with a ship being filled with iron ore.
















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.






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.






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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Re: A Dirty Wild Dog Rides to God's Country to Visit Da Yoopers, Eh.
« Reply #389 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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« Reply #390 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.






A few folks enjoying the view.





Facing East, one cannot see Canada.





















Mount Bohemia in the distance.






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.






Facing South back towards downtown Marquette.






How can something grow out of what looks like shale?






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« Reply #391 on: April 09, 2018, 05:55:50 am »
My Italian mistress with her timeless good looks at Sunset Point on Presque Isle.






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.







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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« Reply #392 on: April 09, 2018, 10:27:23 am »
Thanks for sharing BO
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« Reply #393 on: April 10, 2018, 04:03:12 pm »
What an entertaining read so far! Thanks BO!  :thumleft:

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« Reply #394 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.
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« Reply #395 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.
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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!

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« Reply #396 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.
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« Reply #397 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.
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« Reply #398 on: April 21, 2018, 07:58:53 am »
Thanks for the updates! For some or other reason I thought youve been banned again!
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« Reply #399 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:
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