Ride Lake Superior


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Ride Lake Superior

Post by Sharon2665 » Tue May 02, 2017 7:27 pm



Planning a trip this summer to ride Lake Superior. Planning on doing the stock 8 day trip around that is mapped out on ridelakesulerior.com website. They give some recommendations on places to stay and things to see and do but just wondering if those who have been there have any good ideas. Most of the recommended hotels seem pretty pricey so anyone know of reasonable biker friendly joints. Any advice welcome. Already heard the misquotes and horse flies are terrible so already have bug spray on the list!
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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by themainviking » Wed May 03, 2017 6:37 am

It is a marvelous trip. I have done it a couple of times. The web site you mentioned will send you a road map if you ask nicely, LOL. That gives you an expanded view of the roads you will travel. One thing I would suggest, depending on the time of year you go - forget about camping in late spring, early summer, like up till mid June and the same in early fall. It gets REAL cold close to the big lake overnight at these times. If you are hotel/motel staying, then only the starts in the morning are chilly. There do not appear to be a lot of inexpensive lodgings along those roads as they are popular. Main thing is HAVE FUN and TAKE LOTTSA MEMORIES IN PICTURE. It is exceedingly beautiful.

Both times I have gone around Superior were mid September, after school was back in and before the nights begin to cool down. Lottsa bugs at night.

Edit: Both times I did the trip, I travelled clockwise, from Sault Ste Marie round the US side, then the CDN side back to Sault Ste Marie. This was to avoid the SUN IN THE EYES in the afternoons as much as possible. It also gives the best views of the lake as you go.
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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by eklimek » Wed May 03, 2017 6:55 am

The prevailing wind is from the northwest. This means you ride with the rain if you go clockwise. Not an issue on a sunny day or if you have no choice in direction.

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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by Dusty Boots » Wed May 03, 2017 7:09 am

Can't help you out about inexpensive motels, as I very rarely ever stay in 'em.
TMV is right about how cool it can be in the morning around the greatest of the Great Lakes.

This was the temp when I got out of my tent on the morning of July 2, 2013 near Munising, MI





As for the Canadian side of Superior ..... there are only 2 routes around Superior in Ontario ... 17 and 11, so accommodations will be at, or near capacity!!
Pulling off for the night early (< 5:30) will increase your chances for a room

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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by Sharon2665 » Wed May 03, 2017 5:23 pm

We will be going the last two weeks of July so weather ought to be fairly warm then. But thanks for the advice we will be taking plenty of warm clothing and gloves along just in case. And since it sounds like it will also be the busiest time of the year we will look at making reservations ahead of time! Can't wait to see the beauty.

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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by detdrbuzzard » Wed May 03, 2017 8:20 pm

my first iron butt ride was around lake superior, took place about june 24th back in '14 it was either 52º and wet or 52º and dry so take some gear to stay warm and dry. I'll be back in sault ste marie, mi. june 23rd
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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by Sharon2665 » Thu May 04, 2017 6:32 pm

Thanks for the advice. We are not used to even thinking of that type of weather in July but from previous comments already have all our cold weather gear on the list to take. Enjoy your time up there!

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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by skier » Mon May 08, 2017 8:10 pm

My youngest son and I did the circle tour last summer in July. Was a great time for both of us. Be prepared for all kinds of weather. One place we would highly recommend is Carla's Cozy Inn in Baraga, MI. Vintage 50's strip motel on the bay. https://carlasinn.com/







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Re: Ride Lake Superior

Post by Sharon2665 » Tue May 09, 2017 9:42 pm

We will put that on our list to check out. Hope your whole trip,wasn't that rainy! Thanks for the recommendation.



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