Sunday, July 31, 2016

North Shore to Isle Royale

Last week I was sitting in my parents living room in Louisville, KY watching a morning news show with them when we saw a news story on a very little know National Park, The Isle Royale. Now my parents are older and have physical restraints but after watching that show, I decided to leave for a visit of Isle Royale.
   The Isle Royale in an island in the middle of Lake Superior almost in Canada. It has ferries in Michigan and in Minnesota that carry visitors to the island. I opted to ride up the Minnesota side and that was an extra treat.
   The ride up Minnesota Hwy 61 is called North Shore and it is epic. I'm not the only biker that knows about it as I saw groups of 10 and more bikes everywhere I looked. I had no idea it was there but plan another ride on that next time I am near.
North Shore runs from Duluth all the way up to the border of Canada and is on the shoreline of Lake Superior. You owe it to yourself to check it out if you haven't already.
I always carry a tent and sleeping bag and with all the hotels and cabins with no vacancy signs I was glad. I checked a few campgrounds and even the tent space was full. I prefer " primitive" camping so I spotted a For Sale sign on a property with an over grown drive way and it was perfect. The even higher weeds in the back provided excellent camouflage for my bike and tent so no one knew I was there and I got and evening of undisturbed sleep plus the high weeds under the tent made nice padding. 
But getting back to The Isle Royale, it is home to over 1300 moose. The visitors center had this cool skeleton. I saw a pair of moose swimming in the water and then walking on the shore line. Can you believe it, the one time I didn't have my camera.
Dockside sushi was provided by some local fisherman that caught a large salmon and a steel head.
The harbor is also the final resting spot for The "America". The America is a 184 foot steamship that hit a reef and sank in in 1928 here at Isle Royale. The tip of the bow is only 3 foot deep as you can see the bow here but the rest of the ship continues deeper with the stern 80 foot deep. It is an excellent dive destination and since I am a certified diver, I might have to give this a look next visit.

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Giving back at Sturgis 2016

  This year at Sturgis 2016, I will have the honor of participating in 2 charity rides. The first one is Aidan's Ride on August 8th. It benefits The Aidan Jack Seeger Foundation and helps battle a terrible disease, Adrenoleukodystrophy (ALD) while remembering the blue eyed ruler, Aidan Seeger. Hosted by Aidan's Parents, it is one that is dear to my heart. God bless Bobby and Elisa Seeger. I hope to see you there but if you can't make it, you can still support this event but clicking the link here. Join us now even if you can't make the ride- Aidan's Ride Support
  Two Days later on the 10th of August, I will be joining Throttle Girl for a ride to Pine Ridge Reservation in support of One Spirit (non-profit 501). Pine Ridge Reservation has some of the worst living conditions in North America. Helping children grow up in this harsh environment is just one of the many programs that One Spirit delivers. Join us in Rapid City for a ride down to Pine Ridge where we will meet with members of the Lakota Nation and be their guests for horse back riding, a buffalo BBQ and more. For more information on this ride, check out this link and remember, you don't have to be there to support. Lakota Heritage Ride Celebration