Thursday, June 28, 2012

A Nice Day for a Ride and a Little Excitement!!!

I wanted to get a little ride in today before the weekend comes and the road is full of tourists. I plotted out a 175 mile loop north up to Lake Superior.

I left home and headed west on County Road (CR) M. I gassed up in Cable and turned north on hwy 63. Just south of Drummond, I caught Forest road (FR) 35, north bound. FR 35 is a great twisty road. It's too bad it's posted 45 MPH, but I've been startled by Deer crossing the road a couple of times on it, so I guess it's best to hold it down a bit!

At the north end of FR 35 I turned onto CR H, and followed that to CR E. I took CR E north to US 2. Along E, there were big fields of Alfalfa. The air smelled like sweet summer perfume!

When I crossed over US 2, CR E became Ino(eye-know) Road, or FR 236. It's another awesome road through the north woods. It also is posted 45MPH, but it's do-able faster.
At CR C, I turned north towards Cornucopia. In Corny, I stopped for a quick bottle of apple juice, and I was back on my way. I pulled into the wayside on the east edge of town. The little park looks out onto Lake Superior.

Out of Cornucopia, I went east on hwy 13. I followed that to Bayfield. Bayfield is a small tourist town that has ferry boat service out to Madeline Island. The area is also a big destination for sea kayakers.

Hwy 13 runs through Washburn and Ashland. The Chequamegon Bay was all red from recent storms and rain.

I took 13 out of Ashland down to Mellen, and CR GG towards Clam Lake. GG is yet another north woods gem! From Clam Lake I turned onto CR M and headed for home. I did stop at the dam at the start of the Namekagon River. It's possible to canoe or kayak all the way to the Gulf of Mexico from here. The Namekagon flows into the St. Croix, which flows into the Mississippi.
Headed towards the Gulf.....

So, where was the excitement? I walked into the house to find Nancy mopping up a huge flood. The washing machine that we bought in January after we moved in, decided to overfill and spill all over the floor. I helped her get the water up and dry the floor. I thought everything was good until I went downstairs! There was water in about a quarter of the basement!!!

The Whirlpool repair people will be here next Friday!
It's got to be better tonight!

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  1. Great little run...bummeer about the flood!

  2. Thanks, I swept all the water towards the sump basket and turned on the dehumidifier. We went out for dinner and when we got back, the floor was dry!!!

  3. Great day out. The road in that first pic looks super fun.

    We had clouds and rain come back today so I really enjoyed seeing your sunny pics.

    Hope the washer is a quick inexpensive fix for you. Glad the floor dried too.

    1. Thanks, that's FR-35... It's pretty sweet.
      The good thing about the washer is it's still under warranty!

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    1. The ride was great! Welcome, and thanks for following my blog.

  5. Eric you certainly have some nice looking country in your area. That lake looks very big and thats probably an understatement.

    1. I feel lucky to live up here. I understand why my Grandfather settled here in the late 1800's!!
      If you mean the real lake and not the flood in the basement, you're right. Lake Superior is the largest fresh water lake in the world.
      zoom out on the map at the bottom of the post. The 5 big lakes in the area, Superior, Michigan, Huron, Erie, and Ontario are called "The Great Lakes".

  6. A nice trip through lovely, mostly quiet country. I know the area relatively well, but you'll soon have a leg up on me in that area. Interesting how the old fishing boats on Corny beach always attract attention. Wife Peg's grandfather's boat is there, christened the Twin Sisters for Peg's two aunts. Every time I'm up, I park whatever I've ridden in front for a photo. That always cool lake sounds REALly good these recent days!

    1. I'll have to look more closely at the boats for a name. It's nice to get back up that way. My mother was raised in Ashland and I spend some summers up there. Ahhh memories!!