2005 Long Haul Trucker, touring in the Upper Peninsula (photos set 7):

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Now some photos from my fall 2015 tour, in not so chronological order (because too lazy to sort on this html page).

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In front of the abandoned hardware store, large handsome sign pointing to an old favorite and now abandoned (closed for business and looking weathered at least) Village Pub in Chatham (Alger County).
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Bob's Grocery, on US-2 near Gould City. A nice sky; the bike's small here but I stopped at this very store last time (I think last time) while biking around Lake Superior in 1990. Mentioned it to Bob, the proprietor, and he said he'd've been there then, too. He bought it back in the early 1970s as I recall. There are some items (old postcards, patches, lighter parts, etc.) that've been on the wall for sale since then (I bought some postcards and patches of course, incl. a ca. 1972 patch that says 'camping is my thing'!), also old cameras on display!
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Not in chronological order, but here is another store with the flavor of Bob's (previous). This one I had never even noticed in the many times I'd driven or cycled past. It's near Deer Park/Muskallonge Lake State Park, in Luce county. I bought a few old postcards from the early 70s here, too - and a Golden Guide to cycling that had been for sale there since ca. 1973.
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As previous, not chronological, but this was just /before/ the previous. This store only had a few 'old stock' items, but has a lot of good 'museum' sorts of stuff on display (maps, old ship models with historical info, boat motors, lures, photos, etc.
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The last night's camp, in the Dukes Experimental Forest, Marquette/Alger County line. Fantastic forest, and /no/ ORV damage seen! (a great rarity now anywhere in the US, sadly)
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Another view of previous spot - I spent the whole AM and half the afternoon taking photos (on film), and had started to rain a little, so put the rear pannier covers on (Lone Peak bags; Ortilebs front so didn't need). Wow! The Dukes Forest is amazing and a place I hadn't been to before. Huge old trees, no commercial forestry so big old logs actually on ground, and the furthers west good Beech forest I know of (Beech only ranges to the central UP in its post-Pleistocene range expansion - search 'Margaret Davis beech paleoecology' for more on that if interested as you ought to be).
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Another Dukes - now the night before! Hand-held cheap digicam photo of bike, fire, tent in b/g - my blaze was really quite small, but looks big and dangerous here! (but don't worry - it was a semi-wet beech/maple/hemlock forest so not very flammable)
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Now we're back in the previous week! Along Lakeshore Drive, Hiawatha National Forest, near Whitefish Bay.
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At the Rainbow Bar, Ishpeming, end of the tour. Compare this to the photo here, taken a few tours earlier! One of my literary/cultural heroes, John Voelker, used to drink here; sadly the quality/atmosphere has greatly decreased in recent years. But that still leaves about half a dozen other good taverns in downtown Ishpeming! And not to mention Negaunee!
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In front of an appealing beer neon sign, at the Hereford & Hops (the UP's first brewery/pub; 1994), in pleasant downtown Escanaba (when I rolled into town at 9am on a Sunday Morning it was like 'Omega Man' - nobody, no traffic, etc. Luckily I was able to find the Swedish Pantry cafe, so ate, then rode around a little .. I knew I wanted to go to H&H, but it didn't open until noon! When I got there at 11:59 there were already a couple people going in! !
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At the Mather Inn's Cognition Brewery - the UP's newest (at least in October 2015)! Good beer, incl. some nice English brown mild with a % of 3.5 - a nice thing in these days when beer alcohol seems to be getting ridiculously high all round ... as if the only reason to drink beer is to get drunk as fast as possible?
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Last day of the tour, return to Negaunee and a cudighi and old style at Tino's. This was a little bit after the hailstorm, fording around the railroad bridge that was being rebuilt, the several rainstorms, and the 7-mile hill!
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Another favorite spot on Whitefish Bay.
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A brief stop (during the 3 mile push through sand) between my Vermillion land and the road to Paradise.
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On H-40 on the way to Trout Lake.
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Here we are back at my "Ishpeming velo garage, library, and man-cave facility", 1007 miles and 32 days later!
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