Day19 Fri, Aug17 - Superior, WI to Marquette, MI

Trip Start Jul 30, 2007
Trip End Aug 20, 2007

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Friday, August 17, 2007

Day19 Friday, August 17 - Superior, WI to Marquette, MI
Miles: 335

-Sometimes "Cranky" is Just in the Air
-A Beautiful Morning Gets Even Better
-Duluth Vortex Wins...For Good ...This Time

-The Temperature High is 75.
-A Glimpse of Apostle Islands Activities makes us Put it on the "Gotta Come Back" List.
-Pasty Virgins

-Puttering Down the Road to Our Lodging
-Tomorrow's Plan

Sometimes "Cranky" is Just in the Air

The Superior Inn had a heated pool and whirlpool. 

Parents were taking their children down there as late as ten PM so there was a certain amount of tired, whiney activity in the halls as we got ready for bed. 

The promised WiFi was s.l.o.o.o.w.w but did work sort of OK so there was a certain amount of tired, whiney activity in the room before we went to bed.

A Beautiful Morning Gets Even Better
We woke to a beautiful morning
Chere worked on her journal from the hotel breakfast lobby. 

Rory went in search of eyeglass repair. 
One of the nose pads on his spectacles had gone missing so everything looked just a little more cockeyed than usual.

The eyeglass place had just opened and was unencumbered by customers so the woman behind the counter was able to fix the specs right away.

"No charge."

Duluth Vortex Wins...For Good ...This Time

We would be heading through Wisconsin and into Michigan on our way to Canada. 
Time to bring up the eastern Tour Books and get rid of the western versions. 

The eastern books have somehow disappeared so a trip back to Duluth and the AAA office is called for. 

On the way to the office we cross under a bridge prominently marked as being on the Skyline Parkway. 
Can you hear the Skyline chuckling at our effort to find Duluth's scenic highway last night?

We decide to give driving the parkway one more try. 
This proves to be more frustrating than it is worth. 

This scenic route is not one continuous road.
Signage from the end of one segment to the beginning of the next is not that great. 
After being dropped into Duluth for the third time we gave up. 
It was noon by now and we headed into Wisconsin.

The Temperature High is 75.
We went off US-2 onto WI-13 to visit the scenic 'Northernmost' Wisconsin area. 
It was very pretty. 
The temperature never got over 75. 

The sky was clear, deep blue; attended by small flocks of puffy white clouds like a child would draw over a happy valley. 

We enjoyed looking at the picturesque hay barns, clapboard houses and churches, fields and woodlots. 

Somehow we never managed to take any pictures. Sorry!

A Glimpse of Apostle Islands Activities makes us Put it on the "Gotta Come Back" List.
It was late afternoon by the time we came to Bayfield. 
What a pretty little tourist town. 
Right on Lake Superior. 

The hub for all activities in the Apostle Islands National Seashore. 
They even have a Chautauqua coming soon. 

People were beginning to arrive for the weekend. 
The folks at the park's welcome station were talking about dealing with crowded ferries to the islands. 

We figured we'd move on rather than frustrate ourselves looking for accommodations at a popular destination so late in the day. 

It was four o'clock and the cars were streaming in as we drove out of town. 
This is an area we will have to come back to.

Pasty Virgins
We called ahead to Marquette, Michigan and made a hotel reservation. 
We then settled in to about 200 miles of scenic highways.

RoadTripUSA advised us to notice and try the local food called "pasty" (rhymes with "nasty" and try to hang on the vowel a bit).

From the book we learned the cornish pasty, quintessential miner food, was introduced to Copper country 100+ years ago by immigrant Cornish miners.

These dense, baked crust-pockets stuffed with minced meat and veggies, are ubiquitous in UP cafes and restaurants.

He suggested pasties from Joe's Pasty Shop in Ironwood serving since 1946.
We arrived at Joe's new location drive-thru window just ten minutes before closing.

Telling our window server that we didn't know anything about pastys, she was sorry to say the only version left was the "Traditional" (meat& veggies -either with or without onions).
Lucky us!

These packed crusts took two hands to hold.
The crust was thinner than the typical pocket bread or pizza/calzones bread. It was soft but not flaky.
The bulging bits of meat and mini-cubed potatoes were seasoned lightly and cooked through without being mush.
Very nice meal and easy to handle in the car.  

Puttering Down the Road to Our Lodging
We turned off US-2 and onto MI-28.
Somewhere along there we crossed into the eastern time zone. 
So the sun was still high in the sky at eight thirty as we passed through the quiet little cross road towns of the upper peninsula. 

It was almost spooky. 
Clusters of cars and trucks around the taverns - but no one was visible outside.
It was dark when we got into the Birchmont Motel. 
Our room overlooks Lake Superior - the world's largest fresh water lake - and even has a little deck.
Tomorrow's Plan
Michigan's Upper Peninsula (we will call it UP and its populace 'youpers') is about 400 miles long. 
Our Road Trip book recommends we pick one of two paths of beauty through it, US-2 or MI-28. 
We are going to try to do both. 

From our current location at Marquette we can drive MI-28 along the south shore of Lake Superior. 
MI-28 leaves the shore to head more or less directly to Sault Ste Marie at Munising. 

We will go south from there join US-2 where it meets the northern shore line of Lake Michigan. 
We'll follow that to its end at St. Ignace and then bomb up I-75 to our hotel in Sault Ste Marie.
We will only added about 50 miles to the trip by doing this.  

US-2 takes a break in St. Ignace. 
We will cross through Canada and pick up US-2 when it starts up again in New England.
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