Back into the US
Trip Start Aug 25, 2008
31Trip End Sep 2008
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I'm a slow learner so when it's warm and the sky is cloudless I put away my rain covers and electrics before gassing up and getting back on the road. There aren't as many lakes near the road here but it's beautiful forested gently rolling hills. I go through the occasional small town. Entering Ignace I notice that the sign welcoming me has been slightly modified. It used to say population 1500. Somebody pasted a "1" over the final "0" so now it reads 1,501. I guess in a small town the birth of a baby is a noteworthy occurance and they wanted to announce it to everyone entering the town
Even out here when I approach a town there are billboards announcing the services in the town ahead. They're smaller, farther back from the road and sometimes not as "professional" as the huge billboards I'm used to in my urban environment. Much less intrusive visually and, if there have to be billboards, I appreciate the difference.
Once, however, one of these billboards really caught my attention. I was riding by at speed and couldn't read it all. It occurred to me (when it was too late to do anything about it) that I should have turned around and gotten a picture. It was what seemed initially like a normal advertisement for a restaurant hawking their "family" restaurant with "home cooked" meals... common... maybe even standard stuff. What caught my attention was along the side of the billboard it advertised "worms and leeches".
I didn't go into the restaurant to check it out when I passed it, but I assumed it did double duty as a restaurant and sold fishing supplies. I'm not a fisherman. I know worms are used as bait
Since I have a long way to go to get to Roger and Jane's home I want to get as many miles as possible under my belt. My plan is to stay on my current route and follow the north shore of Lake Superior, leaving Canada through Sault St. Marie. However, when I enter their address in the GPS when I'm approaching Thunder Bay it suggests a route directly south into Minnesota. I decide time is of the essence here so I'll follow the route picked out by the GPS.
The GPS routes me away from the main highway and Thunder Bay onto some very small country roads. I'm low on gas, though so I have to backtrack to Thunder Bay to get gas. After getting gas and heading south again the sky looks dark and foreboding to the south so I stop to put the rain covers on my gear. I look up to see a couple, each on their own Gold Wing, who were going north and stopped on the opposite side of the highway to check on my welfare. I give them a thumbs up and they wave and continue north.
I cross the border into Minnesota without incident and discover I've returned to Central Time. I had changed all my clocks to Eastern time when I entered Ontario but apparently the US and Canada have different lines for that change. I follow the western shore of Lake Superior as it goes through one resort town after another whose primary source of income seems to be the vacationers who come to enjoy the lake. I stop at a fish market and restaurant that advertises, "From our boat to your table," and order the fish and chips made with locally caught herring. Different from what I'm used to for fish and chips, but good. I make it through Duluth and find a Wisconsin State Park just as it's getting dark where I can set up my tent. And it isn't raining any more!!