Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:41 am

Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
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Ossessionato
2006 Vespa GT (Rocket): 2005 Vespa GT (Razzo): 2007 Vespa GT (Vanessa): 2009 Yamaha Zuma 125 (Zoom): 2018 Yamaha Xmax (Max),
Joined: 26 Sep 2006
Posts: 4684
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Tue Jul 27, 2021 6:41 am linkquote
I was invited by fledermaus to join in on this year's Yooper Loop.

A small group did a similar ride two years ago, but just before I was to leave, I developed some infection that left me at home. Gave up a plane fare for that one.

This year found me healthy and vaccinated.

It started with an early flight (leaving Jax at 7:00 AM). Arriving in Madison at 10:00 AM.

Took an expensive Uber ride to Madison Sully's house to retrieve his and Nora's 2008 GTS 250. I had brought ROK straps to strap my soft case to the rear rack and was surprised to find a top case. So I rearranged stuff and folded the bag into the top case. It worked well.

I had contacted my Aunt Joyce about seeing her in Fond du Lac, so I rode up to Oshkosh to see the old family house, then joined Joyce for a late lunch at Wendt's on the Lake. Perch, of course.

Then checked into a hotel and headed to fledermaus' house for Brats.

We left the next morning to Manitowoc to catch the SS Badger for a four hour tour across Lake Michigan to Ludington. We arrived at the hotel in Manistee to find that they had canceled our reservations, but managed to snag a room anyway. Had dinner at a cool restaurant in a wonderful building.

Friday we rode north towards the UP, but first decided that Wmak had a rear tire that needed to be replaced. Gitder noticed a motorcycle/scooter shop in Frankfort and pulled in to find that they had a tire and could do the work. We spent over two hours there but left with a new tire on the scooter. $90 total including the tire and two hours. That easily would have cost $250 at the dealer in Jacksonville. And they probably wouldn't have had a tire in stock.

From there we had a great ride through the Tunnel of Trees and over the Mackinac Bridge to St.Ignace.

Saturday morning, the Weather Channel was showing rain all day. I opted to let the group head out on their long ride while I took a 2 hour ride to the next destination, Munising. I got 30 miles in before light rain started. As it got heavier, still light though, I pulled into a restaurant in Naubinway, where I spent a half hour talking with a young engineer and his friend while downing a cup of coffee.

The weather continued to get better as I arrived in Munising with a very empty gas tank.

I chose to get lunch, then ride around the area in glorious sunshine.

Sunday was the 300+ mile back to Madison. Madison Sully and Nora invited me to a very nice steak dinner before taking me to a hotel for the trip home.

Very nice ride with very nice people.

Bill


Wisconsin on day one.


A Wisconsin Barn with my scoot for the week.


Madison Sully and Nora on this beast.


Wmak being Wmak upon leaving from fledermaus' house.


SS Badger


Bikes in the bowels of the Badger.


Riding in Michigan.


Somewhere in the Tunnel of Trees.


More of the Tunnel of Trees.


Some beat up roads in Michigan.


Crossing the Mackinac Bridge.

Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:44 am

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2009 GTS 250 Super Lucrezia Borgia, 2013 Ducati Hyperstrada, Little Big Red,2020 Zero SR/S, Zeus, Electric Dragon
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Location: Carrollton, Kentucky
 
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Tue Jul 27, 2021 7:44 am linkquote
I concur that it was a wonderful trip with wonderful people. The tire issue was the result of me being more concerned about problems on previous trips, so I forgot to check the tire before leaving. I trucked up and accepted Fledermaus' gracious invitation to spend Wednesday at his home. A bonus for me was spending Tuesday night with my son, daughter-in-law and two precious grandchildren in Chicago. I had some time to kill before arriving Chez Fledermaus, so I detoured to Arlington Heights, a suburb just past ORD, to look around at my old neighborhood. I arrived in Fond du Lac in time for the cookout and visit with WLeuthold, JKJ-FZ6, and the Federmaus clan.
The ferry ride was pretty cool, and the hotel stay in Mantisee was part of the unpredictable nature of travel. The tire deal was serendipity.
The roads and scenery were excellent, with only one really bad section of MI state highway, and the rain was never so heavy as to slow us down. I brought my Gnome along, but didn't get him in many of the photos.
Thanks again to Fledermaus, Madison Sully, WLeuthold, Gtder, and JKJ-FZ6 for a great trip!


Garden chez Fledermaus


I met a guy at the WI state line with this beautiful '69 Bonneville. He said he trailered up from Chicago to ride, since city traffic is insane.


Restaurant in Manistee with unique entry. Whitefish tacos were excellent.


Lucretzia getting a much needed rear tire in Frankfort, MI.


The Gnome at departure.

Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:41 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10332
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10332
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jul 27, 2021 5:41 pm linkquote
Nice write-up, guys. And thanks for giving me a pass on the bumps...

The entire ride, considering my house the start/end point (which it was for only two of us) was 880 miles for the four days. We got off to a less than stellar start as I realized my navigation software was taking us on a more convoluted path to start, tried to correct and despite this being my neighborhood, made a mess of things (the highway has closed some crossings due to an unacceptably high accident rate...apparently crossing a highway safely is beyond the locals skill level... and I chose the wrong exit. That plus confusing traffic circle added time. Anyway, we got late for meeting gitder near the ferry and had to do a quick take-out, which was eaten in line for the ferry off of Styrofoam takeout containers while intermittently walking our scooters forward. After passing a long ferry line on the way to the meetup at the restaurant, the light finally went on in my brain that being there the recommended hour before departure was kind of a minimum, and likely people were already there possibly an hour before that. Not critical, but the best seats (like the deck chairs) probably went to those folks.

Second hard lesson was having our room reservation cancelled altogether. With personnel changes, we needed cancel one, not all, but the clerk I spoke with clearly misunderstood...and I didn't find the email noting that until after the debacle. Nothing worse than promising rooms and standing around scrambling to fix it. Fortunately I finally found the original reservation on my phone, and the clerk "found" a room. On the bright side, we found out that sharing king beds wasn't all that much of a privation (at least compared to slouching over our scooters in the rain).

Next day brought some of the nicest riding in southern Michigan, but a lot of fretting about that bad tire. Every scenario other than a miracle of Biblical proportions seemed bad. So when gitder found the scooter shop, that actually had a tire and time to mount it, I was dancing. While gitder was discovering the shop, I was focused on arriving at the Frankfort lighthouse and beach. Looking behind me to see my usual follower, I saw nothing. Seems like as often as I'm watching the rear view mirror, the longer I forget to check, the more likely they are to disappear. Just as I was going to turn around to look for them, someone rolled up to give me the good news. Bye-bye lighthouse...we have priorities.

Despite the delay and change in plans, the scooter shop was a great experience. We pretty much had the shop to ourselves, sitting on scooters, poking around...the owner offered coffee, which I took him up on, as well as the splash of Bailey's. Offered donuts too, which I finally broke down and tried as well. Leuthold even tried his hand at scooter sales with a customer that wandered in while owner was wrenching, but alas, no sale.

The weather wasn't all that good...haze in the air from forest fires far from us, and damp and a bit drizzly. But good enough for riding. Gave a thought to the Cannonballers that had passed through Traverse City the week before. Running late, and into some detours, decided to take some of the intended stops off the route. Did take a break at Legg's inn, a restaurant and lodge built by a Polish immigrant pretty much in the middle of nowhere. He was also an artist of sorts and must have spent years carving on driftwood to decorate the place with. Nearing the tip of southern Michigan I had my first mechanical failure of sorts-the rubber running board cover on my BV decided to let go out of the blue, and once again I lost the group...riding back I was handed an unidentified piece of rubber that was luckily lost where it could be retrieved. A few minutes later on the Mackinac Bridge would have been different.

We crossed the bridge. What an amazing structure. Great entertainment deal at $4 a scooter. At 155 feet off of the water, it gave a great view of Lake Michigan to the left and Lake Huron to the right as well as the massive towers and cables. Arrived at our hotel on the opposite side, we actually had rooms this time.

Next day Bill Leuthold showed us the radar which didn't look good, but we decided to leave Bill to his plans and make a run for it. Arriving in Sault St. Marie with still good weather and no freighters to watch in the locks, we shortened the planned stop and headed west through light drizzle. Lunched in Paradise for some whitefish and poutine, off to our next stop at Tahquamenon Falls, where it started to rain in earnest. Seemed ironic to pay to see water while getting rained on for free, but such is life. Rain started easing up by the time we started up the scooters to take off.

We were about to have bigger problems than the rain. The route was to follow the Lake Superior shoreline, through some awesome riding in Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore, but east of there is still pretty much dirt road. I made a major planning error by hitting the shore too far east. After 24 miles of rather boring riding on fairly straight roads through the forest, we arrived at a dirt road which continued 17 miles. Consensus was to turn around, adding 50 miles to an already long day. Fortunately the drizzle had eased off, but it was thin consolation. We finally arrived, tired and frustrated in Grand Marais, a scenic little town on Superior. We took off on the nearly new paved road full of hills, sweeping turns and frequent glimpses of the lake. Finally arriving in Munising, we met up with Bill, who was well-relaxed and had checked out the local scenery. We discovered a nice little patio serving wood fired pizza attached to a brew pub and enjoyed some decent weather (finally) and some cool lake air.

Next day, home stretch, about 250 miles of relatively straight roads taking us back to civilization. We began breaking up, gitder off first to see his parents along the way, Bill and the Sullivans off towards their house and wmak and I a more easterly route. Unfortunately another glitsch in navigation had us barreling down a 6 lane freeway for a bit, which wasn't all that bad, even with weekend traffic, at least for a short while. The weather was what it should have been the whole time, but at least we got a good day out of it and didn't get any deluges earlier.

880 miles over four days. Sometimes felt a bit like an endurance run, and for a short while I was ready to cancel any plans for a repeat, however I kept thinking how it could be improved in the future, so I guess maybe it's not dead yet. I'd definitely add an extra day. Mechanical problems are possible, weather can throw things for a loop, although with a busy tourist season changing overnight locations could be a real challenge. Maybe we're all getting older, but I think shorter riding days with more time to enjoy R&R would be a big plus. We had a great group of people riding, everyone knew each other pretty well, and it's a good bunch of good riders who at least up to now have put up with my not insignificant mess ups, as well as bearing up well under less than ideal circumstances at times.

So, lessons learned.... insist on fully prepared scooters. Nearly a thousand miles in frequently remote regions can prevent a lot of potential difficulties. I lost my floorboard as already noted, but my mirror and phone mount loosened with the vibration, and a good tightening of fasteners seems wise.

Confirming reservations seems like a grand idea.....

While my navigation system worked relatively well, obsessive review and recheck of the route is wise...it's still easy enough to miss turns, and even a brief glitsch can set one off course and waste time.

Finally, be ready for things to go wrong. They will find a way. If it's to be a fun and relaxing trip, extra time and contingency plans can make these things less painful. All probably pretty obvious, but never hurts to be reminded.

Appreciate everyone's showing up in the first place, making the ride more enjoyable and bearing up well under adversity.


MadisonSully seeing Wisconsin...or Russia, maybe.


wmak maybe had 50 good miles per the scooter shop....


wmak bidding a sad farewell to his tire


What to do when you're waiting at the shop....


Leggs Inn. Amazing place.


No freighters in the locks, but there's always the 1912 Valley Camp to tour


One of dozens of lighthouses on the Great Lakes.


Pickle Barrel, based on a children's book, was actually a family vacation home for a decade or two.


Lake Michigan roadside park. Water is salt and shark-free.

Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:27 am

Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2261
Location: Minneapolis USA
 
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2007 Burgman 400
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2261
Location: Minneapolis USA
Wed Aug 04, 2021 10:27 am linkquote
Dave, Bill. Sully and Nora,

I was also in the Upper Peninsula this last week with my scooter group. We anchored
in Ironwood at the AmericInn and loop rode out from there. The weather was cool and
we fortunately missed all the rain. July 29th through August 1st. I will post separately
on the ride forum.

Looking back I have one observation. The Upper Peninsula is somewhat remote and
does not have allot of paved backroads we so enjoy riding on at lower speeds. In
contrast, Wisconsin is loaded with paved back roads and a real joy to explore.

Bob Copeland
Minn-Max Scooters of Minnesota
Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:26 pm

Hooked
2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
Joined: 31 May 2021
Posts: 249
Location: SC
 
Hooked
2020 GTS 300 hpe Touring
Joined: 31 May 2021
Posts: 249
Location: SC
Wed Aug 04, 2021 12:26 pm linkquote
I love the tunnel of trees. That is my kind of riding. Beautiful.
Sat Aug 07, 2021 1:16 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10332
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10332
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sat Aug 07, 2021 1:16 pm linkquote
grouper wrote:
I love the tunnel of trees. That is my kind of riding. Beautiful.
It is awesome. Some day I'll do it in fall colors. We were able to ride most of it unimpeded. Kind of sucks to get someone slow in front...I know there are different users, and its a public road after all.
Always grateful when someone kindly pulls over to let us pass.
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