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.