Sun Jul 24, 2022 10:18 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sun Jul 24, 2022 10:18 am linkquote
We did it again...despite Mrs. Fledermaus reminding me that I'd promised to take a year off, I wound up drumming up enough enthusiasm for another round this year. For the non-locals, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan is abbreviated "U.P." and people from there called "Yoopers," giving inspiration to the ride's name.

It wasn't without mishaps: Madison Sully and his wife were the first casualties, specifically COVID. Nothing too bad, but enough to cancel. Then Bill Leuthold, who came all the way from Florida for the ride with his famous Rocket, found out his wife had COVID as well, giving us a bit of a scare and threatening to send him back home almost as soon as he arrived. Fortunately no symptoms and a negative test kept him in the game.

This year we lengthened the trip to include another day, which proved to be a good idea. Still didn't finish our days as early as I'd thought we would, but at least not eating late at the end of the day. I reversed the route this year to head due north into the U.P. We rode 250 miles to Manistique on the north shore of Lake Michigan, stopping at the little town of Peshtigo, which suffered one of the worst wildfires in American history, dwarfing the Chicago fire on the same day in both area and damage, burning over a million acres of forest. In reality it was a full-on firestorm.

Our friend Ken (ride2livelive2ride) rode several hours from his home in northern Wisconsin to rendezvous with us (we're THAT cool ) and despite difficulties meeting earlier, he pulled up right behind us at the motel.

Day 2 we headed to a nearby springs with the most amazing clear blue water I've ever seen in the Midwest, with some huge trout to watch from the glass bottomed raft. We then headed north toward Lake Superior and the Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore. Ken peeled off to head home, the rest of us riding the superb curvy and hilly road through the Lakeshore. Spent the night in Paradise...perhaps a bit of hyperbole, but still a decent spot. As we'd pulled in early enough, we headed to the tip of the peninsula to see the Shipwreck Museum, featuring remnants of the many shipwrecks on that part of the Great Lakes. The crown jewel was the bell from the Edmund Fitzgerald, sunk in Canadian waters not far from the museum. Those old enough will recall the Gordon Lightfoot song...which played on a loop there... A bit shorter day at roughly 200 miles.

Day 3 brought more nice weather and riding, curvy roads through forested landscape, on Sault St. Marie and the famous locks. After getting a glimpse of a smallish ship (500 footer....the big ones top a thousand) leaving the locks, we visited an old freighter museum from the early 20th century, ca. 1914, saw more Edmund Fitzgerald relics, and headed south towards the Lower Peninsula, crossing the Mackinac Bridge- an impressive span, even on a calm day. We hugged the east coast of Lake Michigan on small, quiet roads. There's an inn along the way that's a convenient stop, and as I pulled up, Bill pulled up next to me and told me he'd lost power and his GT didn't sound good. Fortunately he brought enough tools for a Cannonball, opened up the transmission case and found a variator nut that was nearly off. Things were so hot in there plastic was melting. He put everything together, buttoned it up and it ran fine the rest of the trip.

hThe road south had the Tunnel of Trees, a well-known stretch, narrow and closed in by White Cedars. Somewhere south of there, Derrick (gitder) said he was losing power and could barely go 30 mph at times. Thinking along the lines of our previous problems, opened up the transmission cover, but found nothing. Injector seemed to be spraying a bit weakly, but we had no spare if that were the problem. Derrick decided to make a beeline to Traverse City which had a dealer he could consult the next day, while we headed toward our motel for the night, about 225 miles for the day. We got in touch with Derrick, who had bad news. He was able to keep going at 30-50 mph, variably, but found a way to get up significantly faster, but suddenly heard a loud pop and then nothing. He'd been on his way to an inexpensive hosted he'd found and had to leave his scooter and get a ride the few miles there.

Next day we hit the road again, wondering where Derrick had gotten to, stopped by an historic fishing village, Mushroom houses and Sleeping Bear Dunes, that Bill had spent some time at 30 years ago. Somewhere along the way stopped at a taxidermy shop and museum which turned out to be surprisingly interesting. The museum had multiple dioramas with various animals as expected, but huge display of Native American arrowheads, bows, other stone tools and more. Finally pulled into Ludington, our ferry terminal, at about 200 miles for the day. Called Derrick, who with some difficulty had arranged an $800 tow into town and was holed up at a bar for a couple of hours. We picked him up and after dinner he had the distinct pleasure of riding bitch with Bill Rocket to the motel.

Next day was ferry day. The Badger is a 70 year old coal-burning ferry that's on the National Historic Registry. It still has tracks from the days it carried freight train cars. Derrick's scooter was waiting overnight there and got pushed onto the ferry. After a four hour ride, we disembarked, Derrick's wife waiting for him with a hitch carrier, and the rest of us headed back to our starting point, another 60 mile or so. I'd accidentally zeroed out my trip odometer early in the ride, but we rode somewhat over 900 miles in total.

Despite the mishaps, we mostly made it back in one piece. Scenery was stunning for much of the ride and roads, with the exception of a few gravelly construction detours were great.


Pre-ride local tour for Bill


Negative COVID, good to go!


Pre-departure


Getting filled in on the Peshtigo Fire


Peshtigo Cemetery holding many of at least the identifiable remains


Escanaba's cool water tower


Comfy motel, complete with Dachshunds, guitars and owner's ghost stories


Kitch Iti Tipi Springs


Newly minted Yooper. Told us he lost the sticker, then found it in his shirt pocket later. Ummm....


The crew at a Lake Superior lookout






Gynormous Fresnel lens


Paradise isn't named for it's gas prices...most I'd ever paid.....but, smoked fish!


Old lighthouse under repair


Soo Locks


Edmond Fitzgerald lifeboat, likely unused.


Found a friend




Not the way to visit Leggs Inn

Sun Jul 24, 2022 11:08 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Sun Jul 24, 2022 11:08 am linkquote
More photos.....


Derrick's turn


Outside the taxidermists....




Lake Michigan


Dunes with a warning....$3k rescue if you go down to the lake and can't get back. We stayed.




Mighty Mac


Ready to enter the bowels of the beast


Welcome back!


Trail of trees

Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:25 am

Molto Verboso
2016 Sprint S 150, 2016 Sprint 150, 2006 GTS 250, 2006 GTS 250, 2012 GTS 300, 1974 Vespa 150 Super
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 1183
Location: Vermont
 
Molto Verboso
2016 Sprint S 150, 2016 Sprint 150, 2006 GTS 250, 2006 GTS 250, 2012 GTS 300, 1974 Vespa 150 Super
Joined: 21 Oct 2016
Posts: 1183
Location: Vermont
Mon Jul 25, 2022 11:25 am linkquote
Thanks for the pics and writeup. Looks like it was a great time!
Mon Jul 25, 2022 4:02 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Mon Jul 25, 2022 4:02 pm linkquote
wbdvt wrote:
Thanks for the pics and writeup. Looks like it was a great time!
It's all fun and games until somebody blows an engine.
Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:35 pm

Member
18' GTS 300 - 18' Sprint 150
Joined: 17 Apr 2021
Posts: 34
Location: San Jose CA
 
Member
18' GTS 300 - 18' Sprint 150
Joined: 17 Apr 2021
Posts: 34
Location: San Jose CA
Mon Jul 25, 2022 5:35 pm linkquote
My Mom is a YOOPER! She lived in the SOO for many years before moving to Florida where she currently lives.

My Aunt and her kids own West Pier Drive-In on the locks and I would work there over the summer when we visited from Florida. Sleeping Bear Dunes is always a treat too. My brother proposed there years ago. As kids we only dared to go about 100 feet down the dunes before turning around. It's no joke if you are stuck down there in the heat of the day.

Thanks for the ride report and pictures.

Steve


Poor souls trying to climb up and out of the dunes

Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:18 am

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:18 am linkquote
G8R wrote:
My Mom is a YOOPER! She lived in the SOO for many years before moving to Florida where she currently lives.

My Aunt and her kids own West Pier Drive-In on the locks and I would work there over the summer when we visited from Florida. Sleeping Bear Dunes is always a treat too. My brother proposed there years ago. As kids we only dared to go about 100 feet down the dunes before turning around. It's no joke if you are stuck down there in the heat of the day.

Thanks for the ride report and pictures.

Steve
That's pretty cool. It's a different world, isn't it?

As long as you remember that pastys have ketchup and pasties have whipped cream!
Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:47 am

Member
18' GTS 300 - 18' Sprint 150
Joined: 17 Apr 2021
Posts: 34
Location: San Jose CA
 
Member
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Joined: 17 Apr 2021
Posts: 34
Location: San Jose CA
Tue Jul 26, 2022 6:47 am linkquote
fledermaus wrote:
As long as you remember that pastys have ketchup and pasties have whipped cream!
Yes, very true.

In our house the debate was whether to use Ketchup or Gravy on the the Pastys. Gravy for me please.



Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:39 am

Hooked
Joined: 20 Jan 2014
Posts: 387
Location: Liberty, MO
 
Hooked
Joined: 20 Jan 2014
Posts: 387
Location: Liberty, MO
Tue Jul 26, 2022 9:39 am linkquote
Looked like a awesome trip Dave. Weather looked beautiful. Maybe next year for me 😁 Still deciding on another GTS or BV 400. Waiting for the new colors for 2023. They never disappoint.
Tue Jul 26, 2022 12:58 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Tue Jul 26, 2022 12:58 pm linkquote
G8R wrote:
In our house the debate was whether to use Ketchup or Gravy on the the Pastys. Gravy for me please.
Gravy over ketchup for sure!
Wed Aug 03, 2022 6:20 am

Ossessionato
2010 ThunderFly 190, 2007 250 GTS, 1980 P200E
Joined: 29 Apr 2011
Posts: 3111
Location: Springboro, OH
 
Ossessionato
2010 ThunderFly 190, 2007 250 GTS, 1980 P200E
Joined: 29 Apr 2011
Posts: 3111
Location: Springboro, OH
Wed Aug 03, 2022 6:20 am linkquote
Looks like y'all had a great time!!!
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:56 am

Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2657
Location: Minneapolis USA
 
Ossessionato
2013 Vespa 300 Super, 2022 Kymco AK 550
Joined: 30 Mar 2014
Posts: 2657
Location: Minneapolis USA
Fri Aug 05, 2022 11:56 am linkquote
Dave,

Great photo coverage. Did Bill drive Rocket all the way up from Florida?

Bob Copeland
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:35 pm

Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
 
Veni, Vidi, Posti
2007 LX150 2015 GTS 2013 BV 350
Joined: 13 Sep 2012
Posts: 10754
Location: Fond du Lac, Wisconsin
Fri Aug 05, 2022 12:35 pm linkquote
Bob Copeland wrote:
Dave,

Great photo coverage. Did Bill drive Rocket all the way up from Florida?

Bob Copeland
Well, technically, he did....but on the back of his truck.
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:42 am

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: 4889
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
 
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: 4889
Location: Jacksonville, Florida
Sat Aug 06, 2022 9:42 am linkquote
I just found this posting!

Dave put together a great ride for the four of us.

I saw many places I hadn't been to before, and they were all good.

Dave's descriptions were perfect, so I can't add anything meaningful, other than to say I had a nice time.

It was a shame that Rocket's variator nut came off, damaging parts around it.

I am glad I brought parts and tools to make repairs so we could continue.

I probably will leave it at home next time.

After getting stuck overnight in JFK airport returning from Greece a month before, I chose to haul Rocket in the bed of my old Tacoma pick-up truck.

It was an enjoyable ride, allowing me to bring a case of Spotted Cow home.

Bill


The trusty truck. I have carried a scooter on it for 4,000 miles in the last month.

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