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ChefC14
08-21-2011, 06:17 AM
Well I got out and did a 455 mile day today. I wanted to go check out the newly paved H58. The road is growing in popularity. It's a 47 mile stretch from Grand Marais to Munising along the Lake Superior shoreline. I must say they did an awesome job with it. I started in Grand Marais and I must say the first 20 miles is GREAT. Ok, I'm getting ahead of myself.
First I decided to leave at 7 a.m. because there is a group of around 2,000 Goldwings heading for the Mackinac Bridge and I didn't want to be behind them. This was the night of their annual Midnight Ride and they reach the bridge around 8 a.m. I did beat them across the bridge and I stopped to take a few pics of the spectators.
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Not wanting top get trapped in the rest area I thought it was best I depart so I hit I-75 heading north.
I rode on to Kinross and decided to hit some back road highways. I rode the back roads north to M28 then turned West. From there I was heading towards Raco and the abandoned airfield. I was hoping to get a top speed run in. When I arrived at the airfield there was 2 big pole barns with people working there. The runway had a lot of grass growing on it and parts were busted up. I did do a few runs but when I reached 110 mph it got a little too rough. I abandoned my aspirations for reaching 160 on this runway and the guys at the pole barns were watching me. I got a little nervous that they might call the popo so I departed. Here is the only pic I took while I was there.
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After leaving Raco I headed for Grand Marais so I could start my H58 adventure. I stopped in Grand Marais to grab a drink and some chips for my lunch along side of the road whenever I felt like pulling over again.
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Now as far as H58 is concerned I pretty much told you about that in the forst paragraph so I'll just go ahead and post the vids. No vids, it didn't happen right? :D At this point these are unedited but I'll get to that later.
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After riding the entire route I stopped for lunch in Munising by the Veterans Park, I love those Buffalo Chicken Ruffles.
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I was pondering which route to take back but then I decided I enjoyed H58 so much I turned right around and rode it again. After all I've seen all of the other roads up here. I know Highway 2 and 28 are highly covered with revenue generating officers so I was on my way.
After arriving back at Grand Marais I headed south on 77 and rode on through Newberry, Trout Lake and St Igace to arrive at the Mackinac Bridge waiting there for me. I paid my $3.50 and decided to take 75 south to Indian River. After being so restricted on the way back I just felt like I needed some speed. Sometimes I just like getting on I-75 and rolling along at 80ish mph. I stopped in Indian River to think about my days ride before riding the last 8 miles home to hear about my families day full of events.
Good day, good ride. Oh yeah, 1 more pic. I love this one, the sky was gorgeous.http://i222.photobucket.com/albums/dd139/Chef109nnah00/GEDC0023.jpg

WILEY
08-21-2011, 07:01 AM
Will have to check it out. last time I was on that road it was still sand, gravel, and mud.

People in cars going the opposite way looked at us like were insane for riding it on Electraglides.

ChefC14
08-21-2011, 08:20 AM
you won't be disappointed. I didn't do any of the scenic pull offs. I'll reserve that for when I'm with wifey.

RedneckMedic
08-21-2011, 10:03 AM
great pics looks like an awesome day!

ChefC14
08-21-2011, 10:11 AM
Thanks, I don't know if it could have been any better. I did get clocked on radar 3 different times but as anyone knows you have to behave on 2, 28 and 123 in the U.P.

Mad Dog
08-21-2011, 10:12 AM
Great trip report.
Was hoping to make it up that way this summer but looks like next year at this point.

ChefC14
08-21-2011, 10:17 AM
thanks, sorry. It's going to be more gorgeous in the Fall.