Bucket List Trip

We left home in the Twin Cities on our 2018 Honda Goldwing doing the circle tour clockwise. Because we’ve been to Duluth many times, as well as Split Rock Lighthouse, Gooseberry Falls, etc. we didn’t stop at those places. We had a delicious lunch at The Rustic Inn in Castle Danger and continued on to Grand Marais, MN for the night. We don’t recommend staying at the Shoreline Motel, as it is in need of renovation. Nice town to walk around to shops, bars, restaurants. Rode 268 miles. The next morning we continued north, going through customs in Thunder Bay. Just north of Thunder Bay we stopped at the Terry Fox Memorial and Scenic Overlook. Very nice memorial, great views, nice visitor center. Continuing north, we stopped at Blue Points and also Diamond Willow amethyst mines. Interesting and glad we stopped. For you motorcyclists, a heads up that you need to ride on a gravel road to get to them. Had read on these posts that the Edgeview in Nipigon has good food, so got off highway intending to have lunch there. It was closed, as it was Sunday. Ate at China Garden, as it was only eating place in downtown that we found open. Don’t recommend it. Would have been better to have a sandwich at Tim Horton’s on the highway. Between Rossport and Schreiber is a stop we suggest you make – Rainbow Falls. It’s $11 for a day park pass, no gravel roads. Take the boardwalk all the way to the bottom and can stand on a bridge and see the falls in both directions. We drove on to Terrace Bay for the night, staying at Drifters. The rooms have been recently renovated but are very small. There is a restaurant, bar, convenience store and gasoline on premises. Drove down to waterfront/beach and had a beer on the deck of the golf course and could see the lake. Rode 235 miles. It’s a beautiful drive from Terrace Bay to Batchawana Bay, where we spent the night. Stopped at Winnie The Pooh statue/park in White River along the way. Also stopped in Wawa, visiting Young’s General Store and a couple of the big goose statues in town. Next was a stop at Scenic Falls just outside of Wawa. It’s a very long gravel road, which we didn’t care for, and then got there and found out it is a manmade waterfall, being created by the hydroelectric plant. Wasted stop in our opinion. Would rather see natural waterfalls. The Canadian Carver is a collection of tourist shops, gas, convenience items, ice cream cones. Nice to walk around and stretch our legs a while. Another nice stop was at Katherine’s Cove, a rest area along the lake with picnic tables and an outhouse. We spent that night in Salzburger Hof, a resort on Lake Superior in Batchawana Bay. It has an Austrian theme, built in the 1970s so could use a bit of updating, but room was large with a kitchenette. Nice to have spacious lodging after our small room in Terrace Bay the night before. Was nice to sit outside our room and watch the lake. There is a restaurant on the premises, which was fine. It is a gravel road to get there, approximately 6 miles. Very nice staff. Also in town is Voyageurs General Store that has gas, convenience items, restaurant. Rode 280 miles. Day 4 was on to St. Ignace, MI going through customs in Sault Ste. Marie. Stayed at Cedar Hill Motel in town, as it has a pool and hot tub and our bodies needed some relaxation. There is a trolley that goes around town bringing tourists to various destinations. Left our bike at Shepler’s Ferry while we went to Mackinac Island. It’s about a 20-minute ride and around $27 each, but most hotels give you a ferry discount, $2 or so. Spent the afternoon wandering around the island enjoying the pretty architecture of the houses. Very strong smell of horse poop, even though they are constantly cleaning it up. Spent time at the Grand Hotel, but costs $10 each to get in. Had a beverage at the Cupola Bar, a bar at the very top of the hotel and enjoyed great views. Rented bicycles and rode to Arch Rock. Back to hotel to relax and then had a good pizza at Driftwood Restaurant. Nice place and everyone’s food looked good. Rode 113 miles. Day 5 we rode from to St. Ignace to Rhinelander, WI for the night. We had already been to Copper Harbor and Lake of the Clouds, which are great, so created our own route home. Had a good burger lunch at Thirsty Whale bar in Norway, MI. Stayed the night at a cabin at Brekke’s Resort on Lake George. It was older but clean and the owners are very nice. Had a terrific dinner at Al-Gen Dinner Club, a classic old style Wisconsin supper club. Rode 311 miles. Day 6 we continued west towards home along Highway 8. Had lunch at Eichten’s in Center City. Rode 233 miles, for a total of 1440 miles in 6 days. We found the Lake Superior Travel Guide and Lake Superior Circle Tour Adventure Guide very helpful in our planning. We’d talked about doing this tour for many years and are so glad we did it. The scenery is beautiful.

Brian & Jean Holcomb, Dayton, MN