Too hot in the city? Head for Lake Superior

cover shotSales for Ride Lake Superior are heating up this week, along with the weather. If you’re thinking about cooling off around the greatest of the Great Lakes, you’ll want to plan ahead, especially if you’re going into Canada.

Hotel space around the lake can be tight, especially in our neighbor to the north. Cities in that part of Ontario are few and far between, which means hotel rooms are, too. If you’re a camper, you’ll find many places to unpack your motorcycle trailer.

Whether you ride around the lake clock-wise or counter clock-wise, be sure to bring your U.S. passport. You’ll need it entering Canada and returning to the U.S. The good news is that a DUI will no longer keep you out of Canada, provided your arrest and conviction happened more than 10 years ago.

There’s a lot of great riding and great scenery around Lake Superior.  You could spend weeks riding Michigan’s Upper Peninsula alone! Get out and ride!

New this spring: Ride Lake Superior available at Gooseberry Falls State Park

Gooseberry Falls State Park is one of Minnesota’s great destinations. Located on the North Shore of Lake Superior near Two Harbors, it’s a favorite stopping point for motorcyclists.  There are trails to hike, great camp sites, and, of course, the waterfalls.

This year, while you’re out riding, stop in at Gooseberry Falls. And take a stroll through the gift shop. You’ll find copies of Ride Lake Superior there.


Lighthouses Light Up a Lake Superior Ride

I’ve noticed an uptick in sales for Ride Lake Superior lately. That’s a good thing, and not just for my checking account. It means that more people are thinking of exploring the wonders around the curving shores of Gitchee Gumee.

A trip around the lake has so much to offer — incredible scenery, interesting riding, great food, lots of history. Lighthouses dot the coastline along the southern shore.  You could spend your entire road trip just climbing lighthouses!

Going around the lake counterclockwise beginning in Wisconsin, there are lights at Wisconsin Point near Superior, Chequamegon, La Pointe and Ashland — not to mention several lights scattered among the Apostle Islands. On Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula alone, there are 17 lighthouses!

The light at Whitefish Point, Michigan, is particularly interesting because it houses the Great Lakes Shipwreck Museum, which catalogs 550 known shipwrecks that have occurred in Lake Superior. From the first in 1816, to the Edmund Fitzgerald in 1975, the museum depicts the dangers of traveling on Lake Superior. There are artifacts from several wrecks, but the “Fitz’s” large brass bell is a major attraction.

A ride along Lake Superior isn’t complete without a lighthouse tour. If you’re in Michigan, I recommend Whitefish Point. If you’re in Minnesota, iconic Split Rock Lighthouse gives you an in-depth look at the life of a lighthouse keeper as well as spectacular views of Lake Superior.

Go on! Ride Lake Superior this summer!

Ride Lake Superior Heads to Michigan

Copies of Ride Lake Superior are on their way to Michigan as I write this. Specifically, they’re headed for Tahquamenon Falls Camp 33 Gift Shop.

If you have never visited Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, I urge you to go. It’s one of the most beautiful places in the United States, with lots of curvy roads explore by motorcycle.

Tahaquamenon Falls is a great destination. Located just outside Paradise, Michigan, Tahquamenon Falls State Park has an Upper and Lower set of waterfalls. The lower falls actually has five different falls, and you can rent a rowboat and visit each one of them. This is where Longfellow’s Hiawatha built his canoe.

If you’re planning on circumnavigating Lake Superior this summer, put this park on your list!


Lake Superior Trading Takes on “Ride Lake Superior”


Grand Marais, Minnesota, the jumping-off point for the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, the arts colony, and beautiful Lake Superior resort town, is the newest place to pick up a copy of Ride Lake Superior and its sister book, Ride Minnesota. Lake Superior Trading Post has just ordered copies.

If you’ve never been to Grand Marais, it, like a motorcycle ride around the Lake, should be on your bucket list. Perched right alongside Lake Superior, it offers spectacular scenery, great rides along the shore (and up the Gunflint Trail), shopping, great food and fun bars to kick back in after a day in the saddle. There’s a fudge shop for chocolate lovers, and a donut shop that’s to die for. There are eight Minnesota State Parks along Hwy. 61. Pick up a motorcycle pass (only $20 and it lasts for a whole year) and visit Gooseberry Falls, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche, Crosby-Manitou, Temperance River, Cascade River, Judge Magney or Grand Portage. You’ll find great hiking and camping. It’s just five hours north of the Twin Cities.

With the promise of an early spring, a trip to Grand Marais is not that not that far away!

DUI Keeping You Out of Canada?

border crossingI didn’t know this until after I published Ride Lake Superior, but Canada has very strict laws regarding drivers who have a DUI/DWI on their driving record. They’re not allowed in. Period.

It doesn’t matter if you took your last drink 14 years ago, Canadian immigration officials will track you down and send you home.

That’s bad news for a lot of bikers who’d like to traverse our neighbor to the north. Or even ride around the top side of Lake Superior.

There are immigration lawyers who can help you get across the border. Your chances are better if you’ve had only one DUI. But it’s time-consuming and expensive. You have to REALLY want to go to Canada to make it worth your while.

There’s another way you can take a Lake Superior Circle Tour, and you don’t have to mess with border crossing guards. Get a copy of Ride Lake Superior. Throw a leg over your favorite recliner and enjoy. Helmet not needed.


Just in Time for Christmas: Ride Lake Superior at Northway Sports


How’s your Christmas shopping coming? Are you down to the stocking stuffers yet? Head over to Northway Sports at 21429 Ulysses St. N.E. in East Bethel and pick up a copy of Ride Lake Superior for the biker in your life. Even though the weather is mild this weekend, Mother Nature will soon see to it that the temperatures go down and snow hits the ground. A great time curl up with a book!