Joined: 03 May 2005
Location: N.W. corner pocket of Mpls.
Traveling north towards Grand Marais, the southern Minnesota plains
give way to the northern woods. It happens slowly, passing unnoticed
until, at some point, you suddenly find you are in The North
Country. So it is with the seasons; the days become shorter, the
air cools, the tree canopies change color imperceptibly until all
at once you notice fall has arrived. If you're like us, you begin
reflecting on those rides you won't be taking in the coming months,
and you promise yourself to get in a couple more good rides before
the countryside is once again blanketed in snow and ice.
NorthwoodSTOC v5.0 @ Trail Center Lodge
(~34 miles North out of Grand Marais, MN on the Gunflint Trail)
Saturday, October 13, 2007
"He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing
it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it
is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain."
- Mark Twain "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer"
Twain didn't have pancakes in mind when he wrote that bit o'
prose but there's no denying he was right! So, do YOU covet
pancakes? Well, DO YOU?
Okay, sure you do - but whatcha gonna do about it?
In past years most riders have arrived by 9:00 – 9:30. If you
want breakfast - and you do want breakfast, get there by 11:45,
as Trail Center stops serving breakfast PROMPLTY at 12:00 TCST (Trail
Center Standard Time) on Saturdays. TC staff hold the official
breakfast time clock, and it's probably different than what your
GPS or watch says. Don't bother them with your version of reality;
like moose, they just don't care. Actually, wait... go ahead and
whine to the TC staff. It'll be fun for the rest of us to watch and
see what happens. Hell, why not order up some waffles while you're at
it? You'll come away with the knowledge that things just work
differently up here – and probably a delicious lunch too.
After breakfast, ride the MN Arrowhead for more fall colors, head
north to see if OPP officers will really confiscate your radar
detector (Yup!). Visit casinos even worse than those in Vegas
(gasp!). Stop by Aerostich Riderwearhouse to start working on that
wish list, or simply head on home - we suggest taking the loooooong
way back. You'll be glad you did.
Hey, our work lives are all about organizing people and planning
stuff, so we're not about to make this work-like by holding a real
organized event. The route, the schedule, the entertainment - it's
all up to you. (If it WERE up to us, the event prolly wouldn't have
doubled in attendance for each of the first three years.) One thing
we WILL help you with is to save you a bit of money on lodging should
you decide to stay a night or two. The nice folks at the Grand
Marais Hotel Company have come through with nicely discounted rates
at the Aspen Lodge and Spruceglen Inn ($99 and $59 respectively for
double occupancy). Just tell 'em you're with the NorthwoodSTOC event
when making reservations, they'll take good care of you.
Both lodging choices are a short walk from the Gunflint Tavern - a
fine local watering hole known to be popular with NorthwoodSTOC
riders on the Friday evening before breakfast. Or so we've heard.
A word on the weather… At this time of year in the MN Arrowhead the
weather can be… less than ideal for riding. But, if the sun is
out the days are glor-i-ous. Be prepared for the full spectrum of
Mother Nature's offerings. (For those of you playing along at home
this would be the "make the thing difficult to obtain" part.)
-Photo credits to Gus Breiland (pics 1-3) and Kevin Powers(pic 4).
There might be door prizes and awards again this year - and then
again... maybe not so much. It depends greatly on whether we have
time to make some calls, donations from our kindly and generous
sponsors, and available cargo space on the way up. Only one way to
find out eh?
Hope to see you there. Bring yer 'lectrics!
Mike Etlicher and Amy Kuelz
****** THIS EVENT CERTIFIED SIDECAR AND SCOOTER FRIENDLY! *******
This is a long haul by most standards. I played trailer queen and made the jaunt at 25 miles (one way on a Stella) from my mom's (insert joke here) house. Ten miles on gravel road. Breakfast and fellowship was remarkable and the turnout (30-40) was astounding.
Saturday was one of those days when you thank God you're alive and you have a scooter with you.
In a fit of honesty I must report that I rode the Gunflint Trail for about 25 miles with my left blinker on. What a RUBE!!!!!
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