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jsyx
PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 9:43 pm  Reply with quote
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So for those of you who expressed interest last tuesday... I ran a demo of the Duluth Run this weekend. It kind of sucked.
The way up was not as bad cos' i was super-jazzed about getting the hell out of town and i was racing the sun, I almost hit a deer but i make it okay. The way back today kinda ate it... The slightest headwind really knocked down my top speed. I got my route from Map24. It went as follows...
-Central Ave to HWY 65. (65mph... sucked)
-HWY 65 to HWY 107(not so bad..)
-107 to 23 ( getting better yet.)
-107 to Old HWY 61. (freaking awesome! Brand new pavement, windey roads, not a jacker in sight...)
-61 to HWY 23 again. ( pretty cool except for when i almost hit a deer on the way up, and when i almost got knocked over by the wind on the way back..)

this route took about four hours each way. I looked at a map on the way home and saw a bunch of county roads that take you up to 107, i think this would be much better than getting sped past by rusty old chevy pickups for the first hour.
Anyways, it was pretty fun alone but i think a slower, more attended run would be much better...

okay.bye.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 10, 2005 10:33 pm  Reply with quote
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Sounds like you've already got ideas to make it not suck in the future. Assuming the dates worked and my wife didn't kill me, I'd love to do this as a group - a chance to try a longer ride with a group rather than on my own.

And yes, a slower, less packed route would be best.

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I would love to go! Timing is the issue right now as I have gutted the living room and need to get it done. (<--Wife). Did it suck that bad? I would think it would be a better ride when it isn't that hot out.


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Anyways, it was pretty fun alone but i think a slower, more attended run would be much better...


Your right, it isn't much fun trying to squeze ever mph out. A little slower, say 40-45-50 is better.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:37 am  Reply with quote
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Man, this sounds like fun! Camping or hotel-staying?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 11, 2005 6:55 am  Reply with quote
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Dood. You're hardcore.
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i slept on floors but camping would be pretty fun too. Hotels are really hard to come by up there. Maybe it's just that i only try to book them at 2am...
There are several state parks near that route.

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It would be cool. We should plan something. Ia m up for a hotel room, if it isn't really expensive. I don't have any camping gear. :-(

I am up to 550 miles on my fireball. Yesterday I did the tuesday run twice. Man was it cooler down by the river.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 8:40 am  Reply with quote
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There are plenty of camp sites near Duluth and up around the North Shore, as well as in Wisconsin. Scooters are made for loading up with a tent, bedroll, and sundries and heading out of the city.

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TomR
PostPosted: Sun Jul 17, 2005 9:23 am  Reply with quote
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What weekend might you do this? Is there a scooter club in Duluth you could rendesvous with for assorted activities like a Duluth scenic/exploratory ride, Saturday night party, etc.?
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I'm from that part of the world. (way back)
While I would probably traier up, I could be of great help with the local rides.
I have been thinking of it for a while. If there is any real interest, let me know. Could be a lot of fun...
Where to stay, eat, drink and most important RIDE. There are some really cool places and a great back way to souptown. You'd need a peppy machine to climb those hills but the views will be worth it. (but I guess you got that if you're gonna drive up)
Perhap Jeff and Chris would trailer up with mine...
YO?

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Any Scooter can climb hills if you keep it in a low gear. Try riding 2 up on an Li 150 (190) up the high pass and over the Alps. We were in 2nd gear mostly, but we were passing the big semi trucks.

Duluth/Lake Superior is a perfect distance for a weekend run. Find a campsite. Let everyone know where. And then, everyone ride up. A scooter rally should look something like this
Notice the lack of cars, vans or trucks.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 6:40 am  Reply with quote
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Sweet, Can I go?,Can I go?,Can I go?,Can I go?,Can I go?.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2005 10:37 am  Reply with quote
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Any dates proposed yet? Gotta see if it will fit in the busy schedule.
Not sure on campgrounds but there are plenty of cheap hotels in Superior.
PS. I'll be trailering my bike regardless of comments...Room for a couple more if need. Chris? Jeff?
Anyhoo, many great things to ride to in the area.
Points of interest: skyline drive, climb the tower for a nice view.
The sandbar's Minnesota point is nice but check out the Wisconsin side too.
The back way to Superior through Gary New Duluth crosses a cool old bridge.
Ride through downtown Duluth north to the parks along the shoreline.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:26 am  Reply with quote
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I don't understand why anyone would want to sit in a car over riding up. It's not about being hardcore, or what other people think. These aren't toys. They're vehicles and a really fun way to travel.

She doesn't look all that hardcore, does she?


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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 1:54 am  Reply with quote
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This my Irish bike.

It'd be nice to have here for a Duluth run, but I'd ride up even on my Primavera. And hope for light winds.

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