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Grant
PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 2:51 pm  Reply with quote
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Brad wrote:
Dave and I have been eyeballing maps and riding. I'm inclined to think:

For the first leg, run the way Dave and I did the other weekend. Co. E/Stillwater Rd into Stillwater, then North on Owens, Norell, and Olinda Ave to 97. Cut over to 95 for a mile or two and into Osceola (49 miles)

For the second leg, Oseola to St. Croix Falls on 35, then take the back way again. 87 to Co. F through Grantsburg into Danbury. About 63 miles. (six miles longer than if we stick to 35, but presumably quieter)

For the last leg, on 35 from Danbury to Superior, 57 miles

This looks like the easiest route to me. Any thoughts?


After Danbury, I have a plan to throw out there:

WI 35 north and stop off at Pattison State Park http://www.dnr.state.wi.us/org/land/parks/specific/pattison/

It costs $3 bucks to park for an hour, but they have a great waterfall that is a short walk from the parking lot and well worth the price of parking to check out:
“The highest waterfalls in Wisconsin and the fourth highest waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains. Big Manitou Falls is 165 high.”

After that, I was scoping out a way to the motel that might provide some form of interesting route. If we take WI 35 into the Village of Superior we can:
Take Highway 105 west into Oliver.
Cross the bridge into MN and we are on MN 39
Head west and get onto Hwy 23 North
After a few miles (23 is kind of busy), go left on Hwy 3 (Becks Road)
Head up the hill on get onto West Skyline Parkway
** I am pretty sure that this portion of the parkway is paved, but have an alternate if not
Basically follow Skyline Parkway around Spirit Mountain area and cross over I-35.
Stop at the rest area at the top of the hill. After a rest,
Take Skyline Drive all the way to W 27th and head down the hill to the Motel 6.

What does everyone think?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 04, 2005 8:34 pm  Reply with quote
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Well...

(1) I like waterfalls; and
(2) I like taking a break every so often when I'm riding.

So this sounds like a good idea to me, as long as it doesn't add too much time or mileage to the trip. Bear in mind, I know literally none of the highways and roads you're all talking about, so I'm putting a bit of faith into this. But a break at a waterfall sounds good to me.

And do we have to pay $3 for each vehicle, $3 for each place, or $3 for each set of four wheels? I'm sure we can all fit in one place...

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OOooo... Waterfalls

On the way up or the way back? (we are stopping in Osceola on the way up)

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2005 10:28 am  Reply with quote
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I was thinking this would be on the way to Duluth (from Osceola). The only bad part is that WI 35 won't be all that great for going Stella, etc. speeds. It is one of the few main roads going north south. I guess we will just have to pull over on a regular basis and let others pass.

My preference would be to take a different route on the way back. Again, I have some ideas there.

The $3 for the waterfall stop is per vehicle. We can beg for some kind of deal, but I haven't had a good experience getting DNR types to bend the rules. Think of it as your donation to the state of Wisconsin (hopefully the only one needed this trip).
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I have fiddled with the idea of doing a Highway 23/old 61 (or whatever they call the road now) route back to the twin cities. It would be about 20 miles shorter. Since 61 parellels interstate 35, we'd probably only be dealing with the local traffic.

So what alternate route are you thinking?

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Grant, are you coming tonight? I'll bring the notebook with mapping software again.

One of the options for 23 was to take it down only as far as we need to cut back to Wisconsin and head down from Grantsburg. But that's adding an hour to a very long trip. I'm cool with any route as long as we avoid (much) gravel and (any) fast/crowded interstates. :)

Cool no matter what!

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FWIW, Osceola has a waterfall right in town. Two birds and all...
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Sounds like a scenic and saner route into town, Grant, then trying to maneuver through downtown Superior across to Duluth. I like it.

To avoid confusion, the left onto Hwy 3, is actually called W Gary Street off of SR-23. It does become Becks Road about mile down it.

Viewing the falls is a great idea, by the way.
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I plan on being at the ride tonight and ending up at Betty's.

The alternate I had in mind on the way back was to go by Jay Cooke State Park and then pick up old Hwy 61 all the way back (maybe stopping at the casino in Hinkley for some buffet).

Thanks for the clarificaton Adam. We will need some good planning to get it all right the first time.
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[quote="Grant"]
Brad wrote:
If we take WI 35 into the Village of Superior we can:
Take Highway 105 west into Oliver.
Cross the bridge into MN and we are on MN 39
Head west and get onto Hwy 23 North
After a few miles (23 is kind of busy), go left on Hwy 3 (Becks Road)
Head up the hill on get onto West Skyline Parkway
** I am pretty sure that this portion of the parkway is paved, but have an alternate if not
Basically follow Skyline Parkway around Spirit Mountain area and cross over I-35.
Stop at the rest area at the top of the hill. After a rest,
Take Skyline Drive all the way to W 27th and head down the hill to the Motel 6.

What does everyone think?


Oh I see... that could work well.

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The SR-23 route south from Duluth is a great ride. My wife and took it last year on our Burgman 650 as a return trip from the North Shore. It was scenic, freshly re-paved, and lightly traveled. Glad to hear it is being considered for this run.

Oh, I was able to move some things around, so while I won't make the TNR tonight, I should be at Betty's by 8:00 PM. I can also bring a notebook PC with mapping software, if that will prove helpful. Just let me know.
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Does anyone have software that can make a map for the ride, like Microsoft Trips and Streets?

I'll bring my Wisconsin and Minnesota maps tonight.

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I'm bringing my laptop with Topo and MapPoint. I can print maps with it once we get the route finalized.

I'll also get the route in my GPS. Yeah, it's redundant to maps, but when we get lost it's quite valuable. But the feature I most enjoy is the ETA to final destination. While we ride we'll have a pretty good idea how our pace is doing, and when we'll get there.

I have two pdfs prepared, one for the route TO, and one for the route FROM.

http://www.fnirt.com/duluth-to.pdf
http://www.fnirt.com/duluth-from.pdf

They're about 2 meg each. And they were done with a free pdf printer, etc. Will tweak them a bit at work tomorrow. I can also do turn by turn directions, but they're a bit muddied by the in-city directions. :)

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(I edited my post above and I'm not sure it'll show up as "new" for people if they're already read it. Well, it's new. So read it if you care.)

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Those maps are pretty sweet !!! Nice Job !! Thanks for mapping the route out for us.

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