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  30. <title>Seven Years Later, Another Graduation</title>
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  49. <description><![CDATA[Graduation day, 20 January 2017, Kilo Company and Oscar Company. This is, IMHO, the greatest graduation ceremony I have ever witnessed. And I&#8217;ve seen it twice. Every time I think about it, I get something in my eyes. Strange. Graduation takes place on Peatross Parade Deck, one of the largest parade decks I&#8217;ve ever seen. [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=630&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  50. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Graduation day, 20 January 2017, Kilo Company and Oscar Company. This is, IMHO, the greatest graduation ceremony I have ever witnessed. And I&#8217;ve seen it twice.</p>
  51. <p>Every time I think about it, I get something in my eyes. Strange.</p>
  52. <p>Graduation takes place on Peatross Parade Deck, one of the largest parade decks I&#8217;ve ever seen. Graduation begins with the Parris Island Marine Corps band entering. Then, the Parade Adjunct marks the right flank of the formation and the two graduating companies enter the deck, marching in unison, platoon flags waving in the breeze. It is an incredible sight.</p>
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  54. <p>I hope that this panorama of the parade deck, with 599 men and women that are the United States Marine Corps newest members, helps you see just how large the parade deck is.</p>
  55. <p>It was during the Commanding Officers Remarks that something got in my eyes. He&#8217;s talking about honor, courage, and commitment. Then he says, &#8220;Once a Marine, Always a Marine,&#8221; and asks for all Marines in attendance to stand and be recognized. Up goes Number One Son. I&#8217;m working on getting &#8220;dust&#8221; out of my eyes.</p>
  56. <p>I had to laugh to myself after thinking about this. Every other graduation ceremony you might attend wants to honor all veterans in attendance. Not here. They only want to honor Marines. Sorry, Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard, and Army veterans.</p>
  57. <p>After the Remarks, the Marines pass in review, which is another spectacular sight.</p>
  58. <p>Then, they retire the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guidon_(United_States)#Marine_Corps" target="_blank">guidons</a>, present awards to the high shooters and high scorers in combined personal fitness, the band plays the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marines%27_Hymn" target="_blank">Marines&#8217; Hymn</a>, and then there is the Final Dismissal.</p>
  59. <p>Now, another rush to greet the new Marines, take more photos, and meet some of friends he&#8217;s made during the 13 weeks of boot camp.</p>
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  61. <p style="text-align:center;"> Number One Son with his cousin, his new brother.</p>
  62. <p>After congratulating him, it was time to head back north. But first, a special stop. What Number One Son called &#8220;a tradition.&#8221;</p>
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  64. <p>To all, this looks like just another Wendy&#8217;s. To my family, this is the Wendy&#8217;s where we stopped with Number One Son, after his graduation and he had his first civilian meal in 13 weeks. It&#8217;s at Highway 17 and I-95 in Jasper, SC. To quote my blog post from 2010:</p>
  65. <blockquote><p>On the way home, we stopped at Wendy&#8217;s for lunch, with our Marine. What did he eat?</p>
  66. <ul>
  67. <li>A Triple Baconator, small fry, and a Mr. Pibb.</li>
  68. <li>Sweet and Spicy Asian Boneless Wings, small fry, and a lemonade.</li>
  69. <li>Coffee Toffee Twisted Frosty</li>
  70. </ul>
  71. <p>Quite an amazing sight.</p></blockquote>
  72. <p>This time, it was just a Double Baconator, medium fry, and a soda.</p>
  73. <p>My mother now has all of her grandchildren in uniform: two Marines, a soldier, and a (auxiliary) policeman. I think that is simply amazing and I am extremely proud of them all. Although, as I said back in 2010, &#8220;proud&#8221; is a word that doesn&#8217;t seem to appropriately describe how I feel about them.</p>
  74. <p>I cannot say that I will not return to MCRD Parris Island for a third visit. Of course, it will be with Number One Son in tow. And, hopefully, with Number Two Son. Our family now has a proud tradition of men in uniform after a generation without any.</p>
  75. <p>By the way, graduation ceremonies at MCRD Parris Island are open to the public. If you ever find yourself in the area, please take the time to witness a graduation ceremony. Here are <a href="http://www.mcrdpi.marines.mil/Graduation-Info/2017-Schedule/" target="_blank">all of the dates for 2017.</a> It will only take you a few hours of your time (depending on whether you also decide to see some of the sights on the base). As I keep telling you, it is truly the best graduation ceremony you will ever witness. Honest.</p>
  76. <p>Semper Fi!</p>
  77. <p>Link:</p>
  78. <p><a href="http://www.ns-tech.com/blog/geldred.nsf/d6plinks/GELD-83C6K5" target="_blank">Number One Son: Marine</a></p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/630/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/630/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=630&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  98. <title>Seven Years Later, A Return to MCRD Parris Island</title>
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  114. <description><![CDATA[Nearly seven years ago, I traveled to Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC, for Number One Son&#8217;s graduation from boot camp and into the US Marine Corps. Neither he nor I ever thought that we would return. But we did. Here is what I shared with you seven years ago. This time, it was [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=616&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  115. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Nearly seven years ago, I traveled to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marine_Corps_Recruit_Depot_Parris_Island" target="_blank">Marine Corps Recruit Depot (MCRD) Parris Island, SC</a>, for Number One Son&#8217;s graduation from boot camp and into the US Marine Corps. Neither he nor I ever thought that we would return.</p>
  116. <p>But we did. <a href="http://www.ns-tech.com/blog/geldred.nsf/d6plinks/GELD-83C6K5" target="_blank">Here is what I shared</a> with you seven years ago.</p>
  117. <p>This time, it was for my nephew&#8217;s graduation. An interesting tidbit; he graduated from the same recruit battalion and platoon as Number One Son.</p>
  118. <p>19 January, we arrived at MCRD Parris Island for Family Day. The festivities started at the (civilian) God awful time of 7AM for the recruit&#8217;s motivational run. This is pretty much just a show for the families, and is a fairly short run, by USMC standards. But it is the first opportunity to see your recruit, even if it is a fleeting moment. At about 9:30AM, we all gather in the All Weather Training Facility. It is here that we watch a film which condenses 13 weeks of training into about 20 minutes. Then, after an interminable wait (remember, the military hardly ever starts anything on time), the recruits enter the facility where we are introduced to the Drill Instructors, reminded of Family Day rules, and on-base liberty begins.</p>
  119. <p>Chaos reigns while family and recruits seek each other out in the massive crowd where laughing, crying, and hugging is everywhere you look.</p>
  120. <p>Our recruit now takes us on a tour of MCRD. First stop, his barracks. His brand new barracks.</p>
  121. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday-newbarracks/" rel="attachment wp-att-617"><img data-attachment-id="617" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday-newbarracks/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484821671&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0008058017727639&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday-newbarracks" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-617 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday-newbarracks" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday-newbarracks.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  122. <p>Kind of looks like a college dormitory, doesn&#8217;t it? Let&#8217;s take a look inside.</p>
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  124. <p>Looks like pretty much every &#8220;dorm&#8221; you&#8217;ve seen, right? Neat and tidy, everything in its place.</p>
  125. <p>They even have showers, sinks, toilets and urinals in their &#8220;dorm.&#8221; And when they are standing at the urinals, they are reminded to check their stream to make sure that they are drinking enough water with this handy chart:</p>
  126. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-hydration/" rel="attachment wp-att-619"><img data-attachment-id="619" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-hydration/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484821784&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;200&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.066666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-hydration" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-619 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-hydration" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-hydration.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  127. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  128. <p>Number One Son and I took a good look around the barracks, as this is not the same one that housed him during his time at MCRD. We made a mental note to find his old barracks.</p>
  129. <p>After the visit to the barracks, we headed to Marine Corps Exchange, which has everything a Marine needs (insignia, clothes, boots, and so on) and everything visitors need (souvenirs, beer, alcohol, gifts, food, and so on). Number One Son picked up some <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Challenge_coin" target="_blank">Challenge Coins</a> and I bought a new <a href="http://marineparentsinc.com/store/shop/item.aspx?itemid=321" target="_blank">license plate frame</a>.</p>
  130. <p>Number One Son and I remembered that his old barracks was behind the Marine Corps Exchange, so we went looking for it while the others walked to the Visitors Center, as lunch was being delivered to us.</p>
  131. <p>We found his old barracks:</p>
  132. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldbarracks/" rel="attachment wp-att-620"><img data-attachment-id="620" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldbarracks/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484827196&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00022099447513812&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-oldbarracks" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-620 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-oldbarracks" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldbarracks.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  133. <p>And his old parade deck:</p>
  134. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldparadedeck/" rel="attachment wp-att-621"><img data-attachment-id="621" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-oldparadedeck/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484827189&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00071479628305933&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-oldparadedeck" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-621 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-oldparadedeck" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-oldparadedeck.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  135. <p>Number One Son was not happy. &#8220;Do you know how much time I spent on that parade deck? Now look at it.&#8221; He was, IMHO, really upset. I suppose the equivalent would be discovering that your childhood home had been torn down.</p>
  136. <p>On our way to meet up with the rest of the family, we talked with an Army veteran that is working in a civilian role on MCRD. He and Number One Son had a really nice chat about where they&#8217;d been, what they&#8217;d done. I think that the little conversation lifted Number One Son&#8217;s spirits. Plus, for me, it was extremely cool to listen to two vets talk about their experiences.</p>
  137. <p>After an excellent lunch (thanks Laurie), it was time for a few pictures.</p>
  138. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday5/" rel="attachment wp-att-622"><img data-attachment-id="622" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday5/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830203&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00062383031815346&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-622 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday5" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday5.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  139. <p>A new Marine and an alumni (say hello to Number One Son).</p>
  140. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday3/" rel="attachment wp-att-623"><img data-attachment-id="623" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830141&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00070175438596491&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-623 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday3" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday3.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  141. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  142. <p>And one of just the new Marine, my nephew:</p>
  143. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday4/" rel="attachment wp-att-624"><img data-attachment-id="624" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday4/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484830069&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0006631299734748&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-624 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday4" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday4.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  144. <p>More touring of MCRD followed, before the Marine had to report to the parade deck to practice their graduation ceremony.</p>
  145. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday6/" rel="attachment wp-att-625"><img data-attachment-id="625" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday6/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484832858&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00039001560062402&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday6" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-625 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday6" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday6.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  146. <p>The sand pit. This is where &#8220;Individual Training (IT)&#8221; takes place. From what Number One Son told me, you don&#8217;t want to be in the pit. I trust his judgement. It&#8217;s also the only place where the Drill Instructors cannot touch you. But even with that limitation, recruits do feel their wrath.</p>
  147. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday1/" rel="attachment wp-att-626"><img data-attachment-id="626" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg" data-orig-size="1504,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484833236&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0005720823798627&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-626 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&#038;h=300" alt="usmc-familyday1" width="224" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=224&amp;h=300 224w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=448&amp;h=600 448w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday1.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 224px) 100vw, 224px" /></a></p>
  148. <p>The Yellow Footprints. When the new recruits disembark from the bus, in the dead of the night, they are required to stand on a set of footprints. This begins their welcome into the Marine Corps.</p>
  149. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday2/" rel="attachment wp-att-627"><img data-attachment-id="627" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/22/seven-years-later-a-return-to-mcrd-parris-island/usmc-familyday2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1484833275&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00050709939148073&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="usmc-familyday2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-627 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="usmc-familyday2" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/usmc-familyday2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  150. <p>New recruits. Notice the high visibility belts they are wearing. That immediately signals to all that these men have just arrived at MCRD. And, according to Number One Son, signals to all to keep an eye on them during the first week at MCRD, as this is when they are most apt to have issues.</p>
  151. <p>Next time, graduation and fast food.</p>
  152. <p>&nbsp;</p>
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  205. <title>Breakfast with Monkey</title>
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  208. <pubDate>Tue, 17 Jan 2017 19:51:24 +0000</pubDate>
  209. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
  210. <category><![CDATA[motorcycle]]></category>
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  220. <description><![CDATA[I forgot to add one other anecdote concerning the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which culminated on Day Five. Throughout the adventure, Monkey was with me. In fact, most of the pictures I took, Monkey was in them. Like this one: I think it was during a meal break, probably Day Three, when my co-adventurers wanted [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=612&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  221. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>I forgot to add one other anecdote concerning the Lake Michigan Circle Tour, which culminated on Day Five.</p>
  222. <p>Throughout the adventure, Monkey was with me. In fact, most of the pictures I took, Monkey was in them. Like this one:</p>
  223. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" rel="attachment wp-att-568"><img data-attachment-id="568" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472236840&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00036403349108118&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="whitefish_1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-568 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="whitefish_1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  224. <p>I think it was during a meal break, probably Day Three, when my co-adventurers wanted to know why Monkey gets to look at all of the sights but never gets to eat.</p>
  225. <p>It was a good question. I think the answer is &#8220;I forget to bring him into the restaurant.&#8221;</p>
  226. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/" target="_blank">Day Five</a>, we&#8217;ve just loaded up the bikes for the ride home. A quick look at Google Maps pointed me to a <a href="http://www.toastnjams.com/" target="_blank">local breakfast restaurant</a> (it was very good, a bit pricey, but very good). After we arrived, I remembered that Monkey could use breakfast, too. After all, he&#8217;d been with us the entire time and had yet to eat.</p>
  227. <p>I brought Monkey into the restaurant and propped him up on the table with us.</p>
  228. <p>As the waitress was taking our orders, I jokingly ordered an orange juice for our stuffed friend.</p>
  229. <p>It wasn&#8217;t taken as joke.</p>
  230. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/17/breakfast-with-monkey/breakfast_monkey/" rel="attachment wp-att-613"><img data-attachment-id="613" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/17/breakfast-with-monkey/breakfast_monkey/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472460230&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;100&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="breakfast_monkey" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-613 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="breakfast_monkey" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/breakfast_monkey.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  231. <p>And it wasn&#8217;t free, either.</p>
  232. <p>Which was fine, because our little mascot was very thirsty!</p>
  233. <p>I wonder if he can order off of the &#8220;Children&#8217;s Menu?&#8221;</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/612/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/612/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=612&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  249. <title>Bob&#8217;s Big Picture technology predictions for 2017</title>
  250. <link>https://geldred.com/2017/01/16/bobs-big-picture-technology-predictions-for-2017/</link>
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  252. <pubDate>Mon, 16 Jan 2017 18:48:54 +0000</pubDate>
  253. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
  254. <category><![CDATA[ibm]]></category>
  255. <category><![CDATA[Microsoft]]></category>
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  257. <category><![CDATA[cringely]]></category>
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  263. <description><![CDATA[As he has done for years, Bob Cringely has posted his 2017 predictions. Number six ought to be a fun one to watch. Prediction #6 — Come-to-Jesus time for IBM. The most important 2017 event for IBM will be the retirement at 60 of CEO Ginni Rometty. The future of Big Blue absolutely depends on [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=610&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  264. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>As he has done for years, Bob Cringely has posted his 2017 predictions. Number six ought to be a fun one to watch.</p>
  265. <blockquote><p><strong>Prediction #6 — Come-to-Jesus time for IBM</strong>. The most important 2017 event for IBM will be the retirement at 60 of CEO Ginni Rometty. The future of Big Blue absolutely depends on the actions this year of her successor. If she follows the example of the two previous IBM CEOs Rometty will stick around for a year as chairman before flying-off to paradise in her jet.</p>
  266. <p>The reason I call this a Come-to-Jesus time for IBM is because the next CEO will have a chance to do something different with the company. If he or she decides to break with the past IBM has a chance. If the new CEO takes whatever game plan Rometty hands over and runs with that, then IBM is doomed.</p></blockquote>
  267. <p><a href="http://www.cringely.com/2017/01/09/15395/" target="_blank">More &gt;</a></p>
  268. <p>Maybe just as interesting, in one of his other predictions, Prediction #1, in fact, he talks about the Cloud Arms Race. In it, he only mentions IBM as an aside, with Amazon, Google, and Microsoft being the leaders. I suppose all of the talk from IBM about their cloud, is just that, talk. Oh, there may be some companies in their cloud, but not in the numbers that fill Amazon, Google, or Microsoft data centers.</p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/610/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/610/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=610&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  276. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Five</title>
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  279. <pubDate>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 22:17:42 +0000</pubDate>
  280. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  292. <description><![CDATA[Here it is, the last day on the tour. We aren&#8217;t exactly happy when we mount up in the morning, knowing that this will be the last day we ride on the Circle Tour. After five days, and talking about just saying &#8220;Eff it, let&#8217;s keep riding,&#8221; we head south and east. Not a lot [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=602&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  293. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Here it is, the last day on the tour. We aren&#8217;t exactly happy when we mount up in the morning, knowing that this will be the last day we ride on the Circle Tour. After five days, and talking about just saying &#8220;Eff it, let&#8217;s keep riding,&#8221; we head south and east. Not a lot of things to report, as it is all highway as we head home.</p>
  294. <p>Day Five:</p>
  295. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/day5/" rel="attachment wp-att-603"><img data-attachment-id="603" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/day5/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg" data-orig-size="698,431" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day5" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&#038;h=185" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-603 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&#038;h=185" alt="day5" width="300" height="185" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=300&amp;h=185 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=600&amp;h=370 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day5.jpg?w=150&amp;h=93 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  296. <p>See? All highway. While we were rocking the Ohio Turnpike at 70+ mph, it was still awful boring. Thanks to my <a href="http://www.sena.com/product/10s/" target="_blank">bluetooth headset</a>, at least I have some music to lessen the boredom.</p>
  297. <p>Total miles: 337</p>
  298. <p>After switching the bike off, one last picture to remind me of the trip:</p>
  299. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/odometer-3/" rel="attachment wp-att-605"><img data-attachment-id="605" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-five/odometer-3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472491425&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;125&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="odometer" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-605 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="odometer" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/odometer1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  300. <p>Five days seems like a lot, but trust me, the trip was too short. We decided that in 2017, we are going back to the Upper Peninsula. This time, since we&#8217;ve ridden some amazing roads on the way to the UP, we&#8217;re going to ride I-75 north, to minimize travel time, and spend more time exploring the east, central, and western parts of the UP. Perhaps make Newberry, MI, the base town for exploration of the central and eastern areas. Then, find a town in the western part, and explore that area. There&#8217;s so much to see and do, this seems to be the best method to properly ride the UP.</p>
  301. <p>What We Learned:</p>
  302. <ol>
  303. <li>Gas stations, and towns, are few and far between. Be smart, gas up when the opportunity arises. Or, even smarter, map out the gas stations along your route.</li>
  304. <li>The Upper Peninsula has spectacular sights and vistas. Once you&#8217;re here, you&#8217;ll want to spend more time exploring than you&#8217;ve budgeted. A return trip is most certainly in your future plans.</li>
  305. <li>To go with the gas stations point, above, there are long distances between the places you want to visit. I hope you have a comfortable saddle. If not, spend the money. Your ass will thank you. Also, you may want to do some longer trips to prepare yourself.</li>
  306. <li>Gas stations are few and far between.</li>
  307. <li>Just because your GPS or Google Maps tells you that there is a town just up the road, there may not be a gas station. Small towns are norm in the UP.</li>
  308. <li>Don&#8217;t count on your GPS, Google Maps, or having cellular coverage in all areas of the UP. Bring an actual map with you.</li>
  309. <li>Everyone we met, with the exception of a few (Newberry hotel operator, customers in a bar in Iron Mountain) were gracious and happy to talk to us, happy to provide directions, and very happy to recommend dining options. You&#8217;ll make some new friends in the UP.</li>
  310. <li>If you&#8217;re looking for souvenirs, like patches, pins, and stickers, the small stores that you see along your route is where you&#8217;ll find them. As a bonus, you&#8217;ll be supporting local businesses. And, the staff is used to seeing and interacting with bikers.</li>
  311. <li>The <a href="https://www.ssbadger.com/" target="_blank">SS Badger</a> is an excellent, relaxing way to avoid Chicago traffic. Remember to bring your tie downs. And since it is a part of US 10, it &#8220;could&#8221; count into your mileage. We didn&#8217;t count it, but you could. <img src="https://s0.wp.com/wp-content/mu-plugins/wpcom-smileys/twemoji/2/72x72/1f642.png" alt="🙂" class="wp-smiley" style="height: 1em; max-height: 1em;" /></li>
  312. <li>We averaged 377 miles a day.</li>
  313. <li>Gasoline averaged $2.48/gallon.</li>
  314. </ol>
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  316. <p>Links:</p>
  317. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; No Reservations and Day One</a></p>
  318. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-two/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Two</a></p>
  319. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/12/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-three/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Three</a></p>
  320. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Four</a></p>
  321. <p>Bonus Link:</p>
  322. <p>As it happens, <a href="http://www.roadrunner.travel/" target="_blank">RoadRunner</a> magazine has an article on riding the Upper Peninsula. Take a look for more professional photographs (no monkeys) and text.</p>
  323. <p><a href="http://www.roadrunner.travel/magazine/read/november-december-2016/page/80/" target="_blank">RoadRunner Magazine &#8211; Michigan&#8217;s Upper Peninsula: Northern Exposure</a></p><br />  <a rel="nofollow" href="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/gocomments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/602/"><img alt="" border="0" src="http://feeds.wordpress.com/1.0/comments/geldreddotcom.wordpress.com/602/" /></a> <img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=602&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></content:encoded>
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  343. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Four</title>
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  346. <pubDate>Fri, 13 Jan 2017 19:11:29 +0000</pubDate>
  347. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  358. <description><![CDATA[The sadness begins, as we know that we are heading home, the Upper Peninsula already a (great) memory. We now have a destination that does not wait for those that are tardy, a ferry crossing of Lake Michigan, so that we do not have to ride through Chicago and all that entails when you are [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=591&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  359. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>The sadness begins, as we know that we are heading home, the Upper Peninsula already a (great) memory. We now have a destination that does not wait for those that are tardy, a ferry crossing of Lake Michigan, so that we do not have to ride through Chicago and all that entails when you are on two wheels.</p>
  360. <p>Day Four:</p>
  361. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day4/" rel="attachment wp-att-576"><img data-attachment-id="576" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day4/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg" data-orig-size="492,596" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day4" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg?w=248&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-576 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg?w=248&#038;h=300" alt="day4" width="248" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg?w=248&amp;h=300 248w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg?w=124&amp;h=150 124w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day4.jpg 492w" sizes="(max-width: 248px) 100vw, 248px" /></a></p>
  362. <p>As you can see from the route, it isn&#8217;t all that spectacular. However, we did make one memorable stop, <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lambeau_Field" target="_blank">Lambeau Field</a> in Green Bay, WI.</p>
  363. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau1/" rel="attachment wp-att-592"><img data-attachment-id="592" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg" data-orig-size="581,775" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="lambeau1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-592 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="lambeau1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau1.jpg?w=112&amp;h=150 112w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  364. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau2/" rel="attachment wp-att-593"><img data-attachment-id="593" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/lambeau2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg" data-orig-size="779,584" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="lambeau2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-593 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="lambeau2" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/lambeau2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=112 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
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  367. <p style="text-align:center;">Monkey does the &#8220;Lambeau Leap.&#8221; I laugh every time I watch this video.</p>
  368. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/monkey_girlfriend/" rel="attachment wp-att-595"><img data-attachment-id="595" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/monkey_girlfriend/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472384130&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;80&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.033333333333333&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="monkey_girlfriend" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-595 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="monkey_girlfriend" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/monkey_girlfriend.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  369. <p style="text-align:center;">Monkey found himself a girlfriend.</p>
  370. <p>A quick look at the time and all shenanigans ceased; we have a ferry to catch. Off to Manitowoc, WI, for the boat ride across Lake Michigan.</p>
  371. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Badger" target="_blank">The SS Badger</a></p>
  372. <p>This is a proper ferry, not like the ones that take you to <a href="http://www.kelleysislandferry.com/" target="_blank">Kelleys Island</a> or <a href="http://www.millerferry.com/" target="_blank">Put-in-Bay</a>.</p>
  373. <p>We made it with about 40 minutes to spare. Motorcycles park in a special queue, as they will be among the first to get on the ship. <strong>Do not forget</strong> your tie downs, they do not supply them for you. After securing our bikes, we had 4-1/2 hours to eat, explore the ship, and simply relax before it arrives in Ludington, MI. The ship is actually a part of Route 10, which is really cool.  Also, it&#8217;s a 72 mile ride across the lake. Much like cruise ships, this one has a cafeteria, a movie theater, a cruise director (who runs the games and other entertainment), and, if you want an upgrade, private cabins. We opted to find our comfort where ever we could (cheaper). Not quite to midway, we all agreed that while this was a wonderful method of travel, we would&#8217;ve preferred to be on our bikes. Basically, it meant &#8220;nap time.&#8221;</p>
  374. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger1/" rel="attachment wp-att-597"><img data-attachment-id="597" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472388096&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00061087354917532&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="ssbadger1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-597 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="ssbadger1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  375. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  376. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger2/" rel="attachment wp-att-598"><img data-attachment-id="598" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472388368&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00071479628305933&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="ssbadger2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-598 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="ssbadger2" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger2.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  377. <p style="text-align:center;">Where I had to go to get this picture, it nearly cost me getting the bike on the ship. Much to the amusement of my biker &#8220;friends.&#8221;</p>
  378. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger3/" rel="attachment wp-att-599"><img data-attachment-id="599" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/13/lake-michigan-circle-tour-day-four/ssbadger3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg" data-orig-size="3024,4032" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472395687&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00048100048100048&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="ssbadger3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-599 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="ssbadger3" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/ssbadger3.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  379. <p style="text-align:center;">CJ relaxes on deck.</p>
  380. <p>Once we off loaded in Ludington, we headed south for our last overnight stay in Michigan, in <a href="https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/baymont/muskegon-michigan/baymont-inn-and-suites-muskegon/overview?CID=LC:BU:20160226:RIO:Local:SM-buenct" target="_blank">Muskegon</a>. Once we unloaded our bikes, we went in search of dinner. As it happened, this was the first meal we would have at <a href="https://www.texasroadhouse.com/menu" target="_blank">a chain restaurant</a>. All of our other meals were eaten at local establishments. Without my knowledge and much to my chagrin, Doug told our waitress that it was my birthday. After finishing our meals, here comes the waitress, dragging what is best described as a saddle mounted to a saw horse. They coerced me into sitting on the damn thing, placed a cowboy hat on my head, announced to the restaurant that it was my birthday, and proceeded to regale me with the &#8220;Happy Birthday Song.&#8221; Much to my &#8220;friend&#8217;s&#8221; delight and amusement, I was totally embarrassed.</p>
  381. <p>And that&#8217;s another reason why I travel with bourbon in my luggage.</p>
  382. <p>Total miles: 261</p>
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  436. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Three</title>
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  439. <pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 19:48:48 +0000</pubDate>
  440. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  444. <description><![CDATA[A whirlwind tour of the Upper Peninsula coupled with miles of, basically, nothing. Day Three: A long, very long day. After a quick breakfast in Newberry, and gearing up for rain, we headed to Pictured Rocks National Seashore. A little tip: Getting to this area will require you to ride on gravel roads. Now, as [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=588&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  445. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>A whirlwind tour of the Upper Peninsula coupled with miles of, basically, nothing.</p>
  446. <p>Day Three:</p>
  447. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day3/" rel="attachment wp-att-571"><img data-attachment-id="571" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day3/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg" data-orig-size="755,502" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day3" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=300&#038;h=199" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-571 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=300&#038;h=199" alt="day3" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=300&amp;h=199 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=600&amp;h=398 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3.jpg?w=150&amp;h=100 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  448. <p>A long, very long day.</p>
  449. <p>After a quick breakfast in Newberry, and gearing up for rain, we headed to Pictured Rocks National Seashore. A little tip: Getting to this area will require you to ride on gravel roads. Now, as it hadn&#8217;t rained (much), the roads were okay. However, if you&#8217;re in a downpour, this might be a bit challenging. That said, it is well worth the effort and time.</p>
  450. <p>On the way to the entrance to Pictured Rocks, we encountered what can only be described as a suicidal bird. I&#8217;m leading and up ahead, I see what appears to be a rock in the road. I move to the right a bit, signal to the others that there is something in the road, and, as I pass it, I see that it is a bird. Just sitting there, in the road. As the other two bikes pass, it doesn&#8217;t move. Strange little bird, hope you didn&#8217;t get flattened later in the day.</p>
  451. <p>Then, it was the gravel road, until we reached a ranger station and the start of our tour of Pictured Rocks.</p>
  452. <p>Got off the bikes, removed our rain gear (the day was turning out to be sunny and beautiful), and asked one of the rangers for a map of the seashore and the places we needed to stop and see. Off we went.</p>
  453. <p>Day Three Best Roads:</p>
  454. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day3-best-jpg/" rel="attachment wp-att-572"><img data-attachment-id="572" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day3-best-jpg/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png" data-orig-size="752,500" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day3-best-jpg" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=300&#038;h=199" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-572 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=300&#038;h=199" alt="day3-best-jpg" width="300" height="199" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=300&amp;h=199 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=600&amp;h=398 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day3-best-jpg.png?w=150&amp;h=100 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  455. <p>Leaving Newberry, we headed to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pictured_Rocks_National_Lakeshore" target="_blank">Pictured Rocks National Lakeshore</a>. Words cannot do this park justice. You must see it to believe it. It is worth the time and effort to get there and run the road next to Lake Superior and to stop, often, to see the sights and take pictures. Here is an example, Miners Castle:</p>
  456. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/minerscastle/" rel="attachment wp-att-573"><img data-attachment-id="573" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/minerscastle/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472298139&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0010526315789474&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="minerscastle" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-573 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="minerscastle" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/minerscastle.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  457. <p>There is a trail that will take you up close and personal, which we walked. It&#8217;s worth the time for the views of the lake. Amazing location. I think we all fell in love with the Upper Peninsula during this run through Pictured Rocks.</p>
  458. <p>Then we it was time to ride to <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_Harbor,_Michigan" target="_blank">Copper Harbor</a>.  But first, a search for gas. I don&#8217;t think we saw a gas station until we reached Harvey, MI, 40+ miles from Miners Castle. Then, a quick lunch in Marquette, MI, as we followed Route 41 west and north. As we traveled north on Route 41, in the town of Hancock, we passed <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quincy_Mine" target="_blank">Quincy Mine</a>. It&#8217;s a tourist spot and it looked very impressive from the road. All of us determined that the next time we pass through here, we would stop. But not today, we were on a mission to get to Copper Harbor and daylight was getting in short supply.</p>
  459. <p>Somewhere along the route into Copper Harbor, I glanced over to the side of the road and swore that I saw a porcupine. I asked Doug and CJ, when we finally arrived in Copper Harbor, if they had seen it. &#8220;No,&#8221; was the consensus. Ah, well, I saw it.</p>
  460. <p>The last 15 miles into Copper Harbor are amazing; great road surface, twisties, sweeping curves, altitude changes, this bit of road has it all. And, once you get there, you will be at the start of Route 41, which you can take all the way to Miami, Florida. Here&#8217;s my bike at the start of Route 41:</p>
  461. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/copperharbor2/" rel="attachment wp-att-574"><img data-attachment-id="574" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/copperharbor2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472319861&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.016666666666667&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="copperharbor2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-574 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="copperharbor2" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor2.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  462. <p>And here are our bikes at the start of Route 41:</p>
  463. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/copperharbor/" rel="attachment wp-att-575"><img data-attachment-id="575" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/copperharbor/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg" data-orig-size="2016,1512" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472319207&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.0020790020790021&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="copperharbor" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-575 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="copperharbor" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/copperharbor.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  464. <p>The best part of this, Doug rode his bike around the turnaround several times, scraping floorboards for most of it. Trust me, it was hilarious.</p>
  465. <p>We took a quick tour of Copper Harbor, then headed south.</p>
  466. <p>As I remembered seeing the porcupine, I was determined to point it out to my fellow travelers. Which I did, as it was in the same spot as when I first saw it.</p>
  467. <p>And it was dead.</p>
  468. <p>Today was also the day that I fell off of my bike. Stopped for gas in a (very) little town south of Copper Harbor. As I was dismounting, my right foot caught on my tank bag. I did an admirable job of not falling, until I thought I was going to recover, and then, ended up on the ground.</p>
  469. <p>After they stopped laughing, CJ and Doug helped me up.</p>
  470. <p>It was the only &#8220;accident&#8221; on the entire adventure. Damn tank bag.</p>
  471. <p>The other highlight of this trip:</p>
  472. <p>As I was leading, I was the one that determined the gas stops. We were riding US 141 south and east, to get to Iron Mountain, MI, for the night. At the junction of 141 and 28, there is a gas station. Thinking that we could make it into Crystal Falls, MI, I decided to keep riding.</p>
  473. <p>That was a mistake.</p>
  474. <p>Riding down 141, watching my mileage go up, I knew we weren&#8217;t going to make it. It was about that time when I saw a gas station sign. Pulling into the station, we were all commenting on how lucky we were to find this station.</p>
  475. <p>But it had just closed.</p>
  476. <p>The owner hadn&#8217;t left yet, and she powered up the pumps for us. It was a magical moment. And she told us that the next nearest station was only about 20 miles down the road. Oh, well. We were still very happy. This is also the station where Doug tried to leave without paying. CJ and I set him right.</p>
  477. <p>Pulling out of the station, our lights caught the only deer we saw in the UP. Which was nice, but still kept us on high alert as we rode into Iron Mountain.</p>
  478. <p>Iron Mountain wasn&#8217;t without its &#8220;eccentricities.&#8221; After checking into the hotel, we were given the name of place that was &#8220;open late.&#8221; It appears that most everything closes around 9PM, regardless of the day, in Iron Mountain. When we arrived at the sports bar, karaoke was going in full blast. Hard to hear in the place. And, as the three of us came in, in armored jackets and riding pants, several patrons at the bar took an immediate interest in us. After looking us over, the bartender told us that they stopped serving food only minutes before our entrance. And a bouncer appeared at the door, where he came from is anyone&#8217;s guess, because he wasn&#8217;t there when we entered.</p>
  479. <p>Okay, we get the hint.</p>
  480. <p>An open pizza shop it was to be for us. And it was good. And quiet.</p>
  481. <p>Tomorrow, we continue riding south, for our date with a Lake Michigan ferry.</p>
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  510. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; Day Two</title>
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  513. <pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:55:44 +0000</pubDate>
  514. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
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  518. <description><![CDATA[Spent some time, the previous night, mapping out Day Two&#8217;s ride. Using Google Maps and the Ride Michigan book, determined the roads we were going to ride and some of the specifics on those roads. After a free hotel breakfast, we rode out of Ludington and continued north. Day Two: Day Two Best Roads: From [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=585&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  519. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>Spent some time, the previous night, mapping out Day Two&#8217;s ride. Using Google Maps and the Ride Michigan book, determined the roads we were going to ride and some of the specifics on those roads. After a free hotel breakfast, we rode out of Ludington and continued north.</p>
  520. <p><a href="https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Ludington,+MI+49431/Cross+Village,+MI/Whitefish+Point,+MI/Newberry,[email protected],-87.8365957,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m61!4m60!1m40!1m1!1s0x881c10c7e0156ed5:0x45e831468c56e1fb!2m2!1d-86.4525831!2d43.9552825!3m4!1m2!1d-86.2241232!2d44.6103584!3s0x881e75051fe5462f:0x96d9d9ce2786da25!3m4!1m2!1d-85.6346389!2d44.7598836!3s0x881e328517a901e9:0xc00b76f84f5ddbfe!3m4!1m2!1d-85.1128326!2d45.3605404!3s0x4d4a8de10c0d39c7:0x9b5a3867af010684!3m4!1m2!1d-85.0434676!2d45.4424192!3s0x4d4a88e9250374ab:0x396bcb75725d99f9!3m4!1m2!1d-85.0898289!2d45.4888432!3s0x4d4a89f9904f9afb:0xb844688100d83c51!3m4!1m2!1d-85.1093466!2d45.5265852!3s0x4d4a61be00850341:0xb3b334957e092b8f!3m4!1m2!1d-85.0732561!2d45.6242392!3s0x4d4a6673b422e17f:0xb460bf0bdfde3f29!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d4a6587a0239041:0xc1c447d2a0a0aef5!2m2!1d-85.0375612!2d45.642231!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d484a6e32720f39:0x382ca3a47deea5b4!2m2!1d-84.9653567!2d46.7658572!1m5!1m1!1s0x4d49722bd2cdd00f:0xf62fba570880532d!2m2!1d-85.5095586!2d46.3549984!3e0?hl=en" target="_blank">Day Two</a>:</p>
  521. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day2/" rel="attachment wp-att-565"><img data-attachment-id="565" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day2/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg" data-orig-size="477,664" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day2" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=216&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-565 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=216&#038;h=300" alt="day2" width="216" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=216&amp;h=300 216w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=432&amp;h=600 432w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2.jpg?w=108&amp;h=150 108w" sizes="(max-width: 216px) 100vw, 216px" /></a></p>
  522. <p>Day Two Best Roads:</p>
  523. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day2-best/" rel="attachment wp-att-566"><img data-attachment-id="566" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/day2-best/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png" data-orig-size="476,663" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="day2-best" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=215&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-566 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=215&#038;h=300" alt="day2-best" width="215" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=215&amp;h=300 215w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=430&amp;h=600 430w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/day2-best.png?w=108&amp;h=150 108w" sizes="(max-width: 215px) 100vw, 215px" /></a></p>
  524. <p>From bottom to top:</p>
  525. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-22_(Michigan_highway)" target="_blank">Michigan 22</a> gets you really close to Lake Michigan, beautiful views, sweeping curves, and altitude changes. Great road, with one spectacular road side park. If you ride M-22, you must stop, take a break, and take pictures of the lake and the vistas. While there, we watched a lake tanker making its way north. It looked so small and insignificant on the lake.</p>
  526. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/M-119_(Michigan_highway)" target="_blank">Michigan 119</a> is also known as Tunnel of Trees. A great motorcycle road. Very tight, the road is a bit more than one lane. Keep your wits about you as bicyclists and other cars could be just around the corner. As I was leading, I rode farther ahead of the others, riding to the left of the center line, so that CJ and Doug would have ample time to move to the right in the event of an approaching car. And there were quite of few of them on this beautiful day. There is a portion that goes down to Lake Michigan, of which we rode a little, as it heads south and away from our true route. If you do go down to Lake Michigan, watch for sand on the road. Back on M-119, you&#8217;ll know when you get to &#8220;Devil&#8217;s Elbow,&#8221; the road takes a 90 degree turn and then goes up. Simply awesome! Riding M-119, you are truly in a tunnel of trees. We stopped at a little roadside post office/deli/store and picked up some pins, patches, and stickers. Except for CJ, who doesn&#8217;t understand vests, pins, or patches. Or putting stickers on your helmet. Too bad for him. Gorgeous road, highly recommended.</p>
  527. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/img_1777/" rel="attachment wp-att-567"><img data-attachment-id="567" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/img_1777/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg" data-orig-size="4032,3024" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472222359&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.001497005988024&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="img_1777" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-567 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="img_1777" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/img_1777.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  528. <p>&nbsp;</p>
  529. <p><a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Bridge" target="_blank">Mackinac Bridge</a>. Are you kidding? Nearly 5 miles of bridge. The outside lane is paved, the inside lane is grate. We rode the grate, to pass semi tractor trailers and to get a great look of the Straits of Mackinac, 200 feet below us. Toll is $4, which is collected on the north side of the bridge. It was a bright, blue beautiful day to ride the bridge. And the wind wasn&#8217;t bad, which is important to know if you&#8217;re riding two wheels.</p>
  530. <p>Michigan 123, heading to Whitefish Point. You have to see this to believe just how close you ride to Lake Superior. Beautiful vistas with the lake basically lapping at the road. And Whitefish Point? This is where you can see the actual bell from the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SS_Edmund_Fitzgerald" target="_blank">Edmund Fitzgerald</a>. While the museum had closed by the time we arrived, the views and the grounds are great.</p>
  531. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" rel="attachment wp-att-568"><img data-attachment-id="568" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/whitefish_1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg" data-orig-size="1512,2016" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;2.2&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;iPhone SE&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;1472236840&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;4.15&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;25&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0.00036403349108118&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;1&quot;}" data-image-title="whitefish_1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-568 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&#038;h=300" alt="whitefish_1" width="225" height="300" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=225&amp;h=300 225w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=450&amp;h=600 450w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/whitefish_1.jpg?w=113&amp;h=150 113w" sizes="(max-width: 225px) 100vw, 225px" /></a></p>
  532. <p>Our first experience with the Upper Peninsula. Two things we learned in our short time in the UP:</p>
  533. <ol>
  534. <li>Gas stations are few and far between. Just because you know that there is a town up ahead, it may not have a gas station. Make smart decisions with respect to your fuel levels and don&#8217;t be hesitant to fill up even though you still have 100 miles to empty.</li>
  535. <li>When the sun goes down, it gets dark. Really dark. Because there are few sizable towns/cities in the UP, there is no light pollution. And zero street lights. It is really, really dark. Keep your wits about you, there are big things in the dark, like moose. And deer.</li>
  536. </ol>
  537. <p>As night fell, we rode into Newberry. First hotel stop, they didn&#8217;t have room for us. Although we doubted that was true, because of the lack of cars in the parking lot. They may not have had rooms for us because the registration desk saw three guys, in armored jackets, arrive on motorcycles. After asking about other lodging, we headed down the road to another hotel. The second hotel had rooms for us. And, bonus!, it was located next to a bar/restaurant, just a short walk from the hotel. Perfect! Newberry eventually worked out okay for us.</p>
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  562. <title>Lake Michigan Circle Tour &#8211; No Reservations</title>
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  565. <pubDate>Thu, 12 Jan 2017 02:34:35 +0000</pubDate>
  566. <dc:creator><![CDATA[Gregg Eldred]]></dc:creator>
  567. <category><![CDATA[motorcycle]]></category>
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  577. <description><![CDATA[This is a post that I&#8217;ve been meaning to write for a few months. Okay, it&#8217;s been five months. Specifically, since the last week of August, 2016. Better late than never. This will be the first in a series concerning an excellent ride (mostly) around Lake Michigan. The riders: Doug &#8211; Yamaha Stratoliner CJ &#8211; [&#8230;]<img alt="" border="0" src="https://pixel.wp.com/b.gif?host=geldred.com&#038;blog=43632352&#038;post=560&#038;subd=geldreddotcom&#038;ref=&#038;feed=1" width="1" height="1" />]]></description>
  578. <content:encoded><![CDATA[<p>This is a post that I&#8217;ve been meaning to write for a few months. Okay, it&#8217;s been five months. Specifically, since the last week of August, 2016. Better late than never. This will be the first in a series concerning an excellent ride (mostly) around Lake Michigan.</p>
  579. <p><strong>The riders:</strong></p>
  580. <ul>
  581. <li>Doug &#8211; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yamaha_XV1900A" target="_blank">Yamaha Stratoliner</a></li>
  582. <li>CJ &#8211; <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzuki_VL_1500_Intruder_LC_/_Boulevard_C90" target="_blank">Suzuki Intruder LC 1500</a></li>
  583. <li>Me &#8211; <a href="https://www.yamahamotorsports.com/cruiser-touring/models/v-star-950-tourer" target="_blank">Yamaha 950 Tourer</a></li>
  584. </ul>
  585. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/theteam-michigan/" rel="attachment wp-att-561"><img data-attachment-id="561" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/theteam-michigan/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg" data-orig-size="733,550" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="theteam-michigan" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-561 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="theteam-michigan" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/theteam-michigan.jpg?w=150&amp;h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  586. <h5 style="text-align:center;">(left to right, me (with Monkey), CJ, and Doug)</h5>
  587. <p><strong>The tools:</strong></p>
  588. <ul>
  589. <li><a href="https://app.eatsleepride.com/" target="_blank">EatSleepRide</a> &#8211; Probably the premier, free, motorcycle GPS app. Recorded progress, share location with others (like those watching our progress from afar), also has CrashLight, which will text someone, or 911, if your mobile phone detects that the bike has crashed.</li>
  590. <li><a href="https://www.waze.com/" target="_blank">Waze</a> &#8211; Route GPS, updated by the crowd, provided best routes, police locations, and more.</li>
  591. <li>Google Maps &#8211; When Waze wasn&#8217;t doing a very good job. It&#8217;s always good to have a backup GPS.</li>
  592. <li><a href="https://weather.com/apps" target="_blank">The Weather Channel App</a> &#8211; You&#8217;re on a motorcycle, you need to know the weather.</li>
  593. <li><a href="http://www.sena.com/product/10s/" target="_blank">Sena 10S Bluetooth Headset</a> &#8211; Handsfree, motorcycle helmet bluetooth headset. Allowed me to follow along with Waze&#8217;s directions as well as listen to music. First time using a headset, now I can&#8217;t imagine travelling without one. Easy installation, easy setup, paired quickly with my iPhone.</li>
  594. </ul>
  595. <p><strong>Preparation:</strong></p>
  596. <p>This was not an Arctic Circle run and we wanted to be as flexible with our time as possible. We roughed out the route, the stops, and the deadlines (ferry&#8217;s do not wait for those that are tardy). Plus, we didn&#8217;t want to be beholden to specific overnight stops. Thus, we spent all of three hours planning the tour. At first, we were simply to circle Lake Michigan. But after our first, and only meeting, we all read more about the tour and were sidetracked by what we read about the southern shore of Lake Superior. From that, we knew that we really wanted to see <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Copper_Harbor,_Michigan" target="_blank">Copper Harbor, Michigan</a>. In the end, the plan was to ride the western shore of Lake Michigan, until we crossed the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mackinac_Bridge" target="_blank">Mackinac Bridge</a>. At that point, we would head northwest to the southern shore of Lake Superior and ride that to Copper Harbor. We made no reservations at any hotel, we were going to ride until we decided it was time to locate suitable overnight accommodations.</p>
  597. <p>In addition to the above, we spent a lot of time on the website, <a href="http://www.lakemichigancircletour.com/" target="_blank">Lake Michigan Circle Tour</a>. A great resource for the route as well as things to see and do along the route. Finally, I bought and brought along three additional items. Weather proof maps of <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rand-McNally-Easy-Fold-Easyfinder/dp/0528992163/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1483664434&amp;sr=1-2&amp;keywords=michigan+map" target="_blank">Michigan</a> and <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Rand-McNally-Easy-Fold-Easyfinder/dp/0528994751/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1483664481&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=wisconsin+map" target="_blank">Wisconsin</a> (again, on a motorcycle, you need backups and items that can be subjected to water) and the book, <em><a href="https://www.amazon.com/Ride-Michigan-Bill-Murphy/dp/193392649X/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&amp;ie=UTF8&amp;qid=1483664358&amp;sr=1-1&amp;keywords=ride+michigan" target="_blank">Ride Michigan</a></em>. The book was extremely useful to determine what would could see and the best motorcycle routes to take along the way.</p>
  598. <p>Day One:</p>
  599. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/mi_day1/" rel="attachment wp-att-562"><img data-attachment-id="562" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/mi_day1/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg" data-orig-size="616,400" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="mi_day1" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=300&#038;h=195" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-562 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=300&#038;h=195" alt="mi_day1" width="300" height="195" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=300&amp;h=195 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=600&amp;h=390 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/mi_day1.jpg?w=150&amp;h=97 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  600. <p>We met at Cracker Barrel, in Sheffield, OH, for breakfast. Afterwards, we rode the turnpike into Indiana, then turned north into Michigan, Sturgis, MI, specifically, for lunch. If you ask yourself &#8220;why Sturgis?&#8221; then you aren&#8217;t a biker in the United States.</p>
  601. <p><a href="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/sturgismi/" rel="attachment wp-att-564"><img data-attachment-id="564" data-permalink="https://geldred.com/2017/01/11/lake-michigan-circle-tour-no-reservations/sturgismi/" data-orig-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg" data-orig-size="975,731" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{&quot;aperture&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;credit&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;camera&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;caption&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;created_timestamp&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;copyright&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;focal_length&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;iso&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;shutter_speed&quot;:&quot;0&quot;,&quot;title&quot;:&quot;&quot;,&quot;orientation&quot;:&quot;0&quot;}" data-image-title="sturgismi" data-image-description="" data-medium-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" data-large-file="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=450" class="size-medium wp-image-564 aligncenter" src="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=300&#038;h=225" alt="sturgismi" width="300" height="225" srcset="https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=300&amp;h=225 300w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=600&amp;h=450 600w, https://geldreddotcom.files.wordpress.com/2017/01/sturgismi.jpg?w=150&amp;h=112 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></a></p>
  602. <p>This turned out to be a most fortuitous stop. Using Google Maps, I found a highly rated, local restaurant, <a href="https:[email protected]98492,-85.4219219,18z/data=!4m5!3m4!1s0x0:0xcb388d40ace6f0e5!8m2!3d41.798729!4d-85.420922?hl=en" target="_blank">Boundary Waters Kitchen and Bar</a>. We just happened to parked out bikes in front of a barber shop. Since three bikes can cause an auditory commotion in a tight area, the owner of the barber shop came out and greeted us. As it turns out, he is biker and had just returned from a trip to the Upper Peninsula. And he had photos, real photos, in a book, to show us. We had a great time talking to him and he provided us with a lot of excellent tips and places we needed to stop and see.</p>
  603. <p>During lunch, he came into the restaurant with a list of things we should see. That was really cool.</p>
  604. <p>A little ways outside of Sturgis, it started to rain. A very light rain. We didn&#8217;t stop to gear up, just rode through it.</p>
  605. <p>Then we hit the east coast of Lake Michigan and turned our bikes north. We stopped for gas, and rest, but didn&#8217;t stop to see anything, as we were headed to Ludington, MI for our first overnight stop. Rode into town, hit Lake Michigan, and, as luck would have it, <a href="http://snydersshoreinn.com" target="_blank">a hotel on Lake Michigan</a> had room for us. Ludington is also the town where you can catch the <a href="http://www.ssbadger.com/" target="_blank">ferry across Lake Michigan</a>. We&#8217;ll see Ludington again in a few days.</p>
  606. <p>Total miles: 405</p>
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