Duluth/Lake Superior

Monday, July 14

After breakfast in our hotel, we loaded up the two cars with bags and bikes for the drive to Duluth.  Ken told me that one of his sons said “Be careful what you’re good at.”  Well, Ken is good at packing a car and putting bikes on the racks – so guess who was in charge of getting us ready for the road?

After dropping off Jeanne and Carney’s cars at Janet’s daughter’s home in Minneapolis, we drove to Duluth (four bikes on each car), and stopped at the trail head of the Willard Munger Trail, a converted rails to trails path.  We biked 15 miles to Carlton, where we had lunch, and then 15 miles back.  We checked into the Suites in Canal Park, on  Lake Superior.  The rooms were part of an old warehouse, with large rooms and high ceilings, with Jacuzzis in each suite.  We had dinner at Grandma’s, and then watched a large ship (registered in Wilmington DE!!) go through the aerial bridge.

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Getting ready
Be careful what you're good at!!

View from trestle

Leaving trestle after group picture
Lunch in Carlton at 2:30pm

Waiting for our Sloppy Joes

15 more miles on the trail
RnR after our ride

Typical hotel suite

This is not a loft in Soho

Grandma's Restaurant

It was either this or a bike!!
The aerial bridge coming down
Tuesday, July 15

After breakfast, we rode the Lake Shore Drive (the exact route of Grandma’s Marathon) which was the scenic route for Highway 61, referenced in Dylan’s song, to Two Harbors, a 54 mile round trip on oru bikes.  Lunch was at the Vanilla Bean, after which we saw the last steam tugboat on Lake Superior, and visited the lighthouse.  Our dinner Tuesday night was at Bellisio’s Italian Restaurant.
Music to get ready by
Lakewalk on Lake Superior

Scenic bypass Highway 61

Lighthouse at Two Harbors
Last steam-driven tug on Lake Superior

Two Harbors