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Marquette, Michigan
The Great Lakes Tour
Day 9 - Thursday, August 21, 2008
Ended here:

Grand Portage, Minnesota

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Today started off gray and cloudy. But, unlike the previous couple of days, it didn't get much better. The sun finally came out for a little while this afternoon. But no rain.

We were slowed down today by a lot of construction on US-41. Very slow going.

We saw lots and lots of toys for sale sitting beside the road today. If you're in the market for an RV, boat, SUV, boat or ATV, there's plenty of bargains available.

The drive in Minnesota from Deluth up to the Canadian border is awesome. To make it even better, we made a little detour and drove 25 miles or so on a one-lane gravel road through the Ottawa National Forest. Old growth forest. Very dense with huge trees. Beautiful!

Speaking of the Canadian border, that's where the trip ended. At about 9:30pm. See the pic below. I turned around and drove back to Deluth where we are camped in a Wal*Mart parking lot.

A word about the stats spreadsheet. The start and stop times for each day don't work right if the day extends past midnight. Today is actually two days, the last day of the trip and the first travel day to get home. The travel day started when we left the Canadian border and ended when we got to this Wal*Mart about 12:30am. To fix the problem, I logged the start time of the travel day as 8:30pm and the end as 11:30pm.

This has been a wonderful trip. I have a new appreciation of the upper midwest. Beautiful country and the Great Lakes are magnificent. I'll give the last word to The Navigator. He said, "See, I told you they were large bodies of water. And they all look the same!"

I'll update the stats page each day as we drive home. And if something news worthy happens, I'll post it here.

Thanks for traveling with us!


Quote For Today

Sexiness wears thin after a while, and beauty fades, but to be married to a man that makes you laugh every day, ah, now that's a real treat. ~ Joanne Woodward


Questions and answers about Australian tourism
Background information is here

From the USA:
Q: Will I be able to speak English most places I go when I get to Australia?

A: Yes, but you'll have to learn it first.

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This steam engine is huge. Some more info. 500hp. Wow! We crossed this creek during our gravel road diversion. Very pretty.
Last sign, June. Congrats to Minnesota, a beautiful state. Lake Superior. Ya know, I think maybe The Navigator is right :)
This is the US Customs station at the Canadian border. End of trip and last pic.
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From Bill in Louisville:

Who says today's Kids aren't smart. I wish I'd thought of this...

At a high school in Montana a group of high schoolers played a prank on the school. They took three goats, painted the numbers #1, #2 and #4 on the sides of the goats and turned them loose in the school.

School administrators spent most of the day looking for #3.

And here's one solution to Kathy's word puzzle from yesterday:
STARTLING
STARTING
STARING
STRING
STING
SING
SIN
IN
I

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From Leo in NJ:

Words that are difficult to say when you're drunk:

  • Indubitably
  • Innovative
  • Preliminary
  • Proliferation
  • Cinnamon
Words that are very difficult to say when you're drunk:
  • Specificity
  • British Constitution
  • Passive-aggressive disorder
  • Loquacious Transubstantiate
Stuff that's downright impossible to say when you're drunk:
  • Thanks, but I don't want to have sex.
  • Nope, no more booze for me.
  • Sorry, but you're not really my type.
  • Oh, I just couldn't. No one wants to hear me sing.
  • And my fav... Good evening officer, isn't it lovely out tonight.
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