|Travelogue -- Dr Bob's Northwest Territory Motorcycle Ride|
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28 May 2015, 7:30 PM ET, Sault Ste. Marie, MI
From my byline above, you can see that I am in Sault Ste. Marie. I wanted to ride through Sault Ste. Marie because I like the name. No other reason. I wondered what the name means, so I consulted Wikipedia, and learned that it means "the Rapids of Saint Mary". The Saint Mary's River runs from Lake Superior to Lake Huron and separates the United States and Canada.Just where is Sault Ste. Marie anyway? It is, more or less, the point where Lake Huron and Lake Michigan and Lake Superior all come together (I know, they don't all come together, but give me a bit of poetic license please). Take a look at my icon picture for this ride just below. I put a big red dot where I am.
I rode fewer miles today, only 136.9. I got to bed late last night and wanted to take it easy today. The ride through the upper part of Michigan was pleasant, the land is mostly, but not completely, flat and was extremely green with lots of trees. Here's a picture from a lookout point, you can just barely see Lake Burt out there.
Just a few miles short of Sault Ste. Marie you cross the Mackinac Bridge.
I took that picture at the site of the Old Mackinac Point Lighthouse.
While there, I saw this bird. I am wondering if it is my bird, just aged a bit and now grey as happens to so many of us.
Riding into Sault Ste. Marie, I rode past this restaurant and just had to take a picture for my brother Larry.
I visited the Soo Locks. There was a big freighter passing through. It was in the second channel, I wish it had been in the first channel so I could have seen it better. Here is a picture of the empty first channel looking toward Lake Superior and then looking at the empty channel toward Lake Huron.
This is a closeup picture of the freighter in the second channel, you can only see part of the freighter sticking up above the grassy area.
Here is the freighter after he passed through the locks. It is now in Lake Huron, 21 feet lower.
A couple of days ago something strange happened. I had left my bike for a few minutes and when I came back it was with these John Deere tractors.
At first I did not realize what was happening, but then I could tell they were talking to each other. I was shocked. And then I suddenly realized that they speak the same language.
Just listen to this. Click on "Harley" below and you can hear what my bike was saying, then click on "John Deere" below and you can hear what the tractor was saying. Then, like me, you will realize that they do speak the same language.
John Deere                Harley
If you click on one and then soon after the other, you can hear the conversation that I heard.
You reckon you can get a John Deere in black?