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Published: January 30th 2019
At the Hoop & Holler
On the north end of Lake Gogebic.
This is Michael's third trip here for snowmobiling, so he's seen quite a large part of the geography here, from 170 miles north to 180 miles east to 80 miles west. He had not been to this very scenic place before, so we decided to ride there today. The destination was Lake of the Clouds near Lake Superior southwest of the town of Ontonagon. It's located in the Porcupine Mountains along the Lake Superior shore. It would be a rather long ride, but we chose to do it today because we're in the middle of a deep freeze this week and Monday was forecast to be the warmest day of the week. Yeah, it was forecast to be a high of 6 degrees.
We first rode to Pat & Dawn Keefe's home on Lindsley Lake, part of the Cisco Chain of lakes near Land O' Lakes, WI. That was a nice ride of 17 miles from the Gateway Lodge, where we are staying. Unfortunately, Dawn, who is a very good rider, wouldn't be joining us today, choosing a girl's day off. Pat was our leader for the day and after coffee at their house, we headed north on
At the Hoop & Holler
Me, Pat Keefe and Michael.
the Cisco Chain. We rode about 30 miles to the south end of Lake Gogebic, a very large lake in this part of the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The lake is about 17 miles from south to north and we rode all 17 miles across the lake to the north shore where the Hoop & Holler bar is located. We ate lunch there and warmed up before heading to Lake of the Clouds.
We took a longer route to the lake to enjoy a couple of great trails in the area. The ride to Lake of the Clouds from Hoop & Holler was about 45 miles. The riding was fantastic, though. Super wide and smooth trails. When you get near Lake of the Clouds, you enter the Porcupine Mountains and ride up a mountain on a road closed in the winter for 7 miles. It's a beautiful place. A 1 mile long lake surrounded by the Porcupines, The mountains keep the lake very placid. After our photo op there, we headed to the town of Silver City to look for gas. We could have filled up at the Hoop, which Michael suggested, but Bob decided it would
be no problem to wait until we got to Silver City which totaled 107 miles for me and Michael. Well, like so many areas in the U.P., the gas station was shut down so we had to ride another 12 miles to the town of White Pine. My sled was down to about 1/2 gallon of gas when we arrived here. We went in for a break there before continuing south. We once again hopped on Lake Gogebic to save time heading home. We rode east on Trail 2 for s few miles and split up with
Pat who headed south to his home and Michael and I rode Trail 2 about 20 miles east to the town of Watersmeet and then went south to Land O' Lakes. It ended up being a ride of 187 miles for the day. Kinda long for Michael's first ride in two years. But, we stayed warm and had great riding all day. Tomorrow, a little shorter day.
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