Heading for Dearborn "Ginger's great advanture"

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Post by SPLINEHEAD » 07 Jun 2017, 04:42

It is beautiful up at that end of the UP. Porcupine Mountains, Lake Gogebic are awesome. Keep driving safe.

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Post by BossElim69 » 07 Jun 2017, 05:22

Neal, Now you are required to go rent " Escanaba in the moonlight". All of the U.P is that way with mom & pop motels in every town. We try to not let the secret out about the U.P. The lake superior shore line is great with pictured rocks and the waterfalls.
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Post by zman » 07 Jun 2017, 06:00

Having fun following your trip.
When you hit Wisconsin, must have went through Florence.
Spent a lot of time up there, as we say, Up North.
Our old deer hunting grounds.
Nice area.
This is a trip of a lifetime.
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Post by Cougars_R_Grr8 » 07 Jun 2017, 08:04

I lived in the LP near Travis City so I know it's beautiful. Just didn't really appreciate it as a kid.
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Post by badcatt » 07 Jun 2017, 10:39

Thanks guys. I'm on BRimley having lunch. Plan to drive along the shore here some before heading south.
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Post by autotraveler » 07 Jun 2017, 10:44

Here's what the Hiawatha Motel looked like back in the day when Neal's Cougar was brand new, this being the late 1960s or early 1970 I believe looking at the Jeep and Caddy in the parking lot.

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Post by CougarCJ » 07 Jun 2017, 10:45

Neal, what kind of mileage are you getting with the 5 speed?
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Post by 1969XR7Vert » 07 Jun 2017, 12:56

Excellent thread Neal! Thanks for taking us along for the ride/trip.
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Post by badcatt » 07 Jun 2017, 21:41

This turned out to be one of the most fun days so far. You need to reads this through. I got going about 8:45 local time, Heading on east on US-2. I have been filling up at about 180 to 220 miles just in case I have trouble finding Ethanol free gas. I made my first stop in Gladstone MI at a Shell. This is the view from the off ramp of Lake Michigan.
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So with a full tank I head on up the road, looking at the scenery. I found myself in the Hiawatha National Forest
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About 10 miles on I find a State road side park on the water, this park has easy access to the water and picnic settings.
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I arrive in Manistique, a nice little town on the shores of Lake Michigan. To my surprise I find a Bob’s Big Boy restaurant. I had not seen one in years. There use to be one in Bellevue WA that we would go to when I was in High School.
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While taking that picture I spotted the Manistique Light House. I didn’t have to move the car to get this shot.
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Back on the hiways, I head on east on US 2 and turn right on State 17 north bound heading to Brimley. Then I turned right on State 28. The same hiway I had turned the wrong way on yesterday many miles west of here and head to Brimley. The reason stopping in this little town is that I lived here in the winter of 1962/63. I remember arriving here at Christmas time. My dad had arrived ahead of the rest of the family and had a tree and all the trimmings waiting for us when we arrived. This is the house we lived in
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After looking at the house, that had no trees around it when we lived here I went down town and had lunch at Jack’s Grub and Pub. II I enjoyed the Bison Burger. While enjoying my burger a couple locals came in and thought I was someone they know. We talked for a while and they directed me to a place about a mile west of town that I could get the car to the top of a hill for pictures. This place was only about 200 feet of a paved road and well packed down. I bet a lot of the locals spend evenings here
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I was going to stop at Brimley State park. But I could not find anyone to take my $9.00 to get in with ot a violation. Oh well. I continued on Lakeshore drive to Sault Ste Marie where I again stopped for gas. While on my way back to Interstate 73 I found a place I wish I could have had lunch at. Studebaker ‘s Restaurant and Lounge. I love the Yellow Studebaker hoisted up on the sign.
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Well, on to the Interstate freeway for the first time since I got off of Interstate 5 in Everett WA last Thursday. Wow 75 miles per hour too. First time I was able to use 5th gear for more than a mile or so going downhill since Minnesota. I decided I wanted to look over St. Ignace. Again a nice little lake side town with a lot of shops. I found the local airport, Mackinac Airport has a parking lot on the hill side above the water.
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On down the road I fine the ferry docks and the Mackinac Light house. Photo time…
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I continued on and went over I 75 and found myself back on US-2 west bound. I found this cool observation tower and souvenir shop. It was only a buck to go up. But I decided I wanted to get down to the water.
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A local gave me directions and found my way to a park. This offered a good vantage spot and photo location. I was able to get my picture taken by doing the same for some bikers who were touring Michigan on their Harleys. The Mackinac Bridge is in the background. Wow that is a long bridge, 26,372 feet in all and 552 feet tall.
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After paying the toll I found my way to the south side and stopped in Mackinaw City and got a picture looking north at the bridge.
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I then went to down town and found a Fudge shop and got myself a snack. There area a lot of cute shops here.
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It was time to head on south, But I need to stop at the rest area at mile post 327. I found it has a great observation deck overlooking the valley to the south side of the freeway.
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This rest stop is well landscaped well maintained.
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I decided to stop for the night in Indian River and found this Motel.
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While checking in, the owner noticed my car and asked me if I was in town for the car show. I told him I was on my way to Dearborn for a show. He let me know the local Eagles Club and the “Northern Rods ‘n rides” club was having a show this evening about a mile down the road. Well I can’t pass up an opportunity to meet car people. So I unloaded my luggage and headed out. I was car #18 in a field of about 20
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This was my favorite Rod, I think the old Buick Nail heads make a nice looking power plant.
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And this 71 429 Mach 1 Factory display car in mostly original paint was my favorite Muscle car. Incidental the owner is registered for the Dearborn Cougar Nationals. His 70 Elimantor is not finished but he is coming with pictures and documents.
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Here are a few shots of the show field,
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When the show was over I headed back to the hotel. The rooms are nice with wood paneling and clean. This is one of the bigger rooms. All the singles were rented out when I got in. The room was well under $70.00 and has Wi-fi.
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Well I has been a long day, tomorrow will be about 6 hours driving to get in to Dearborn. I don’t plan any side trips. But will have another report tomorrow. Good night folks. See ya in Dearborn.
Neal Jacobson.
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Post by badcatt » 07 Jun 2017, 21:45

CougarCJ wrote:
07 Jun 2017, 10:45
Neal, what kind of mileage are you getting with the 5 speed?
With the carb problem, Not what I expected. Still having the 3.00 gears 5th is unusable under 70 on any thing but a down grade or long flat stretches. I will tell you what I get on the return trip as I plan to take freeway all the way. Should be better.
Neal Jacobson.
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1970 XR-7 Convertible Blue For Sale.
1971 XR-7 Bright Blue with Blue "Up Beat" interior For Sale.
1970 Standard 428CJ Competition Yellow The New Money Pit.
See ya on the hiways,
The political and commercial morals of the United States are not merely food for laughter,
they are an entire banquet
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