Do you love Lake Superior? This inland sea is the largest lake in the world, and holds 10 percent of the earth's fresh water supply (Lake Superior facts). For this reason alone, the lake which the Ojibewe call Gichigami, and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow transposed to Gitche Gumee in his epic poem, Song of Hiawatha, should be on your list of favorites and deserves your support and protection.
Thus, this Summer I will be thrilled to bike the Trans-Superior Tour with my wife Molly (her blog, SuperiorFootprints). Over the course of nine days we will bike 500 miles, and ride two ferries allowing us a one night stop over at Isle Royale National Park. Our journey is sponsored by the Lake Superior Binational Forum. This organization's charter is to restore and protect the Lake Superior Basin. While Molly and I are not seeking donations for our trip, we do ask you to follow our journey, both via our blogs, the Forum's web site and their Facebook page. We hope you will learn something about this great resource.
Our slogan for this ride, which is printed on our custom jerseys, is "500 miles of love"! Having both grown up in Duluth, and given that by this Summer we will have been married for 29 years, the tag line seemed perfect. We're in love with a Lake named Superior, and each other!
Here is our planned route, and a photo taken of us today down at Brighton Beach on the North Shore of Lake Superior at the end of a 35 mile ride! Our trip starts on Saturday, August 18th.
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Here are a few links to other bike trips I've taken in the region: