It was a great weekend in Marquette. But It started out a bit scary. Woke up early for the drive up and it was pouring out. A quick check of the radar and it looked like there were two rain systems and Marquette was going to fall directly in between them. So I took the chance and left. It poured all the way to Green Bay and beyond. In fact I was three hours into the four hour drive and still raining. I considered turning around. I just did not want to get stuck in a all day rain there like I did two weeks ago. But I pushed on.
When I got about 30 miles to go it stopped raining. When I got to Marquette the sun was out. Crazy.
I arrived at the campground around noon, the others were already riding so I set up camp and lounged around for an hour before they got back. After we went in town for some lunch we packed the bikes and headed for the south trails. We did the same loop I did two weeks ago. It’s a nice hour and a half loop between the green and red loops.
Since I was with others we did some “more funner” stuff too. It was a great ride and I was already super glad I did not turn around this morn. Im pretty sure I got a PR on Bensons Grade. After getting a PR there just two weeks ago. I think I took a full minute off the climb. Which is easy to do when it still takes you 11 minutes.
After that ride it was close to dinner time so we again headed back into town to check out Harbor Fest.
This is the same weekend we came here last year but this time the festival had some of the big ships show up. Pretty cool. I would have loved to watch this one sail in port (or out for that matter). It was the typical festival atmosphere that I dont like so much. Too many people and such but it was not that bad. We ate dinner ar one of the food trucks there. I had my limit of one beer.
Sunday morn the others decided they wanted to sleep in since there were staying another day but I had to get back home by 5pm for a family function so I needed to ride, get cleaned up and down the road by noon. So it was the north trails that leave right from the campground.
These trails are by far my favorite. I’ve said this many times but I’ll take the north over the south any day. Very scenic and fun too. Over the last few years a lot of burmed stuff has been built there. The first pic above is from the north. It winds along a river with a few dams and ponds to boot. Very cool.
This huge pipeline runs thru the north trails. Not sure where the water go’s or where it came from but the pipe sure has a lot of leaks. Im thinking it has something to do with the mines? Not sure which direction the water is running.
The trail goes right under the pipe.
So it was a great ride Sunday morn also. And a nice all around visit to make up for the last one. I got in all the riding I wanted and even tho it was just a overniter it was a good time nonetheless.
Now that I got my fill of Marquette for awhile I’ll look forward to Hayward,WI in Sept and Oct. The best riding of the year is upon us and Im pretty excited about my new bike that is coming this week. More on that later.