2pm Thanksgiving: Arrive in Red Wing and spend around 5 hours with family.
9pm Thanksgiving: Through the twin cities and we hit the snow. Roads are terrible. A police cruiser literally spins past us into the ditch. It takes us an extra 90 minutes to get to Duluth and there are a total of 18 cars passed in the ditch.
Midnight: Snocross! Entire parking lot of hotel full of large trucks, info posted all over lobby for snocross racers. Would later hear that there were 30,000 spectators???
10:30am Friday: Finally to Lutsen! At the Mountain Inn to drop off our bags and bikes. The front desk is closed and won't open until 3. Luckily got an employee on the phone and they opened up the office area for the gear.
11:45 am: Reluctantly buy a MN state parks pass in order to be able to leave car overnight in an entirely empty and unstaffed Temperance River State Park.
|Temperance River State Park- things look perfect!|
|Almost hard to believe the conditions were so easily passable and just also awesome|
|Another of trail|
|Wind? there was a long section with trees like this|
|Carlton Peak- really amazing area|
|Heading down from Carlton Peak|
|Not something I was expecting to see in the middle of the woods! Thought about coming back with fatbikes later, but no time. Also, what an awesome sign!|
5pm: It's gotten COLD and we are bundled up after sitting at dinner but throw the headlamps on and get going. Map shows 2.4 more miles to a lakeside campsite that we hope to make. Camera freezes, no more pictures until Saturday.
8:30pm: Bedtime? No idea on the temperature but I'm warm enough and happy.
10:45: Colder than hell and my hip is asleep. Things suck.
11:00pm-9am: I realize my borrowed sleeping pad has completely deflated... It's a lot warmer again after I blow it up. This cycle will repeat until 4am or so when I realize that my tent-partner (who has exactly 1 eye exposed in her Mummy bag and is clearly warm) has an 'extra' jacket. I stuff it into my bag under my hip and figure that it will pad things enough that I won't wake up as soon as the pad loses air. I wind up sleeping until 9am!
11:30: The sun is starting to heat things and the miles are flying by. Beautiful trail!
|Nearing Oberg Mt. Trailhead- one of the few areas where we saw other tracks|
|Backside view of Oberg Mt.|
|We filtered water from this creek|
|Another of creek|
|Beginning of climb to Moose Mountain|
2:30: Lunch in the new Moose Mountain GS start
|View from Lunch- tons of snow being made on the mountain this weekend|
|Walking down Moose Mountain- almost done!|
11:45: Back at Temperance River to the car. Very enjoyable ride.
1:00pm: in Grand Marais to check out the art gallery and lunch at the Gun Flint Tavern.