Monthly Archives: January 2012

Moon Over Lake Superior—Rustic Camping

Marquette, Michigan July 31, ’80 I arrived in Marquette just in time to purchase an $11. bicycle tire. Prices got higher the farther east I went. I bought the same tire for $8.50 the last time. After completing that task, … Continue reading

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Tobacco Stains On The Old Man’s Toothless Lower Jaw

Michigan’s Upper Peninsula July, ’80 I biked in mostly rain today, but I did manage to perform a good deed. On the highway, I found some tools that had fallen off a semi-truck. Knowing that the tools were high quality … Continue reading

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Winter—Snowed In For Weeks

Upper Peninsula Farm July, `80 The Kitzman’s numbered nine children with twenty-nine year old Guy the only child still living at home. Together, he and his mother worked the farm. According to Guy, his seventy-three year old mother did the … Continue reading

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Sweat, Grit, And Barnyard Smells

Upper Peninsula, Michigan July, ‘80 Sitting on the steps of an old rickety house that was badly in need of a paint job, I was beside myself wondering what to do next. Out back was a falling down barn, and … Continue reading

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Surviving On God Given Wits

Upper Peninsula Farm July 30, `80 Hi journal. Lots to talk about. Back at that wayside, before I was able to head out, the lady greeter came over to me and asked if I ever worked odd jobs. She wasn’t … Continue reading

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Almost Home—Michigan

July, ‘80 I’m frying up potatoes, onions, and eggs at a wayside rest area about twenty miles from the Michigan border. I’ll be in tiptop shape when I cross over into Michigan tomorrow. The last three days have been beautiful. … Continue reading

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She Said You Wanna Check Out A Rowdier Bar

Superior, Wisconsin July 27, `80 Biking was good, and I arrived in Duluth around 6 p.m. I didn’t stick around. Except for the hills, the old iron ore city wasn’t that impressive. On my way out of town, I had … Continue reading

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After Dick’s Four Heart Attacks It Was Still Cigs, Salted Beer, And Friends

Virginia, Minnesota July, ‘80 After climbing the three or four steps up to the screen door that opened into what the sign said was a bar, I saw two men and three ladies, all old people sitting at, yes, it … Continue reading

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Top Of Minnesota—International Falls

Virginia, Minnesota July 26, ‘80 It was sunny and windy. I survived both. I camped at a state forest campground in the most northern part of Minnesota. I didn’t make my usual 80 miles. The next day it rained, almost … Continue reading

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Serenaded By Coyotes—Fantastic

Manitoba July, `80 Groomed and clean after my youth hostel shower, I went for a walk in downtown Winnipeg. I didn’t run across any bars that I wanted to drink in, but I did take a walk up some stairs … Continue reading

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