Friday I rode from Manitoulin to lake Superior. About 430 km on windy roads, then along the trans-canada. As I got to Sault Ste Marie, getting ready to cross the border into Northern Michigan, I stopped at a Tim's to get my bearings and to set up my phone to work in the US. A guy in a pickup hauling a BMW R1200RT pulls up next to me in the parking lot. We started talking about bikes (what else?) and how he had just broken down in Colorado with a ball bearing problem. He asked me where I was headed so I told him about the border. He proceded to dissuade me by saying he'd been on these roads and how much more fun it is to go over the top of Superior through Canada. The upside to going through the states is cheaper gas and it's about 2 hours shorter.
I changed my plans, followed his advice and spent the first night on Pancake Bay on the northeastern shore of the lake.
Saturday I woke up early, had a hot shower (finally! ) then had the best bacon and eggs ever. I rode 480 km but got caught in the rain and 10C temperature. I hooked up with a couple other bikers: Brett on a 2002 Honda VFR 800 and Olivier from France on his BMW 650 x-cross challenge. We decided we had enough of the weather and ended up sharing a room in Rossport, about 2 hours east of Thunder Bay (which was my original destination for today).