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Road trip around Lake Superior

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AsphaltPlanet:
Pickle lake (Hwy 599) is further north than Red Lake (Hwy 105 and 125).

agentsteel53:

--- Quote from: AsphaltPlanet on December 10, 2012, 02:41:08 PM ---Pickle lake (Hwy 599) is further north than Red Lake (Hwy 105 and 125).

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and further east.   the direct route from International Falls to Pickle Lake is almost perfectly normal to the aurora equipotential circle.  so that is, indeed, the way to go.  what is the road quality of 599 to Pickle Lake?  I'm assuming it is paved?

what about route 808?  what is that like during the winter?  I'm guessing that won't be passable in a compact car with non-studded tires.

NE2:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394825
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ontario_Resource_Trail
Looks like *north* of Pickle Lake to Windigo Lake (old 808) is good quality gravel.

agentsteel53:

--- Quote from: NE2 on December 10, 2012, 03:35:28 PM ---http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=394825
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northern_Ontario_Resource_Trail
Looks like *north* of Pickle Lake to Windigo Lake (old 808) is good quality gravel.

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good stuff, thank you!  I'm guessing south of Pickle Lake, the road is all paved.

froggie:

--- Quote ---I don't know how far south of the border is the nearest U.S. gas station
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About 3/4 mile.

texaskdog hinted at this, but MN 61 is not as remote as one would otherwise expect.  Your longest distance without gas is basically the 42 miles between the border and Grand Marais.  For "fast food", there's a Subway in Grand Marais and both Subway and McDonald's in Two Harbors, but there are several small cafes/restaurants in Grand Marais, Lutsen, Silver Bay, and Two Harbors (including Betty's Pies outside Two Harbors).

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