Grand Marais is French for "bid marsh." Michigan has many marshy areas through both peninsulas. There are several points of interest in this area to see before I move on. Look further to see the Pickle Barrel House, the harbor light, Au Sable light house, Light Keeper House Museum, Grand Marais Ranger Station, and the Sable Falls
This area of the state looks good to ride. I would not expect much traffic. I will be taking roads that are less likely to have car traffic. I will stair step my way up to Sault Ste. Marie.
The Soo refers to the Sault Ste. Marie city area (pronounced Soo Saint Marie). The St. Mary's river connects Lake Superior and Lake Huron. Sault is the French word for rapids. These rapids needed to be portaged and the usefulness of locks allowed larger ships to carry the iron ore and other heavy cargo.
There is a Sault Ste. Marie Michigan and Canada. This is a major hub in this part of the state and province. The Michigan city is the second largest city in the Upper Peninsula.
There has been a settlement here for the last 12,000 years. The first European settlement was established by Father Marquette, who also founded St. Ignace. These areas were used as a mission and posts for fur trade.
I moved along the main road and the shoulder was plenty wide, smooth and clear of debris. I stayed in Cedarville which developed in 1884 as part of the lumber area. Now it is a wonderful vacation area.
Metis are a multi ancestral indigenous group in Canada and the US that lived in the this area. Fur trade was very big in this area as the Europeans spread through the region.
When people saw my Lower Peninsula tours, they would ask when are you going to do the Upper Peninsula? In the gallery area you will find some photos from the Great Lakes Relaxed tour done by Adventure Cycling. I decided today that instead of heading home one I get to the Mackinaw Bridge I will head east and trace the UP! I have to do something during the winter riding season. Please continue with my tour.
I later researched Castle Rock, which is also know as "Pontiac's Lookout" by the Ojibwa Tribe. The rock is 195 feet above the water and provides a view of up to 20 miles. From here you will see Mackinac Island, Lake Huron and St. Ignace. Pontiac is a well known Odawa war chief from the mid 1700s who lead the Native Americans against the British. He moved throughout the Great Lakes Region.
Manisteque is is a natural harbor and now serves many vacationers. The Manistique River comes through town. The name was originally spelled Monistique and misspelled on the city charter. Oops...now this is how we know the town.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.