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And you thought your winter ride has been an adventure…

NOTE: Check in tomorrow morning for an update reflection on the 2010 8th Street Kerfuffle. Needless to say, yesterday’s Record Eagle article misrepresented the issue…Compromise? What compromise?


As we turn the corner away from winter, let’s pause to reflect a moment on the cold & one Wisconsin man’s adventure across the Apostle Islands this past winter. On a bicycle. Across the ice of Lake Superior. To record the sounds of shifting ice.

“It’s almost like ice fishing, just waiting for sounds,” said Marlin Ledin in his interview with Fox 21 out of Duluth, MN.

He covered around 150 miles on this bike expedition that was 2 years in the making. On his blog, appropriately titled Apostle Islands Bike Expedition,  you can find links to the sound recordings, images of the journey (including the gear and his Surly Bike shown here) and updates from his journal.

This quote from his first entry expresses the excitement of staying overnight on the largest freshwater lake in the world:

Bam!” “Crrraaaaack! The ice vibrates again. I’m startled. This is way more than I expected.

Congratulations Marlin! Excellent adventure and we look forward to hearing more about it.

NOTE: Thanks to my Minnesota friend’s at Peace Coffee for the heads up.


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  1. March 10, 2010 at 10:10 am

    What a cool adventure and pictures- Thanks for sharing!

  2. March 10, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Hey Gary – featuring this on Great Lakes Ice: A Play in Four Acts on Absolute Michigan today – thanks for the inspiration!

  3. Troy Naperala
    March 10, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    Gary, check out the link below. Bike routes have been added to Google Maps. Only 150 cities made the cut and TC is one of them! Only the TART trail shows up on their maps… perhaps Google needs to expand their concept of what constitutes a bike route.


  4. March 10, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Troy, I saw that today–it’s all the buzz on the bike BLOGs. I quickly plugged in some of my own common destinations around Traverse City and sometimes it would take me several blocks out of the way to give me a route that used the TART trail. I kept wanting have other options offered. Still, it will be fun to play around with. Thanks for comment.

    Andy, thanks for including that in your Great Lakes Ice post. Beautiful stuff.

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