Fox and Hen Travels 2008 travel blog

Wisconsin roadside scenery

Solon Springs "Gift House" (right) and Village Hall, built 1929 (left)

The way from Superior, Wi to Duluth, MN blocked; detour time!

The alternate (US-2) bridge from Superior to Duluth

Entering Duluth, Minnesota

The "scenic overlook" of Anchor Lake, MN. You can just see a...

Minnesota pine forest with insect damage; saw a lot of this

Entering Canada at Fort Frances, Ontario

Looks like I can squeeze in one more day as we have internet access here in Emo. Tomorrow we will be at a cabin on West Hawk Lake and I’m sure we’ll be “offline” for several days.

Got started today at about 8:30 from Rice Lake, Wisconsin. We hadn’t set a definite coffee stop, but after about an hour, I spotted a billboard for “The Little Gift House” in Solon Springs. They advertised coffee, gifts and yarn! (I didn’t mention earlier that I have been knitting dish cloths of cotton yarn as something to do while riding. Several of my aunts and cousins like them and I gave some as gifts at the reunion. Anyway, I was almost out of yarn and wondering how I could replenish my stock. Thus the delight in the Little Gift House sign.) We stopped for almost an hour in Solon Springs – very nice little town. If you’re ever in northern Wisconsin, make a point to stop and get coffee at the Little Gift House! We also learned that Solon Springs is the headwaters of the Brule and St. Croix Rivers – look it up. :-)

We planned to cross from Wisconsin to Minnesota at Superior (WI) and Duluth (MN). Well, as has often happened, there was a detour. The bridge on the highway we intended to use was closed, so we were re-routed several miles west to cross Superior Bay. I missed the “Welcome to Minnesota” sign, but did manage to get the one for Duluth. The next four hours were spent in the seemingly endless pine forests of Minnesota, with very few crossroads to supply any variety. We saw many, many dead trees which may be due to gypsy moth infestation. At lunchtime, we stopped at a rest area named Anchor Lake and saw signs to the “scenic overlook”. Climbing the trail to the overlook showed us a peek at a lake through a dense stand of pine trees. Perhaps the view was better several years ago!

Finally, we reached International Falls and crossed into Canada with no problems. Fort Frances is the Ontario town just across the Rainy River from International Falls.

Ta-ta for now…

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