Don't worry if you forgot to bring your pet turtle to the Turtle Race Capitol of the World. You can rent one for the turtle races every Wednesday during the summer. Longville is about 30 miles south of US-2, but come on man. Turtle racing! longville.com/turtleraces.html.
Grand Rapids, MN
Some asshole stole Dorothy's ruby slippers a few years back from the Judy Garland Childhood Home and Museum (judygarlandmuseum.com). You can still check out the gallery showcasing the carriage used in the Wizard of Oz and once owned by Abraham Lincoln.
The Super 8 Motel of Duluth has a gull they call "Steven Seagull" that has returned for the ninth straight year that knocks on the glass front door for doughnuts.
Lake Nebagamon, WI
Who has the biggest balls in the world? In 1975 God told James Kotera to stop drinking, and he did, and replaced his old pastime with making the World's Largest Twine Ball. This site is 10 miles south of US-2.
The World of Accordions Museum has a collection of more than 1,000 accordions. (715) 395-2787.
Words to the wise:
Bring insect repellent; mosquitoes and other pests thrive in these woods. The only kind of bug spray that I have found actually works contains DEET. The stuff is pretty toxic, but it works.
Morehead on I-10
US-10 is a straight line, four-lane divided highway that passes through flat farmland and open plains. The glaciers flattened most of the state. The Land of 10,000 Lakes is no exaggeration; there are 11,842 lakes over 10 acres in size.
North on MN-9
This is a two-lane highway; the first half is an old, out of shape road that turns into fairly new blacktop. Lots of prairie grasslands.
East on MN-200
This is a two-lane backroad towards US-2. The further east I headed, the farms were replaced with the scent of fresh pines. Peaceful. Quiet. Not many other people in sight.
US-2 Towards Mississippi Headwaters
Stay on US-2 all the way through Superior, MN, then cruise by the shoreline of Lake Superior and stay on US-2 through Wisconsin until you hit Michigan.
Total Map of Route.
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