It was April of 1985 that I circled
Members of the Arrowhead Sports Car Club of Duluth decided to officiate an auto rally around the lake to celebrate the coming spring. I’m not sure that it was actually a sanctioned event… We began the race in
I was driving a sporty Audi 4000 – a company car – and my future husband Jerry was the navigator. We were loaded up with coffee and food to keep us awake for the ordeal and dressed in fair weather gear. Our plan was to drive straight through, stopping only for gas and potty stops. No change of clothes, no toothbrush, no long underwear.
The sunny weather was short lived. By the time we got to
As the snow accumulated higher and higher on Wisconsin's back roads, we decided to stop and buy a snow shovel at a Holiday Gas Station Store. Just in case. Once in the store we stocked up on plaid wool hats and winter gloves. By the time we reached
A few of the rally cars made it through
After all those hours of high-speed driving through a snow storm –- that storm added to Munising’s record amount of April precipitation that still is unbroken today –- I was somewhat conflicted about stopping. I remember a shabby 50s-era motel room. The next day we continued on and completed the rally around the great lake they call Gitche Gumee.
I’d like to do the circle tour again some day, but I would be much better prepared… for any type of weather.
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BTW, for those of you who know my husband's name is Dan, the Lake Superior story mentions my first husband, Jerry.