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Postby Grover1 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 2:35 am


All from The Weather Channel

Monday ... High in Kenosha .. 55
Monday ... High in Algoma ... 52
Monday ... High in Grand Marais ... 52
Monday ... High in Mackinaw City ... 48

Stumbled onto Weather for You.com .. lots of rain/snow showers
randomly predicted for this week ... good thing I am going next week

Still waiting on my Delorme .. still waiting on my accomdations conformation
from Grand Marais ...
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Sun Oct 11, 2009 3:23 am


It always seems darkest (cloudy) before the trip…Having, for us, some whacky, rainy and cold weather here in the Mid-West of late, my feeling is best to get it all out of the way before the 19th….Quite possible a nice high-pressure system will be rolling in by week’s end…We are sure overdue for one….

In some strange way, I feel invested in your trip…..I suppose I’m eager for you to get to visit the places that I have been to, to see and photo them in the beautiful settings that I have, and to come away with an over-the-top grand experience…Silly, I suppose….Still, I’m beginning to look forward to your excursion as if it were one of my own…..

To that end, I will try to gift you with my “Clear-Weather-Mantra” for your journey…One that worked just about perfectly for our 3 major jaunts this year…SW Lake Erie, Lake St. Clair, and NW Lake Michigan…I will focus my thoughts toward possibly excellent conditions for the 5 days that you will be in this part of the world…That is, if you don’t mind an invisible rider…

Let’s do this thing….. 8)
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 2:17 am


Dont know if this is getting hit by the dumb stick or not ... but for a week I've been trying to figure out why then sunrise is approximately an hour later in Grand Marais then it is in Kenosha ... this morning it finally made sense ... somewhere between Wisconsin and Michigan I am crossing back into Eastern time ...

As long as I get that hour back on the backside ...

Also, at 434am local time it was 34 and snowing (not "chance of snow showers") in Grand Marais ... pride has left my bodily person and I will be seacrching out an Under Armour turtle neck this day off.

Yet, I remain so totally psyched
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Postby Grover1 » Tue Oct 13, 2009 7:56 pm


The Voyageurs Motel in Grand Marais will be refuge
on Wednesday night ... the email said yes, the call
will be made tomorrow ...

Still no Delorme map ...

My older son provided the UA for the leg to the more
northern reaches, especially the Thursday early morning
trek to Au Sable ...

The latest (from The Weather Channel) ...

... Monday in Evanston ... 59 / 44 / Partly Sunny
... Tuesday in Waukegan ... 53 / 43 / Cloudy
... Wednesday in Menominee ... 53 / 37 / Showers
... Thursday in Whitefish Point ... 50 / 35 / Showers
... Friday in Mackinaw City ... not ten days yet

Should I be wishing to swap a few degrees for more sun?
For sure this will change many times before I land
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 1:44 pm


:mrgreen:....T minus 5 days for Barry.........

Local forcasts are showing Sunny / Partly Cloudy for Monday & Tuesday.......

Fingers...and Thumbs.....Crossed....
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Postby rocky5128 » Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:43 pm


According to Tom Skilling we may get 72 on Monday for you with partly cloudy skies! :D Hopefully good picture clouds. He is usually pretty accurate, usually better than the weather channel, so you might have a beautiful day.
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:05 am


I don't know about Tom Skilling (never really heard of him), but here's the word from the Farmers Almanac. It usually is pretty accurate.

16th-19th. Humid and rather showery from the Great Lakes south. 20th-23rd. Showers, followed by a mixture of clouds and sun. 24th-27th. Considerable low cloudiness and areas of fog cover Great Lakes, Ohio River Basin. 28th-31st. Generally dry weather should arrive in time for Halloween.


Now, Barry, you're forgetting only one thing, and that is a traveling companion. Me. I will expect you to fly over and haul me aboard your flight around, oh, say, around 6:00 am? I'll be waiting on the rooftop of my house. [-o<

Oh, and I'll even bring my DeLorme for your use. Oh wait, it's for Maine. Kill that idea then, unless I can doctor it up to look like Wis. & Mich. =))

Seriously, have a pleasurable trip and may the weather be perfect. Lots of photos, please.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 1:44 pm


My older one took back his Under Armour turtleneck ... he's got tickets for the
NY Yankee playoff game Friday night ... its supposed to be quite raw in the Bronx
... low 40's, stiff wind, intermitten rain ... I say "Play Ball" ... He'll get it back to
me Sunday.

Terry, you were golden ... I have blessings to shoot around Sherwood Point late
Tuesday afternoon ... thank you. Of course I need to make it there by Tuesday
afternoon but that issue is a separate one.

Sue, be at the United arrival gate at OHare Monday morning, 716am local time and
you would be most welcome ... the only condition would be your having to bring
pictures of your grandchild ...

Have a call in to Maps.com to see where my "book of maps" is ... I would have thought
fourteen days would have been sufficient to get from Santa Clara, Ca to Ocean Grove, NJ.
I hate customer service departments where you dont speak to a person but rather leave a
message and they get back to you ...

Latest from The Weather Channel ...

... Monday ... Racine ... 55/46 ... Mostly cloudly
... Tuesday ... Sturgeon Bay ... 50/42 ... Chance of showers
... Wednesday ... Manistique ... 49/35 ... Showers
... Thursday ... Grand Marais ... 51/36 ... Few showers
... Friday ... Mackinaw City ... 47/38 ... Showers

It would appear the hike out to Au Sable anitcipated for pre dawn Thursday morning will be
a cool one. I should think layers, body heat, and anticipation should negate the chill.
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:05 pm


... and the response from Maps.com, shippers of my Delorme "atlas and gazeteer"

----- Original Message -----
From: Tyler Hunt
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2009 5:06 pm
Subject: RE: Maps.com Contact Form
To: "'spotncrokr@optonline.net'"

> Hi Barry,
>
> I checked delivery confirmation with the postal service and the
> package is still in transit. It should have been there last week.
>
> We can ship a second copy out to you but in order for you to
> have it before Monday it would have to ship via UPS Next Day
> which would cost an additional $40.00.
>
> Regards,
>
> -T
>
> Tyler Hunt
> Customer Service Supervisor

First, he tells me its been sent
Second, he tells me he has no idea when it will land
Third, he is asking for 40.00 to send another (its a 20.00 purchase)
Fourth, he signed it "T"

I understand there is no control over the mail ... I understand also that
I will think twice before ordering from maps.com a second time ...
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Postby LighthouseNews » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:51 pm


Geez, Barry. That's horrid service.

Truly, the best way to order would have been from Delorme directly. They are the same price ($19.95) and from Maine to New Jersey would have been quicker. Heck, it would have been just as quick for me to pick it up and mail it (them) to you.

Here's hoping the package will show up by Saturday. I'm sure it will. :)
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Postby Grover1 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 5:59 pm


Sue ... thanks for the good thoughts ...

To use a word Mike taught me, the "smarmy" guy signed it "T" ... "T" !!!!
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Postby rocky5128 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:31 pm


Tom Skilling is the chief meteorologist for one of the tv stations here. He is the kind of weatherman that shows you every kind of weather map you can imagine. He is usually pretty accurate. His Monday forcast for the Chicago area is:

Monday
Mildest and first above-normal temperatures in three weeks. Mostly sunny, windy and warmer. Temperatures approach 70. South to southwest winds 12 to 24 mph.

Weather Channel Weather : Monday: Mainly sunny. Highs in the low 50s and lows in the upper 30s.

I am hoping for the 60-70 degree weather for you!

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Postby CHUCKX53 » Thu Oct 15, 2009 8:34 pm


Barry…You might be able to get one along the way….I bought my Michigan one at the Indian Country Sports Light in L’Anse….Any the Ohio one at a convenience store East of Sandusky…..Believe I have also seen them at a few truck stops…..
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Postby Grover1 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 2:53 am


Chuck, I was thinking similar thoughts, that after dark Monday or Tuesday
night I might go hunting for one ...

A mild concern, and like the mail I have no control, is the East Coast is going
through a 1-2 sequence of severe weather ... first storm is leaving the area today ...
next one coming in sometime tomorrow ... and I need it to clear out in a timely manner
so there are no airport delays Monday morning ...

A pre-trip ritual? I took the "loose change" I accumulate daily to TD Bank's "penny
arcade" yesterday. $129.13. That would be my haul since my three days in Maine
last June. That would be my meal and incidental money for the trip.

Departure is scheuled for 72 hours and 6 minutes ...
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Postby CHUCKX53 » Fri Oct 16, 2009 3:51 am


Yeah...I've been seeing you all have been getting slammed over there....Even heard of some snow showers in N.J. ?????

Been unseasonably cold over here for about 3+ weeks....Been feeling like late November lately...Temp at this moment is 41 F.....Lots of drizzly rain over the past week or so.....Going down to freezing tonight......

Local Forcast temps for this week ---
Saturday.....52, partly cloudy.
Sunday.......59, partly cloudy.
Monday.......62, partly cloudy.
Tuesday......66, partly cloudy.
Wednesday..69, rain, PM++++.
Thursday.....63, rain, Am, ending PM.

Keep in mind that I live 130 miles dead south of the lake....
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