Sailing paradise and ice roads

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  1. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    3,903 posts, 895 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Barnegat, NJ
    I just happened to turn on a web cam that I've had on my tool bar and was astonished to see 2 vehicles crossing the ice on Lake Superior from Bayfield to Madeline Island. It may look like a still shot, but if you watch long enough, something new might come into the picture. That long line across the ice is actually a road! People in NJ would have no comprehension for this. :confused:

    http://www.bayfieldlive.com/
    I guess the Apostle Islands are not ready for sailing yet.
     


    Last edited: Mar 14, 2019
  2. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    I think I watched long enough to see Elvis! :biggrin:
    Later I saw an SUV traversing in the background and another pull up to that building, turn around and leave.
     


  3. Scott T-Bird

    Scott T-Bird

    Joined Oct 26, 2008
    3,903 posts, 895 likes
    Starwind 27
    US Barnegat, NJ
    I know that it sounds nuts to watch it … but I was stunned to see any traffic! :biggrin: I think we can start thinking about getting our boats ready around here!
     


  4. Justin_NSA

    Justin_NSA

    Joined Jul 7, 2004
    5,568 posts, 1,171 likes
    Hunter 30T
    US Cheney, KS
    With enough beer, even this could be entertaining :)
    I am so ready for warm weather!
     


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  5. Ward H

    Ward H

    Joined Nov 7, 2011
    2,273 posts, 497 likes
    Catalina 30 Mk II
    US Barnegat, NJ
    That was cool. Just happened to catch watching a truck transit the road.
    65 and sunny today. About 6 weeks to launch if I stay on schedule.
     


  6. Jackdaw

    Jackdaw

    Joined Nov 8, 2010
    10,072 posts, 3,079 likes
    Beneteau First 36.7 & 260
    US Minneapolis MN & Bayfield WI
    In the summer, the residents of Madeline Island are limited in their off-island treking by at $25 each-way ferry and a limited hours schedule.

    In the winter however the Ice Road (an actual WI roadway) gives them mainlander freedom to go where end when ever the please. The party is almost over. The Ice Road is now on a day-by-day schedule.

    Then they use a more limited way to cross, the windsled. Part hovercraft, part snowmobile, part airboat, its one of a kind. Runs in early spring and late fall, when the ice is unsafe for cars.

     


  7. jssailem

    jssailem

    Joined Oct 22, 2014
    9,003 posts, 3,912 likes
    CAL 35 Cruiser
    US Salem, Moored Port Everett WA
    Just watched an SUV come from the islands across the lake. Started out as headlights, then turned and became an SUV. Now there is a guy who stepped off the dock and walked out into the middle of the bay then faced the Inn. Looked like he was taking a picture of me watching him.

    Cool.
     


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  8. HMT2

    HMT2

    Joined Mar 20, 2014
    642 posts, 167 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Shoreacres, TX
    I am so confused. Walking/driving across a lake in March? I got a little sunburned hitting golf balls today.
     


  9. Captmayhem

    Captmayhem

    Joined Mar 31, 2013
    216 posts, 55 likes
    O'day 23
    US Pa
    I think I speak for all of us in the north east when I say " I hope you shank them the rest of the year"!
    :)
    I have snow on the ground still and today was a warm day!
    So done with the cold, each year gets harder
     


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  10. Daveinet

    Daveinet

    Joined Sep 20, 2014
    1,014 posts, 211 likes
    Rob Legg RL24
    US Chain O'Lakes
    This morning there are tons of vehicles going across. Must be everyone is taking advantage of the last few days of good ice. I'm surprised they are not on snowmobiles. They can use those year round. Just don't let off the throttle.
     


  11. HMT2

    HMT2

    Joined Mar 20, 2014
    642 posts, 167 likes
    Hunter 31
    US Shoreacres, TX
    I am sure we will send you similar good wishes in July and August!
     


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  12. Captmayhem

    Captmayhem

    Joined Mar 31, 2013
    216 posts, 55 likes
    O'day 23
    US Pa
    You have me there :)
     


  13. All U Get

    All U Get

    Joined Oct 2, 2008
    2,903 posts, 557 likes
    Pearson/ 530
    US Strafford, NH
    Maybe I can help, here we are in Cape Eleuthera marina last week.

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