Day 0 (Friday 09/08/06) – Monticello to Ely

We left home a little late (just before noon).  This was fortunate for me, as I needed the time to prepare!  I got the new canoes up on the rack early, tried to start the tractor for last minute chores (dead battery, of course), and packed up my stuff.  I went over the list twice and still missed my wool shirt.

Next time:

Stopped for fast food in Big Lake, and got to Ely without any problems.  We did take a side trip to Gander Mountain in Duluth, since I neglected to bring an F-18 map.  I also was trying to find a wool shirt – none in yet!

The straps I used for the canoes worked much better than ropes (not as much stretch?).  I finally found a nice wool sweater at Piragis Northwoods Company (  We had supper at the Ely Steak House and got to Fall Lake Campground around 7:30.  I had reserved a campsite by internet as they were full last year (new facilities).

One member couldn’t find his flashlight, one couldn’t find his book, and I couldn’t find my water bottle, so back to town (Piragis is open until 9:00).  All three items were found in the car later!

Very cool at night – near freezing (glad I got the sweater).  Fall Lake campground facilities now include heated bathrooms and showers (code required to enter).


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