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Finally heading west

2010-06-06

I'm finished traveling northward for a bit and am now meandering west.

At the edge of Ely the Mesabi Trail begins. I went about 20 yards. No. I don't think so. The Mesabi Trail will begin here at some point in the future.

So I took 169 to Soudan Underground Mine State Park. There are two tours given at this park: one for the mine that closed in the 60s; and one for the currently operated high-energy physics lab. I did not arrive at a convenient time for the lab tour so had to settle for the mine tour. On this tour they drop you a half-mile underground and shuttle you about on rail cars. It's pretty interesting.

I took a short stretch of the Mesabi trail from Soudan to Tower (not too bad, but bumpy) where I arrived at some sort of craft fair. I found some food at one of the vendors.

In Biwabik I got to see a statue of a moose. Not exactly what I've been hoping for, but a start.

At this point the Mesabi trail is paved. So I gave it another try. The trail dipped up and down and up and down and left and right all within sight of a perfectly strait and level road with a shoulder wider than the trail itself. So I abandoned the trail again.

And now I'm in Virginia MN, where I will probably sit for a few days.

Soudan Mine


the mine isn't red and that isn't me


Honk the Moose

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