Road Trip USA Riding the Highways: MN Highway 61
Riding the Highways: MN Highway 61
Ready for a new toad trip? This one is in Minnesota!!
Join us on this 150 mile ribbon of towering cliffs, woodlands and tumbling waterfalls along the coast of Lake Superior.
Here's how it work:
The number of miles traveled from place to place will be the numbers you use to choose your books. You can mix and match one of the below ways to complete the task but please indicate in each post which option you are using.
✱ Series Number OR
✱ TBR Number (Refers to your Want to Read shelf on GR, sorted any way) OR
✱ Page Count Number (Post total page count)
IMPORTANT: Tasks MUST be completed IN ORDER. Task #1 needs to be completed before moving on to Task #2 and so on. It is a road trip and you can’t hop around.
Challenge Rules: All forms of books are accepted as long as they are 100 pages or more. When posting updates of completed books, please include a link to the title and author’s name, along with the date you finished reading the book. When you have finished the challenge, please copy and paste your entire challenge and re-post in a new message, letting us know it is completed.
1. Highway 61 Starting Place: Duluth
We begin our trip in Duluth, an important port city on Lake Superior. Each year hundreds of ships enter this port by way of the impressive Aerial Lift Bridge. Watch how the gargantuan counterweights slowly descend, raising the 900 ton bridge nearly 140 feet in the air to allow the huge ore boats to pass into the harbor. It’s a sight to behold. Learn the area's shipping history at the Lake Superior Maritime Museum.
✱ Read a series #6 or #1 OR read #61 from your TBR OR read a book with 6 AND 1 in the total page count.
Lost and Found Sisters Jill Shalvis 7/3/18 (Wildstone #1)
2. Drive 27 Miles from Duluth to Two Harbors
Head north to the quaint community of Two Harbors. Plan on visiting the Two Harbors Lighthouse, the oldest lighthouse in the state. Then take a walk along the breakwater. It’s amazing to watch one of the big ships come in to the ore dock. On your way out of town stop by Betty's Pies for something sweet to eat.
✱ Read a series #2 or #7 OR read #27 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 AND 7 in the total page count.
Rainy Day Friends Jill Shalvis 7/4/18 (Wildstone #2)
3. Drive 13 Miles from Two Harbors to Gooseberry Falls State Park
Gooseberry Falls State Park is home to 18 miles of trails that thread through a green and silver tapestry of birch, aspen and spruce. It's also home to the state's most famous waterfall. Bring a camera for this Minnesota classic.
✱ Read a series #1 or #3 OR read #13 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 3 in the total page count.
The Husband Hunt Lynsay Sands 7/6/18 (Madison Sisters #3)
4. Drive 2 Miles from Gooseberry Falls State Park to Iona's Beach
As you leave the park watch for mile marker 42 for one of the most unique beaches on the North Shore. Iona’s Beach has a distinctive pink hue of rhyolite and felsite bedrock stone which make a “tinkling” sound as the stones are moved by the waves. It's completely magical.
✱ Read a series #2 OR read #2 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 in the total page count.
298 pages Tiger Prince Sandra Brown 7/7/18
5. Drive 5 Miles from from Iona's Beach to Split Rock Lighthouse State Park
After six ships were wrecked in the area, a lighthouse was built atop this 100 foot cliff. Completed in 1910 the octagonal structure has become one of the most photographed lighthouses in the US. From the top of the lighthouse, the sparkling waves of the lake are nothing short of breathtaking. This historic site is surrounded by a 2,000 acre park with a beautiful lakeshore picnic area.
✱ Read a series #5 OR read #5 from your TBR OR read a book with 5 in the total page count.
356 pages Made for You Melissa Marr 7/7/18
6. Drive 10 Miles from Split Rock Lighthouse State Park to Black Beach
Next we check out secluded Black Beach in Silver Bay. Over 25 years ago the taconite mining in the area dumped unusable taconite into the lake which colored the beach with the distinctive black color of the ore. Brilliant rust color cliffs line the landscape, and visitors can clip to the top of the cliffs for a view up and down the shore.
✱ Read a series #1 or #10 OR read #10 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 0 in the total page count.
Breakout Stephanie Kay 7/9/18 (San Francisco Strikers #1)
7. Drive 2 Miles from Black Beach to Palisade Head
Palisade Head is a go to spot for artists, rock climbers and sight-seers. Formed a billion years ago by lava flow that pushed the rock outward into the lake, the massive rock formation rises 932 feet above the shore. The view from the top is spectacular. And if you visit during the summer months you will find amazing fields of wild blueberries to pick for a great afternoon snack.
✱ Read a series #2 OR read #2 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 in the total page count.
Issued to the Bride: One Airman Cora Seton 7/9/18 (Brides of Chance Creek #2)
8. Drive 3 Miles from Palisade Head to Tettegouche State Park
Tettegouche State Park is often overlooked but its 9,000 acres encompass four lakes, undisturbed groves of northern hardwoods and the Baptism River whose 70 foot falls are among the highest in the state. Tettegouche Camp, on Mic Mac Lake, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and features four hike-to cabins for a great “get away from it all” vacation.
✱ Read a series #3 OR read #3 from your TBR OR read a book with 3 in the total page count.
Issued to the Bride: One Sniper Cora Seton 7/10/18 (Brides of Chance Creek #3)
9. Drive 20 Miles from Tettegouche State Park to Temperance River State Park
The 5,000+ acre state park is a little slice of heaven, featuring the only lakeside campsites in the area, spectacular waterfalls, and a forest filled with birch, pine and cedar. The Temperance River is one of the most geologically interesting spots along the North Shore. The ancient waterway, shows the visible evidence of water shaping the rocks and gorge over millions of years. A short walk takes you to a footbridge that provides a beautiful view of the river.
✱ Read a series #2 or #20 OR read #20 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 AND 0 in the total page count.
Drowning to Breathe A.L. Jackson 7/15/18 (Bleeding Stars #2)
10. Drive 11 Miles from Temperance River State Park to Lutsen
Lutsen is home to the Midwest’s largest and tallest ski area that offers alpine skiers and snowboarders 92 sweeping runs over four mountains. Visiting off-season, you can hike, bike, and ride the 2-mile gondola Sky Ride which gives you views that stretch for hundreds of miles.
✱ Read a series #1 or #11 OR read #11 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 in the total page count.
Love Me to Death Allison Brennan 7/19/18 (Lucy Kincaid #1)
11. Drive 9 Miles from Lutsen to Cascade River State Park
The epic waterfalls at this park make it one of the most visited parks in the state! The well-named Cascade River stair-steps to Lake Superior through five separate waterfalls, whose constant spray spikes sunbeams into rainbows. This moist environment sustains an abundance of delicate mosses, pale orchids and white cedars that shade the slippery rocks. Hiking through the park you feel like you’ve landed in a jungle.
✱ Read a series #9 OR read #9 from your TBR OR read a book with 9 in the total page count.
198 pages The Year of Falling in Love Jessica Sorensen 7/22/18
12. Drive 8 Miles from Cascade River State Park to Grand Marais
Once a harbor teaming with French Canadian fur traders, Grand Marais is now alive with fishing charter boats and sailboats. The trading post heritage lingers in the many B&B’s, art galleries, tourist shops and outdoor supply stores that cater to travelers heading north on the Gunflint Trail that heads into Waters Canoe Wilderness Area. On your way through town, be sure to stop at the famous 50 year old donut shop: World's Best Donuts.
✱ Read a series #8 OR read #8 from your TBR OR read a book with 8 in the total page count.
384 pages The Summer Wives Beatriz Williams 7/25/18
13. Drive 14 Miles from Grand Marais to Judge C. R. Magney State Park
Named for the visionary Judge Magney, who helped establish 11 North Shore state parks, this park is home to one of Minnesota's mysterious natural wonders. The famous Devil's Kettle has been eluding experts for years wondering where the water goes once it plunges 70 feet into the gorge or “kettle” below. Take the 2.25 mile round trip and see if you can figure it out.
✱ Read a series #1 or #4 OR read #14 from your TBR OR read a book with 1 AND 4 in the total page count.
The Black Echo Michael Connelly 7/26/18 (Harry Bosch #1)
14. Drive 21 Miles from Judge C. R. Magney State Park to Grand Portage
Our final destination has two impressive attractions. Take the short trail in Grand Portage State Park to see the spectacular 120 foot tall Pigeon Falls. Then head to the Grand Portage National Monument, where they have recreated a historic fur-trading headquarters. It offers a glimpse into the fur trade era and history of the native people. This brings us to the border of Minnesota and Ontario which is the end of the magnificent Highway 61.
✱ Read a series #2 or #1 OR read #21 from your TBR OR read a book with 2 AND 1 in the total page count.
All In: Double or Nothing Lane Hart 7/27/18 (Gambling With Love #1)