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sign: Canoer's Memorial

The two RV Gypsies
visited the Canoer's Memorial
on the
River Road National Scenic Byway
June 15, 2013

The two RV Gypsies followed the gentle curves of the Au Sable River which runs through forests along the River Road National Scenic Byway. The 22-mile drive from Oscoda is lovely, and the two RV Gypsies got out of their truck often to really experience it, and learn some traditions of the local area. As they continued along the Byway, they came to the Canoer's Memorial, a tribute to all of those who have dedicated their time and sometimes a lot more to the longest most grueling canoe race in North America, The Au Sable Canoe Marathon.

sign about the traditon of the canoe race
map sowing route of the Au Sable River Canoe Marathon

Canoer's Memorial is a site of historical significance in the county. Marathon canoe racing began in 1940, with a 240 mile race down the Au Sable River from Grayling to the mouth of the Au Sable in Oscoda. This race has been held annually since that time. In 1950, a monument was erected on the site to commemorate marathon canoe racing. This monument sits high above Cooke Pond, providing a breathtaking view of the river and forest landscape.

a breathtaking view of the river and forest landscape
a breathtaking view of the river and forest landscape
The Canoer's Monument
Lee Duquette reading the plaque at The Canoer's Monument
plaque at the The Canoer's Monument
The Canoer's Monument
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Menu for the two RV Gypsies Adventures
in Oscoda & Tawas, Michigan
June 15-16, 2013

You may visit these eleven (11) sites in any order you choose.
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Au Sable Harbor & Pier

Oscoda Beach Park & Pier

Sturgeon Point Lighthouse

Tawas Point Lighthouse

Old Bailey School

Paul Bunyan Statue & Oddities

The two RV Gypsies drove on the River Road Scenic Byway, a 22-mile drive between Oscoda and South Branch that runs parallel with the beautiful Au Sable River. It is a designated National Scenic Byway. The Lumberman's Monument, Canoer's Memorial, Iargo Springs, and Foote Pond Scenic Overlook are all attractions off of the River Road Scenic Byway.

Lumberman's Monument

Canoer's Memorial

Iargo Springs (beautiful)

Foote Pond Scenic Overlook

Cooke Pond, Horseshoe Island, Au Sable River,
and 544 steps

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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesAFTER you have seen all eleven (11) sections above, please continue on to Mackinac Island /Mackinaw City and 2 lighthouses