The 45th Spring Flood Run is only 5 days away and I'm excited. This will be my fourth time participating in the run. The border between Minnesota and Wisconsin along the St. Croix River is my favorite place to ride around the Twin Cities and this run travels that route on both sides of the river. It's nice because the ride is beautiful and there are tons of great stops along the way. Depending on how far you want to travel you could easily do 150-250 miles round-trip from Minneapolis. One thing I also like is that it is not as formal as some runs. You don't have to start at point A, then go to point B with the group, then go to point C, etc. Bikes are roaring up and down the St. Croix in both directions all day - it doesn't matter where you start or how far you go. That said, buy a wristband and some merchandise as it goes to a good cause.
My first Flood Run was the Spring 2008 run. This is a shot of just some of the bikes gathered at The Beach Club in Lake St. Croix Beach, MN at the start of the run.
Here's the Sporty at the Nauti Hawg in Diamond Bluff, WI. It was a cloudy, wet day but it never actually rained. This is a good picture of how the Sportster used to be configured for touring before I bought the Road King. The bag on the back was holding rain gear that thankfully didn't have to be used.
The weather was a little bit nicer for the Spring 2009 run. Once again, people gather for the start of the run at The Beach Club.
In Maiden Rock, WI this is the first time I saw the Mowercycle / Mowasaki. It makes me smile every time I see it. I have since spotted this bike at both The Joint in Minneapolis and, amazingly, the Full Throttle Saloon during Sturgis 2009.
If you like pie, go here in Maiden Rock, WI:
Roxx Bar in Red Wing, MN:
The Border Lounge in Hager City, WI:
In Fall 2009, the weather was even better. Here is a shot of the Road King in Maiden Rock, WI: