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Saturday, August 14, 2010

Great River Road - Champlin to Monticello

Inspired by my recent trip up County Road 12 to Dayton, MN, I decided to explore a little further today. I followed the Great River Road from Champlin to just past Monticello before turning around. I took Cty Rd 12 to Cty Hwy 42 to MN-101 to Cty Rd 39 to Cty Hwy 75.

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The ride is nice. It's a mildly curvy through mostly farmland. The speed limits are good (50-55 mph) but drop significantly (30 mph) through the towns. Most of the time you can't actually see the Mississippi River. An exception was this spot just south of Monticello.

Here's a shot looking the other way up at the sun and clouds.

On my way back, I snapped a few shots in front of these barns.

Heading back south, I made a brief stop at Dayton Bar & Grill.  Overall, it was nice little ride along a small section of a really big river.

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