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Sunday, October 31, 2010

Anoka - Halloween Capital Of The World

I took a short ride north yesterday on the Sporty to Anoka, the Halloween capital of the world (  The traffic was terrible because it was packed and they had roads closed off for the parade but found a spot to park and walked around.

Anoka. Real. Classic.

There were floats, marching bands, and all kinds of stuff in the Grand Day Parade including a few female superheroes...

... and palm trees...

...and this guy wearing a pink pig hat (pardon me, hog hat) on a bagger.

The Rum River flows right through Anoka where it meets the Mississippi.

One thing I discovered while walking around was this abandoned outdoor amphitheater.  I've driven past it countless times and had no idea it was there.

Here are a few in color:


Saturday, October 30, 2010

Cold and Wet

I took the Sporty for a brief ride last Saturday. It was cloudy, chilly, and rain was in the forecast but I thought I had a brief window to go for a ride. I headed downtown but, by the time I got there, it started to rain. I turned around and headed home. The cold rain was relatively light but did sting at highway speeds.  Thankfully, I didn't get soaked.

I took this shot while sitting at a stoplight.

Thankfully, this weekend looks dry.

Friday, October 29, 2010

Thanks for the links

Thanks to t3-ponyexpress and motorcyclebloglist for the links!  Both sites have huge lists of motorcycle/biker blogs.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Sunset by the Pumpkin Patch

Last Friday, after my gravel adventures, I headed back towards Champlin.  Here's a shot of County Road 12.  The church in Dayton, MN is in the distance.

Near Champlin, I took the little backroad I like (County Road 121) and took a side road off of that for the first time (125th Ave N). At the end of road, you run into E French Lake Rd and, not surprisingly, French Lake. I got some nice pics looking west into the sunset over French Lake.

Right where those two roads meet, there was a farm selling pick-your-own pumpkins.

Here is a pair of pics in color...

It's a little easier to see the pumpkin patch (above) in color.

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pavement is Overrated

This past Friday, the weather was really nice and I took a ride along County Road 12 heading northwest from Champlin and rode past Dayton.  I tried a few side roads along the way and one was this gravel road (65th St NE).  The dirt was a little soft but I had no problem navigating it.

Here are a few in color:

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Ride to Welch - Part 3

Here are some color versions of the pics I took while riding to and from Welch, MN last Saturday:

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Ride to Welch - Part 2

After tearing through the curves between Welch and Vasa twice, I headed back towards Red Wing and crossed into Wisconsin.  Just for fun, I decided to explore two side roads off WI-35.  The first was County Road V V.  I rode that to US-63, turned around and rode it back.  I liked it - a little curvy, hilly, and scenic (if you consider farms scenic, like I do).

The second was County Road OO (not to be confused with County Road O).  I didn't ride it quite to US-10 but I liked what I rode including this unexpected hill.

Both roads were nice but not ones I feel that I'd want to ride again and again.  On three occasions while riding County Roads V V and OO, people along the road waved to me - a guy on a tractor, a kid on an ATV, and a guy with a skateboard hanging out with friends by a van.  Apparently the people who live on double-letter roads are very friendly.

I crossed back into Minnesota at Prescott and stopped in Point Douglas Park for some pictures.

Here is the view north looking at Lake St. Croix (Minnesota on the left, and Wisconsin on the right):

The view west (Minnesota):

The view east (Wisconsin, specifically Prescott):

I took US-10 to St. Paul and stopped at the Cathedral of St. Paul for some photos.  The church is huge and absolutely beautiful.  I had been there before but never took pictures with the bike.

I'll post a few color photos from the day in Part 3...
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