I took advantage of the good weather last Saturday to do another 200+ mile ride. It was clear with a high near 70. I decided to go to Welch, MN. I had been there twice before, both times in May. I decided to get there via the St Croix Trail. I took I-94 to exit 258 but instead of taking Cty Rd 18 towards Afton like I normally do, I followed signs for the St. Croix Scenic Byway and immediately took a right on Hudson Rd and then a left on Cty Rd 21. There was a buffalo farm on the corner.
The road leads to Afton, just like Cty Rd 18 but is more scenic and a better ride. I continued on through Afton and crossed into Wisconsin at Prescott where I fueled up. I kept riding to Diamond Bluff where I stopped briefly at the Nauti Hawg.
I continued south from there and cut back into Minnesota at Red Wing and followed US-61 to Cty Rd 7, which runs straight (or should I say curvy) into Welch, MN. The best curves are actually south of Welch, in the few miles it takes to get to Vasa.
I took some pictures by the church in Vasa.
I stopped in Welch at the Cannon River Inn for a refreshing beverage.
Here are few shots from the bridge looking north at Welch.
The view to the east:
The view to the west:
Because I love the road so much, I went back south to Vasa and back up to Welch again. Here are some shots along the way. This road is a lot of fun.
More pics in Parts 2 & 3...