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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Mill Ruins Park and Lake Nokomis

Today was absolutely beautiful and I retraced some of my steps from last weekend where I visited Minnehaha Falls as I explored more of the Grand Rounds.  Today I was out on the Road King and stopped along the Mississippi River for some pictures by the bridges.

I stopped at Mill Ruins Park and took a bunch of pictures from the Stone Arch Bridge.

While walking along the bridge I narrowly escaped this gang of terrors on two wheels.

I stopped again at Minnehaha Falls and then continued along the Grand Rounds to Lake Nokomis.  The high was in the upper 80s today and, not surprisingly, the beaches were very busy.

Along I-94, the electronic traffic signs had a helpful reminder that I certainly appreciated.  Of course, any driver who is paying enough attention to actually notice, read, and think about the sign is probably not the problem.  The best advice is to always ride like you're invisible.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Deer On County Road O

Grabbed these stills from some video I was shooting on the Road King riding down County Road O back in June of 2009.  Makes you think twice about riding 2-up, 1-handed, and shooting video with the other hand...  Hopefully, you know better.  Luckily the deer crossed far enough ahead, didn't stop, and was alone.

Be safe out there!

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

AMCA Vintage Motorcycle Show 2009 Continued

To add onto my previous post, here are some additional pictures from last year's AMCA Vintage Motorcycle Show.

They were a ton of cool bikes just in the parking lot that people rode there (not technically part of the show):

Back inside, they had a bunch of vintage Minnesota motorcycle license plates on display:

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

AMCA Vintage Motorcycle Show 2009

Every year, the Viking Chapter of the Antique Motorcycle Club of America (AMCA) puts on an vintage motorcycle show at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul.  I went in 2008 & 2009.  The show this year is June 11-12th, 2010.

Last year I was there on 6/13/09. Here's my Road King at the Fairgrounds that day:

Not only are there about 150 bikes on display, you may see a few ridden out behind the building.  There's also a swap meet out back too.  Almost as impressive as the bikes on display are the bikes in the parking lot.

Here a just a few of the bikes I saw at the show in 2009.

A 1912 Flanders:

A 1924 Sunbeam:

Minnesota Highway Patrol:

1974 Aermacchi AMF Harley-Davidson X90 minibike (aka Harley Shortster):

Harley cafe racer:

A few old Harleys:

One view of the floor:

A trio of AMF Harleys:

Hill climber:

Here's one of the vintage bikes out back participating in some games:

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Minnehaha Falls

It was very warm and humid today.  After a good day of riding yesterday, I decided not to venture too far today.  I've been wanting to explore more of the Grand Rounds and I've never been to Minnehaha Falls so today was the day.  If you're not familiar with Grand Rounds, it's a 50+ mile scenic byway found within Minneapolis and the only scenic byway in the country contained completely in a major urban area.

 I took the W Broadway Ave exit off I-94 and headed for the Mississippi River.  I followed West River Road N south.  It's a real nice ride and you pass and go under many bridges.

Here you can see the Weisman Art Museum on the University of Minnesota campus on the east side of the Mississippi.  The Weisman building was designed by the architect Frank Gehry.  If you're not familiar with him, Google him - his buildings are highly unusual.

Here are a few shots of the bridge near Locks and Dam No. 1 (I think the road on that bridge is Ford Pkwy):

I headed down to Minnehaha Park where the falls are.  It's only 8 miles from where I started but the speed limit is 25 mph so it's a slow ride.

Here's a view from the footbridge above the falls.  It gives you the perspective of the last thing you'd see before heading over.

The view from the side and from down below was great.  I'd bet it's beautiful as the seasons change and I plan to return to check it out.

After walking around the falls for a while, I headed over the The Joint to cool off.  This painting is behind the bar on the outdoor patio.  It is a Jim Beam branded version of David Mann's "White Line Bros."

SCVR Bike Show at GB Curly's - Moved to June 5th

It's confirmed that the SCVR Bike show at GB Curly's in Burkhardt, WI was moved to June 5th due to the rain yesterday.  Thanks to Steve with the St. Croix Valley Riders for the update!

Blood Falcons

A big THANK YOU to Blood Falcons for adding Gophers and Cheese as a "Blog of Interest".

They are based in Detroit and I really like their blog.

Stillwater Not Living Up To Its Name

After a stop in Houlton, WI to take pictures by the drive-in, I continued west to Stillwater, MN.  I stopped at P.D. Pappy's for drink and to take some pictures of the river.  Surprisingly, there were very few bikes there.  The water is very high and the sidewalk along the river is submerged.  The water was also unusually rough.

Back To The Drive-In

After I figured out that the SCVR Bike Show was cancelled, I headed back west along County Road E.  It turned into a nice day so I decided to head towards Houlton, WI and the St. Croix Hilltop Drive-In Theater to take some pics with the Road King.  Last time, I was on my Sporty.

Since the last time I was here (only 3 weeks ago), a large panel on the side has fallen down so you could get a great view of the inside.  The main skeleton is steel but the bulk of it is rapidly aging wood.  I worry that this beautifully decrepit building will not be around much longer given its rate of decay.
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