I got an early start and stopped at the Beach Bar in Lake St. Croix Beach and bought a wristband. Seriously, it's for a good cause, Gillette's Children's Hospital. If you participate in the Flood Run and don't buy a wristband, it's like punching a sick child in the face. Buy a damn wristband.
The official start of the ride departs the Beach Bar at 10:30am but I arrived shortly after 9am and I wasn't planning to stick around.
They had some live music, which was cool and I don't remember that in past years.
I walked around to look at bikes. This springer had a bold seat cover. Bikes like this are a big part of the reason I stopped posting all of my photos in black-and-white. You could never appreciate this photo in B&W.
Interesting use of a bottle of Jack.
I left shortly after arrive and headed towards Prescott. I turned around briefly to snap these shots.
As you can see above, the cloud cover was thick and it made for a chilly ride. It wasn't "Spring Flood Run cold", but it certainly wasn't warm. The thought of pie and coffee at Smiling Pelican Bakeshop kept me going as I blasted past Prescott and Diamond Bluff towards Maiden Rock. Traffic was light and I felt like I had many stretches of road to myself.
I was VERY disappointed to find Smiling Pelican was closed that day. In fact, it was so early, Maiden Rock (normally a packed destination) looked pretty empty as vendors were still setting up.
Just south of Maiden Rock, I stopped at Stockholm General in Stockholm, WI for a cappuccino which, oddly enough, was the only thing I ate or drank for the entire 435 mile, 11 hour trip. It was a day of pure zen-like riding. I have more photos to share but thought I'd just go ahead show you the full route I took. Some roads were new to me and some were old favorites.
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More photos to come!