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Monday, April 29, 2013

New Show Class

Pure joy in a square manilla envelope.  Show Class Volume 2, Issue 5 just arrived in my mailbox.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

A Taste Of Spring

This weekend was beautiful and was sunny with highs in the 70s.  Not bad, considering there are still some piles of snow on the ground.  I took the Sportster for a 150+ mile ride on Saturday.

I wish we could have had this weather last weekend for the Flood Run.  I ended up riding many of the same roads and few extras.  I rode down the St. Croix Trail to Prescott, past Diamond Bluff and rode most of County Road O before turning around and stopping at the Nauti Hawg for some refreshments.


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Both the Nauti Hawg and the bars in Prescott were really busy, which was nice to see.  The Nauti Hawg was hosting their Who Let The Hawgs Out? run so that may have had something to do with the crowds, but I think it was mostly the weather.

Sadly, the weather forecast this week is cold and rainy.  It might ruin First Thursday.  Let's hope not.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Flood Run - Spring 2013 - Part 5

I continued south from Maiden Rock and went as far as Nelson, WI, which is across the river from Wabasha, MN.

This liquor store sign might have been a bit premature.

I saw this car at various spots along the run.

This Sportster was really cool.  It had a very unusual method for hardtailing the frame while retaining the swingarm.

I headed back north and spotted this sign while fueling up.

The ride along the river is always nice.

No Flood Run would be complete without stopping in Hager City at the Border Lounge.  No cover with wristband means no excuse for not stopping.  Even the SCVR party bus showed up.  I'll never quite understand why so many people hang out outside when the entertainment is inside.  Oh well.

I continued north and stopped briefly again at the Nauti Hawg.  I saw this really cool old FLH.

After passing Prescott, I snapped these last few images in Point Douglas Park.  You can still see quite a bit of ice on the St. Croix River.

Overall, the 2013 Spring Flood Run was fun but really cold.  Given the snow before and after the run, we really lucked out with the sunny day and clear roads we did get.  Be sure to check it out in the fall and let's all hope for much better weather.

Friday, April 26, 2013

Flood Run - Spring 2013 - Part 4

After parking in Maiden Rock, I grabbed some lunch.

Then I walked around and checked out the bikes.

I've seen these two Sportsters a few times before.  Both have a lot of aspects I like and a few I don't but the AMF-style paint is awesome.

Back up on WI-35, bikes lined the street and I ran into that old blue Indian again.

I walked up the street to Smiling Pelican Bakeshop for some dessert.  Pie and coffee kicks ass and don't let anyone tell you different.  Their banana cream pie is fantastic.  My wife couldn't join me on the run this year so I picked up some cookies to go.

I spotted another party bus and walked back toward my bike.

Even more pics tomorrow.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

100,000


Gophers and Cheese is celebrating 100,000 page views!!!

Not too shabby for a motorcycle blog with a funny name and an uncool logo run by one guy living in Minnesota who loves motorcycles (especially Sportsters and choppers) but can't skateboard and doesn't own a denim vest.

It's difficult to wrap my head around so many people from around the world seeing the photos I've taken and reading the words I've written.  Thanks for visiting!!!

Flood Run - Spring 2013 - Part 3

I continued south from Diamond Bluff to Maiden Rock, WI.  I stopped briefly to take some photos of the Road King in front of Lake Pepin.

During a typical Flood Run, Maiden Rock is packed with bikes, vendors and people.  This year... not so much.

I parked along the tracks.

More from Maiden Rock tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Flood Run - Spring 2013 - Part 2

I left Prescott and headed south towards Diamond Bluff, WI.  The curvy stretch of road between those towns is my personal favorite around the Twin Cities.  So fun.

I approached Diamond Bluff and could see a decent sized gathering at the Nauti Hawg.  I would estimate closer to 100 bikes were there, twice what I saw in Prescott.

The bike that really stood out to me was this blue 2009 Nightster.  The owner said it was freshly painted and it was the first ride since the new paint.  The blue popped and I really liked the use of the emblem on the tank.

Even though the roads were clear, it was still very cold and you can see snow piled up in the background.  I rode quite a bit with these snowmobile-style gloves before switching over to my leather gloves & liners.

This guy had some sort of animal skin muffs / gloves that looked really warm.

There was a wide variety of bikes parked in front of the Nauti Hawg including these Indians.  The blue one is an old one and I got better shots later in Maiden Rock.

The line of bikes stretched down the street.  Check out the pigtails on the Fulmer helmet.

It wasn't just baggers out on the Flood Run.  There were some choppers too.

For those who either didn't want to ride due to ice or the cold or simply chose to have more fun drinking responsibly, a few groups hired party buses.  This one is the SCVR's bus.

Lots more pics to come.
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