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Monday, September 30, 2013

Flood Run - Fall 2013 - Part 4

Once I reached Fountain City, I felt like I was back on the Flood Run.  After only a brief ride on WI-35N, I took another excursion.  I like County Road O near Red Wing so much that I decided to check out County Road O (a totally different road) near Cochrane, WI.  It's yet another fun curvy road.  These shots were taken where it meets WI-88.


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I rejoined WI-35N and followed it all the way back to Prescott.  The ride back was really nice now that the sun was out and the sky was clear.

Once in Prescott, the No Name Saloon was packed.

I think this is Donnie Smith's bike.

I tend to prefer more classic paint but these skulls were well done.

These appeared to be homemade saddlebags.

I crossed back into Minnesota at Prescott and rode through the cities to get home.  Here's Minneapolis as the sun was getting close to setting.

Like I said, start-to-finish was 435 miles over about 11 hours.  I didn't stop at my normal Flood Run stops, I didn't eat & drink my usual Flood Run food & beverages, and I didn't do my typical Flood Run things but it was a lot of fun and a nice way to spend the day.  At least I bought a Flood Run wristband.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Flood Run - Fall 2013 - Part 3

After returning to La Crosse, I followed WI-35N to a little town called Onalaska, WI.  As you can see, the sun finally came out as I think I spent the morning chasing the clouds out of Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

I continued on to Trempeleau, WI.

From there, I headed north on WI-93N towards Arcadia, WI and then took WI-95W to Fountain City.  I had just ridden WI-95 for the first time earlier this month but WI-93 was new to me and it was full of great curves and amazing views.

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One more post to go and it's up next.

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Flood Run - Fall 2013 - Part 2

After warming up with that cappuccino I mentioned, I headed south toward Winona, which is typically the southern-most point on the Flood Run.  However, I decided to press on and continue down to La Crosse, which I had never been to before.

I have been reading about lots of good riding down near La Crosse and wanted to at least try one road.  I chose State Hwy 33 E and rode it to Cashton, WI, the far point of my trip.

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It's a fun curvy road and it does continue quite a ways past Cashton so maybe I'll be back.  Here are some wind turbines outside Cashton.

I turned around and made my way back to La Crosse but stopped a few times to snap photos along State Hwy 33.  This cornfield was protected from zombie attacks by the Zombie Squad.  It has to be one of the best "Adopt-A-Highway" signs I've seen.

Some of the farms and landscapes along the road were stunning.

More photos to come and the sun finally comes out!

Friday, September 27, 2013

Flood Run - Fall 2013 - Part 1

The 48th Annual Fall Flood Run was last Saturday and it was my 9th time on the run (5 Spring & 4 Fall).  This year I was riding completely solo with complete freedom to do what I wanted.  I decided to do things a little differently.  You might say I did an extended Flood Run and you might argue I didn't do the Flood Run at all.  That will all make sense soon.  Keep in mind the Flood Run is basically just a day of riding up and down both sides of the river (MN & WI) between Lake St Croix Beach, MN and Winona, MN.  You don't have to start in Lake St. Croix Beach (many people do) and you don't have to do the full run.  Lots of people do their own thing.

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!

Thursday, September 26, 2013

This Weekend - Trash and Ties

Not sure if I'll be able to make either one of these, but they both look like fun and I haven't attended either in the past.

Saturday: Scooter Trash 3 at McKracken's Pub in Burnsville, MN.  The fun starts at noon.

Sunday: The Distinguished Gentleman's Ride departing from Ngon Bistro in St. Paul, MN at 11am and ending up at the Freight House in Stillwater.  Suit up!
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