The 2014 Spring Flood Run was cold but definitely warmer than last year. I layered up and rode my Road King. I left the windshield at home and opted for my Gringo and smoke bubble shield.
I arrived at the Beach Bar a little before 10am, snapped a few photos
and left before the crowd (the run officially starts at 10:30).
I arrived in Diamond Bluff while vendors were still busy setting up at the Nauti Hawg.
I continued south to Maiden Rock. There was a strong wind off the lake and waves were crashing against the shore.
In my opinion, the Wisconsin side of the run is much better than the Minnesota side. I prefer the roads, the views, and the towns.
I reached the southern point of the run, Winona, MN.
I headed north on the Minnesota side for a little bit but cut back into Wisconsin at Nelson. At this point, the towns were quite busy and the sun had come out but that was short-lived. As I continued north it got cloudy.
Here's Maiden Rock on my way back north. It was busy, but not as busy as when the weather is really nice. The run falling on Easter weekend probably didn't help either. This run has had up to 30,000 bikes in the past and better weather always helps turnout.
The run supports Gillette Children's Hospital so be sure to always buy a wristband!
In spite of the chilly weather and the fact I hit rain heading home through the Twin Cities, I had fun and covered over 250 miles. Don't miss the Fall Flood Run on September 20th!