Category Archives: Archived Miscellaneous
Time: 3 hours, 48 minutes
In Menahga, MN, leave the Cottage House Café on Cedar Ave. and turn right (east) onto 1st NE/CR21/Twin Lakes Rd. Travel 5.4 miles to CR6. Turn left (north) and follow 2.5 miles to MN-87E. Turn right (east) and travel 6 miles to CR13. Turn left (north) and travel 10 miles to MN-34E. Turn right (east) and ride 16.4 miles to MN-371 in Walker. Turn left (north) and travel 20.6 miles to US-2E in Cass Lake. Turn right (east) and ride 18.6 miles to CR8 in Bena. Turn right (south) and follow this through Federal Dam (7.4 miles) straight onto MN-84S (21.8 miles) to Longville (26.4 miles). Continue along MN-84S for 14 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-84S for 10.8 miles to Pine River. Turn right (north) on MN-371N and travel 7 miles to MN-87W. Turn left (west) and travel 14.1 miles. Turn left (west) to continue on MN-87W. Travel 14.6 miles to CR6. Turn left (south) and continue on Twin Lakes Rd. to Menahga.
This ride takes you on a journey through the picturesque bluff country of southeastern Minnesota & western Wisconsin – passing horse farms and hay fields, traveling through river bottom and railroad settlements, traversing creek gullies and wooded ravines, and rolling along the shoreline of the Mississippi River and the grand Lake Pepin.
This route includes the Edge of the Wilderness Scenic Byway, one of 100 U.S. National Forest scenic byways named by the federal government. Previously used by voyageurs and loggers, it today takes you through thick stands of pine and hardwood, over rolling hills and past bogs and fishing lakes in the Chippewa National Forest. Be sure to hit the binders for photo ops at historic sites and in small lumberjack-influenced towns.
Work your way toward Canada along Minnesota’s spectacular North Shore of Lake Superior, past numerous rivers and waterfalls, beaches, state parks, historical waysides, restaurants and resorts. Take in spectacular vistas of the lake to the southeast and the foothills of the Sawtooth Range to the northwest. Omitted from this list are descriptions of Gooseberry, Split Rock Lighthouse, Tettegouche, Temperance River, Cascade River and Grand Portage State Parks.
Prescott, Wabasha & Red Wing
Ride east out of St. Paul on I-94E; utilize Exit 244 onto US-10 E/US-61 S and continue for 20 miles; cross the Point Douglas drawbridge into Prescott, Wis.; turn right onto Broad St. / Great River Road / WI-35 S.
Follow WI-35 S for 45 miles to Pepin, Wis., and continue on WI-35 S until it turns into WI-25 S.
You are now traveling west, with WI-25 S turning into MN-25 S as you approach Wabasha, MN, over the 2,462-foot-long Wabasha-Nelson truss bridge.
Now in Wabasha, find US-61 N and follow the road north about 14 miles to Lake City, MN.
From Lake City, continue north on US-61 N for 17 miles to enter Red Wing, MN. Now in Red Wing, continue on US-61 N for 13 miles and turn right onto MN-316 N. Continue on MN-316 N for 10 miles until turning right onto US-61 N.
Travel nearly 20 miles on US-61 N and follow signs to I-94W back to St. Paul.
This Month’s Winner
“It was a cold snowy day, but I knew, if I could just make it to the pub, everything would be fine”.
Lee’s photo will appear on our Facebook page as well as on our website. If your photo didn’t win this month it could still win in the future. It all comes down to which one that’s in our possession that we like best.
Send us your photos and we’ll pick one each month as our winner. Winning images will appear on our website, facebook page and, space permitting, printed in the paper. Valuable prizes include bragging rights and maybe a piece of pie, but you’ll have to shake us down for that. The photos should be motorcycle related. We lean towards funny. Bribery welcomed and encouraged. Please do not send copy-righted, R-rated or hatin’ images. We are a family-friendly publication. Images need to be jpgs and 2-3 mb in size. Send your images to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for your participation.
by Bruce Mike and Bill Bassett
As the weather gets colder I get anxious about getting more rides in. One of the best late season rides I’ve ever been on is the Swan Ride. This is an annual ride that takes place the first Sunday of November. This year that will be November 6th.
Here’s the history of the Swan Ride as far as the ride founder Bill Bassett knows it. The very first “Swan Ride” occurred in 1994. A small, select group of friends, led by Doug & Sherry Marsh, rode our motorcycles south along the Mississippi river in mid-October to see a collection of Arctic Tundra Swans near Alma, WI. There we learned that part of the country lies along a migratory path to winter nesting grounds in the Southern states for the big birds. Big as in up to a 6+ foot wingspan. Big as in able to attain 50-mph continuous flight speeds for many hours at a time. Big as in having been sighted as high as 27,000 feet altitude. Big as in flying as far as some 3,000 miles, twice per year. See why Tundra Swans are so impressive?