Category Archives: Archived Miscellaneous
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.
I’m not in the habit of writing to voice my opinion, but today I am making and exception. I was deeply disappointed with the editorial by Bruce Mike. It contained what I considered to be the ill informed and ignorant ramblings of a self-centered and immature individual.
I have read your publication for many years, and have recommended it to many fellow bike riders. Your staff has always written with a depth and appreciation of the world of motorcycling, obviously drawn from years of experience. It’s because of that history I find it hard to understand how they could put such an individual into the position of editor!
Today’s bikes are engineered to be used with a specific exhaust system designed to give them the best performance. Alterations to the stock exhaust usually results in a loss of power not an increase. Loud pipes speak loudly of their owners lack of consideration for the general public and fellow riders. Try talking with the homeowners and shop merchants who live and work along highway 35 in WI. They will gladly tell you what they think of those patriots on loud bikes! You do have rights as an American but not at the expense of everyone else who chooses to follow the laws. Laws which were written to deal with people who don’t have the common sense required to act responsibly. I’ve ridden motorcycle for 45 years and I’ve had the misfortune of seeing your type many times throughout the years, its always the same routine. Make as much noise as possible, wear your little costumes so you look like a biker, always park where you will be seen. You all seem to need attention, much like the kids who attached cardboard to their bike spokes so they made lots of noise, only they grew out of it! I applaud the fact you do not wear a helmet it may prevent you from producing kids some day!
Terry Lee – via email
Thank you for your letter. I am glad you took the time to express your feelings on the subject. As a long time reader of MMM, I know that we are not myopic in our viewpoint. We work to be a well-rounded publication and that includes hearing all riders. Because of that, I support Bruce Mike, as Managing Editor, in his position to write and publish his column. His point of view on the issue of motorcycles and noise is one of many and his position opens up the debate in a public forum among motorcyclists. He may not represent your position, but he does reflect the sentiment of many riders.
I hope you continue to read MMM, but understand if you don’t. MMM is committed to a part of the discussion of the broader issues that effect motorcycling and hope you will continue to be a part as well.
— Victor Wanchena
Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly
I am a “Luddite” in so much as technology should be working for me, not the reverse. The family insisted on a cell phone for emergencies. Got a computer to coordinate social events, no one uses the phone for that. Didn’t get either until three years ago. The phone has turned mishaps from an all day diversion to an hour detour. Facebook has me spending 4 or 5 times as much of my free time w/ friends. But GPS for a ride, depth finder for fishing, ATV for hunting…no. Innate sense and one foot in front of the other gets me feeling alive.
David – comments page on the website
Keep the Letters coming folks! It’s good to know people are still reading the printed page. We will not print profanity or threats, so you can keep that to yourself. If you don’t see your letter appear immediately, keep looking for it. There is always a chance it could appear in a later issue or it may not, that’s our decision. If you don’t want your letter to appear, please let us know when you submit it.
I would like to compliment you on your ‘From the Hip’ in the June 2011 Issue, I agree on SO many levels. It never ceases to amaze me the idiot thinking that LOUD PIPES save lives. I invite everyone to take a moment and listen, as I often do, I will intentionally pay attention when I see a motorcycle coming as to when I can ‘hear’ them, which is typically not until they are right next to me. I mean come on, really people? Unless your righteously loud pipes are pointed forward they are not going to help anyone notice you, car drivers are too often drinking their frappafufu Latte BS, talking on the phone and doing everything else instead of paying attention including listening to the radio with the windows rolled up. Do you REALLY think they can hear your righteous loud pipes? No they can’t unless your sitting beside them being a total idiot revving the crap out of your ‘look at me I’m righteous’ male penis enhancer…
by Paul Berglund
I guess I have a bad attitude. Whenever someone tries to teach me something, it makes me crabby. I’m not a great rider, but I thought I had the basics down. I’ve been riding a motorcycle for over thirty years. I have seen people involved in all kinds of sports going to clinics to improve their skills. Not knowing that there are better ways to do things is a big hurdle. Most guys don’t ask for riding tips from their friends, and telling your friend that he could use some improvement can cause hurt feelings.
I know what I’m doing when I’m on a bike. But like everyone, I could get better. Having a passion about riding and a hunger to get better at riding is all it really takes. By better, I don’t mean faster, I mean smoother. You just need some tools to work on your skills. Riding clinics can give you those tools. That’s how it was explained to me when I was called before the editor’s desk. “Berglund, stop being a tool. We’re sending you to school.” That’s how I found myself attending the Total Control Advanced Riding Clinic.