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11:00 Sunday June The 5th
Heading South & West – Hampton - Welch - Cannon Falls- Northfield
For being close to the cities, this is a great ride with about 80 % gravel. This ride will be ideal for the larger Adventure bikes and dual sport bikes. We’ll cover some real off the beaten path back gravel roads. Real nice country.
We will meet down by Hampton, MN in the parking lot at Little Oscar’s Restaurant (see map below) at 11:00 and head out from there. We’ll jump onto gravel roads about a mile from there and head towards New Trier and south towards Welch for lunch. We’ll leave out of Welch heading south and west along the south side of the Cannon River. Continuing south west, we’ll cross back across HWY 52 and head west towards Nerstrand, Dundas, Northfield and north on 35 back to the cities and beyond. There is some really good riding just west of the Nerstrand area.
Attached is a preliminary map that will give a good idea of the route. There will be an update precise map to follow, not like last time.
Thinking of heading out on a route scouting ride before the 5th. If anyone is interested, I will post the day & time. The weather looks like an issue for the next week and a half, but according to long term forecast, Monday, a holiday I know, or next Thursday could be the best options. Any preferences let me know. Hope to see you there!
Next Ride Event
Hastings, Red Wing & Beyond
Upcoming ride on 6-26-16 at 11:00AM
After quite a bit of scouting, this ended up being a fantastic route. If you get a chance, take a look at the video link.
For just a quick recap of the rides itinerary, we will be starting at Vermillion Falls Park in Hastings at 11:00. There is a link below for the park location. The Map, such as it is, has been updated for an accurate route. The map link is below if you didn't get it in the first posting. Still hoping to get the GPX files before the ride date. We will be stopping enroot for lunch at the Smokin' Oak Rotisserie & Grill on HWY 50 in Red Wing. The ride will continue south of Red Wind and loop back up to Hwy 61 and back through town. We'll make a final stop at the Super America just west of Red Wing on Hwy 50. It has a good place for bikes to park or refuel and riders hydrate before heading home.
Hope To See You There
Le Sueur - Henderson - Blakely Ride
This next ride, in the Le Sueur - Henderson - Blakely area, will be hosted by Jeff Kerkow. He will lead the ride following the Minnesota River Valley between Carver and Le Sueur. Jeff is an experienced adventure rider and knows this area well.
The ride will begin 11:00 AM in Carver MN on July 10th. We will meet in the Depot Park. The park is on County Road 40 on the North East side of town. There is an old water tower for filling trains and a rail car there. GPS coordinates are 44.765659, -93.623890. There is a gas station convenience store right next door. The route will travel along and in the Minnesota River Valley between Carver and Le Sueur. We will travel on pavement, gravel, minimum maintenance, and some roads that have also been abandoned. Lunch will either be in Henderson, or Le Sueur. The ride will be almost a complete loop ending either in Blakeley (see below) or Jordan. Jeff says his mapping program indicated that the ride should take approximately four hours. Jeff's brother has a small piece of property in Blakeley that has been set up with a few riding obstacles. If folks are interested, we can stop there and Jeff said he can demonstrate a few of the common drills that are used at the off road riding schools and folks can take a shot at some of the obstacles if interested.
I would like to thank Jeff for putting this together. As we get closer to the ride date, there will be more details available. Jeff says he is more than happy to answer any questions about the ride. He is a member of the Meetup group, so post any questions you may have. You can also post questions through Facebook.
This should really be a fantastic ride and a real opportunity at the end of the ride to hone some of those riding skills.
Destination - Cowboy Jack’s - Bloomington -6:00PM Wednesday, July 20
Going to start something new. A monthly group gathering. Not a ride with a destination. Just a get together. A chance to just talk bikes, future rides, old stories and just get together with other bikers that like adventure and dual sport riding. It will be a perfect opportunity to contribute ideas, voice opinions and share experiences. This should work for those who would like to make those Sunday rides, but head to the cabin on the weekends. Everyone’s invited. Even though this isn’t part of a group ride, it would be kind of cool to see a large group of adventure and dual sport bikes in Cowboy Jack’s parking lot Wednesday night.
Hope To See You There!
Mahtomedi - Osceola - Somerset Ride 11:00 AM Sunday, August 7
This next meetup starts in Mahtomedi, just east of White Bear Lake. The ride will work its way northeast towards Marine, Minnesota on the St Croix. We'll stop for lunch at Brookside Bar & Grill and head north from there to Osceola and cross the St Croix River. From there we will head south and end the ride in Somerset, Wisconsin. There is a combination of blacktop and gravel roads on the Minnesota side. The Wisconsin side has some gravel with mostly blacktop, but don't let that fool you. There are more twists and turns that take us on some really great narrow two lane roads. There will be more ride details with a map in 5 or 6 days. Just posted this in advance to wet your appetite and mark your calendars. There are some minimal maintenance roads and once again some of gravel, so make sure your riding skills are up to the task. We'll meet Sunday, August 7th at 11:00 AM in Mahtomedi at the Freedom Service Station at the intersection of East Ave and Stillwater Road in the parking lot just to the West.
Hope To See You There.
Lake City - Wabasha - Kellogg - Weaver Ride
This next ride will basically follow the Mississippi down along the west side of Lake City, Wabasha, Kellogg and Weaver. While we are in the Weaver area, there will be a stop at either Snake Creek Trail or Trout Valley Trail. After some off road time we head west towards Millville, Zumbro Falls, Zumbrota and north on 52 back home. This ride will really be a great ride, but a little different from rides in the past.
" Here are a few notes to keep in mind regarding this trip:
" This will be quite a bit longer than rides in the past and for this reason we will be throttled up and moving along a faster clip than usual. If you have limited experience on gravel or any reservations about your skill level, you may want to reconsider this particular get together.
" Snake Creek Trail and Trout Valley Trail may require a DNR permit.
" Our stop at Snake Creek Trail or Trout Valley Trail will be for about an hour or. The trails may not be suitable for every rider or bike. Since we will be having lunch at one of those locations, you can certainly elect to take it easy and just hang out until we gather up and head west.
" The 10:00, earlier start, should help to get everyone back at a decent time
" Since this is announced a little earlier than other rides, there will be more details to follow like the exact start location and available GPX files.
This should really be a good ride with quite a bit of diversity. Here are a few pictures shot the other day from the route we will be on.
More Details For The Lake City - Wabasha - Kellogg - Weaver Ride
10:00 Sunday September 11th
Here are some noteworthy things to know about the ride coming up on Sunday. It's a ways out, but the weather looks pretty good at this point. The ride will start in Red Wing at the Caribou Coffee on 726 Main St at 10:00. We will head southeast parallel to the Mississippi just west of Lake City, Wabasha, Kellogg and turn east at about Weaver. We'll head south to 29 and go west to Trout Valley Park. We'll have lunch there and spend about an hour or so and head southwest to Altura and start our way up through Millville, up along the Zumbro River back towards Zumbrota and north on 52 back home.
Here are a few need to know details:
" Once again, there will be quite a bit of gravel and we will be moving along at a little faster pace than rides in the past.
" Trout Valley Trail requires bikes to have a MN state parks registration sticker. My understanding is that this pass is good at any Minnesota state park. It costs $38.50 and is good for 3 years. You can get this at any DMV. They will need the bike VIN#, so take your insurance card with. I walked in and was out in less than 10 minutes. Put the sticker on upper left hand corner of license plate.
" This trail has somewhat of a challenging trailhead with sand turning into rocks just before the top of the ridge. This may be a little difficult for some larger adventure bikes or if your tires aren't aggressive enough. Don't let this discourage you from the ride. There should be a good mix of rider experience diversity. As in all of the past rides, there should be plenty of good advice from those with more experience. If you don't feel you want to take on that challenge, the park will be a good place to hang out until we head on down the road.
" For lunch, my wife will have the grill going well before we get to the park, so be ready to take a break before venturing up that hill.
" The route map is below
Here are some links that should help fill in the final details:
Hope to see you there
Now that most everyone has their fall projects somewhat under control, it’s time to have another get together. We’ll meet at Cowboy Jack’s at 7:00 PM on Wednesday November 30th. As usual, this is a great chance to just talk bikes, future rides, old stories and just get together with other bikers that like adventure and dual sport riding. It’s the place to contribute ideas, voice opinions and share experiences. It might not be riding weather friendly, but it still should be a great get together, even as a drive to event.
There is a good chance we will have a booth this year at the 2017 Minneapolis Motorcycle Show. This could be a good time to get together and discuss how that might come together....
Be there and help make plans for the 2017 riding season and possibly some out of the area rides for this winter.
See more at:
Cowboy Jack's, 7:00 PM Wednesday November 30th
Hope To See You There
We will be having a booth at the show, so come say hi and see what our group is all about.
SHOW HOURS :
Friday: 3:00pm - 8:00pm Saturday: 10:00am - 8:00pm Sunday: 10:00am - 4:00pm
Booth number 1641
2017 Progressive International Minneapolis Motorcycle Show February 3rd through the 5th
This will be the first ride of the season. It is very similar to the Mahtomedi - Osceola - Somerset ride from last year except for the additional distance to Taylors Falls and ending at Hudson. Last year it offered some of the most tame gravel roads compared to many of the previous rides. Being early in the year, these roads should be in fairly good shape which should make it a perfect first of the season ride.
This next meetup starts in Mahtomedi, just east of White Bear Lake. The ride will work its way northeast towards Marine, Minnesota on the St Croix. We'll stop for lunch at Brookside Bar & Grill and head north from there to Taylors Falls and cross the St Croix Rive...r. From there we will head south and end the ride in Hudson, Wisconsin. There is a combination of blacktop and gravel roads on the Minnesota side. The Wisconsin side has some gravel with mostly blacktop, but don't let that fool you. There are more twists and turns that take us on some really great narrow two lane roads. This is posted a little in advance to get everyone thinking about this season's upcoming rides. Mark your calendars. There are some minimal maintenance roads and once again some are gravel, so make sure your riding skills are up to the task. We'll meet Sunday, May the 7th at 11:00 AM in Mahtomedi at the Freedom Service Station at the intersection of East Ave and Stillwater Road in the parking lot just to the West. Make sure you're topped with fuel and ready to head out. Look for quite a few rides to be posted in the next few weeks.
Hope To See You There
Here is a link to a Google map of the route:
Mahtomedi - Taylors Falls - Hudson Ride: Sunday May 7, 2017
Make Sure You Read The Groups "Rider List Of Responsibilities" At:
We will have a get together for breakfast, Saturday morning, January the 20th, to discuss this season’s upcoming rides and events. We’ll get a chance to talk about some of last year’s highlights and where the group will be heading for the New Year. It would be great to bring together a core group of members that are interested in getting more involved with the following activities:
• Help with organizing upcoming events
• Leading some rides
• Help with bringing TCAR to the next level It promises to be a great year, so be part of where we are going.
Hope To See You There
Breakfast Meetup at Cracker Barrel in Lakeville: Saturday January 20th 8:00 AM