VFW in Lacrosse, WI

I had a window of opportunity this weekend to do some serious motorcycle riding. However, Minnesota weather had other plans.

I dropped my girlfriend off at the airport at noon on Thursday. She wouldn’t be back until Sunday night. That left me with two evenings and two full days to myself. I intended to spend as much of that time riding as I could. The forecast was indicating that I was being optimistic. A minimum of a 60% chance for rain and thunderstorms from Thursday to Sunday.

Thursday afternoon a buddy texted me and was looking to hang out. I try to always put a priority on seeing friends and loved ones, so this was a no brainer. The bike stayed in the garage and I enjoyed tacos, scotch and Jimi Hendrix documentary on Netflix (4/5 stars) with my friend.

Friday morning my plan was to ride roughly 30 miles to an office of the company I work at to troubleshoot some equipment (I manage AV equipment for a large company). When I woke up I was greeted by rain. Took the Crown Vic instead. The rest of my day was spent “working from home” and trying to find a hole in the weather. I looked at every forecast model I could trying to figure out where I could possibly go for a couple of days and stay dry.

Ultimately, I stayed home. When I go on trips like this I camp and they idea of being soggy all weekend and riding in the rain didn’t seem like much fun. So I spent Saturday keeping myself busy and route planning for Sunday.

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Sunday morning was gorgeous and after a slow morning getting ready, I left at 11:30 and headed from the Twin Cities to Lacrosse WI. My ride down took me along the Mississippi River the whole way, which was a great view. Unfortunately, everyone else thought it was a great view as well. I found myself stuck at 45 mph behind cars for much of the drive.

Once I made it to Lacrosse I headed to Grandad Bluff, which overlooks the city. The ride to the top was twisty and fun. The parking lot was small, but the views from the top were awesome.

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There is also a 70 ft tall flagpole with a 12'x18' flag at the top. Seemed fitting for the holiday.

As I was standing around taking pictures I looked at the clock on my phone and realized I needed to get moving to make it home in time to get my girlfriend from the airport. I hit the Interstate and rode 75-80 mph the whole way back. I recently got a new windshield and have been adjusting it constantly to try to get it to the right spot and I finally found it on this trip. Even at those speeds, with a 15 mph headwind, I was having fun.

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All told, it was the most miles I had put on a bike in a day. I felt great when I got home and now I feel comfortable planning rides that are 500-600 miles per day. Now I can start planning my big trip for the year, which sounds like it might be a 4 day run to the Black Hills over the 4th of July.

My Instagram for more bike pics: @sheffib32