I was lucky enough to spend the entire afternoon riding my SV650 Sunday. The ride started out a tad brisk at 40F with a strong wind, but eventually it got up to 52F. My Gerbing coat and heated grips kept me comfortable the entire day.
Late on Saturday night, I saw a last minute ride posting on the MSTA forum from a guy named Tumbler. It looked like fun, so I decided to go.
I arrived at Point Douglas Park just outside of Prescott and waited for the rest of the group. The St. Croix River has been very high and flooding the surrounding area. When I arrived, Washington County had just finished piling sandbags around this park building.
Finally, some of the group had arrived
The ride started just outside of Prescott, Wisconsin and wound its way North through Hudson up to Taylors Falls. From there, we road South on Hwy 95 to Stillwater where most of the group stopped for dinner. Here’s the route sheet we mostly followed. The ride totaled 110 miles and took almost four hours with breaks.
At the first break, I noticed this sign. I like it.
The group at Taylors Falls
We parked the bikes at the gas station and walked down to Interstate State Park aka Potholes Park to look around. Glacial flood waters carved the St. Croix valley and the potholes in the basalt resulting in a very scenic area.
After our walk in the park, we decided to take Hwy 95 to Stillwater rather than follow the rest of the route sheet. Many of the side roads were covered in sand. People were also starting to get hungry and wanted to take the most direct route to food.
We couldn’t park in the normal parking lots because it was under water.
You can’t even see the fence next to the gazebo because it is under water.
This bridge was just recently opened after being closed due to the flooding of the St. Croix River.
It was a good spring ride with about 15 bikes. I had a good time on the ride and chatting with some of the other riders. I’m looking forward to future rides when the temperature is warmer and the rains have washed more of the sand away.