A few weeks ago we rode in the 18th Annual Swan Ride. In keeping with last year (2010 Swan Ride), I took my R1150GS, but this time my wife came with. I was happy to be able to spend a nice fall day riding 200 miles of twisty back roads with her looking for migrating artic tundra swans.
I’m not normally a big fan of group rides, but I like the style of this one. Everyone is given a route sheet. We start together after breakfast and then meet up five hours later for lunch. Ride your own ride without the usual group ride antics. We were slow, and ended up leaving after 90% of the other bikes. This was fine as I wanted to take it slow and enjoy the scenery.
The ride started with a quick safety talk and a reminder to take it easy.
I think there was more bikes this year than last. The weather was warmer by at least 10 degrees.
A few motorcycles had fun decorations
A goat on a GS.
Interesting restraint system.
So that’s how you strap in a passenger…
Lucky for my wife, I left the bungees at home. haha.
I met several people along the route and the gas stops and I had fun chatting with them. I was even smart enough to bring a map pocket this time for the route sheet, so I didn’t have to duct tape it to the tank like last year. I learned my lesson. :)
We didn’t see any of the swans at the stop in Rieck’s Lake Park. We did see five or six a few minutes before the stop though. In a big white clump in the middle of a nearby lake.
It was overcast in the morning
An beautiful around lunch time. We stopped at Lake City, MN on the way home on the very scenic shores of Lake Pepin. Keith was just here a few weeks ago.
The docks were empty.
All the boats were wrapped up for winter
Lake Pepin in the background.
We had a fun day of riding together. My wife is now a convert of heated gear too. I love the big alternator on the GS. Ran both of our heated coats without trouble.
More information about the Swan Ride on their new website: http://www.mnswanride.com/