First of all, the inarguable facts....
I left home a few minutes before 6AM on Friday.....
and stopped where I often have along Lake Pepin.
Staying on the Minnesota side of the river, I stopped in New Albin which is right on the MN/IA border to check out the lovely flower baskets.
Then I went inside the City Meat Market to get never quite enough of the World's Best Pork Jerky.
Since I'd be sharing with friends, an Integrity Verification was performed right there in the parking lot immediately before leaving the location.
Crossing the river at Lansing.....
Early fun on County B.....
Arriving in Soldiers Grove around 9:30.....only a handful of rallygoers.
My tent hook up. Fly and footprint in one compression sack, the tent and 'porch floor' for my vestibule, Twin Headlight Ernie's 8" stainless steel stakes in one of his protective pouches and my 16" poles.
Friday it was Eric, my brother and I....weather astounding.
Friday's potential hazards were many....
My camera wasn't rolling; not sure if Eric's was. How the 4 geese in the road decided which one should come after me, I don't know. We easily could have witnessed and been part of a gaggle of down.
An odd story here...We were going downhill on a gravel section and moments later I felt something new, lightly pushing against my rear end, almost as if my wallet was finding a new spot. Assuming something but having no idea what, had come loose, I reached back to find this rock. Somehow, my rear tire must have thrown it, wedged it somehow, somewhere. I never felt anything on my foot, my leg, anywhere else, only that something new was directly behind me and ahead of that bump on the seat.
Ludwig's new HD
In and around the campground...
Free firewood provided by the Soldiers Grove Lions ......
Dave and Dan had a corner staked out....
While I continue to lose luster, Ludwig gains polish....he looks better than he did when I first met him.
Thanks EricI met Paul last year when he wondered if I was the Coop that had a blog. He came all the way from Kansas City....again and joined us Saturday for our ride.
Crossing into Iowa at McGregor
Thanks EricAccording to Wolftrax, this is the only fire tower in Iowa; he knew exactly where we were.....Yellow River State Forest.
More Yellow River State Forest. The last time I was here, a group from CO was riding through and one of their bikes decided to take a short nap in this vicinity. It was wetter that day.
Our health, always a paramount concern, saw us walking to the Ice Cream Place.
I assume that we learned that there's a place in Niger 5840 miles away.
I've ridden over the culvert and concrete spillway but it was a long time ago. It has been in this condition for quite some time. Kevin went through and Paul went over to choose which track looked the best.
Nice to have a Button....
At the drawing I was lucky enough to win 2 admissions to the Wisconsin Dells BMW Rally in September. I've never been before so now there's no excuse.
Saturday evening's Taco Bar and desert feed....I think we were all surprised at the beer and brats provided Friday evening, a first and appreciated yes ma'am!
When we're not riding, we can excel at this....
We packed up our tents and loaded before the rain we were sure would happen. I had about 5 miles worth of light drops, that was all.
Last stop on my way home, Winona.
Paul, great seeing you again and glad that you joined us for the Iowa loop; see you in Grand Marais in a few weeks. Bernie, your Tracks on their way soon. Jim, I'll see you at the RA gate, 6:30....you mentioned coffee???
In a couple of weeks, the Hiawatha Rally and the chance to figure out what we didn't last weekend.