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Discussion in 'Central – From Da Nort Woods to the Plane States' started by Psycho Monkey, Jan 23, 2009.
Now that is some valuable information.
Deerwood Road was really nice and led to some roads south and west. Thanks for the inspiration. I need to figure out how to save these to a Google map so it's shareable without needing to decode GPX files.
Update: Trying out My Maps
Bikes get sleepy and need naps too.
Not sure what you have. Sounds like it might GPS tracks. If so, you can post them here using the Insert Picture icon in the tool bar in the window you get when you hit Reply.
It allows you to upload an image or a .gpx file.
This is what many of us do.
That ends up crossing some rutted low spots at the Morrison county line. The last time I was through that spot, there was a pick up that had been abandoned in one of the mud holes.
That stretch up to the 4 mile loop in Morrison county is kind of gnarly.
South of Annandale, there is some entertaining stuff. I have always wanted to work 45th St NW between Peloquin and Rhodes into a route. Sleepy road with some nice elevation changes. And if you are down that way, Oliver Ave is sort of the same.
Took 38th out of Annandale after work. Turned south on Oliver Ave, very entertaining. The trees are changing and this new route home showcased them very nicely with the higher elevations on Oliver Ave.
There is a slough on the bottom of the hill just south of 47th St. There was a pair of swans that were nesting on the east side of the road. There used to be signs asking that people not feed them.
That area is beautiful this time of the year. The elevation changes are just enough to provide some stunning views.
Minimum maintenance road a bit SW of Red Wing. Grosse Point Road near Hay Creek
Took my wife riding there a few years ago. She ended up at the Red Wing hospital with a broken collar bone and 4 or 5 broken ribs. (She got nervous in curve and hit front break a too hard.) It is a beautiful area to ride and the hospital is first class.
Rode the Welch/Cannon Valley area today, Thursday. Weather and road conditions were excellent.
I had been afraid the riding season was over.
I was at Snake Creek today with my 350. The stretch that I had trouble with on the 1090 has been widened and graded. I didn't even recognize it. You could probably drive a passenger car up it now.
The whole main loop is actually probably about as big-bike friendly as it gets as it is completely dry. The only issues would be some massive ruts where the mud holes used to be. but you can pick your way through those spots. If you've been thinking about checking it out on a big ADV bike, now is the time...
I made a 250 mile route in Swift/Kandiyohi/Pope/Stearns county.
I did a big loop in SE Minnesota this past Monday. 330 miles total, and about 200 of it on gravel beginning in Spring Valley.
Left at 6:00am in the dark and got home about 3:30pm. It was my first decent ride on gravel of any real distance, and the Ducati is my first ADV bike, and I've never even had the chance to ride a real dirtbike. I have about 18 years and around 80,000 road miles on the likes of FJR, ST1300, etc.
My legs are wrecked!
1.) The gravel county roads look the same as the county blacktops, just minus the blacktop = pointless?
2.) Marbles are no fun on a 600# bike (See above).
3.) Yellow highlights are Minimum Maintenance Roads = 10 minutes of what I really wanted the whole ride to be.
4.) I need to move to a different state.
Ride a few more gravel roads and then point that beast towards WY, CO, UT, MT, etc.
Roads that get a lot of traffic get hard packed like a paved road. For me I've found that a lot of the best gravel roads to ride follow the rivers. There are a lot of fun roads to ride in the Welch/ Red Wing area and if you want a real challenge ride around Grantsberg WI, soft powdery sand that loves to swallow big ADV bikes.
I resemble that remark.
There are Minimum Maintenance roads all over the area you were riding; the trick is to find them.
Ive studied the county maps and scoured Google Earth imagery. I see a few other potentially min maintenance roads, but they are either short dead ends to nowhere, or have homes all along them, etc.
I see lots of two-track in the woods, but it’s not on the county maps, and I think it’s all farm access road and ATV trail on private land.
The two sections I highlighted were marked and had min maintenance signage, and were briefly down to two-track. Id love to do 100 miles of that and end up somewhere with good burger. Maybe up in the arrowhead?