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Ride Eureka Springs to Artist Point to Mount Magazine 298 miles, 6 hours+

While the route is 298 miles and says it takes 6 hours, you will definitely want to stop at Artist Point (amazing views and a little store on site) and Mount Magazine (hiking, views, walking, amazing!)!

Click here for a step by step map:
Eureka Springs to Artist Point to Mount Magazine Map

Mount Magazine Views

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Twin Cities - Western Loop with Biker Bar Stop: 100 Miles, 2.5 hours without stops

Minneapolis - Maple Grove - Hanover - Rockford -Delano - Watertown - Spring Park - Victoria (Floyd's Bar)- Minnetonka - Minneapolis        100 Miles, 2.5 hours without stops

Click Here to see the Route Details

One of my many, many on and off road dream routes in Colorado

           One of my many, many on and off road dream routes in Colorado  (There are sooo many in CO!!)
Gold Belt Scenic Byway – AKA Shelf Road and its siblings! Gold Belt Scenic Byway is a journey through Colorado’s former mining country. It offers breathtaking scenery that you won't find anywhere else. It is located in southern Colorado and is 131-mile long.  Some parts of the route are, naturally, unpaved.  Along the way, there are many abandoned mines, buildings, and cool ghost towns.  There are lots of viewpoints and stops for great photo ops.  The road offers top notch scenery and views - but beware as some portions are particularly unforgiving with the roads are narrow and rugged in places.
The byway contains many roads (below info taken from greatest roads website): Phantom Canyon Road: It connects CaƱon City and Victor through Phantom Canyon. It features one-way tunnels, narrow gaps and a red curved bridge to master. The road has two tunnels and three elevated bridges. It is u…

A ride to, and a hike around, beautiful Interstate Park (Wisconsin side)

Interstate Park - well worth a stop!!! Located on the Wisconsin side of the MN - WI border at Taylor's Falls. The MN side looks to have more established hiking 'trails', complete with guardrails and paved walkways. Not true on the Wisconsin side. While there are a few areas on the WI side that are flat - the only real walkways I saw were located well into the rock bluffs and only to guide people away from the ledge. There are several miles of trails on both the MN and WI side though, so I could be very wrong. Don't take my word for it - go explore!!! (Map at bottom of post)

The road into Interstate Park, the Wisconsin side, it just as enjoyable as the many trails to explore
Tons of trails - some flat, some rocks, some quite steep, others quick and easy - all have great views

 But I safely made it out to the edge for the most amazing view!!!

 Needless to say, I stuck out quite a bit in my 'hiking gear' - especially as my boots clicked against the giant rocks I w…

My Epic April Fool's Day Prank!!!!

I've never really done a REAL April Fools Day joke on anyone, aside from the usual one-liners. But this year, I happened to wake up in the middle of the night, unable to sleep, and was scrolling through Pinterest looking for who knows what ideas at 2am... when I saw it!!! An epic April Fools' Day Prank on my roomie - for after she got home from working her night shift!   It was a LOT of work stuffing enough clothing into the legs to make it look like a person who has been in quarantine for a month!!!

But the final product.. of THIS part of the prank, turned out great!  Wondering how she was actually going to FIND 'me', I set a few alarms on my old phone and set the phone in 'my' back pocket..

And then I waited.. laying under a strategically placed heap of sheets, waiting to capture the moment.

It took her forever - I had to reset alarms 3 times, but then she was making her way up the stairs and I just hid.. and waited for her to find 'me' - directly in …

Every year the bestie & I trade 2 wheels for water - Jet ski shenanigans!

Flashback Thursday!!!  The tale end of the summer means Annual Bestie Road Trip, Sans motorcycles, to Sortie - where hundreds of jet skiers come to show off their moves and have a good time! Love looking through these pictures!!

 We hop in the wake boat and use our best photography skills to catch the stunts - its SO fun!!!!

There is a reason the folks wear full face helmets on a jetski! 

Beware RiVer Rocks - one hour after arrival, sliced my foot open in the river and well....I didn't want to miss out on the entire rest of the weekend, so I used a temporary fix! Not always the best ideas!!!

Day Ride: North/NW Twin Cities Loop with Wildlife and Hiking Stops along the way

123 Miles, 3 hours without traffic Click here for the map:   North Northwest Scenic Route with Stops

Minneapolis - Brooklyn Park - Champlin River Road - Dayton - Elk River - Big Lake - Sand Dunes State Forest - Sherburne National Wildlife Refuge - Nowthen - Anoka - Rum River Road - back to Minneapolis

This route has scenic roads with a lot of corners and great walking/hiking/overlook stops along the way. Roads in the State Forest and National Refuge may be gravel. Dayton River Road, out of Champlin, is due for construction work in Summer 2020 - check for updates.

Minneapolis 94W to 252N
Left 85th Ave N
Right on Noble Parkway N  - in a few miles, this turns into W River Road
In Champlin, cross over/go straight across Highway 169 - turns into Dean Avenue (residential)

Take a Right on Cartway Road (still residential)
Left on Dayton Road/Dayton River Road at the 4 way stop  *Pay attention to the posted speed limits along this road!*

A nice pull off is North River Park, there's a short…