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Biker Bar Destination: Psycho Silo Saloon

It seems so long ago now, but in recent weeks there really was WARM and SUNNY weather in the Midwest. Not wanting to waste a perfectly good 2 days, I researched various places - and by research, I mean, I wrote down the city and the predicted forecast. And then narrowed down the options. Stopping at the Plywood Palace in northern WI is high on my list of stuff I want to see and experience. Just north of there is the US's biggest Apple. And just south of there is a 'Tornado Boat in Tree' - all quirky roadside attractions with the sole purpose of a laugh and a picture. My parents live in northern MN - seeing the weather prediction of highs in the upper 70's, in northern MN, in September - that's a rare occurrence. So at midnight the night before I was going to hop on the bike and roll out, I sent a text message to my dad and to Stiffy - laying out my half-assed idea and seeing if they would want to join in on the fun.  Stiffy was game, my dad was sound asleep (as …

Twisty West Metro (of the Twin Cities) Loop - 140 Miles, 3.25 hours

Here's a fun Western Twin Cities Route that I like to take - it may not look like it, but there are some great curves and twists along this route. Google Maps just doesnt do it justice!  The route will take you through:  Minneapolis - Wayzata - Mound - Delano - Winsted - Howard Lake - Cokato - West Albion - Maple Lake - Monticello - Pelican Lake - St. Michael - Rogers - back to Minneapolis                                                  Approximately 140 miles; 3.25 hours of ride time

394-W turns into 12 W
Take County Rd 15W exit from US-12W
Merge onto County Rd 15/Shoreline Dr
Turn Right onto Commerce Blvd/County Rd 110N (pass subway on the left)

Left on Watertown Rd
Right onto County Road 90
Left on Babcock Blvd/Hwy 12W
Left on County Rd 30, in Delano, MN
Follow this - there are some great sweepers just before County Rd 30 and Hwy 25 intersection (where the mouse is pointed)(the maps just don't do any part of this route any justice).

Continue straight on County Rd 30 throug…

Hidden Treasures: Sale Barn Breakfasts

I love riding motorcycles, cornering motorcycles, hiking, looking over ridiculously steep cliffs to see what lies beneath them, camping, partying, meeting people, and sunshine. This past week encompassed all my favorite things!! I and three adventure seeking gals rode from MN to Arkansas for the “Rally That Never Happened’ – aka Bikes, Blues, and BBQ, which was cancelled due to CoVid.  CoVid can’t ‘fear me’ out of having fun.  It never once crossed my mind to change my plans to be in NW Arkansas. We usually blast the 650, 12-hour ride (with stops) in one day, however, BatGirl had a connection to a place to stay in a small town on the Iowa-Missouri border, so we left after work on Wednesday, rode through Iowa in the darkness, and arrived late that night. Our lovely hostess for the evening was beyond amazing! The look of happiness as we rolled into her driveway at 11pm was worth the night ride. She had us all set up in our own sleeping arrangements, gave us the tour of the house, offer…

Wanderlust - Why I have such a strong NEED for travel and adventure

Wanderlust definition: A strong desire to wander. Not necessarily needing to go anywhere in particular, just not wanting to stay in one spot.  Wanderlust, for me, isn't just about getting on a plane, as it is for some. For me, wanderlust is about going, doing, seeing, and exploring the unknown. Completely submerging myself into unknown territory, unknown cultures, and unfamiliar experiences. I have seen amazing things and met amazing people along the way.  I don't travel to run away from anything. I travel to run WITH something. Something that is bigger than I am. Every single day, I day dream about traveling. Before I fall asleep, when I am riding or driving somewhere, when scanning social media, during phone conferences, while making something to eat, literally every day, I am living in Wanderlust. Brains are wired to remember new and novel things and experiences. Instead of just reveling in those moments, I am constantly on the hunt for more. I have retained the same level o…

Random 3 day solo weekend ~ 1,970 miles and 7 states

Last weekend, I had a much needed, unplanned 3 day days of riding to reset my mind.  I left Thursday after work from MN and had to be back home Sunday evening. I didn't have a destination, aside from looking at the weather radar and deciding to head south and west because, well, that's where the sun was!  I hit the Iowa border just as nightfall started to creep in, which lead to an amazing sunset up ahead. From Thursday at 4:30pm thru Sunday at 9pm, I rode 1,970 miles thru 7 states. And I came back feeling like a new human!!! 
I don't prefer to ride at night, but I don't let night stop me from going. I like to get behind a faster moving vehicle and 'borrow' their headlights along the way. Everyone always says, "Look for deer!".. to which I always reply, "And then what?". I don't blatantly look for deer. I know they are out there, but I don't intentionally LOOK for them...because the end result is the same whether I know they are there…