Monthly Archives: August 2013

Hot Weather, Hot Bikes

The temperature is supposed to go into the 90s today here in Minnesota, with high humidity. Major stickiness. One way to cool off might be a take a ride on a hot bike. Northway Sports in East Bethel is hosting the Victory demo truck today and tomorrow. Come out and try a 2014 Victory motorcycle!

No, I am not a paid spokesperson for Victory. I am, however, the author of Ride Minnesota: 23 Great Motorcycle Rides in the North Star State and I’ll be at Northway today and tomorrow to sign copies of my book.  So ride on up to 21429 Ulysses St. N.E., right next to Fatboys Restaurant!

Book Signing at Diamonds Tonight

Fresh off an 1,800-plus circle tour of Lake Superior, I’ll be at Diamonds Coffee Shoppe, 1618 Central Ave. N.E., tonight. The local vintage motorcycle group will be meeting, and I’ll be there at 6:30, ready to sell and sign copies of Ride Minnesota. I’m looking forward to talking to the bikers and just plain old having a good time.

Several people have asked me if cars can follow the motorcycle routes described in the book. Yes! In fact, some of them may be easier (or at least more comfortable) in a car. More on that in a different post.

See you tonight!

Ready to Ride

Swimsuits, check. Sunscreen, check.  Long underwear, check.

When the kickstand goes up tomorrow morning, our Victory’s nose will be pointed north (instead of south, toward work). We’ll leave early for a week-long ride around Lake Superior. Maybe we won’t need the longjohns, but you never know how warm it will be on the shores of Gitchi Gumi.

After leaving the Twin Cities, we’ll start our circle around the lake at Duluth and travel eastward across Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. We’ll cross the border into Canada (Passports, check.) at Sault Ste. Marie. It always amazes me how the U.S. side of the lake is so filled with towns and people, but the Ontario side is so sparsely populated and wild. Toronto and Nipigon are a long way–even worlds–apart.

The camera is packed and ready to, and my notebook, too. I want to add another book to what I hope will become my “Ride” series. I know others have circumnavigated Superior and written about it. But this will be our ride, our experiences and insights.

We’re excited, and anxious to be on the road. And we’ll be doing our best to stay safe and, as the women from the Christian Motorcyclists prayed during the Blessing of the Bikes, to “remain upright.”