Looking for a ride this 4th of July? Our man Dan has mapped out another great ride through the Driftless Region! After the success of the Memorial Day Figure 8 -50, we just had to turn him loose and he has done it again. This time we will cross the Mississippi river and explore the Driftless Region in Minnesota.
Day/Date: July 4th, Independence Day
Location: Start at Kistler Park, La Crescent, MN. Kistler Park is the park with the City pool and is on south 7th Street (County 6).
Time: Roll out between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. DRBC members will be at the park under a tent with more ride maps, cue sheets and more information. The information tent will close at 9:00 so members can do the ride themselves.
Ride Information: Ride is unsupported, on an open course, no sag wagon or rest stops, you ride at your own risk. There are two choices of routes: Short loop is 50 miles and long loop is 60 miles.
Route Description: This scenic route departs from La Crescent, Minnesota’s apple capital and heads south through the Mississippi river valley to Brownsville. From there you head inland and climb to the rolling bluff top farmland common to southeastern Minnesota. A fast decent brings you to Hokah and the root river valley .After crossing the river you will head upstream on the north side of the flat bottomed Root River valley to Houston to a stop at a coffee shop or convenience store. Returning from Houston you climb up out of Looney Valley to the upland farmlands till you make the final descent into Pine Creek Valley which features a rolling V-bottomed geography different from the other two valleys you have already passed through. Even though you are heading down stream there are enough rollers to get your legs burning a few more times before arriving back in La Crescent.