The first annual IronWorks Octoberfest is set for 6 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 10 at Bill's. Bring an Octoberfest brew, and swap with other members who should do the same. This will be a good time to sit around the fire pit and tell stories of our motorcycle prowess. And, Bill has constructed a life sized wooden man to burn in the same manner as the fabled Burning Man Festival. However, we are asking all participants to keep their clothes on.
Today, it finally felt like Fall. We've been lucky as we've had a warm September and the riding has been good. This morning started off with promise: sunny skies, cool temps; perfect for a day on the road. But as the day progressed, rain rolled in, along with the winds, and the conditions changed hour to hour. Still, three of us headed out, and stopped at the usual coffee haunt. Not much action going on there; rather quiet as we were the only ones on bikes. We took the straight route home, and within 15 minutes of pulling into the garage, a thunderstorm rolled in. Thinking I had timed my return just about perfectly, another half hour passed and the sun was out again. What can you do?
Slimey Crud Run to Leland is on the books for Sunday, Oct. 4. Leland is a small town west of Madison with one of the only bars in Wisconsin that not only sells booze, but guns as well. This one-day ride is a good chance to see a lot of Japanese, German, English and Italian bikes. From Red Wing, taking the curvey route, expect it to be a 400 mile day. For more information, go here: http://www.slimeycrudrun.com/
It's amazing when you head off the beaten path, how the roads opened up wide. That's the scenario for Fall Flood Run 2009. Christian, Little Timmy and I, after loading up on lots O'Joe at the Smokey Row Cafe, rode into the vortex of Harley-dom. Crossing from Red Wing into Wisconsin, Hwy. 35 was already clogged with road pirates. As we moved south, it was only going to get worse. Following Christian's lead, we took to the ABC's where there is not much in the way of straight roads. As soon as we left Hwy. 35, it seemed like we had the whole state of Wisconsin to ourselves. Christian led with a vigorous pace. Little Timmy and I attempted to follow. After several milies of slicing and dicing, we rolled into Pepin, and our usual haunt, Great River Roasters. After refueling with caffiene, Christian and Little Timmy headed back and left me to my devices; which on this day was sitting curbside, bike watching. Rob soon joined up and so did the other regulars. Stories were …
Saturday, Sept. 19 marks the annual Fall floodrun. Typically a beer soaked, chrome induced orgy for the individualistic Road Pirates, the back roads are usually traffic free, which is where you'll find guys like us. Perhaps we shall ride to view the spectacle of it all.
This is the first installment of the newly created Red Wing IronWorks Motorbike Club blog. We are small and loosely organized group of sport and sport touring motorcycle enthusiasts based in Red Wing. MN. I'll post picures, stories, anecdotes, club announcments and rides, and other details as events unfold. Though most members are connected through Google group dedicated to club members, this serves as our official website.