I started this blog because I love to take motorcycle trips both local and around the country. And I love finding that roadside attraction or quaint town and of course the best places to eat. So I'd like to share my adventures with friends old and new. And I would like to hear about yours. Feel free to share. What's the nicest ride you've ever taken? The most scenic ride? The longest ride? Rallies you've been to with thousands or a solo ride? The town you fell in love with? The food that you'd go back for? Talk about the motorcycle shops along the way. We all love a warm friendly face. As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words, so use them to help others share your experience.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011


Monday was an absolutely beautiful riding day. Temps in the low 80s and plenty of sunshine.
We discovered that the people of Minnesota grow a lot of corn and sometimes they take that love of corn to a whole new level. After seeing a postcard with this water tower on it we just had to go and see it. As luck would have it, it was located right in Rochester.
So on our way out of town in the morning we found the tower and got our own photo.
 Then on the road again. The first dealership we stopped at was only a short drive out but any excuse for a little break is welcome.
 Our next stop was at the home of The Jolly Green Giant. In a nice little town called Blue Earth, when you get off the exit, you can go down Giant Way and you'll come upon a huge statue of the famous frozen food king. Spent some time there with photos and an ice cream nearby at the Dairy Queen.
But we still had a way to go so back out onto the interstate.
After crossing into South Dakota, we stopped at another dealer in Souix Falls and then it was off to our final destination of the day.
Canistota is a very small town about 6 miles south of the interstate. We checked in to a nice Best Western and the owner suggested a little place a few blocks away for dinner. We took a walk and found a typical family owned small town beer and burger joint. The people were extremely friendly and we chatted with the owners son for quite a while. I also had another great burger. I guess these smaller towns know how to serve some home cooking instead of the greasy fast food stuff.

Canistota is also the home of the Ortman Clinic. We noticed so many Amish people around that we thought it was a small Amish community. But both the hotel owner and the bar owner told us that people come from all over the country to visit the clinic. It's the mainstay of the town. The clinic is very well known for their treatments and sometimes the Amish come in busloads to go there. I stopped in for a brochure and ya never know, I might be going back to Canistota for a week or so someday.

So a 282 mile day and a very interesting night in Canistota.

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