Seven Mile Creek park is about halfway between Saint Peter and Mankato on US highway 169. The "crick" is a beautiful little stream that comes down out of the Minnesota River's high bluffs. The park has hiking trails to explore and grills for cooking, all of which were being used on this warm spring evening. The portion of the park across the road provides access to the Minnesota River. Like south east Minnesota, the rivers here are extremely low. Without some rain, we may be looking at a drought year.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
Seven Mile Creek
A good sitting spot on the Minnesota River.
In a normal spring, this would be under many feet of water.
The V7 is getting a workout this spring.
Seven Mile Creek - a trout stream fed by groundwater.
Saint Peter sandstone, some of the finest anywhere in the world.
It's also known as frac-sand.
The V7 and I celebrated Earth Day a little too enthusiastically.
It was a full tip over onto what looked like solid ground.
(zero damage to the bike or my pride)
Still purdy as ever.
The V7 goes in for its 600 mile service next week. This ride bumped the odometer up from 370 miles to 550 miles and was the first ride to break the 2 hour mark. It was very comfortable at 70 mph, the motor just humms along at about 4k rpm. The seat kept me cozy for the duration. The ergonomics weren't too bad, it's a sharper bend at the hips than my Norge and my feet are forward. It does the "sportster trick," where you move your feet to the passenger pegs for a more aerodynamic riding position. When you're putting the miles in, it's good to have options.
Overall, I'm very happy with the bike, it does everything I want it to do.
- Ride North
April 22nd | 64 - 55f | 180 mi. | 6:00 - 9:00 PM