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Minnesota River Valley

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 29 miles / 46.7 km
  • Ride Time: 1-2 hours
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $2.20
  • State: Minnesota
Submitted by:
mfmaloney

Start in the motorcycle-friendly town of Carver, MN. Head south of town on County Road 40 which winds through rolling fields of corn, soy beans and cattle. From freshly turned soil in the spring through the light greens of early summer to the golden browns of harvest, the ride is never the same. At about ten miles into the ride, you'll notice that you're heading downhill toward the river. The gentle turns give way to a series of tighter downhill turns. As the river comes in sight, you'll hit a decreasing radius right hand turn that is a lot tighter than you think. I've seen many bikes overshoot and cross the yellow lines. Go easy the first time... if you miss the turn, it's a long way back up to the road from the river.Once you cross Hwy 25, you're back in the farmlands and on a Scenic Highway that leads to Henderson, MN; another motorcycle friendly small town. You can continue south out of Henderson along the Scenic Byway or take a left at the stop sign and enjoy the twisty climb up out of the valley to US 169.

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Minnesota. This motorcycle route has 7 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by mfmaloney in December. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by mfmaloney

Rider Photos:

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Ride Scenery:

ParksFall ColorsForestRuralRiverFarm LandPlains

Best Time to Go

Spring, Summer, Fall

Road Characteristics:

Sweeping Curves RoadTwisty RoadRolling HillsNo TrafficSmoothRare Gas StationsRare

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Previous Comments from other Riders:

cimmer says:

This is my go to route when I need a relaxing ride as I live in the southern metro area and this close to me. I sometimes will follow the scenic byway via Henderson and Le Sueur to St. Peter, MN or just head to Belle Plaine and back on US 169.
Tue Mar 1, 2016 at 6:58 PM

spummerr says:

Very nice route, Not much traffic & great scenery. Nice enjoyable ride
Fri Jan 11, 2013 at 9:09 AM






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