lightbulb "Grape Stomp Ride" is a GO tomorrow on Saturday Septempber 22!

21 Sep 2018 17:40 #3647 by Mike Beadles
Grape Stomp Ride (First Annual?)
Saturday, September 22, 2018
10:00 AM Depart

A/B 51 miles - hilly

Molly's Cafe
808 MN-7, Silver Lake, MN 55381

While listed as an "A/B" ride, I personally will be riding more like a "B" pace, so am planning
to finish this 51 mile ride in about 4 hours at that pace, and including rest stop times.
If other "B" riders interested in riding together with me, others that know me know that I
will make efforts to keep that "B" group together. Others that want to ride faster, may do so
of course, especially since it's listed as "A/B".

This ride will be held starting about 40 miles west of I-494 on Highway 7, in Silver Lake MN at
Molly's Cafe (please find our dark red MRBIKEY van parked near the back side of the building so
as to cause the least minimum impact to the customer parking near the front doors).

Water, Snacks, Food (Great Breakfast & Lunch!) and Rest Rooms are available at Molly's - see website
at for menu and other details. Water, Snacks and Rest Rooms are also at the Cenex gas
station a couple doors west of Molly's.

This ride route is a modified version of the Luce Line Loops 51 mile route, giving thanks and credit
to the Hutchinson Rotary Luce Line Loops Ride Committee members. Starting with 10 miles of PAVED Luce
Line bike trail from Silver Lake past farm fields and the Crow River Winery, following the Crow River,
to Hutchinson. First rest stop is at a short 10 miles into the route, at Hutchinson's Oddfellows Park
with a SuperAmerica nearby for snacks, water and rest rooms.

As we continue the route through the tunnel under Highway 7, and head north and west on good shoulder,
low traffic roads, to Piepenberg Park, then a fun curvy and slightly hilly road past lakes Belle, Cedar,
Manuella, Stella and Washington.

Our second rest stop is at mile 30 in Dassel at the Casey's Gas Station, with Water, Snacks and Rest Rooms
available. After the rest stop, we ride back through town on the historic Atlantic (Main) St next to the
RR tracks to continue our route.

Then low-traffic county rides as we ride past glimpses of Collinwood, Maple, Shakopee, and Swan Lakes.
Finally returning to Molly's again on paved Luce Line trail.

After the ride, there are more options for those interested in continuing the fun - lunch at Molly's
and/or attending part or all of the Crow River Winery Grape Stomp 2018.

The Grape Stomp Festival is at Crow River Winery, 5 miles west of Molly's Cafe.

Here is more information about Grape Stomp 2018:

Crow River Winery
14848 Highway 7 East
Hutchinson, MN 55350

Free to Attend!

Sometimes there’s nothing like a good old-fashioned grape stomp.
Crow River Winery invites you to step back in time and step onto some
grapes at our annual Grape Stomp!
(Note that registration is required to participate in the grape stomp,
however it's free to watch! We'll be watching and cheering our niece!)

Celebrating the grape harvest with fun for the whole family.

This event is free to attend and open to the public.

Free live music all day!

Saturday, September 22, 2018 from 2:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Stomp Events (times subject to change):

Kids 12 years of age and under can try their hands - or feet rather - at stomping grapes.
Itty Bitty Stompers MUST be accompanied by an adult.

Championship Stompers
Two-person teams compete for medals in a series of heats.
Each winning team in a heat earns medals and the opportunity to stomp in the championship heat at 5:45PM.
Win to advance to the Championship Heat and the chance to win the Grand Prize!
Must be 21+ to participate in the Stomp Competition.

The heat winners from the Grape Stomp Competition stomp again for the Grand Prize.
Whether you are a competitor or a spectator, you won’t want to miss this battle of the best!

Live Music
12:00 PM - 2 Sisters
3:30 PM - Traveled Ground

Food from Local Vendors

Tasting Room for Wine and Beer Sales
- will be open (as well as an outdoor bar) with wine and beer available by the glass.

Various Other Vendors

Also, The Maze at the winery opens for the season on Grape Stomp 2018 day!

Mike Beadles

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