Great River Road 8: Lake Pepin to Marquette, Iowa

This entry is part 4 of 15 in the series Riding the Great River Road with Harley Grandma

The next town we stopped at was Alma, Wisconsin. Alma is literally tucked between the Mississippi and the large bluffs. The town shares this skinny piece of real estate with the highway and the railroad.

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Alma, Wisconsin
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Typical scene in Bluff country. Towns, Railroad and Highways tucked between the river and bluffs.

View from the top of the bluff next to Alma.

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Large power plant just south of Alma.
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Lock and Dam in Alma

The view from Buena Vista Park on the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River is spectacular. Alma is literally squeezed between the river  and the bluff. The town shares this space with the railroad and highway too.


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We continued down highway 35 through the town of Fountain City, Wisconsin and turned west on highway 43 to cross the river to the Minnesota side. The weather was starting to change and time was becoming a factor. Traveling by motorcycle takes some planning. There are a lot of reasons not to ride at night but this time of year the deer get active late afternoon and become a very real hazard for motorcycles.

We still had a long way to go today so we drove right through Winona. It is another beautiful river town with a rich history. We have been to Winona before so for this trip we had to cut out some towns.  It is home to the Minnesota Marine and Art Center which we have visited before. Definitely worth going to if you are in Winona and have time.

Minnesota Marine and Art Museum
Minnesota Marine and Art Museum

Le Crescent, Mn was our last town in Minnesota for this trip. It is known as the apple capital of Minnesota and this time of year is great for apples. We made a quick stop at a local garden center where there were more varieties of apples and ciders than you can imagine. We missed the town festival Applefest by a couple of days. Maybe next year.

Applefest, Le Crescent, Minnesota
Applefest, Le Crescent, Minnesota
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