Thousands of motorcyclists will kick off the unofficial start of the Minnesota motorcycle riding season during the annual "Spring Flood Run" this coming Saturday, April 15th.
The route takes riders along the scenic Mississippi and St. Croix Valley roadways between the Twin Cities and Winona.
Motorists will need to use extra caution this coming weekend with as many as 30,000 motorcyclists riding between the Twin Cities and Winona on both sides of the Mississippi River for the event.
To ensure a safe riding environment, law enforcement agencies in Winona County, including the Minnesota State Patrol, Winona police and county the sheriff's office, will be out along the route. Some agencies will have extra enforcement to target speeding and impaired driving.
Sheriff Ron Ganrude says "We want riders doing everything they can to prevent crashes and make it home safe from every ride. That means always riding smart, wearing the gear and being aware that others drivers might not always see them. Taking those steps every ride could save a life."
The spring flood run is in honorary of the legendary flood of 1965 when motorcyclists flocked to Winona and other points to aid in the fight against the rising Mississippi River which reached 22 feet.....