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2013.11.01 - The Northern Mississippi River Valley Loop

The Mississippi River Vallley North shopsFor the November paper route I decided to visit the shops in the Mississippi River Valley.  This is a long route - stretching from Hudson, WI in the north, to Coon Valley, WI (southeast of La Crosse) in the south.  I usually do it in two days, staying overnight somewhere along the route, but this month I didn’t have two days and so I decided to do just the northern section.  This would make a nice loop and I elected to start at Hastings, MN and travel clockwise around the loop, but you could just as easily start in Red Wing, MN or River Falls, WI.  It’s a fun drive and going either clockwise or counterclockwise it’s an enjoyable trip with lots of beautiful scenery – especially if you get off the main roads.  For this a GPS is helpful, but I’ll warn you that for some reason Wisconsin addresses are sometimes too difficult for Google to figure out, so if it looks like you’re on the wrong road or going the wrong direction – then you probably are.  (A backup paper map is a good idea!)

2013.10.01 - The I-94 / Hwy 10 Loop

The October paper route took me to the shops along I-94 and Highway 10 northwest of the Twin Cities Metro area.  This is a wonderful road trip that can be done with many variations.  This paper route was a lot longer than I normally do, but it can easily be split into several shorter day trips if you don't want to spend an entire day.  One can start at either end or in the middle.  It can be a loop or you can zig-zag between Highway 10 and I-94.  Depending on how you set up the route there is usually no more than 15-20 minutes driving time between shops, and in the case of Anoka, Monticello, and Rogers several of the shops are within walking distance of each other. 

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