Can’t Ride? Read!

cropped-ride-lake-supfrontl-cover-web.jpgThe mercury in Minnesota is heading well below zero this weekend. No one in their right mind will be on a motorcycle! Ah, but that doesn’t mean you can’t dream of warmer days — and rides — ahead.

If circling Lake Superior is on your bucket list, now’s a good time to plan a trip. Pull your easy chair a little closer to the fire and read Ride Lake Superior. It’s filled with ideas of places to see, things to do and places to stay. And, it includes routes that are closer to the lake and not on the “official” Lake Superior Circle tour.

Motorcycle tourism is a great way to see the world. Start with Lake Superior!

DUI Keeping You Out of Canada?

border crossingI didn’t know this until after I published Ride Lake Superior, but Canada has very strict laws regarding drivers who have a DUI/DWI on their driving record. They’re not allowed in. Period.

It doesn’t matter if you took your last drink 14 years ago, Canadian immigration officials will track you down and send you home.

That’s bad news for a lot of bikers who’d like to traverse our neighbor to the north. Or even ride around the top side of Lake Superior.

There are immigration lawyers who can help you get across the border. Your chances are better if you’ve had only one DUI. But it’s time-consuming and expensive. You have to REALLY want to go to Canada to make it worth your while.

There’s another way you can take a Lake Superior Circle Tour, and you don’t have to mess with border crossing guards. Get a copy of Ride Lake Superior. Throw a leg over your favorite recliner and enjoy. Helmet not needed.


Just in Time for Christmas: Ride Lake Superior at Northway Sports


How’s your Christmas shopping coming? Are you down to the stocking stuffers yet? Head over to Northway Sports at 21429 Ulysses St. N.E. in East Bethel and pick up a copy of Ride Lake Superior for the biker in your life. Even though the weather is mild this weekend, Mother Nature will soon see to it that the temperatures go down and snow hits the ground. A great time curl up with a book!

Magers & Quinn Adds Ride Lake Superior to its Bookshelves

Uptown Minneapolis bookseller Magers and Quinn has added Ride Lake Superior to its selection of books, just in time for the holidays. The book, which details a motorcycle ride around North America’s largest Great Lake, is by Ride Minnesota author Cynthia Lueck Sowden. Magers & Quinn, located at 3038 Hennepin Ave., carries this book as well. Ride Lake Superior is also available at Eat My Words Bookstore, 1228 N.E. 2nd St., Bloom & Buttercup, 1900 Johnson St. N.E., and I Like You, 501 1st Ave. N.E.

Author Cynthia Sowden will sign copies of Ride Lake Superior and Ride Minnesota at the Harley-Davidson Shop of Winona, 1845 Mobile Drive, Winona, next Saturday, December 5. Stop in, buy a book, and meet Santa Claus!

Meet Santa and his helpers at Winona Harley-Davidson December 5.

Meet Santa and his helpers at Winona Harley-Davidson December 5.

New Book Encourages Motorcyclists to “Ride Lake Superior”

RIDE LAKE SUPfrontl -COVER-webA new book by Minnesota author Cynthia Lueck Sowden encourages motorcyclists to throw a leg over their bikes and ride around Lake Superior.

Although many bikers try to zip around the big lake in as little time as possible, Sowden recommends taking time to enjoy the ride. Ride Lake Superior details a motorcycle trip Sowden and her husband took around Lake Superior. It offers tips on things to do, places to stay and eat, and U.S.-Canadian border crossing tips. It also maps rides that are not included on the official Lake Superior Circle Tour.

Sowden is the author of Ride Minnesota, 23 Great Motorcycle Rides in the North Star State and An Anniversary to Remember. She is based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.