Author Archives: Owen Riess

About Owen Riess

Author, Social Media Consultant, Mortgage Loan Originator

The Great River Road Ride

We rode from the headwaters of the Mississippi River in Itasca, Minnesota, to the Gulf of Mexico at New Orleans , Louisiana and back… We completed the first leg–from Hastings, MN to Itasca, MN and back then crossed into Prescott, … Continue reading

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DAY ONE / Hastings, MN to Itasca, MN

It’s another perfect weather forecast calling for rain and not a cloud in the sky. I load the raingear into the saddlebag and head down the highway to meet the cowboys at the Buckboard in Lakeville, Minnesota. Our meeting is … Continue reading

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DAY TWO / Itasca, MN to Hastings, MN

It is so incredible quiet and peaceful this morning. I am showered and up and loaded by seven am. The men are sleeping in. I am cleaning the bike with the magic micro fiber cloth which stays damp with the … Continue reading

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DAY THREE / Hastings, MN to Fulton, IL

The bike is loaded with a small t-bag and both saddlebags.  I’ve loaded lightly because the outside air temperature is 45 degrees and although there’s no wind it’s clear with a full moon and peaceful this early in the morning.  … Continue reading

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DAY FOUR / Fulton, IL to Columbia, IL

We are rolling out of Moline, IL at about 9 AM and there’s not a cloud in the sky, its 65 degrees and a beautiful sunny day.  We covered 371 miles yesterday.  Life is good!  We wearing coats, hats and … Continue reading

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DAY FIVE / Columbia, Illinois to Batesville, MS

It’s sunny and 80 degrees.  We should have known going through all of the industrial areas that the truckers need to move things into and out off them. But, the Great River Road between Columbia, Illinois and Chester, Illinois is … Continue reading

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DAY SIX / Batesville, Mississippi to New Orleans, Louisiana

It’s sunny and eighty degrees.  We start the day by backtracking to Clarksdale, Mississippi so we can continue south on the Great River Road.  Clarksdale looks pretty quiet and peaceful at 9 AM. The DeltaBluesMuseum is not open in Clarksville. … Continue reading

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