Motoring to Afton from Watergate, 6.29.19

First day’s trip to Afton, St Croix river

I got a stressful but enjoyable trip from St Paul to Pepin experience to start the shortened season. It was a multi-day event because it is about 70 to 80 miles from start to finish plus, I needed to take a detour up the St Croix River to Afton so I could use their Gin Pole/hoist to get my mast up for proper sailing. I’ve traveled the rivers from Pepin to Stillwater and back a few times but have never been from Prescott to St Paul via the Mississippi. 

Overall, the Saturday trip to Afton was uneventful other than being a hot bunch of days, a working barge that was huge but because I was concerned about another barge, I didn’t see and was chastised properly by the barge captain, rightly so. I had to negotiate two locks, relearning how to navigate through them at peak “pleasure boat” season. No mast up yet so getting through the two bridges at Prescott was too easy, actually the bridges were open for other boat traffic anyhow. Long day, hot, a bit uneasy along the way watching to stay in the channel and not do anything dumb. Made the trip in one full day with enough time to get some food and then hop on a bike and ride back to Watergate Marina. I had promised to run a velodrome training session the next day, Sunday, at the Blaine track so I picked up my truck and drove home leaving the boat docked in Afton, not my best plan. 

Latest Posts

Sunrises and Sunsets

Celebrating the natural Australian beauty! Time for a video break and get back to pictures. One of my hopes for this adventure was to get immersed in Australian nature for 30-40 days. Riding a bike for any long endurance adventure allows you to get intimately connected to your location and this was no exception. Insulated…

Read More Sunrises and Sunsets


The two days prior to this ride were tough for me, physically and mentally. Norseman to Balladonia pushed more of my limits. We adjusted what was to be a very long one day ride into 2 days with a break in-between, camping out with no amenities in any direction for more than 80 kilometers or…

Read More Revitalized


Something went wrong. Please refresh the page and/or try again.

Follow Me

Get new content delivered directly to your inbox.