If tonight’s supper calls for a meal with a lakeside view then tripping up to Madison can make a great afternoon motorcycle trip. It’s possible to rock through it after work if you don’t mind coming back in the dark, but if you can get going earlier you might have time for a final pint closer to home.
Flying J is the perfect spot to gas up if you plan to stay off interstate. Start west on North 60th/Highway 38 until you reach Montrose. Head through town and you’ll curve back east but will need to turn north on Valley road immediately after the creek. The next 7 miles will be mostly straight with a few slight bends but don’t miss the turn when you’re thinking a good one is coming. If you do you’ll be headed west, and very straight. Instead, turn north again to take the 15 miles of curves ending with two long sweeping arcs. Go to the 2nd stop sign and head east into Madison. From here you can find somewhere in to eat. I like to make my way along the south of the lakes to Shipwreck Bar and Grill because I know they have a patio facing the lake. After grabbing a bite, and maybe a brew, you can either scoot back to Sioux Falls on I29 or head south on 464th Ave. Choosing the latter will put you on the east side of Hartford in about a half hour. If time’s on your side stop into Buffalo Ridge brewing for an end of the night pint.