This is a very popular loop, often tackled after work by local riders. It’s also a good place to start for anyone new to road biking, or to the Driftless region. It heads west across the mighty Mississippi and through the village of La Crescent before beginning a journey up the rural Pine Creek Valley. The rolling road closely follows Pine Creek (a fine trout stream) before starting a relatively gradual climb to the top of the Minnesota bluffs. After a couple of options for stops in the small town of Nodine, the route hugs the edges of the bluffs above the Mississippi river valley and passes through apple orchards before a fast sweeping descent into La Crescent and back to La Crosse.