Seen from the Highway 52 bridge over the Root River at Preston, participants wave as they head out on their Root River Trail wagon ride on Sept. 7. (Bluff Country Newspaper photo by Lisa Brainard)<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->
Seen from the Highway 52 bridge over the Root River at Preston, participants wave as they head out on their Root River Trail wagon ride on Sept. 7. (Bluff Country Newspaper photo by Lisa Brainard)



Around 200 participants enjoyed lovely weather Wednesday, Sept. 7, as they boarded wagons for scenic rides along the Root River Trail from the Preston Trailhead to the Old Barn Resort and back.

Volunteer drivers for the most part used tractors to pull the wagons. Semcac sponsors the annual ride. Organizer Sharon Rustad said this was the second year a meal had been served at the trailhead in between the morning and afternoon rides. It was prepared by staff in Rushford at the senior dining site and then brought to Preston.

Minnesota Department of Natural Resources staff members from the Lanesboro trail office helped participants with getting into and out of the wagons.

Rustad said about twice as many riders took part in the afternoon session as in the morning's. She noted this year they brought the ride to Preston hoping to gain some participants from the western side of Fillmore County and also surrounding counties to the west and north

Basically everyone agreed it was a superb day and ride. Next year Rustad said the ride will start at Lanesboro and run to Whalan and back.