With bags stowed and bikes ready, ride along the first leg of the Mississippi River from its headwaters to the edge of the Twin Cities. Join riders from as far away as Hawaii, Louisianna, Ohio and Tennessee. This ride begins with a scenic bus shuttle from the town of Big Lake (northwest side of Minneapolis), up to the gateway of the Mississippi River, Park Rapids. Leave your racing gear at home and enjoy riding along the Mighty Mississippi at a leisure pace as the course selected takes you through the natural beauty of northern Minnesota. An adventure of a lifetime this five-day bike trek, June 4 - 9, 2013, allows you the opportunity to witness the rivers size as it flows past river communities, around several lakes, while the current picks up momentum as you cross over several tributaries along the way.
Arrive by car or make it a multi-modal vacation. Take the light rail, then the Northstar Rail Line from the airport or from downtown Minneapolis up to Big Lake, where a luxury motor coach will be waiting to take you and your gear to Park Rapids. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 4, 2013, after the train arrives.
Day 1 - Leave Park Rapids for Itasca State Park, at the Mississippi's headwaters, then on to Bemidji.
Day 2 - Continue along, circling the south shoreline of Lake Winnebegosh, back up to the Federal Dam, then to Deer River.
Day 3 - Here the ride leaves the river for the day, heading south to the Brainerd Lakes Area.
Day 4 - Picking up the Paul Bunyan Trail the route picks up the river and continues south arriving in Little Falls.
Day 5 - Then it's on to St Cloud for lunch, returning back to Big Lake, Sunday afternoon.
Daily mileage on this five-day tour will be 70 miles or less. Limited to the first 150 who register the cost for this ride is $370. (Price includes motor coach transportation (one-way), shipping your bike to Park Rapids, camping/showers/breakfast/lunch/luggage and sag support each day and dinner party Saturday evening). If you are flying into Minnesota and need help with pre-or post accommodations, please contact us. Also included in the registration form HERE is a list of hotel/lodging properties available each night on this ride.
More Minnesota Bicycle Tours to Explore
- Minnesota River History Tour, July 9 - 14, 2013, A five-day (bus/bike) opportunity. Trip Info.
- The Bluff Country/Root River Ride, August 8 -11, 2013 A four-day (biking) opportunity. Trip Info
- Mississippi Ride II, August 31 -Setember 2, 2013 A three-day (bus/bike) opportunity. Trip Info