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|Mississippi River Ride - a True Multi-Modal "Bus, Bike, Rail the Mississippi River Trail" Experience|
|Published on February 02, 2013||Email To Friend Print Version
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
Minnesota Bike Rides - Catching a Memory
With so many rivers to follow, resort communities to visit, here are several Minnesota bicycle rides for warmth weather riding. On June 15th, the Gammel Dag Day Ride; July, the 9th through the 14th the Minnesota River Ride; Then the scenic Bluff Country, August 8th - 11th; Finishing the summer season over Labor Day Weekend, August 31 -September 2, with the Mississippi River Ride II, giving you a chance to explore the vistas and river towns between Hastings and La Crescent, Minnesota. Space is filling fast, sign up today!
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