With the success of last year's multi modal (bus/bike) tours and the fun everyone had on both the Mississippi River Ride and the Minnesota River/Dakota History Ride we will be adding a couple more tours to our 2013 schedule. First, the Mississippi River Ride will run a couple weeks later, for warmer weather so camping can be an option. We have also changed the route slightly so the ride can be done in 5-days. In July we will travel the full Minnesota River from its headwaters to Shakopee, also a 5-day ride. Then in the second week in August we will run a 4-day tour in the scenic S.E. Minnesota bluff country. And, followed by the second leg of the Mississippi River Tour, from Hastings to La Crosse, over Labor Day Weekend. See below for more details:
The four rides listed below will be open for registration soon, with full descriptions and prices, with meals. We are waiting on a few last minute detail and plan to have the registration form for the rides and final details ready this coming Monday, December, 31, 2012.
Mississippi River, Lakes and Tributaries Ride: (bus/bike)
The June 5 - 9, bike tour will enjoy Minnesota's northern scenery as it follows the Mississippi River around lakes and along several tributaries back to the starting point, in Big Lake, Minn. Arrive by car or take the Northstar Rail Line to Big Lake, where a luxury motor coach will be waiting to take you and your gear to Park Rapids, to begin your bike journey. This 5-day ride leaves 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, June 4, 2013. (Daily mileage will be 69 miles or less)
Day 1 - Leave Park Rapids for Itasca State Park, at the Mississippi's headwaters, then to Bemidji.
Day 2 - Continue along the river, around Winnebegosh to the Federal Dam, then to Deer River.
Day 3 - Here the ride will leave the river for the day, heading south to Brainerd Lakes Area.
Day 4 - Picking up the Paul Bunyan Trail the route continues south arriving in Little Falls.
Day 5 - Then it's on to St Cloud for lunch, returning back to Big Lake.
This 5-day HaveFunTour, the Mississippi Ride I, is approximately $365 and is limited to the first 150 people who register (Price will include motorcoach transportation, bike shipping to Park Rapids, camping/showers/breakfast/lunch/luggage and sag support each day and dinner party Saturday evening). A list of hotel/lodging properties in the host cities will be available once we have received your registration form.
Minnesota River Ride: (bus/bike) The July 9 - 14, bike tour will enjoy the scenery and history of the western side of the state as it follows the Minnesota River, from Big Stone Lake, back to the starting point in Shakopee, Minn. (a southwest suburb of the Twin Cities), a luxury motor coach will be waiting to take you and your gear to Ortonville, Minn., leaving at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon, July 8, 2013, to begin your bike journey. (Daily mileage will be 59 miles or less)
Day 1 - Leave Ortonville, riding around Lac Qui Parle Lake, then on to Montevideo where a full scale railroad working museum awaits.
Day 2 - Continue along the river through Granite Falls, with an option of stopping at Upper Sioux Agency State Park, then Belview, and on to the Redwood Falls Area.
Day 3 - Here check out a famous battle field and the county museum, or enjoy a few more historic stops available before reaching New Ulm.
Day 4 - After enjoying the German charm (maybe a brewery tour?) the route continues on to Mankato, as both the river and route makes a swing to the northeast to St. Peter.
Day 5 - After taking in the sights of this college town and Sioux Treaty Site/History Center the journey and river current continue up through the river communities of Le Sueur, Belle Plain and Chaska before returning back to Shakopee.
This 5-day HaveFunTour, the Minnesota River/History Ride, is approximately $360 and is limited to the first 150 people who register (Price will include motorcoach transportation and bike shipping to Ortonville, and includes camping/showers/breakfast/lunch/luggage and sag support each day, tours in New Ulm and dinner party Saturday evening). A list of hotel/lodging properties in the host cities will be available once we have received your registration form.
Bluff Country/Root River Ride: (bike only) This August 8 - 11, bike tour will enjoy the history and scenery of Southeast Minnesota. This 4-day ride will start and end in Peterson, Minn. (Daily mileage will be 68 miles or less - shorter option available except day four where the mileage is approx. 50 miles.)
Day 1 - From Peterson, journey up to Whitewater State Park, then St Charles on your way to Lanesboro.
Day 2 - Riding up the valley floor on the Root River Trail to Fountain the route makes a loop over to Spring Valley then to Historic Forestville, Preston, and on to Harmony.
Day 3 - After checking out the Amish culture the ride heads east, passing through the Steam Engine Capitol, Mabel, Minn. then onto Caledonia, after checking out an historic mill.
Day 4 - After enjoying the charm here the route makes its way back up to the Root River, stopping in Houston, then Rushford before returning back to Petersons.
This 4-day HaveFunTour, Bluff County /Root River Ride is approximately $ 285 and is limited to the first 150 people who register (Price will include camping/showers/breakfast/lunch/luggage and sag support each day and dinner party Saturday in Caledonia). A list of hotel/lodging properties in the host cities will be available once we have received your registration form.
Mississippi River Ride II: (bike/bus) This August 31 - September 2, bike tour will enjoy the bluffs as the Mississippi Ride follows the river south from the Twin Cities to La Crosse. This 3-day ride leaves from Hastings, Saturday morning for a three day river valley and bluff riding. Camping and lodging opportunities will also be available for those wishing to gather Friday evening, Aug 30th before the ride. (Daily mileage will be 67 miles or less)
Day 1 - After breakfast and a brief orientation the ride leaves Hastings, winding through the river valley to Redwing, then Lake City before reaching Wabasha.
Day 2 - As the eagles soar on bluff current the tour continues south passing through Kellogg, then to Winona. After lunch the route takes you up past the historic Pickwick Mill to ride the scenic ridges and the Apple Blossom Byway into La Crescent and then over to La Crosse for your final evening of fun on the Mississippi River.
Day 3 - Here the bike tour ends. After enjoying a leisurely breakfast, we will load onto luxury motor coach buses to catch parts of the river and attractions we missed on the bike journey down. After taking in the sight, with a couple surprise stops , the buses will return back to Hastings where your bikes will be waiting.
This 3-day HaveFunTour, Mississippi Ride II, is approximately $265 and is limited to the first 150 people who register (Price will include motorcoach transportation, bike shipping back to Hastings, camping/showers/breakfast/lunch/luggage and sag support each day and dinner party Saturday evening, tour admissions, etc). A list of hotel/lodging properties in the host cities will be available once we have received your registration form.