Overnight Trips

Most TCBC rides are day rides starting in or near the Twin Cities metropolitan area. In addition to regular day rides, TCBC also recognizes and provides mileage credit for certain other types of rides, including outreach rides and overnight trips. To ensure that these special rides are available to all TCBC members, advance notice must be provided to members. To ensure that riders have a safe and enjoyable ride for both regular rides and special rides, TCBC also requires that riders on all regular and special rides sign in for each ride, attend a ride briefing at a set time with the ride leader, and wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet. This policy defines the types of special rides and outlines special rules and considerations that apply to these ride categories.

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Trempealeau Trails (WI): Biking & Birding

May 12, 13, 14

This will be a slow-paced ride with lots of stopping to view birds and scenery. We will ride on crushed limestone, paved back roads, and hard-packed gravel as we tour the surrounding area.  Dinner Friday night is at Sullivan’s Supper Club. Dinner on Saturday night at a restaurant to be announced.  Lodging alternatives: Little Bluff Inn, 608-534-6615; The Inn on the River, 608-534-7784; or Trempealeau Hotel, 608-534-6898. Sunday’s ride will be from the Trempealeau Trailhead to Onalaska (28 miles round trip). Co-leaders: Diana and Duane Kasper, Dave Murphy, Warren Samuelson, John Hoffmann. Contact Clareyse Nelson for more information, 612- 623-3009

Red Cedar Memorial Day Ride (WI)

May 29

Trail pass required. Ride on packed limestone trail. We may see eagles; you may want to bring binoculars.  Co-leader: Clareyse Nelson. Contact John Hoffmann, 715-834-7897, for more information.

Tour of Lakes 2017

June 2-4 2017

Join us for three days of bicycling and socializing in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area June 2-4, 2017 on our annual Tour of Lakes weekend. If you've never biked in this area before, you are going to love it! The roads are low-traffic and very scenic, passing by many area lakes and forests. The Paul Bunyan trail is also nearby. The rides on Friday and Sunday will be regular TCBC rides, while the ride on Saturday will be a TCBC Outreach Ride---the Tour of Lakes. Plan to not only bike with the group, but eat, socialize, and relax by the lake and around the campfire with us as well at Good Ol' Days Resort in Nisswa. We hope you can join us!



Friday, June 2:

BRAINERD LAKES I. 1:00 PM A/B 35-45 miles. Join us for a ride in the beautiful Brainerd Lakes area with scenic panoramas as big as Paul Bunyan himself as we ride past glistening blue lakes, through dense forests and on the Paul Bunyan Trail! Now THAT'S no tall tale! Contact leader prior to ride if weather looks questionable. Ride leaders: Mary Derks (651-335-6505) or ) and Scott Larson (612-730-8371).

Saturday, June 3:

TOUR OF LAKES OUTREACH RIDE. Mileage options: 35-40 and 65-70. Join in the FUN on Tour of Lakes (TOL), an event ride sponsored by the Paul Bunyan Cyclists in the Brainerd Lakes area. Make your way from one delicious rest stop to the next via the scenic low-traffic roads of the area. The tour is known for its varied and plentiful rest stops (think 'rolling buffet'), with past tours featuring such treats as breakfast burritos, hot turkey sandwiches, fresh fruit, walking tacos, corn on the cob, yogurt parfaits, root beer floats...you get the idea!!! You DEFINITELY will not be in "calorie deficit" mode after this ride!

  • Registration: Registration closes the earlier of May 5 or when 1,200 riders have registered. To register for the ride, go to http://www.paulbunyancyclists.com and click on 'Tour of Lakes'. No "day of ride" registration is available. Ride fee includes ride support, rest stops, and a t-shirt. You must be registered for the ride in order to get mileage credit.
  • Ride start time/departure location: Arrive anytime between 6:00 - 7:30 to sign in and begin your ride. Please wear your favorite TCBC jersey. Due to safety concerns, we will not have a mass start as in years past. Ride departs from the Crosslake Community Center, 14126 Daggett Pine Road, Crosslake, MN. Please arrive at the ride start early to allow time for parking, check-in, picking up your t-shirt & taking it to back to your car, etc.

Sunday, June 4:

BRAINERD LAKES II. 9:30 AM A/B 40-60 miles (multiple mileage options available). Start location is the Paul Bunyan Trailhead in Nisswa, adjacent to the Dairy Queen. See Friday, June 2.



We will again be staying at Good 'Ol Days Resort (www.goodoldaysresort.com) in Nisswa. The resort is 1/2 mile from downtown Nisswa, right off of the Paul Bunyan trail, and has well-appointed 2 and 3 bedroom cabins, along with lodges (motel-style rooms). All the units face the lake and there is a nice beach, group campfire area and spacious central gathering area and porch in case of rain, or as another place to gather. Each person is responsible for booking their own lodging. If you want to find others to share lodging with, please post a message on TCBC's Message Boards (accessed from www.biketcbc.org) or contact me () and I can try and assist. Be sure to mention that you are with TCBC when calling to book your room; otherwise, they will tell you the resort is full as it is blocked for our group for the weekend. As of 3/18, there is one 3 BR and one 2 BR cottage available.  If you are interested in finding others to share lodging with, please contact the ride leader (contact info below).

Fresh gourmet coffee is available 24/7 in the lodge. Also available is a free continental breakfast, which includes various hot and cold cereals and an assortment of fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, English muffins, and pastries.

Directions to Good Ol' Days Resort from Hwys 371 & 210 in Brainerd:

  • From Brainerd, go north on Hwy 371 to downtown Nisswa.
  • Turn right at the stop light (County Hwy-18 and take the Roundabout around to Smiley Rd. Follow it north where it turns into Main Street. Proceed on Main Street (Cullen Lake Drive), heading north for 1/2 mile.
  • Turn right on Poplar Avenue, then take an immediate left on Oak Lane after crossing the Paul Bunyan Trail. (Oak Lane is their driveway).
  • In case you get lost or have questions, their phone # is 1-800-227-4501.

Check-in/out times:


Check-out is at 11 am. Showers will be available in a few designated rooms after the ride.


There are 28 parking spaces at the resort (2 spaces for each cottage & 1 space for each lodge room). Please work it out amongst your cabin. The resort owners asked that I encourage people to car pool as much as possible to allow room for everyone to park.

See Good Ol' Days Resort’s web-site for more info (www.goodoldaysresort.com).

Other Lodging Options:

For other lodging options, go to (www.brainerd.com).



Coffee: For those of you for whom coffee is one of the four main food groups, you'll be pleased to know that Good Ol' Days has fresh gourmet coffee available in their central gathering area 24/7.

Breakfast: If you're staying at Good Ol' Days, a continental breakfast is included with your lodging. See "Lodging" above.

Friday Night Dinner: Group dinner plan TBD/p>

Potluck Dinner on Saturday, June 3: A potluck dinner is planned for Saturday evening at 6 pm assuming you're still hungry after all the delicious food you'll eat on the ride. Please bring something to grill and something to share, based on the following:

If your last name starts with:

A-M: Side dish or salad
N-S: Dessert
T-Z: Appetizer

If there is something you'd really like to bring, please bring that instead as we'd hate to miss out on your specialty (assuming your specialty isn't Lay's Potato Chips!) Also, if you'd prefer to bring condiments, paper plates, etc. for the group, please contact me (contact info below) to see what's still needed.

As for the "something to grill" part of Saturday's dinner, there is an excellent meat market in Little Falls (about 2/3rds of the way to Brainerd). It's called Thielen Meats and is on the northwest corner of Hwy 10 and County Rd 27 behind the Holiday gas station. Here's some additional info. Check them out!

300 NE 13 St
Little Falls, MN 56345
Phone 320.632.2821 Fax 320.632.0503
Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. (F); 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Sat); 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (Sun)

  • Retail meat market and specialty items
  • Over 40 varieties home smoked sausages
  • Delicious home smoked bacon
  • Specialty cheese
  • Specialty coffees and candies


  • TCBC jersey
  • Camp chair for sitting around the campfire.
  • Something to grill and a dish to share for Saturday's potluck.
  • Refreshments!
  • Food for other weekend meals, as needed.
  • Emergency Contact Form (see below)
  • Your BIKE!


Emergency Contact Form: "If you bring it, you won't need it." Hopefully that's the case with the Emergency Contact Forms (download here). If you would, please fill this out so we have contact info for you in case something should happen. Please fill out 2 copies---carry one with you on your bike and put the other in a sealed envelope and I'll collect them on Friday and return them (unopened) on Sunday. I will also have blank copies in case you forget yours.

QUESTIONS/CONTACT INFO: If you have any questions, please contact me at or 651-335-6505.

I hope to see you in the Brainerd Lakes area this summer!

Mary Derks

Rochester Ramble

June 10-11

Come for one or both days in Rochester. On Saturday morning we’ll explore various paved trails throughout the City of Rochester and stop for lunch at the Grand Rounds Brew Pub. After lunch we’ll bike the Bear Creek Trail. Make your own arrangements for accommodations. We have reserved eight rooms at the Guest House Inn and Suites, 435 16th Avenue NW in Rochester (507) 288-9090. Rooms should be $75-$80. We will have a Happy Hour at the hotel and then dinner at Famous Dave’s which is connected to the hotel. On Sunday, we will bike from the hotel on paved trails to the Douglas Trail and bike to Pine Island. Lunch will be in Pine Island and return. Co-Leaders are: Clareyse Nelson, Dave Murphy and Warren Samuelson. For additional information, contact Diana and Duane Kasper at (952) 412-5654 or

Black Hills Rally 2017

Sept. 11-15, 2017

Join us for a week of riding in the Black Hills of South Dakota. We will again be staying at the J-Bar Rafter Ranch 3.5 mi. from Hill City. There will be 5 road bike rides and 2 Mickelson trails on 2 of the same days as the the road rides. A nice change of pace and less climbing. The Mickelson Trail is gravel so a wider tire is recommended, however skillful riders can ride most portions of the trail with road bikes. Fat tire bikes can be rented in Hill City at the local bike shop.
Please note that these rides are on hilly to mountainous terrain.

The leaders will be asking for a $20 fee from each rider to help with leader expenses.

Ride Leaders: Jack Uttermark, Email:
Johnny Pugh & Red Rider, Email:

3 Days in Lanesboro

September 15, 16, 17

Welcome C riders and friends to our three days in Lanesboro. We hope you can join us again on this beautiful trip to scenic Southeast Minnesota. 20-40 mile rides each day for three days. Come for one or all three days. Some of us go to the play, at the famous Commonweal Theater on Friday night, which will be Steel Magnolias. Call Clareyse Nelson to reserve your ticket(s). Other rider activities may include group dining, campfires, etc. Reserve your place to stay early, as Lanesboro is always a popular spot. Lanesboro Chamber number is 800-944-2670 or 507-467- 2696. Some of us also camp in the local campground. Call with questions and let us know you are coming. Co-Leaders are Diana and Duane Kasper, Dave Murphy, Paul Huntington, Carol Belair and Warren Samuelson. Contact Clareyse Nelson, 612-623- 3009 for more information.

Annual Fall Color Ride in Wisconsin

October 8, 9, 10

Contact John Hoffmann, 715-834-7897, for more information.