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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Wobegon Trail Ride

June 21-23 2019

This ride has been done by Duane and Diane Kasper as part of Herb’s Bunch rides for some years, but they have come to their senses and are handing this off to others.

There will be three days of riding on the Lake Wobegon trail, west of St. Cloud.

(More info on the trail is at https://www.lakewobegontrail.com) Join us for one, two, or three days. There will be several ride leaders and many options for distance and your desired pace. Faster riders are welcome to ride ahead.

This is an all trail ride and as long as you can tell east from west and north from south, you can’t get lost. If you are directionally challenged, stick to one of the many ride leaders (see below) at a pace you are comfortable with, and he/she will get you back to the start point.

TCBC membership is required to participate in this ride.

Rooms will be held at the Baymont by Wyndham in Albany, MN, for June 21 and June 22, but only until May 31. Rooms are standard - 2 queen beds; continental breakfast included; rates are $114 per night plus tax. Cancellations must be at least 24 hours in advance; phone number is 320 845 2145; mention TCBC when you call. Other lodging is available in nearby towns, such as Melrose, and of course there are many hotels nearer St. Cloud.

Follow I94 west until you get to Exit 147, and that’s Albany. It will take about 1.5 hours from the Twin Cities. The Baymont hotel is on your left as you enter town; the trailhead is to the right at 400 Railroad Drive. You’ll see a small park with covered pavilion and a parking lot.

Please send an email to LindaGallant@comcast.net to let us know you will be joining us, as we will let you know of any changes and final details before the ride.

PLEASE NOTE: A heat index above 90 may alter the ride length.

Day 1 of the Wobegon Trail Ride. Friday, June 21
This is the first day of a three day weekend ride. We begin at 10:30 a.m. at the trailhead at 400 Railroad Avenue, Albany MN 56307.
We will do an out and back ride to St. Joseph for a round trip of about 30 miles. We will stop for lunch in St. Joseph. The day finishes with a happy hour at the Baymont hotel and dinner nearby. Bring something to share at happy hour if you wish.

Day 2 of the Wobegon Trail Ride. Saturday June 22
This is the second day of a three day weekend ride; you are welcome for any or all days. Today’s ride begins at 9:45 a.m. from the Albany trailhead. We will head west and then north on the Holdingford spur and go to Bowlus and return, for about 36 miles round trip. An option from there is to ride to the Mississippi River dam and return; this adds another 6 miles. A shorter ride option is available and involves driving to Holdingford and biking to Bowlus from there. Round trip is about 16 miles. Either way, the plan is to stop for lunch at Jordie’s Trailside Café in Bowlus. Dinner arrangements for the group will be made for Saturday night; likely near St. Cloud.

Day 3 of the Wobegon Trail Ride. Sunday June 23
Today’s ride begins at 9:15 a.m. We will head west from Albany to Melrose, and return for 26 miles round trip.
If you want an additional 12 miles, when you get back to Albany, you can bike from Albany to Avon and return.

Please send an email to LindaGallant@comcast.net to let us know you will be joining us, as we will let you know of any changes and final details before the ride.

Grand Rapids 2019 - 3 Days of Bicycling

July 12-14 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Grand Rapids is back again this year. I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring in Itasca County. You won’t want to miss this great weekend of riding and socializing with all of your biking buddies. This year all routes will be departing from Grand Rapids.

Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass Required (2-3 day Wheel Pass $5.00) you can obtain at trail heads or local merchants. Season Pass is $15 and it helps support trail maintenance. The ride on Sunday has an option to take the trail, the planned route will stay on the road. Sunday would be the only day the wheel pass is necessary if you choose to ride the trail from Grand Rapids to Coleraine, both routes will join in Coleraine. You can purchase on line as well at: http://shop.mesabitrail.com/home.php

Lodging -

There are a few options for lodging in town: http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/lodging/hotels/. Some notable hotels are the Country Inn, Super 8, AmericInn, & Timberlodge. There is also camping at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. I would recommend making reservations as soon as possible.

Rides Information

Friday’s Ride will start from:
Klockcow Brewing Company
36 SE 10th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Saturday and Sunday Rides from:
Super One Grocery Store (formerly Ogle’s)
503 NW 4th Street (aka Hwy 2)
Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Park in the overflow Parking Lot north of the supermarket across 5th Street)

Route Info – A/B Level – Ride Leader promoting a Social Touring pace of 15-16 mph avg. Self-sufficient “B” Riders are encouraged to attend as well.

Day 1 Friday July 12 – Lake Pokegama Loop – Depart 12:45 PM from Klockcow Brewing Co. This new route will take us north out of Grand Rapids. We will travel some beautiful back grounds and will pass several Lakes and a few parts of Lake Pokegama including the Wendigo Arm. Route is being finalized (37-45 miles).

Day 2 Saturday July 13 – Depart 9:30 AM from Super One Grocery Store. We will head north out of GR on scenic gentle rolling terrain that will pass by many lakes and wooded forest. The route will eventually take us southwest into Deer River for the Wild Rice Festival. We will take our lunch break at the Wild Rice Festival featuring Wild Rice Hot dish Dinner and home-made pie. After lunch we will head west then south on parts of the Mississippi River National Bike Route as we make our way back into Cohasset and Grand Rapids. (50 to 65 mile options) Routes being finalized.

Day 3 Sunday July 14 – Depart 9:45 AM from Super Once Grocery Store – This route will take us on scenic back roads to Coleraine. There is an option to take the trail to Coleraine as well. The route will head south towards Trout Lake and eventually through the town of Black Berry on our way back into GR on the River Road. (43 or 51 mile options) Routes still be finalized.

Rest Stops may be 20 to 25 miles between towns. Carry snacks and plenty of fluids.

Routes are subject to change depending on Road and Trail Construction. Routes will be on RWGPS soon to feature but don’t down load them until the day before as there could be changes

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.

Group Meals
Friday 6pm
Friday night we will have pot luck at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. Instead of firing up grills we will be providing hot pulled pork, buns, BBQ sauce, plates, utensil’s, napkins. After I receive RSVP for head count I can determine final cost. The cost of the picnic shelter will be included in the cost. It’s usually under $10 p/p depending on how many attend. The fee for the shelter is only $35. Bring your favorite beverages.

Let me know what you would like to bring to the potluck so we don’t double up on things.

We could use:

  • Appetizers
  • Baked Beans
  • Main Dish Salads
  • Lettuce Salads
  • Fruit
  • Deserts

Saturday 6:3O pm – Dinner in Town yet TBD

Breakfast will be on your own. There will be rest stops on the routes to refuel.

RSVP by July 7th to diane.ziemer@comcast.net if planning on attending to be included on the email list for final details and headcounts for dinner. Please email or call me with any questions. 612-247-4835.

Paul Bunyan and Heartland Trails Weekend

July 26, 27, 28

These are all trail C rides.
Duane and Diane Kasper, who did this ride a few years ago, are handing it off to several of us. We’ll never replace them but hope to succeed them.

We will ride on the Paul Bunyan or Heartland Trails. You are welcome for one, two, or three days. There will be several ride leaders and many options. Faster riders are welcome to ride ahead. Trail information is at: https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/heartland/index.html
and https://www.dnr.state.mn.us/state_trails/paul_bunyan/index.html

TCBC membership is required to participate in this ride.

Rooms are on hold until June 26 at the Walker Hotel in downtown Walker, at 907 Minnesota Avenue. Rooms are $118 for 2 beds and $100 for 1 bed, per night per room, plus tax; includes breakfast. When you call, at 218 547 2200, tell them you are with TCBC. (Note: Minnesota Avenue, highway 370 and highway 200 are all the same thing.)

Friday’s ride starts in Baxter at 11:30 a.m. at the Northland Arboretum trailhead of the Paul Bunyan Trail. Two routes are available: Baxter to Nisswa round trip, 33 miles or Baxter to Pequot Lakes round trip, 44 miles. Group dinner will be arranged that evening.

The usual fastest route from the Twin Cities is via Highway 371. Stay on 371 (not Business 371); go through the Hwy 210 intersection; at the next traffic light, just before Fleet Farm, turn right onto Excelsior Rd. for 0.5 miles (there's a traffic circle along the way); turn left onto Conservation Drive. There should be signage for the Arboretum and Paul Bunyan Trail prior to the Conservation Drive intersection.

Saturday’s ride starts at 9:30 a.m. at the Guthrie Town Hall parking lot. We will bike the Paul Bunyan Trail to Bemidji and return for 30 miles; or continue to Bemidji State Park and a trail extension around Lake Bemidji for 44 miles round trip. We will have lunch suggestions and will arrange a group dinner.

Sunday’s ride starts at 9:45 a.m. in Akeley, about 10 miles southwest of Walker. We will bike to Dorset on the Heartland Trail and return for 24 miles round trip. To get to the start point in Akeley, go south on Highway 34 and turn right on Hillside Avenue for 0.1 miles. There’s an optional lunch stop in Dorset.

Please see the ride calendar for more specifics. Please notify one of the leaders that you will be joining us so we can send final details.

A heat index above 90 may alter our plans.

Ride Leaders:
Claryese Nelson, nelso318@umn.edu
Lyle Koehler, k0lr@yahoo.com [K zero L R]
Miriam Simmons, mgsimmons52@hotmail.com
Warren Samuelson, warsam11@aol.com
Christine Osman, osmancm@comcast.net
Dave Murphy, demurphy038@gmail.com

William Munger Trail Ride

Tuesday/Wednesday, August 6-7, 2019

This is a two-day ride from Hinckley to Carlton and back on the Willard Munger trail. Multiple distances are available. We start at the Hinckley Convention and Visitors Bureau at 9:30 AM.

On the first day, you may ride from Hinckley and stop at the Carlton AmericInn motel for 56 miles or continue on the trail toward Duluth before returning to the motel for a potential 90 miles.

The second day we start from the AmericInn at 8:30 and return to Hinckley for 56 miles. We’ll have lunch at the Lazy Moose restaurant in Moose Lake both days. The ride is fully sagged and has rest stops with snacks and refreshments each day in Finlayson and Mahtowa.

A group dinner is planned for Tuesday evening at a Carlton restaurant or the nearby Black Bear Casino. You can overnight Tuesday wherever you choose but to facilitate sagged baggage we recommend the AmericInn Carlton where we have a block of rooms reserved for the Twin Cities Bike Club. The neighboring Royal Pines Inn is a suitable alternative. To make reservations at the AmericInn in Carlton, please call 218-384-3535. Be sure to mention you are with Twin Cities Bike Club in order to get a first floor room, allowing easy access for wheeling your bike to your room for overnight storage. Overnight bags (limit 1 per rider) will be sagged to the AmericInn from Hinckley.

The trail’s website states that construction and repairs are planned for several locations during the summer. We will be checking the website for updates to share with riders. For more information contact Warren Samuelson at warsam11@aol.com, phone 651-398-3653.
The ride is listed as a B level ride but self-sufficient riders of all speeds are welcome. If you plan to attend, please notify Warren to assure we have sufficient refreshments and maps and to inform you of any final details. Be sure to include your cell phone number so we can communicate as needed during the ride. TCBC membership is required to participate in this ride.