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.