Road Biking Minnesota Guide Book

by M. Russ Lowthian (Falcon Guides)
Road Biking Minnesota  by M. Russ Lowthian

232pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0762738014

Road Biking Minnesota features forty carefully designed rides throughout the state, from Grand Portage in the northeast corner to Fairmont in the south and everywhere in between. Local cyclist Russ Lowthian provides a sampling of the state’s diverse offerings, including rides along the Mississippi River, amid lush farmlands, through the Minnesota River Valley, around crystal-clear lakes, and along Lake Superior’s picturesque shoreline.

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Trails from the "Road Biking Minnesota" Guide Book
Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 40.
... Preview: Claiming the title of "Agate Capital of the World," Moose Lake is a great place to start this ride. It is located at the halfway point on the Willard Munger Trail system, and the route follows an area ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Moose Lake, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 58
... Preview: No guidebook covering roads to ride in Minnesota would be complete without this classic ride. Leaving from a park created from the backwaters of the Mississippi River, the route begins with a tour thr ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Winona, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 70
... Preview: At the base of the "Hump" on Minnesota’s western border you will find an oasis for cycling. Here the plains meet the hills and the lakes meet the rivers, and it takes two states to circle what the Dak ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Ortonville, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 100
... Preview: Are you up for a challenge? Cycle a region of Minnesota on the western edge of an area also known as the Big Woods. The ride passes through majestic valleys formed in the glacial period, offering you ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Mankato, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 82
... Preview: The first city on the Mississippi, Bemidji is an art-friendly place with a lot of great restaurants to tempt you before and after your ride. Home of Bemidji State University, logging and tourism have ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Bemidji, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 89
... Preview: Nestled in the rolling hills of the Hiawatha Valley, protected by the magnificent Mississippi River bluffs, the cruise begins in pretty Red Wing. No stranger to this historic river community, Mark Twa ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Red Wing, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 50
... Preview: Alexandria, christened the "Birthplace of America," is home to Big Ole, the Viking. This statue that welcomes those who come to the Central Lakes Community stands at the trailhead. A destination with ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Alexandria, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 84
... Preview: If you want to try something different, visit an area that offers visitors breathtaking fun! In a region long valued for its iron ore, the ride begins at the Mesabi trailhead at Giants Ridge Golf and ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Biwabik, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 35
... Preview: A prize route, the first part of this tour offers those who travel Lake Superior’s rugged shoreline unlimited recreational possibilities as they pass the bays and rivers. Starting in the port city of ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Two Harbors, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 118
... Preview: In the center of farm country, built on the banks of two lakes, you will find the town of Willmar. With historical influence from the early rail lines, the cruise circles the area’s rolling topography ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Willmar, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 57
... Preview: Sometimes called the gateway to Itasca State Park, this ride starts on the western end of the Heartland Trail in the bustling town of Park Rapids. Also known as the "Loon Capital of the U. S. A.," wha ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Park Rapids, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 86
... Preview: Many have been intrigued at the prospect of visiting the site they have read about in Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s well-known poem The Song of Hiawatha. Hopefully, this cruise will allow you to explor ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Pipestone, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 64
... Preview: There is more to this area than Jesse James and his famous bank robbery! From its early existence Northfield, on the banks of the Cannon River, sprang up as an agricultural and milling community. To ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Northfield, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 32
... Preview: This ride starts in a town located at the confluence of the Minnesota and Chippewa Rivers. The town founders were so impressed by the view here that they borrowed the name of Uruguay’s capital, Montev ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Montevideo, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 102
... Preview: This ride tours around a long, north-south chain of lakes. This string of eighteen lakes made from a deeply eroded valley before the glacial deposits filled them in, offers visitors today many recreat ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Fairmont, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 35
... Preview: The panoramic splendor of this ride is breathtaking. Leaving Lake Pepin, the first climb takes you up the Mississippi River bluffs into lush farmlands. Soon the tour starts meandering on roads around ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Lake City, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 70
... Preview: Lake Wobegon, the mythical town from Garrison Keillor’s "Prairie Home Companion," may be fictitious, but the bike trail here has brought the name some solidity. Starting in St. Joseph, this cruise cir ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Saint Joseph, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 47
... Preview: This ride, which circles the Luce Line Trail, starts in a village that in 1882 survived the tragic Sioux Uprising and prospered. Today agriculture and manufacturing are the staples that guarantee cont ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Hutchinson, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 50
... Preview: On the north side of Bluff Country, this ride starts in a town made famous for its medical achievements. Sometimes referred to as the "Queen City," Rochester offers many options for visiting cyclists. ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Rochester, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 50
... Preview: This route explores the heart of the Mesabi Range, a place that early explorer Joseph N. Nicollet called Missabay Heights. Few ever conceived that for a hundred miles under the forest floor lay the la ... From the guidebook "Road Biking Minnesota"
Virginia, MN - Road Biking - Trail Length: 62

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