The Kenyon Loop

Kenyon, Minnesota

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Located only an hour south of the Twin Cities, this area of fertile farmland represents a transition zone of sorts. Situated about halfway between the broad valleys of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, the area features a blend of short rolling hills and farm fields carved out of nearly flat prairie. Numerous creeks have cut their way through the landscape on their journey to the big rivers, leaving narrow wooded valleys north of town, while to the south fields stretch out for miles, broken only by patches of trees guarding farm buildings. Prosperous farms dot the crests of the hills, as row crops warp in sinuous lines around the gentle hillsides. A farmer will raise his hand in a modest Minnesota greeting as he pulls a plow through the thick carpet of green, turning it into a dark brownish black. And the aroma of freshly turned topsoil-rich, dark, and full of humus-mingles with the sweet smell of clover and freshly cut alfalfa, forming a pleasant rural perfume.
Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

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Short Bike Rides in Minnesota

by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)

Located only an hour south of the Twin Cities, this area of fertile farmland represents a transition zone of sorts. Situated about halfway between the broad valleys of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, the area features a blend of short rolling hills and farm fields carved out of nearly flat prairie. Numerous creeks have cut their way through the landscape on their journey to the big rivers, leaving narrow wooded valleys north of town, while to the south fields stretch out for miles, broken only by patches of trees guarding farm buildings.

Prosperous farms dot the crests of the hills, as row crops warp in sinuous lines around the gentle hillsides. A farmer will raise his hand in a modest Minnesota greeting as he pulls a plow through the thick carpet of green, turning it into a dark brownish black. And the aroma of freshly turned topsoil-rich, dark, and full of humus-mingles with the sweet smell of clover and freshly cut alfalfa, forming a pleasant rural perfume.

©  Mark Weinberger/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Road Biking
Nearby City: Kenyon
Distance: 20.6
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Riding Time: 1.5 to 3 hours
Season: Best spring to fall
Driving Directions: Directions to The Kenyon Loop

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Apr 2018