Short Bike Rides in Minnesota
by Mark Weinberger (The Globe Pequot Press)
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25 miles - 2.5 hours: I enjoyed my first time doing a portion of this trail. Mostly flat, quiet, lakes, bridges, great scenery. I started in avon through Albany to Freeport. from Albany to Freeport was just off the freeway so i'll start in St. joes next time and go to albany - i'm hoping it will be less freeway
I gave this a 4 only because it was the first trail I rode and not much to compare it too. I did enjoy the ride, though I started at the Columbia Gear parking lot just outside of town because there was construction in-town and I was riding a recumbent bike that isn't good with bumps, etc. The loop took about 1 hour 51 minutes. The sun was shining and the scenery was quite nice; farms, fields, lakes, etc. There were a few strenuous hills to climb, especially in the last section. However, after the arduous climb you are rewared with a long decent that makes you feel like your flying. A small section of CR 9 didn't have a shoulder but this section didn't last too long. Over all, a very fun and enjoyable ride. I would recommend it.
This is part of the terrific Lake Wobegone trail. The whole trail is wonderful, it is part of a rail bed system. Few hills, mostly flatland. But you go past trees, lakes, fields. It is beautiful.
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