Greetings and welcome to the 2021 Ride! Fields and Forest, lakes and rivers — this year’s ride will take us through 4 states in the Upper Midwest that have a connection to Ol’ Man River, The Big Muddy, Old Blue, the Father of Waters as well as Route 61 ( for all you Dylan fans). The route will feature lots of long sweeping turns and lots of ups and downs as we explore the land that was shaped by the river. The dates are: Gathering on Saturday June 19, Ride June 20-26 with June 27 departure day.
We will start in St. Paul MN and head up the St Croix River to Lake Superior (Gitche gumee) and check out the Driftless Region characteristics that were left in this area coutesy of the last Glacial Age. We will overnight in Two Harbors MN on the Big Lake. The next day will be a tour across the state through lands of harvested and protected forests, through the Iron Range on to Bemidji MN — home of Paul Bunyan and Babe the Blue Ox.
The third day will have as its first stop the headwaters of the Mighty Mississippi in Lake Itasca State Park. We will cross the river 4 times before we arrive there (don’t blink) and another 4 times before we rest for the evening in St. Cloud MN hitting the lakes country (more than 10K — really!), Mille Lacs and the hometown of Charles Lindbergh.
Day 4 will follow the river (mostly) through more lakes until we rejoin the St Croix as it empties into the Mississippi. We will ride down the Wisconsin side of the river and stop at the National Bald Eagle Center in Wabasha before settling into La Crosse WI for 2 days.
Day 5 will explore the ravines and ridges of the Coulee Region, with a stop at a cheese factory (it’s WI — come on you have to have cheese) and some other points of interest.
Day 6 we will return to the Minnesota/Iowa side of the river for some more river and ridge running with lots of vistas of the river (which is now over a mile wide) valley. We will end the day in Galena IL, an old lead mining town and home to 9 Civil War generals including U.S.Grant.
Day 7 will be a ride up the river on many lovely swerving county roads that hug the bluffs and we will return to St Paul for our final gathering.
This ride is a good ride for people who are perhaps new to group riding and is not technically difficult. It’s a great ride to invite new folks to join us as we raise money for some very good causes.
The Ride Marshal(s) will be Rev (Paul Sannerud) and Clutch (Peggy) with perhaps guest appearances by Mint Saucy and Lamb Chop (Steph and Pat Lamb). We hope that you will join us!
LRLR Maps for 2021
Day 1A St Paul, St Croix River, Ice Age Interpretive Center, Ice age potholes Sunday June 20
View directions from La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Paul-Woodbury to Tobies Restaurant & Bakery via 16598-16526 11th St N, Taylors Falls, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 1B Old Hwy 23, St Louis River, Duluth, North Shore of Lake Superior
View directions from Tobies Restaurant & Bakery to Superior Shores Resort via Turtle Rd, Fond du Lac, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 2A More North Shore, Photo Ops, Finland State Forest, Mining Country Monday June 21
View directions from Superior Shores Resort to Hibbing via Forest 11, Bassett Township, and 2 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 2B Hwy 38, Geo Washington State Forest, Laurentian Divide, Paul Bunyan photo op
View directions from BoomTown Brewery & Woodfire Grill to AmericInn by Wyndham Bemidji via Grand Rapids Township, Bigfork, and 2 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 3A Bemidji to Headwaters of Mississippi Photo Op, Lakes Country Tuesday June 22
View directions from AmericInn by Wyndham Bemidji to 2000-2052 Co Hwy 1 via 306 Becida Rd SW, Bear Creek Township, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 3B Lakes Country, Crosby (Mining Town), Mille Lacs Lake, Charles Lindbergh and Mississippi River to St Cloud.
View directions from 2000-2052 Co Hwy 1 to Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, St. Cloud East, MN via 40000-40174 Co Rd 66, Breezy Point, and 6 other stops in Google Maps.
Day 4A Wednesday June 23, Mississippi River, Bikes4Kids, Lakes, St Croix River
View directions from Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, St. Cloud East, MN to National Eagle Center via Ramsey, County Rd 116, and 2 other stops in Google Maps.
View directions from National Eagle Center to Holiday Inn & Suites la Crosse – Downtown in Google Maps.
Day 5A, Thursday June 24, Coulee riding, Wisconsin River, Muscoda
View directions from Holiday Inn & Suites la Crosse – Downtown to Honkers via Mohawk Valley Rd, Bergen, and 5 other stops in Google Maps.
| Day 5B Eagle Cave, Kickapoo River, Coulee riding, Grandad Bluff, back to La CrosseView directions from Honkers to Holiday Inn & Suites la Crosse – Downtown via Grandad Bluff in Google Maps.VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPSDay 6, Friday June 25, Great River Road, Bluffs Riding, McGregor(lunch), Pikes Peak, River vistas, Dubuque, Galena. View directions from Holiday Inn & Suites la Crosse – Downtown to Ramada by Wyndham Galena Hotel & Day Spa via McGregor, Pikes Peak State Park, and 4 other stops in Google Maps.VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPS Day 7, Saturday June 26, River Run back to St Paul |
View directions from Ramada by Wyndham Galena Hotel & Day Spa to Huck Finn’s On the Water via Sinsinawa, Dickeyville, and 3 other stops in Google Maps.VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPS View directions from Huck Finn’s On the Water to La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham St. Paul-Woodbury via Red Wing in Google Maps.VIEW IN GOOGLE MAPS