Minnesota's Land of 1000 Lakes Cycling Tour

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Duluth, MN

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Duluth, MN

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Timberline Adventures

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Minnesota has become perhaps our most cycling-friendly state. The state’s network of paved, off-road, long-distance bicycle trails is without equal in the U.S. We’ll ride the Gitchi-Gami Trail along Lake Superior’s North Shore, the Mesabi Trail that extends from the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness to Grand Rapids, the Paul Bunyan Trail from Walker to Brainerd, and the Munger Trail to Hinckley. These magnificent paved trails provide the corridors through which we’ll experience Minnesota’s beautiful Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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Timberline Adventures

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July 15-23, 2019

This fabulous trip takes you right to the heart of Minnesota's Land of Lakes region, where you can anticipate rolling hills, car free routes, and spectacular scenery.  You'll ride 421 miles over 7 days - much of it on paved bike paths. The riding is not difficult, but cyclists will average of 60 miles per day.

Trip Highlights:

  • Ride beside the Lake Superior's sparkling blue waters 
  • Pedal along the Gitchi-Gami State Trail at Gooseberry Falls State Park, the Mesabi Trail in the Mesabi Iron Range, the Paul Bunyan Trail in the Brainerd Lakes region, Munger Trail at Finlayson and more
  • Visit state parks, wilderness areas and national forests including Tettegouche State Park, Superior National Forest, Chippewa National Forest, Boundary Waters Wilderness, and Mesabi Iron Range
  • Overnight at the magnificent Grand Ely Lodge on Shagawa Lake, the grand Chase-on-the-Lake Resort, Madden's Resort at Gull Lake and other fabulous places
  • Layover day at Madden’s Resort on the shore of Gull Lake.  Optional activities include a bike ride around the lake, a round of golf, a canoe or sailboat on Gull Lake, or a lazy day on the beach or poolside. There is no end of ways to fill this day.


Day 1:  Arrive, assemble, bike fitting, orientation dinner

Day 2:  (56 miles)  Duluth — Two Harbors — Silver Bay

Day 3:  (67 miles)  Silver Bay — Sawtooth Ridge — Ely

Day 4:  (50 miles)  Ely — Virginia

Day 5:  (68 miles)  Virginia — Mesabi Bike Trail — Grand Rapids

Day 6:  (74 miles)  Grand Rapid — Chippewa National Forest — Walker; overnight at Chase-On-The Lake

Day 7:  (56 miles)  Walker — Paul Bunyan Trail — Brainerd (Gull Lake); overnight at Madden’s Resort

Day 8:  Layover Day; Madden’s Resort

Day 9:  (50 miles)  Gull Lake — Brainerd — Garrison — Mille de Lac — Malmo; tour concludes; van shuttle return to Duluth 


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