July 12-14, 2019 – Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Grand Rapids is back again this year. I hope you can join us for 3 days of scenic touring in Itasca County. You won’t want to miss this great weekend of riding and socializing with all of your biking buddies. This year all routes will be departing from Grand Rapids.

Mesabi Trail Wheel Pass Required (2-3 day Wheel Pass $5.00) you can obtain at trail heads or local merchants. Season Pass is $15 and it helps support trail maintenance. The ride on Sunday will utilize a small part of the trail out of Bovey. You can purchase on line at: http://shop.mesabitrail.com/home.php or in town.

Lodging –

There are a few options for lodging in town: http://www.visitgrandrapids.com/lodging/hotels/. Some notable hotels are the Country Inn, Super 8, AmericInn, & Timberlodge. There is also camping at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. I would recommend making reservations as soon as possible.

Rides Information

Friday’s Ride will start from:
Klockcow Brewing Company
36 SE 10th Street
Grand Rapids, MN 55744

Saturday and Sunday Rides from:
Super One Grocery Store (formerly Ogle’s)
503 NW 4th Street (aka Hwy 2)
Grand Rapids, MN 55744 (Park in the overflow Parking Lot north of the supermarket across 5th Street)

Route Info – A/B Level – Ride Leader promoting a Social Touring pace of 15 to 17 mph avg. Self-sufficient “B” Riders are encouraged to attend as well.

Day 1 Friday July 12 – Lake Pokegama Loop – Depart 12:45 PM from Klockcow Brewing Co. This new route will take us north out of Grand Rapids. We will travel some beautiful back roads with wide shoulders and will pass several Lakes and a few parts of Lake Pokegama including the Wendigo Arm. Route is being finalized (37-45 miles).

Day 2 Saturday July 13 – Depart 9:30 AM from Super One Grocery Store. We will head north out of GR on scenic gentle rolling terrain that will pass by many lakes and wooded forest. The route will eventually take us southwest into Deer River for the Wild Rice Festival. We will take our lunch break at the Wild Rice Festival featuring Wild Rice Hot dish Dinner and home-made pie. After lunch we will head west then south on parts of the Mississippi River National Bike Route as we make our way back into Cohasset and Grand Rapids. (50 to 65 mile options) Routes being finalized.

Day 3 Sunday July 14 – Depart 9:45 AM from Super Once Grocery Store – This route will take us on scenic back roads to Coleraine. From Coleraine we will go into Bovey for our rest stop and from there we will take the Mesabi Trail for a very short distance before heading north on Scenic 7 taking us up to Balsam Township for our lunch. From there we will head through the Wabana Forest before heading back into Grand Rapids. (55 to 65 mile options).

Rest Stops may be 20 to 25 miles between towns. Carry snacks and plenty of fluids.

Routes are subject to change depending on Road and Trail Construction. Routes will be on RWGPS soon to feature but don’t down load them until the day before as there could be changes

Emergency Contact Form: “If you bring it, you won’t need it.” Hopefully that’s the case with the Emergency Contact Forms (download here). If you would, please fill this out so we have contact info for you in case something should happen. Please fill out 2 copies—carry one with you on your bike and put the other in a sealed envelope and I’ll collect them on Friday and return them (unopened) on Sunday. I will also have blank copies in case you forget yours.

Group Meals
Friday 6pm 
Friday night we will have pot luck at the Pokegama Dam Campgrounds. Instead of firing up grills we will be providing hot pulled pork, buns, BBQ sauce, plates, utensils, napkins. After I receive RSVP for head count I can determine final cost. The cost of the picnic shelter will be included in the cost. It’s usually under $10 p/p depending on how many attend. The fee for the shelter is only $35. Bring your favorite beverages.

Let me know what you would like to bring to the potluck so we don’t double up on things.

We could use:

  • Appetizers
  • Baked Beans
  • Main Dish Salads
  • Lettuce Salads
  • Fruit
  • Deserts

Saturday 6:3O pm – Dinner in Town yet TBD

Breakfast will be on your own. There will be rest stops on the routes to refuel.

RSVP by July 7th to diane.ziemer@comcast.net if planning on attending to be included on the email list for final details and headcounts for dinner. Please email or call me with any questions. 612-247-4835.